Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

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Press Release

Guest: Brian Gorman

Brian Gorman: ‘ONE MAN BOND: Every Bond Film In 60 Minutes’

Brian Gorman is a Manchester-based writer, artist and performer. His new one-man show, ONE MAN BOND: Every Bond Film In 60 Minutes covers over half a century of the cinematic 007, and every one of the 24 official James Bond movies. From Sean Connery in Dr No through to Daniel Craig in Spectre, Brian will bring to life classic scenes involving Goldfinger, Scaramanga, Blofeld, Max Zorin, Red Grant, M, Q, Moneypenny, and hundreds more.

Brian is a life-long Bond fan, having read all the Ian Fleming novels as a child in the 1970s, and seeing every movie dozens of times. His recent published work includes the graphic novels EVERYMAN: A Celebration of Patrick McGoohan & The Prisoner (adapted from his stage play, and also available as an audio drama on CD), and BORDERLINERS: True Realities (Invisible Six Publishing). His highly-acclaimed stage play, NEW DAWN FADES: A Play About Joy Division and Manchester has toured nationally for the last 4 years, and played to capacity audiences and standing ovations. He is currently drawing a new graphic novel, ANIMUS, written by SM Worsey, and due to be published this autumn.

‘ONE MAN BOND’ is written and performed by Brian Gorman, directed by Ronny Worsey, and produced by Invisible Six Ltd.








Brian Gorman launches 'Everyman' at Portmeirion 2017 Borderliners

Brian Gorman signs books at Portmeirion 2016

Short Film: Hell’s Bells

Hell’s Bells

Director: Luke Jeffery. Starring: Magda Cassidy, Charlie Coldfield, Richard Feltham, Marie Cassidy.

Morris dancing: quirky British pastime or sinister secret society? Hell’s Bells explores the dark underbelly of this ancient folk tradition.

Made with the support of Creative England via the BFI NET.WORK.

Continuing the ‘folk horror’ tradition of the likes of The Wicker Man and The Blood on Satan’s Claw, this quirky short lifts the lid on the evils of one of Britain’s strangest traditions.




Hell's Bells short film

Short Film: FTL


Director: Adam Stern. Starring: Ty Olsson, Aliyah O’Brien, Karin Konoval. 

A lone astronaut testing the first faster-than-light spacecraft travels farther than he imagined possible.

A breathtakingly emotional space ride with dazzling effects and true heart. The second film by Adam Stern, who was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Almost Human and was VFX supervisor on dozens of shows and films with Artifex Studios.




Short Film: The Stay

The Stay

Director: Frazer Lee. Starring: Daniela Finley.

A young woman checks into a secluded holiday cottage and discovers that some vacations stay with you… forever.

A creepy and claustrophobic chiller much in the vein of the classic Tales of the Unexpected series, which draws you in and doesn’t let you go.

the stay poster




Short Film: Bragging Rights!

Bragging Rights!

Director: James Atkins. Starring: Nikolas Salmon, Marcus Massey, Francesca Louise White, Clare Aster.

Three superhero housemates try to out brag each other with their accomplishments.

Much in the fashion of the famous ‘Four Yorkshiremen’ sketch originally performed on At Last the 1948 Show (but made immortal by Monty Python), this is a fun low-key ‘behind the scenes’ look at superheroes.



bragging rights posterBragging Rights! Behind the scenes

Short Film: CONNIE


Director: Cat Davies. Starring: Catrin Stewart, David Puckridge.

Wannabe stand-up Dolly Diggs suffers from stage fright. To overcome her fear, she plans to become a ventriloquist and thinks she’s found just the puppet to help. Enter bold, brassy, sassy and sickening, the sequinned killer under two feet tall, Connie. But Connie is no ordinary puppet… She’s a living doll. As Dolly and Connie take the London comedy scene by storm, Connie begins to take over Dolly’s life. Meeting fellow ventriloquist, Ollie Bloom, Dolly is encouraged to leave Connie behind and go solo, making it a supernatural bitch fight to the end.

A comedy horror with a foul-mouthed, loud-mouthed, felt-mouthed star.

Connie has already taken festivals worldwide by storm so we’re pleased to have her on our schedule and making her Northern Regional Premiere. Producer James Moran (writer of Cockneys vs Zombies and Doctor Who) and director Cat have also released their latest short Blood Shed, which we’ll also be screening.





In the far future strontium-90 fallout has created a race of mutants, outcasts from society, despised by the ‘norms’ and given only the dirtiest job – bounty hunting.

Johnny Alpha is one such mutant, working for the Search/Destroy (Strontium Dog) Agency, hunting down criminals for the Galactic Crime Commission, aided by his trusty Viking sidekick, Wulf Sternhammer.

Search/Destroy follows Johnny and Wulf as they investigate a spate of Strontium Dog disappearances.

From the 2000 AD Strontium Dog stories by Carlos Ezquerra, John Wagner, and Alan Grant.

We are very excited about screening this fantastic fan film at the festival as will the scores of 2000 AD fans!






Director: David Hastings. Starring: Ian McNeice, Tom Loone, Sha’ori Morris,

A dark and stormy night… A collector of the macabre weaves four tales of terror for a group of very special guests. “The Lady in Grey” – 1943; as the flames of war spread, a veteran of the Great War looks back on the history of Bray Manor and the ghosts that haunt him and the hallways of the ancient house. “The Witch in the Mirror” – 1970; Lily Proctor inherits the old house and as the spirit of a witch trapped in the Netherworld by the spectral Necromancers tries desperately to escape back into our realm a dark secret from Lily’s past is revealed. “The Vampyre” – 1888; following a string of killings a young gentleman comes to Bray Manor. Painted as an outcast by the villagers he befriends a helpless stranger, but his kind heart may be his own undoing. “The Diabolique” – Sam Campbell finds himself at the center of strange happenings as an ancient, demonic spirit strives to break into our world. Each of these stories has a sting in its tail, but the final revelations of who the Architect is may just be the biggest shock of all.

In the style of the classic Amicus anthologies, this old-school chiller is for fans of literary horror.






Director: David Gilbank. Starring: Jamie Smelt, Kathryn Hanke, Tom Jackson.

A suspicious wife confronts her husband when he arrives home late. He offers a litany of increasing outlandish excuses to explain his tardiness, none of which are believed. Tired of his lies, she accuses him of working late at the office and throws him out of the house.

Dragging his suitcase behind him, he retreats back to a waiting car. Inside sits his boss, who has been part of the conspiracy to conceal the truth from his wife…

David’s brilliant Polterheist was screened last year, and while this isn’t a genre effort, it is fun and will make a welcome relief from the blood, gore, and fantasy of the rest of the bill. David is currently filming the feature film version of Polterheist, which we can’t wait for!