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A rare celestial event has an extraordinary impact on a stir crazy mother and her peculiar, adult son.
A rare celestial event has an extraordinary impact on a stir crazy mother and her peculiar, adult son.
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The story:

A Middle-aged, single mother lives a claustrophobic existence with her eccentric son and his debilitating phobia. She longs for escape, but is imprisoned by her commitment to his vulnerabilities. Cabin fever sets in as a rare, celestial event draws near.

The pitch:

A Hitchcockian, Claustrophobic dark comedy. Misery meets The Twilight Zone with echoes of The League of Gentlemen.

A surreal tale where the everyday meets the otherworldly.


The team:

Paul Holbrook - Co-writer and Producer
Paul Holbrook - Co-writer and Producer


Paul Holbrook is a screenwriter from Bristol, UK.

He concentrates on drama and action, and his works study human reaction and consequence.

Born in 1981, he was raised on a rough, poverty-stricken council estate and often draws on his experiences in this setting as well as his knowledge and love of cinematic history to deliver memorable characters and story worlds.

His portfolio of unproduced scripts boast feature length movies, short films and television serials.

You can find out a little more about Paul here:http://www.imdb.me/paulholbrook and here: http://paulholbrooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Sam Dawe - Co-writer & Director
Sam Dawe - Co-writer & Director

Sam Dawe is a screenwriter and filmmaker from Bristol. 

Recently graduated from the University of South Wales, where his recent short, Alderwood Plain, took both the The Film & Video Prize and Best Film at the annual Chapter Arts Theatre awards, Sam works as a freelance editor to supplement his Screenwriting. 

Sam's work has also been exhibited at the British Film Institute in London.

Alex Veitch - Director of Photography
Alex Veitch - Director of Photography

Working across film and TV, Alex’s passion for visual storytelling has received critical acclaim through features, shorts, adverts, and band promos.

You can find out more about Alex, his awards and take a look at his impressive showreel here: http://www.alexveitch.com/


The cast:

Danny Chase is Andrew Buxton
Danny Chase is Andrew Buxton

Danny is a highly skilled and versatile performer. He has worked in all areas of the entertainment industry including television, theatre, pantomime, corporate entertainment and circus. Highlights include a year on the cast of Love Never Dies in London's West End, a UK, European and South American tour with Batman Live and, in 2007, becoming the first British artist to be cast as Tarzan, in the Disneyland Paris stage show, Tarzan La Rencontre.

You can find out more about Danny here: http://www.dannychase.com/

Karen Payne is Violet Buxton
Karen Payne is Violet Buxton

Karen is a seasoned stage actress and an accomplished vocalist. Her take on this character was both sympathetic and winningly unhinged.

We are very excited to be working with such a gifted actress.

Phillip Parnell is Chris Needham
Phillip Parnell is Chris Needham

As well as being an adept photographer and poet, Phillip is also a naturalistic and multi-faceted screen actor.

He brings an enthusiasm to the project that is both infectious and exciting.

You can find out a bit more about Phillip here: http://www.phillipparnell.co.uk/

Risks and challenges

Our intentions are to showcase our film on the international festival circuit and we hope it will serve as a calling card to our talents as a creative partnership.

Above all though, Porphyrophobia represents our best effort as a writing partnership and we are keen to get as many eyes on it as possible.

We are working with a projected budget of £5000, half of which has already been secured.

The budget will predominantly be spent on:

-- Grip equipment hire
-- Lens rental
-- Lighting
-- Location hire
-- Catering and expenses for cast and crew
-- Props, production design, costumes etc
-- Festival and comp entries
-- Post production F/X
-- Green screen hire

The crew and cast are all tried and tested, and pre-production has been running smoothly for the past two months. Having said that, on a film set, everything that can go wrong, usually does.

We are confident however, not only in our own abilities, but in the strengths of the team that we have assembled. We have made every preparation possible to deal with any and all disruptions and mishaps they may arise.

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