ALFRED J HEMLOCK

About

When Emily's boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorized by the mysterious Alfred J Hemlock.

Screens with

2017 Program

CLOSING NIGHT PROGRAM--RESTORATION

Saturday, November 4, 2017--7:00 PM

Country

Australia

Genre

Narrative

Year

2017

Runtime

14 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

None

Credits

Director

Edward Lyons

Producers

Edward Lyons

Melissa Lyons

Lucas Newton

Writers

Edward Lyons

Melissa Lyons

Music

Joff Bush

Cinematography

Simon Harding

Editing

Edward Lyons

Production Design

Stephanie Todd

Set Decoration

Aisha Kirkby

Katerina Lonergan

Matthew Young

Costume Design

Sara Hoke Thompson

Makeup

Vianna Houghton

Sound

Adrian Bilinsky

Ian Rumbell

Visual Effects

Patrick Jenner

Michael Koorey

Oliver Ma

Ahmed Nashabe

Lucas Newton

Stunts

Ray Anthony

CAST

Renaye Loryman

Emily

Tristan McKinnon

Alfred J Hemlock

Christian Charisiou

Guy

Artist Bio

Edward Lyons started his career as an actor, graduating form the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts.  He holds a degree in English from Sydney University, and Master of Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology.  His first short film, Can I Call You,  premiered at the Academy Award-qualifying Chicago International Film Festival and was sold for distribution to Fangoria magazine.  He has been nominated for the Australian Writer’s Guild Award and his films have played in over 50 international film festivals.

Alfred J Hemlock had its world premiere at the Bermuda International Film Festival, and is an official selection in over 25 international events so far in 2017, including FilmQuest, Austin Revolution, Women in Horror, Flickers Rhode Island, Orlando, San Jose, Dances With Films, Gen Con, Action on Film, and Dragon Con.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: When I was a young boy my mother told me the story of how one night she had been chased home by footsteps in the darkness.  This story always gave me chills.  What would have happened if those footsteps had caught her? In many ways this was my inspiration for Alfred J Hemlock.

Taking further inspiration from the works of Stanley Kubrick, German Expressionism and the fairy tale trope of “Little Red Riding Hood” I set about crafting a nightmarish world where a young woman, pursued by the devilish Alfred J Hemlock, experiences a terrifying disconnect between subjectivity and reality. The  film,  firmly positioned within the conventions of horror and suspense, is ultimately a tale about the importance of self-belief and how the demons inside of us are only ever as powerful as we allow them to be.