The Unkindness of Raves has been a film we’ve been following for quite some time now. The Lawrie Brewster directed film was the highest grossing crowdfunding campaign in the UK, and has had nothing but spectacular reviews across the board. They recently had their premiere at London Frightfest, which seemed to go unsurprisingly incredible.
The much anticipated follow up film to Brewster’s Lord of Tears was recieved with rave reviews, “The Unkindness Of Ravens looks incredible, and the level of ambition here cannot be overstated…With its impressive visuals bolstered by a fantastic lead performance, The Unkindness Of Ravens will stay with you.” Says Jonathan Hatfull of SciFiNow. Renowned genre critic Kim Newman of Screen International said, “this team are doing something interesting and unusual.”
At first a claustrophobic tale of one man’s battle for survival in the remote highlands of Scotland, the film builds to an epic and unexpected finale which pushes the boundaries of low budget independent filmmaking with its spectacular effects and ambitious set pieces. A powerhouse performance by rising star Jamie Scott Gordon has drawn much praise from critics while the poetical and visceral writing of Brewster’s frequent collaborator Sarah Daly has marked her out as a woman in horror to watch.
In a best case scenario for indie filmmakers, almost immediately after the premier screening, Brewster was approached with an offer for the film.
According to Brewster, “to receive a buyer offer from a universally known and respected studio-level distributor is an incredible endorsement of the potential for independent horror films that dare to be ambitious and unusual to find a place in the international market. FrightFest is truly the Sundance of the horror genre for its ability to enhance the profile of the films it showcases and to attract commercial interest.”
The Unkindness of Ravens is a co-production between Brewster’s Hex Media, Dark Dunes Productions and 3rd Monkey Productions in association with Lights Out Productions and Zoghogg Studios.
“Andrew Alburn, a homeless veteran suffering from PTSD, is plagued by flashbacks of a traumatic event he witnessed while serving in the armed forces. He retreats to the remote Scottish Highlands hoping to overcome his fear of Ravens, the dark creatures that populate his visions, but, in this bleak wilderness, his nightmares manifest into an enemy more powerful than he could ever have imagined. He must battle these monstrous entities as well as his inner demons to keep his life, and reclaim his sanity.”