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Chimera

Chimera is a psychological-horror film about a man with social-anxiety problems who experiences a nervous breakdown, worsened by an increasing obsession with his nightmares.

  • Stephen Noorshargh
    Director
  • Oliver O'Brien Till
    Director
  • Stephen Noorshargh
    Writer
  • Oliver O'Brien Till
    Writer
  • Linnéa Borg
    Producer
  • Aidan Parsons
    Key Cast
    "Peter"
  • Brian Marks
    Key Cast
    "Doctor"
  • Oliver O'Brien Till
    Key Cast
    "Roommate"
  • Sulymaan Hameed
    Cinematographer
  • Sulymaan Hameed
    Editor
  • Linnéa Borg
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    600 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Stephen Noorshargh, Oliver O'Brien Till

Stephen Noorshargh and Oliver O'Brien Till are filmmakers based in London, and soon to be film studies graduates of Queen Mary University of London. Oliver is working in a cinema while completing his studies, while Stephen is awaiting his graduating this summer.

They have worked together on multiple short films, as co-writers and co-directors respectively whether for their studies or outside of them. They have assembled a crew from those they have studied with, with their composer, editor, producer and lead actor all Queen Mary students. As their studies have now finished, they will pursue their filmmaking ambitions post-university. This is the first film of theirs they are taking to the festival circuit.

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Director Statement

We were tasked to make a film for our final year project at university, and only had a couple of weeks to come up with and write said idea. Quickly our attentions turned to the issue of social-anxiety, and how, if it gets to the point where one isolates themselves, it can be extremely detrimental to their mental health. At this point, we decided to merge this theme with a pre-existing idea of ours, where a man becomes obsessed with his nightmares, consequently taking sleeping pills to re-experience them. So, in our final film "Chimera", we combined the two, by having said nightmares concern social-anxiety issues. Early on, we knew we wanted to make a psychological-horror film in the vein of Lynch's 'Eraserhead', and used that film, as well as Aronofsky's 'Pi' as visual and thematic templates for our work.