Scottish Indie The Unkindness of Ravens A Breakout Success at FrightFest
The Unkindness of Ravens, director Lawrie Brewster’s hotly anticipated follow up to cult hit Lord of Tears, has premiered to resounding acclaim.
Renowned genre critic Kim Newman (Screen International, Empire) gave the film a positive write-up, “this team are doing something interesting and unusual”. According to Jonathan Hatfull of SciFiNow “The Unkindness Of Ravens looks incredible, and the level of ambition here cannot be overstated…With its impressive visuals bolstered by a fantastic lead performance, The Unkindness Of Ravens will stay with you.”
The film, which explores the inner torment of a homeless ex-serviceman has also been commended by veterans and PTSD sufferers for its authentic portrayal of the condition. One veteran who attended the screening praised it as ‘the most accurate portrayal of war and the emotional devastation of war’ that he’d ever seen on screen.
At first a claustrophobic tale of one man’s battle for survival in the remote highlands of Scotland, the film builds to an epic and unexpected finale which pushes the boundaries of low budget independent filmmaking with its spectacular effects and ambitious set pieces. A powerhouse performance by rising star Jamie Scott Gordon has drawn much praise from critics while the poetical and visceral writing of Brewster’s frequent collaborator Sarah Daly has marked her out as a woman in horror to watch.
The team behind the film are delighted to announce that, immediately following the premiere, they received an offer from an international studio distributor, which is currently under consideration.
According to Brewster, “to receive a buyer offer from a universally known and respected studio-level distributor is an incredible endorsement of the potential for independent horror films that dare to be ambitious and unusual to find a place in the international market. FrightFest is truly the Sundance of the horror genre for its ability to enhance the profile of the films it showcases and to attract commercial interest.”
The film, a co-production between Brewster’s Hex Media, Dark Dunes Productions and 3rd Monkey Productions in association with Lights Out Productions and Zoghogg Studios became the most-funded UK horror ever on Kickstarter last November, and looks set for much more success as the film continues its festival run.
Says Brewster, “It’s been a huge privilege to premiere our film at FrightFest, such a prestigious festival, and we’ve been blown away by the response from the fans and critics. The reaction really has been overwhelming. FrightFest is such an amazing launchpad, and thanks to the positive buzz about our film, it now has the best possible chance of getting in front of the widest audience possible… and deeply traumatising them of course!”
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Andrew Alburn, a homeless veteran suffering from PTSD, is plagued by flashbacks of a traumatic event he witnessed while serving in the armed forces. He retreats to the remote Scottish Highlands hoping to overcome his fear of Ravens, the dark creatures that populate his visions, but, in this bleak wilderness, his nightmares manifest into an enemy more powerful than he could ever have imagined. He must battle these monstrous entities as well as his inner demons to keep his life, and reclaim his sanity.’
Watch the trailer for the film below.