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Egomaniac – A Feature Film

A new kind of British comedy horror film!

Compromise, Can Kill…All filmmaker Catherine Sweeney (Nic Lamont) wants to do is make a horror film – a zombie romantic comedy with heart and a lot of guts! But her Producers have other ideas.. A story of filmmaking at any cost, Catherine will make all the changes necessary to just finish her film but little does she know, too much..

Written & Directed by Kate Shenton, starring Nic Lamont and Adam Rhys Davies (The Twins Macabre). EGOMANIAC also features Laurence Harvey (Human Centipede 2 & 3) and Dan Palmer (Stalled, Banjo) with an Original Score by Eric Elick (Rats, The Package) & is produced by Sarah Barker (Garden Gate Arts) & Sidney Malik (CryptTV).

Egomaniac - A Feature Film

Kate Shenton’s previous work includes the acclaimed feature documentary On Tender Hooks as well as her slate of must-see short films including GIMP and Send In The Clowns.

The first release trailer for EGOMANIAC is available exclusively on Crypt TV UK, the official UK base of Crypt TV, a leading creator of original, dark and edgy content.

Kate Shenton’s short films GIMP and Send In The Clowns will also be featured on Crypt TV UK, as part of CryptTV’s new showcase of innovative content creation from the UK.

Crypt TV UK was recently launched to support and showcase independent British genre filmmakers and champion British creators pushing boundaries with their storytelling.

EGOMANIAC will hold it’s world premiere this year on August 28th , at the U.K’s largest International Genre Film Festival- FrightFest.

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Interview, Director Kate Shenton:

First of all, lets talk about your film ‘Egomaniac’, tell us about it….

Egomaniac is about a female horror director, Catherine Sweeney, who is desperately trying to make a zombie horror romantic comedy however everyone in the industry tells of the talking dog in the film in order to raise the finance. She continues to compromise more and more to the point where she loses her mind. In many ways it is a semi autobiography of some of my experiences within the film industry. The central character is an alter ego version of myself. Even though there is a lot in the film that is fictionalised it is based very much on stories I’ve heard, people that I’ve met or my own personal experiences. I will never say what is fact and what is fiction. It is entirely up to the audience to decide.

Where did the idea come from? How did you get involved with the film?

It came after having a bit of a meltdown. Since I completed my first feature film, a human suspension documentary called On Tender Hooks, I realise that within two years and endless meetings, promises and hearing the words ‘I can get you £1 million like that” on a regular basis I was actually no closer to making my second feature film. I had also experiences some very negative experiences within the industry and I was at the point of giving up. Then, instead of giving up, I decided ‘Fuck it! I’m going to make a film about all this.’

Tell us about the cast, who is staring in the film and what was it like working with them?

The lead of the film is Nic Lamont. We’ve known each other for many years and there was no one else I would trust with the role of playing my alter ego. Alongside her is Adam Rhys-Davies. They’ve both performed in there comedy double act The Twins Macabre for a number of years so they have a natural comic chemistry between them. It was a real joy directing them and they brought so much humour and energy to their characters.

In total we have a cast of 18 which is rather ambitious for such a low budget film. Working with actors is one of my favourite things is a director and I really want to move away from the traditional one location/Two actors structure which happens in a lot of low-budget films.

What are your influences as a director?

There are many things that influence me. I love good deadpan comedy and was really inspired by series like ‘The Thick of it.’ I also love the work of Victoria Woods. When it comes to horror films i’m very inspired by films that break the rules and do not follow traditional stereotypes and structures. Like the most no-budget filmmakers I have of course been inspired by the work of Robert Rodriguez. When I was a teenager are used to binge watch Tim Burton films and I’ve always said he’s early work was one of the main reasons why I went into filmmaking. 

Where can we watch or buy ‘Egomaniac’?

Egomaniac will be having its World Premier at this year as Fright Fest (28th August, 3:55pm.) We also hoping to tour the film around the UK as well as continuing along the festival circuit.

What is the next step for you? Do you have any other projects in production?

I am currently working on my third Feature Film Bloody Burrito which is being produced by Breakneck Films. The project is taking up to be super exciting and we have a fantastic creative team. We can’t wait to get started.

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