A free literary reading and screening of short horror films will take place this Saturday, 20th November at 9pm at the Exchange Arts Centre, Exchange Street Upper in Temple Bar.
The evening will begin with a reading at 9pm of the Dublin-born 19th-century author Sheridan Le Fanu’s celebrated novella ‘Carmilla’, the fictional story that invented the female vampire as a literary character (later to become so popular with filmmakers and cinema audiences). Set in central Europe, this story was to greatly influence another Dublin-born author, Bram Stoker, in the writing of his novel ‘Dracula’ and also served as the basis for several 20th-century films, including Hammer’s The Vampire Lovers (1970), Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses (1960), Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr (1932) and Harry Kümel’s Daughters of Darkness (1970).
The ‘Gothic literature’ reading will be followed (from approx 10pm or so, until 11pm closing) by the screening of a programme of horror/chiller short films, as another part of the same ongoing inaugural festival of horrors (soon to draw to a close for this year).
This programme will consist entirely of shorts chosen to suit the horror/chiller theme of this new festival and will include several short films directed by Brendan Muldowney and produced by Conor Barry for SP Films including ‘The Ten Steps’, ‘Innocence’, ‘The Honourable Scaffolder’, ‘Beauty Queen’ and ‘Final Journey‘. Other filmmakers’ shorts to be screened at this event will include the recent documentary ‘Fear’ (dir Conor Horgan – 2009; running time 25 mins approx), Irish narrative shorts ‘Vale Road’ (dir Glenda Cimino), ‘Th3 Room’ (dir Sean Breathnach), ‘Death Is Red’ (dir Gerry Wade), ‘The Hollow Girl’ (Dave McCabe) and ‘Circus Porcalina’ (dir Aaron O’Reilly) and the brand new music video ‘Taking Lives’ by Irish band Zombie Cops (dir Eoin Heaney).
Glenda Cimino’s lengthy first short ‘Vale Road’ won third prize in the ‘Clontarf Bram Stoker Horror Film Competition’ that was held at the end of October at Clontarf Castle Hotel. Its large cast included Conor Drum, Tommy O’Neill, Phyllis Carty, Seamus Whelan, Ian Walsh, Kathy Kavanagh, Jason Nelson, Siobhan Hearty and the late Rhiannon Lee Doyle (who sadly passed away shortly after filming ended in 2007).