Anna And The Apocalypse
In this gleeful mashup, Anna and her friends must fight – and sing – their way through a zombie invasion to reach the supposed safety of their school, not knowing if their parents and friends will still be alive when they get there.
Starring Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, with Mark Benton (The Halcyon) as her father Tony and Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) as the wicked antagonist Savage. Rounding out the ensemble cast are newcomers Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins and Marli Siu. Ryan McHenry, who wrote and directed the BAFTA winning 2010 short film Zombie Musical upon which it is based, wrote the original script with Alan McDonald. McHenry was best known for creating internet sensation ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’. Directing duties have now been taken on by John McPhail, the award-winning director of last year’s festival hit Where Do We Go From Here.
Anna and the Apocalypse is produced in association with Parkhouse Pictures and is supported by Creative Scotland.
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In Anna and the Apocalypse, a zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her high school friends to fight, sing and slash their way to survival with a fast-spreading undead horde in relentless pursuit. Teaming up with her best friend John, Anna and her crew fight their way through zombified snowmen, a ravenous bachelor party and high school hormones to try and save family and faculty alike. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and the only people they can truly rely on are each other.
|Arthur Savage||Paul Kaye|
After nearly six years of working in the camera department John McPhail decided to make his first short film; a romantic comedy called “Notes”. The film picked up the “Best Scottish Film” award at the Bootleg film festival in Edinburgh. Notes has gone on to screen all over the UK and North America, picking up awards including Audience Choice, Best film, Best Director and Best Actor and Best Editing.
Later that year he released V for Visa and Doug & Steve’s Big Holy Adventure. V for Visa went on to win the Best Director accolade at TriBeCa Film Centre in New York as part of the Bootleg Film Festival.
John’s next short Just Say Hi was entered into to the Virgin Media Shorts Competition, winning 2 out of the 3 awards, making him the only director in the competition’s history to win multiple awards. The film was later picked up by the Très Court International Film Festival where it was screened in over 100 cities in 23 countries.
John’s crowdfunded feature film Where Do We Go From Here? had its world premiere at the Sydney Indie Film Festival in Australia where it was nominated for 8 awards and won “Best Film”, “Best Score” and “Best supporting Actress”.
Roddy Hart is a Scottish singer–songwriter from Glasgow. He made his film musical debut as the Associate Musical Director of Sunshine On Leith and has released three solo records and one EP. Coldplay and Morrissey producer Danton Supple produced his debut album Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire which was nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award in April 2014.
Tommy Reilly is also a Scottish singer–songwriter from Torrance, East Dunbartonshire. He gained recognition after winning the Channel 4 TV show Orange unsigned Act. Shortly after, Reilly’s first single “Gimme A Call” reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart. Tommy is now focusing on composing for film and TV and Anna and the Apocalypse will be his first film project.
Alan McDonald has written extensively across multiple media. An on-staff writer at Blazing Griffin, he is currently writing THE SHIP – a big screen adaptation of the cult video game of the same name – and developing a short-form television drama for a major UK broadcaster. He also contributes to the games division. His feature script ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (co-written with Ryan McHenry) commenced production in January 2017 produced by veteran producers Forward Films together with Blazing Griffin. His spec television pilots DRONES and STATUS are currently in industry circulation.
In 2014 he was the narrative writer on video game DISTANT STAR which went on to win a Best Video Game BAFTA in 2015. He co-wrote horror short ONE NIGHT IN SUTHERLAND HILL with Michael Callaghan in 2013, produced by Haphazard Media and Black Camel Pictures. It went on to be screened at the British Horror Festival in London and the British Film Festival in Berlin.
His supernatural television pilot BASTION was a quarter-finalist in the Screenwriting Goldmine competition 2012, and was recognised in the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course in 2013.
He is represented by Fiona Grant at The Dench Arnold Agency.
Writer/Director Ryan McHenry burst into internet fame in 2013 with his ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’ vines. The weird, high concept 6.5 second videos captured a huge audience on the nascent social media platform, with journalists claiming his videos validated the existence of Vine. Ryan himself was splashed across Good Morning America, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Mashable and most mainstream traditional media in the UK.
Within a couple of months of Ryan’s success, he was diagnosed with a rare kind of bone cancer. The Vine community rose up in support around him, launching a successful crowdfunding campaign and generally helping him stay positive. His fans and the media followed his treatment until he sadly passed away on 2nd May 2015. Anna And The Apocalypse is based on Ryan’s original BAFTA-winning short film Zombie Musical, and was being developed as his debut feature.
|Writers||Alan McDonald & Ryan McHenry|
|Composers||Roddy Hart & Tommy Reilly|
|Director of Photography||Sara Deane|
|Production Designer||Ryan Clachrie|
|Costume Designer||Fi Morrison|
|Makeup Designer||Maxine Dallas|
|Casting Director||Sophie Holland Casting,
|Associate Producer||Lauren Lamarr|
|Executive Producer||Allan Niblo|
|Executive Producer||Todd Brown|
|Executive Producer||James Norrie|
|Executive Producer||Mark Thomas|
|Executive Producer||Steve Jarvis|
|Executive Producer||Tracy Brimm|