The Unkindness of Ravens Exclusive
“The Unkindness of Ravens” exclusive press release kit arrived in our inbox earlier today. The upcoming indie horror film comes from director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly. Currently on Kickstarter, the production team is seeking funds to complete the post production magic as well as marketing/distribution. With only less then fifteen days left in the crowdfunding campaign there is still time to contribute to what is to be an awesome addition to horror cinema.
Without further ado we present the “The Unkindness of Ravens” Press Release..
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“The Unkindess of Ravens” Press Release
New Scottish Indie The Unkindness of Ravens is a Folk Horror Jacob’s Ladder
The Unkindness of Ravens is the second feature from award-winning Scottish director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly. An intense and ambitious indie horror, the film tells the story of Andrew, a homeless veteran suffering from PTSD. Haunted by flashbacks of a traumatic event he witnessed while serving in the armed forces, Andrew travels to a retreat in the remote Scottish Highlands. There, he hopes to overcome his fear of ravens, the dark creatures that trigger his visions, but, in the bleak wilderness, his nightmares take a form more terrifying than he could have ever imagined. He must battle these monsters as well as his own inner demons in order to keep his life, and reclaim his sanity.
Brewster and Daly’s first film Lord of Tears, a slow-burn Gothic chiller, received critical acclaim and earned the duo an avid fan base. With this, their second feature, they want to push the boundaries of the genre further. Although The Unkindness of Ravens is certainly bloody, it’s no mindless slasher, aspiring instead to the ranks of intelligent horrors like The Shining, Kill List and The Witch.
According to Brewster, the film ‘is an unsettling, visceral commentary on the mental turmoil that war leaves in its wake.’
Veteran’s issues are central to the film, and up-and-coming Scottish actor Jamie Scott Gordon who plays Andrew, took the matter very seriously, meeting with veterans suffering from PTSD in preparation for the role. ‘To do justice to these brave men and women, I felt I had to do all I could to understand what they were going through, and the complexities of the condition. It was an honour be able to bring some awareness to an often over-looked issue with the character of Andrew. Although The Unkindness of Ravens is a horror film, it also shines a light on a section of society that’s often forgotten. We honour the ones who fought and died, but what about the ones who fought and lived?’
Brewster felt that the horror genre was a perfect fit to express the real life horrors suffered by such men and women both during, and after the conflict. ‘You can’t hold back on the brutality or the trauma of such a heavy issue – to sanitise their story would be to do a disservice to it. So, we’ve not pulled any punches with the film.’
The film’s trailer backs up Brewster’s claim, with echoes of Apocalypse Now and Jacob’s Ladder in its powerful visuals and intense psychological drama. The film also has a strong folk-horror vibe, with the action taking place in the bleak Scottish Highlands and occult imagery featuring prominently in the trailer. Brewster would love to see a resurgence in the folk-horror sub-genre in his native Scotland, and hopes to lead the revival with The Unkindness of Ravens. ‘The rich mythology and stunning landscapes of Scotland are a perfect fit for the folk-horror genre. For artists like myself and writer Sarah Daly, it’s the perfect backdrop for the dark and unnerving stories we’re most passionate about, rich with mythos and lore and a sense of the ancient mixed in with the modern.’
Brewster is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to secure finishing and marketing funds for the film. So far, he has raised almost three quarters of his £40,000 goal, with two weeks of his 30 day time frame remaining. He claims that crowdfunding is a great way for films outside the Hollywood studio system to get the funding they need. With big budget reboots the order of the day in cinemas, he says it’s more difficult than ever to secure funding for films with new, edgy stories. ‘Connecting with the audience directly allows us to make the kind of independent films we want to make, and tell the strange and original stories that audiences are missing.’
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