Baghead

Kevin is haunted by grief and has questions that only the recently deceased can answer. His search takes him to the most unremarkable of locations, a grotty storage room at the back of a rundown pub. However, what he finds there is anything but unremarkable.

  • Alberto Corredor Marina
    Director
  • Lorcan Reilly
    Writer
  • Carter Pilcher
    Producer
  • Oliver Walker
    Key Cast
    “Kevin”
    Holby City, Viking Quest
  • Natalie Oliver
    Key Cast
    “Lisa”
    Inmure
  • Julian Seager
    Key Cast
    “Gatekeeper”
    Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy, Scareycrows,
  • Pat Boothman
    Key Cast
    “Baghead”
  • Tama Phethean
    Key Cast
    “Mike”
    Boys Behind Bars
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Horror
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Dances With Films
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    June 9, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cryptshow Festival
    Badalona
    Spain
    July 7, 2018
    Spain Premiere
    Winner Best Short, Best Director and Audience Award
  • XIX Fantosfreak Festival Internacional de Curtmetratges Fantàstics i Freaks
    Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona
    Spain
    July 18, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Madrid International Film Festival
    Madrid
    Spain
    July 25, 2018
    Madrid Premiere
    Nominee Best Lead Actor of a Short Film, Best Director of a Short Film
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 14, 2018
    Winner Best Thriller
  • HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    August 24, 2018
    Indiana Premiere
    Official Selection
  • FRIGHTFEST
    London
    United Kingdom
    August 27, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Dragon Con Independent Short Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
    September 2, 2018
    Atlanta Premiere
    Winner Best Short and Best Horror Short
Distributor Information
  • ShortsTV International
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Free TV, Paid TV
Director Biography - Alberto Corredor Marina

After completing his MA in Filmmaking in Spain, where he specialised in screenwriting and directing, Alberto spent a year as a Radio speaker for a local station in Madrid. In 1998 Alberto moved to Munich where he underwent a placement in Film Production at the Bavaria Film Studios; he then trained as an Avid Media Composer Editor and worked for the next 5 years in different productions, ranging from TV documentaries to corporate and travel videos. He also worked as a Camera Assistant (Betacam and DigiBeta), a job that took him to exotic places, Champion’s League games, concerts and TV sets.
In 2004 Alberto moved again, this time to London, and worked in the training industry as Senior Video Editor until he started in 2008 his own Production Company, Long Shot Media Ltd.
During the last 10 years and under the banner of LSM, Alberto has directed, produced, shot or/and edited hundred of videos, documentaries and commercials in the UK, Spain and Germany, for distinguished clients, including BBC, Glasshead, the European Medicines Agency and Save the Children to name some.

Selected Filmography

Short film
“Baghead”, 2017, director, ShortsTV and Long Shot Media Ltd

Documentary
“Kettling of the voices”, Edit and story consultant, CY Film Productions
“Road to London 2015”, Director and editor, Long Shot Media for the European Medicines Agency
“War Matters”, Edit and story consultant, CY Film Productions
“In Freiem Fall”, Editor, Bayerische Rundfunk

Animation
“Telling Tales Series”, Editor, BBC

Awareness and docudrama
“Medicines for rare diseases”, Director and editor, European Medicines Agency
“Together we can”, Director and editor, Meridian videos for Save the Children an AMAIM
“The Black triangle”, Director and editor, European Medicines Agency

Drama
“Lucia Miranda”, Editor, Argentinian Embassy
“Dreamer’s Dream”, Edit consultant, CY Film Productions
“Animal Kingdom”, Editor, APE Media

Commercial, corporate and training
“Belsize primary School”, Editor and story consultant, Abacus
“Tony Okura-Martins: Manifested Synergies”, Director and editor, The House of the Artist
“Paris LGBT does Amsterdam”, Editor and story consultant, Newham Council
“Break TV”, Director and editor, APE Media
“Kick-it”, Editor, Stream Event AG

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Director Statement

I had been looking for the good part of 2017 for a strong script and from the moment I read Lorcan’s story, I knew I wanted to shoot it. Its simplicity, elegance and clever premise remind me of the magic realism of Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende, shown in movies like “Like Water for Chocolate” or “Birdman”. This film takes a twist from a supernatural, slightly scary set up to a dark comedy. The audience is made to think they are watching a tragic love story until they realise this is actually about betrayal. The ending is just the perfect closure to an emotional rollercoaster driven by Kevin’s rage at both his fiancée and his brother. What also sets the story apart is its unique role reversal where the ghosts are the ones scared of the living.

Lorcan has also created memorable characters, specially Baghead and her way to invoke the dead, who I wanted to visually portray on screen in a very stylish way.
To me the story packs originality, suspense, interesting characters, punchy dialogue - and a twist at the end - which is a simple but powerful recipe that guarantees that it will be the film to remember when the audience leaves the cinema. All the actors deliver remarkable performances, specially Oliver Walker who manages to take Kevin through all the different emotions in a subtle but impressive way.

Having only two sets in one single location helped us to work in a very controlled environment, which facilitated lighting to achieve the look I was aiming for, a magical, occult world, full of shadows to give it a dark, gritty feeling. This is accentuated by a very strong sound design by Luke Isom.

Hollie Buhagiar provided a fantastic soundtrack to the story, full of darkness and awkwardness to underline the emotional journey that the characters are undergoing.

From a personal point of view, having worked for 20 years in media production, I felt I had the right mix of maturity, experience and knowledge of the craft to deliver a strong short. Having directed and edited hundreds of corporate identity videos, documentaries and commercials, I felt this was the right moment to build my drama portfolio and to hone my director skills before jumping into a feature length project, which is my ultimate goal. I had a very experienced and enthusiastic team to help me along the way, including DoP John Wate and Production Designer Marie Boon.