Tartan Features sits at the unruly edge of Scottish feature filmmaking. These micro-budget films are proof that all you need are ideas and attitude.
22nd March 6.30pm: Blood Junkies
Blood Junkies - Scotland's original DIY feature from 1993.
Scotland's ultimate cult film, lost for nearly 20 years, is now returning from the dead, to be screened alongside a Q+A with the director, Bruce Naughton at our Beyond Year Zero 3-day event in March.
Lost for over 20 years, this is a rare opportunity to see Scotland’s ultimate cult film, discover how it was made and the astonishing story of what happened after.
An evening of DIY filmmaking with a Q+A by director Bruce Naughton with Anna and the Apocalypse director John McPhail, a 35 minute ‘Making Of’ featurette and a supporting scene-setting experimental documentary short by Sacha Kahir.
23rd March 1pm: Far From The Apple Tree
A psychedelic horror that focuses on young art and design student Judith who is aspiring to enter the world of art and form a name for herself in the tough industry. She attends an art gallery to see the work of her favourite artist Roberta Rosa, who takes an interest in Judith and invites her to work at her estate. Once there, things take a sinister turn. A Dark, Pop-Art Fairytale filmed on a variety of formats including 35mm, 16mm, Home Processed film and Betamax.
Far From the Apple Tree pushes the boundaries of DIY; rather than following the established rules of low budget filmmaking as a calling card it embraces its budget to create something unique and truly independent.
Starring Sorcha Groundsell, who recently wowed viewers of Netflix’s The Innocents and Victoria Liddelle (Outlaw King), Far From The Apple Tree is an eclectic mix of ghost story, fairy tale and horror. Evocative of the TV series The Owl Service and films like Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and The Wicker Man with a truly magical soundtrack by Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade/Psychic TV) and Shawn Pinchbeck (The Corporation).
'One of the most authentic horror films I’ve ever seen. What it accomplishes with zero jump scares, virtually no blood, and a minuscule budget is mind-numbing'
23rd March 4.30pm: Connect
Tartan Features – Beyond Year Zero - Connect + Q+A with Director Marilyn Edmond and a Females in Cinematography Discussion With Laura Dinnett and Kirstin McMahon
One of the BFI’s top picks of GFF2019.
The debut feature from auteur filmmaker Marilyn Edmond who wrote, directed and produced this highly accomplished and beautiful looking film in true DIY fashion.
Brian (Kevin Guthrie) has lost someone close to him. Outwardly, he keeps calm, goes to work and carries on, and nobody talks about the loss. He never feels that it's possible to share his feelings, until care home owner Jeff (Stephen McCole) becomes a source of support. A flirtation with single mother Sam (Siobhan Reilly) could be a reason to choose life. Moments of optimism clash with dark despair in a strikingly filmed tale shot in North Berwick. Suicide among young men is a major issue in Scotland. Connect is an ambitious attempt to confront the issue in a heartfelt drama.
24th March 1.30pm: Bend Don't Break
Bend Don't Break follows the fortunes of the hapless Dundee Hurricanes as they rebuild the club after failing to win a game in two years. Losing ten games out of ten, the feat earned them the accolade the worst team in the UK.
Harron was inspired to create the feature after meeting the team and seeing the enthusiasm and effort of the players in the face of their losses, and all the while trying to juggle work, family, injuries and the game.
The film follows the Dundee Hurricanes as they navigate the culture clash between the American players and their Scottish counterparts and strive for success.
24th March 4.30pm: Darkness Comes
What was your first time like? For Eddie (Owen Whitelaw) it's going to be the most memorable night of his life. Waking up to find himself tied to the bed of the mysterious Suze (Kelly Wenham) may have been a fantasy, but torture and being initiated into an ancient cult has now become his nightmare. A nightmare which will change the course of Eddie's life, and all those he meets.
Made in under two weeks, and on a meagre budget, Darkness Comes is packed full of twists, turns, terror and darkly beautiful cinematography; all of which help to expose the myth that you need millions to make a great movie. Darkness Comes shows that talent, attitude and exciting ideas is what is really important in modern independent horror.
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