Returning for yet another year the MMBF Emma Dark Horror Award didnt dissapoint at all!
As announced earlier this month this award was won by Solitary, a short film produced Daniel Isebor, written by Kieren Hughes and directed by Mark Logan.
‘Solitary’ is an expressionistic horror film concerning the strange fate of its central character Victoria; a vicious 19 year old hoodlum, of whom after a tough and tragic life of abuse has gone on to develop an unhealthy addiction to violence. However, following one particular night on the streets of London, in which she led her two teenage acquaintances Charlene and Sam into an unspeakable act of horror, Victoria sits alone in her squalid flat wherein the mental consequences of her actions seem to come crushing into her physical world, only are these consequences entirely all the manifestations of one’s psychology?
Now lets meet the talent:
Daniel Isebor, Producer:
Daniel was born in Bexleyheath, Kent and moved to London in 1996. His passion for film and media started from the tender age of 8, when introduced to British sitcoms. He then went to on to perform in many school productions including, Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat. With a strong interest in the very heartbeat of filmmaking, he began to take a more hearty interest in the production side of the industry. Having developed skills in marketing and business in early schooling, achieving a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and working as in various roles in the media, over the past five years. He used the skills taken from these roles to help co-found and develop Macabra Productions. In that time, he has been involved in over 15 short film productions, including, Golden Trellick award nominated short film, Broken Swords and MMBF Trust Emma Dark Horror Award winning short, Solitary.
Kieren Hughes, Writer/Co-Producer:
Kieren was born in Plymouth in 1982 but was soon later raised in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire where he developed an interest in all kinds of cinema from an early age. He went on to study Art and Design at higher education of which then progressed to him studying a degree in Film Studies at the Southampton Solent University. During his time there he dabbled with a number of roles in making short films but decided that his true strength lay in writing. He moved to London in 2006 where whilst working as a teacher, he began to master his craft, writing a variety of short films, short stories and feature films, each one experimenting with genre and form whilst exploring complex themes. His role at Macabra involves assisting with creative deleveopment, with contributions in writing and producing.
Mark Logan, Director:
Mark is a lifelong horror fan. Early memories include watching BBC Late Night Horror Double Bill's and leaping out of his seat in a cinema during Jaws (when the head falls out the bottom of the boat!) In 2014, after a varied career path including acting, theatre directing ad stand up comedy, he took the plunge and enrolled on the Raindance MA in Film. A Masters degree that he hopes to one day finish, if only he can stop working on film projects long enough!
As a writer and director his projects to date have included RATS, starring Laurence R. Harvey and Nicholas Vince, which has so far chalked up 16 Festival selections, SOLITARY for Macabra Productions most recently a Grindhouse love story short film, TOM CAME HOME.
Mark is currently in pre production on his next projects, a modern gothic tale, FATHER and a feature based on English Folk Tales, LORE.
Looking to the future, Mark has several genre feature projects in various states of development including his long gestating killer mattress movie, DISTURBED and a return to the world of RATS in HAUNTERS. Mark seeks to tell stories through the eyes of characters less familiar to genre audiences, attempting to show that regardless of age, gender or even political persuasion, when the lights go out we are all a little afraid of the dark.
Now lets watch the multi-award winning flick - https://vimeo.com/127881997