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KARAOKE

Failed musician Vanessa comes home from her stale office job one evening to find a version of herself already inside her own house, and is unable to escape.

  • Simon Richards
    Director
    Vinaigrette (Theatre)
  • Simon Richards
    Writer
    PEN INTERNATIONAL Escribe Contra la Impunidad
  • Simon Richards
    Producer
  • Amy Shelley
    Key Cast
    Various Theatre roles
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    surrealism, thriller, experimental, horror, dreams
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Fake Flesh Film Fest
    kamloops, British Columbia
    Canada
    October 27, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Snowdance Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 8, 2018
    Online
    Best Actress
  • http://wakeupscreaming.com/dreams/
    Online
    January 17, 2018
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards
    Kolkata
    India
    February 16, 2018
    Oustanding Achievement for short film
  • LA Edge Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 17, 1918
    Official Selection
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    California
    United States
    April 2, 2018
    Online
    Winner: Best Horror Short
  • Cult Critic Movie Awards Film Festival
    Kolkata
    India
    September 16, 2018
    Asian Premiere
    Selection: Jean-Luc Godard Award
Distribution Information
  • 24 Foot Square: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B07DWP899N
    Country: United Kingdom
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View
Director Biography - Simon Richards

The sound design for Karaoke took six months to complete and creates an uneasy sonic landscape for the characters to move around in. The sound was inspired by musique-concréte artists such as Pierre Schaeffer.

In order to achieve the unnerving effects, a total of 80 tracks were layered on top of each other, incorporating the sound of glaciers, an exorcism, desert wind, a human foetus’ heartbeat inside the womb, a broken old church organ which sounds like a torture instrument, and buzzing insects.


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Director Statement

I want to make films which crawl under the viewer's fingernails, then burrow their way inside their body, into the heart and lungs.