The Birmingham Horror Group presented its second ‘mini-movie marathon’ on 25 March, at the city’s historic Victoria public house. In addition to a wide range of horror shorts, Irish film-maker Simon O’Neill flew in from Dublin to present The Man with My Name, his documentary on Italian screenwriter Giovanni Simonelli. There was also a rare screening of Selkie, starring Horror Channel presenter Emily Booth.
Unfortunately, technical issues prevented the group showing the paranormal thriller Echoes of the Passed, but it’s hoped this can be included at a future event.
Above: Emily Booth in Selkie, directed by her brother, Simon Booth.
Below: The evening’s host, Steve Green, with the group’s special guest, Irish film-maker Simon O’Neill.
Many thanks to Grapevine Birmingham for its promotion of our forthcoming film event: “A macabre menu of dark delights from around the world will be served up on 25 March, when the Birmingham Horror Group hosts its second annual ‘Mini-Movie Marathon’.
“The event, in aid of the charity Diabetes UK, is being held at the Victoria pub on John Bright Street and has already attracted spinechilling submissions from film-makers as far afield as India, Brazil, Australia and the Russian Federation — plus a “fear few” from the West Midlands.
“‘The horror genre embraces everything from psychological thrillers and bizarre monsters to supernatural terror and twisted comedy,’ said festival organiser Steve Green, ‘and we plan to reflect that full range in those films we’ll be screening.’
“The event launches at 6pm and tickets are £3.00, bookable online via Eventbrite (https://tinyurl.com/ycqzhuxx). Further details of the event are available via the group’s website (http://www.birmingham-horror.co.uk/).”
Many thanks to Mike Sales at Midlands Movies for his coverage of this month’s Mini-Movie Marathon.
Our thanks to Birmingham Wire and reporter Giles Logan for this online plug.
The 13 January edition of Made In Birmingham TV’s business magazine The Week with Carl Jones featured an item on the Birmingham Horror Group’s first movie marathon. After watching film of Steve Green interviewing Birmingham-based director Carl Timms (pictured below) about his zombie comedy Still, Carl and local solicitor Phillip Barnsley discussed the recent growth in film-making in the West Midlands.
Birmingham Horror Group organiser Steve Green was interviewed by BBC Radio WM presenter Mollie Green (no relation) about that evening’s guest appearance at the Two Towers Brewery by author Adam Nevill and plans for the first Birmingham FearFest in May.
Many thanks to Chrissie Harper for extracting this audio file.
The Birmingham Horror Group’s special guest in February was best-selling Birmingham-born author Adam Nevill, who discussed his early influences, writing career, new novel Under a Watchful Eye and – announced just two days earlier – the forthcoming movie adaptation of his earlier work The Ritual.
After the meeting, which was held in the adjoining Two Towers Brewery and filmed for coverage on regional station Made In Birmingham, many of the members moved back into the Gunmakers Arms to continue the conversation with Adam.
Above (from left): Steve Green, Justin Langley, AmyLeanne Langley, Adam Nevill, Chrissie Harper, Ray Holloway.
[Photo by Dave Shakes]
To mark its relocation to the Gunmakers Arms, the Birmingham Horror Group showcased 15 short movies by film-makers based in the UK, USA, Canada and South America. In addition, local director Carl Timms (above, right) was on hand to discuss his comedy Still, shot in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.
Cannibals & Carpet Fitters (dir. James Bushe, UK)
Encosto (dir. Joel Caetano, Brazil)
Bad Acid (dir. David Chaudoir, UK)
Waiting For Gorgo (dir. Benjamin Craig, UK)
Ghostwords TV Special: Grindhouse Planet Film Festival 2016
Night of the Deranged Virgins from Hell (dir. Liam Banks, UK)
Trailers: The Love Witch, House of Screaming Death, Crucible of the Vampire
Latch (dir. Christopher Bright, UK)
Still (dir. Carl Timms, UK)
Seize the Night (dir. Emma Dark, UK)
Homeowner (dir. Ryan Curtis, Canada)
Hyde & Seek (dir. Amy Coop, UK)
Margaret (dir. BJ Colangelo, USA)
Paralysis (dir. R Shanea Williams, USA)
Mr Creak (dir. Liam Banks, UK)
Adonis & Aphrodite (dir. David Chaudoir, UK)*
The Latcher (dir. Christopher Bright & Mark Dutton, UK)
 David Chaudoir and Ryan Curtis recorded personal introductions for their films
 Shown with the agreement of its screenwriter, MJ Simpson
 Includes interviews with UK film-makers Marc Hamill and Liam Banks
 This faux trailer won the Grindhouse Planet Film Festival’s 48-Hour Challenge