Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst International Film Festival

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Press Release


A brand-new documentary chronicling the cinematic career of the great Norman J. Warren, low budget indie filmmaker extraordinaire. With insight from many of the people who worked with him as well as the man himself, it’s a fascinating insight into filmmaking in the ’70s.

Director: Calum Waddell / Starring: Norman J. Warren, David McGillivray, Peter Walker, Kim Newman, Jennifer Ashley


Darkness looms over a small town where Samantha, a troubled teen is desperate to fit into her latest foster family. Things take a turn for the worse when Sam neglects to look after her younger foster sister Olivia and she vanishes in a deep and forbidding forest.

Desperate, Sam must do whatever she can to get Olivia back, but the forest is full of secrets, dangerous and old. With time running out, Sam must unravel the mystery before an ancient evil destroys her new family from within.

Director: Jeremy Lutter / Screenplay: Ben Rollo / Starring: Jessica McLeod, Hannah Cheramy

Guest: Norman J. Warren (cancelled)

Note: Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Norman will be unable to attend. He sends his regards and best wishes and hopes to join us at a later festival.

We’re delighted that director Norman J. Warren has agreed to attend the STARBURST International Film Festival 2020. His films encapsulate the low budget independent ethos that we celebrate so much. From his work in the ’60s with films such as Her Private Hell, to his David McGillivray-penned works Satan’s Slave and Terror, and the superb Prey and Inseminoid, he is truly influential and is full of great stories of indie filmmaking and whose knowledge is invaluable.
We’ll be screening the new documentary on Norman’s work as well as Inseminoid.


Chester Mapleforth had a dream. A dream where he could live the life he always wanted. A life where he could cave in the skulls of those who had wronged him, shunned him, perhaps brought him the wrong milk delivery or parked too close to his car. The little things really can matter.

After inventing the underwater post-it note, he found himself indescribably wealthy, and it wasn’t long before he started to invest in a little plot of land… then a little bit more… then a lot of bits more. Soon, the lovely village of CHESTERSBERG was born! A place like no other, free from the rules and laws of the outside world. In Chestersberg, this quaint setting deep in the dark and rural depths of Yorkshire, murder was made legal and before he knew it, he had scores of like-minded neighbours, all murdering to their heart content.

But now… it’s time to expand. To raise the gates and open up to the world.

We will have the director and members of the cast in attendence, including Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval)

Director: Jamie McKeller / Screenplay: Jamie McKeller, Alexander King / Starring: Andy Love, Andrew Lee Potts, Alexander King, Joe Osbourne, Rosy Rowley


Orphaned at the age of eleven, Giltrude, an interdimensional shut-in, has waited fifteen years for her parents to come home. When a life or death dilemma comes knocking, Giltrude must look beyond her front door and learn to face the outside universe.

Director: Jeremy Lutter / Screenplay: Marcy Waughtal / Starring: Kacey Rohl, Liam Hughes, Priscilla Faia, Jesse Hutch, Kennedi Clements

Short Film: SNORE

Hard nosed businesswoman Karen has gone bankrupt yet again, forcing her and Callum, her toyboy lover/ PA to stay in a grotty halfway house. A strange noise catches their attention in the middle of the night, leading them into a battle for survival with “the Jip”. Who will survive and, most importantly, what will be left of Callum’s designer manbag?

Director: Luther Bhogal-Jones / Screenplay: Luther Bhogal-Jones, Gabrielle Wright / Starring: Sarah Williams, Nick Holiday, Andrew Calverley