Rave reviews for filmmaker’s solo debut

Still from the film Victims by David Bryant
Still from the film Victims by David Bryant

A FILMMAKER from the Old Town has received international acclaim for his first solo work.

David Bryant, 38, of George Street, has had his feature film Victims selected to be screened at four major film festivals in October.

David, who also works as a reprographics technician at Sussex Coast College, shot the film in just three days with a budget of £1,500.

He said: “I’ve made about a dozen short films of around two to five minutes in length, but this was my second feature length film, and my first solo project.

“I’m really happy with this film. It is a much more serious subject than the other feature film that I made, and everyone who has seen it says it leaves them thinking for a while after.”

Victims is a drama played out in one long take, with the events unfolding in real time, as a man is kidnapped on his wedding day, accused of a crime from his past.

The film, shot in an abandoned warehouse near Canary Wharf, received some rave reviews when it premiered at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, one of the world’s leading independent film festivals.

David added: “Rather than stunning visuals I wanted to concentrate on really good performances.

“When they saw the finished film, the cast and crew were quite surprised at how well it came out.”

Victims is also to be screened at Maryland International Film Festival and the Golden Door Film Festival in the USA, Dark Bridges Film Festival in Canada and the prestigious and Raindance, the UK’s largest independent Film Festival.

If the film continues to be received well, David is hoping to secure distribution and perhaps a small cinema release.

His first feature film, Dead Wood, a horror film shot in the woods around Battle, was completed in 2007 and distributed both on DVD and TV.

Next in the pipeline is a vampire movie Flesh and Blood, set to be filmed in and around Hastings Old Town.

David is also a keen photographer, but his passion is for films. “This is the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do,” he said.

For more information on Victims visit http://www.whoisthevictim.com/