In this psychological thriller inspired by Luis Bunuel, a dinner party of the wealthy morphs into a surreal twist. A reflective look into the lives of the upper class, ‘Bunuelesque’ satirises the vapid conversations of the rich, paying homage through the truly surreal: the horror of the upper-class dinner party.

An affluent couple, Charlotte and Ian, host their estranged friends, Mark and Ruth in their opulent apartment. All the while, the untouched meal serves as a haunting symbol of the characters’ greed …

Link to the film: https://youtu.be/yJyqRUOQOvc

  • Gregory Wait
    Writer & Director
  • Hippogryph Films
    Production Company
    House Of Ka
  • Aman Mehra
    Executive Producer
    House Of Ka
  • Rory Heaton
    Associate Producer
  • Matthew P Scott
    Director Of Photography
  • Daniel Nissenbaum
  • Yurtsever Orkun Tatar
  • Utkarsh Kumar Singh
    VFX Artist
  • Nalân Burgess
    Key Cast
    The Sandman (2022)
  • Sarah J Lewis
    Key Cast
  • Jahmai Massai
    Key Cast
  • Mark Bennett
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Horror, Psychological Thriller, Surrealism, Social Justice
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 8, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Monza Film Festival
  • Bizarrya Short Film Festival
  • Reale Film festival
  • Make Art Not Fear
  • Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards
  • Triloka International Filmfare Awards
Director Biography

Gregory Wait is a filmmaker based out of London. Inspired by horror movies, he has gone on to embrace the dark, vivid and emotive nature of all genres. He has a profound interest in equality & opportunity, which he hopes to reflect in not just the film, but also in the way in which it was produced.

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Director Statement

"Bunuelesque’s” approach to film is indicative of the great surrealist Luis Bunuel; a director defined by his outrageous and damning moral plays targeted at the bourgeois. Focusing on the false altruism plagued in dining room debates, the characters delve back and forth into irrelevant diatribes surrounding outdated concepts of wealth; “Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie” and “The Exterminating Angel” elevated these dining room discussions into feature-length horrors, meaning to incite turmoil and unrest, accurately depicting the class divides that still plague us to this day. Bunuelesque focuses its lens on the inherent wealth built into these discussions, bringing itself into the forefront of the character's dialogue and beliefs. As they sit enamoured in conversation, their dinner turns cold….

Shot in Black & White, ‘Bunuelesque’ deals with fear, greed, and the darker aspects of the human psyche. In order to express the characters’ mental states visually, we used canted angles, obscure set design and an original score. Using this specific framing and camera angles, with a focused use of light & shadows, the film aims to emphasise the troubled minds of the protagonists. All the while, the untouched meal serves as a haunting symbol of their gluttony, building towards a horrifying twist. I love this technique as it inexplicably traps the characters, speaking to both their fears and the nature of society.

We were fortunate to collaborate with Hippogryph Films, a production company founded by Aman Mehra, the grandson of veteran Bollywood Film Producer, F.C. Mehra. Hippogryph Films specialises in the production of independent short and feature films, aiming to create diverse, relevant and impactful content that delivers a strong message.

Filmed during the Covid Pandemic and on a low budget, we pushed to have a diverse and talented international crew. We had the Original score created by Daniel Nissenbaum from the US. The colouring and VFX were completed by Yurtsever Orkun Tatar from Turkey and Utkarsh Kumar Singh from India, respectively. The rest of the diverse cast and crew were based in the UK but come from all over the world!

As inequality becomes more extreme around the world, I hope a story of the dark side of wealth will resonate globally and hopefully, provoke debate.