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Cinema of Horror 2

This is a fun, escapist, feel good, quirky story about filmmaking.

What do Zombie Movies and Bollywood have in common? The experimental comedy - Cinema of Horror 2.

Three passionate film students engage in spirited debate to create stories to save the big screen, but life imitates art as screenwriting and reality merge to become one.

It is a timely diverse story of cinema for those who are inspired to watch, make, learn and be part of the story of film.

  • Peter M Kershaw
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    The Astronomer's Sun
  • John Andrews
    Key Cast
  • Andy Cheung
    Key Cast
  • David Kendra
    Key Cast
    Zombie Killers from Another Planet
  • Felicia Herrero
    Key Cast
  • Tony Earnshaw
    Key Cast
    The Fear (TV series)
  • Jiang Li, main composer
  • Malook Singh & Suki Chand, music by
  • Adam Kirk
    The Astronomer's Sun
  • David Bunting
    Tigger the Movie
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Horror, comedy, Fantasy, Musical
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 27, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Phoenix Shorts - Jan 2022
    January 28, 2022
    Canadian Premiere
    Semi Finalist - Best Score
  • Paris Film Awards - Winner Best Comedy
    Winner - Best Comedy
Distribution Information
  • Duchy Parade Films LLC
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Peter M Kershaw

Peter M. Kershaw (He/Him)
Peter has an MFA in screenwriting from IAIA (The Institute of American Indian Arts) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Born in Yorkshire, England now based in the American Southwest, Peter is an International award-winning writer/director & producer. His short films often combine his love of animation with live action. Peter is currently developing a number of full-length drama feature projects through his production company, Duchy Parade Films.

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Director Statement

After the last year on planet earth, humankind needs something fun to enjoy and hopefully laugh at. Welcome to Cinema of Horror 2.

The fantasy drama Cinema of Horror 2 is all about playing with perceptions as identity, a theme I really enjoy exploring, is all about perception. It is a story of cinema for those who are inspired to watch, make, learn and be part of the story of film.

In COH2 I wanted to play with preconceived notions of reality and story genre, mixing fantasy, comedy and horror to create a story world as imagined by three film students.

Our story shows the importance and influence of world cinema from Asia and the East as a hot bed of innovation and approach to cinematic story. Against this backdrop of influences, Hing asks the question, what about China? Where is its future role? Set against the stereotype misunderstanding of some of his fellow European film students. But like most film students, the weightier question of identity gets lost in the default of creating a horror story.

Filmmaking is all about creating a world ultimately seen on a screen by an audience. While our three debate cinema's future, the world of the screen invades their lives and all three end up caught within the world of the screen.

Our story jokes with the students’ ideas of the future of film and their perception of the importance of screen to story size.

The film is a quirky fantasy piece built around the mantra that horror is what drives audiences to cinemas. It is a little tongue-in-cheek in approach.

Editing played a pivotal role in telling the film's story. To help the audience get a sense of how the world imagined by our three students and seen on the screen differs from the reality of the world they occupy, we decided to play with changing screen-ratios to help convey the experience of the world we are viewing. This is something I am currently developing for use on another story.

The film explores the perceptions of reality and imagination, as all dramatic filmmaking is about creating fictional story worlds. It also teases perceptions of character. This presentation of the demonic Woman in White attributed to a lot of Asian filmmaking here becomes a Caucasian female character.

If you have ever been a teacher, then you'll recognize the film's inspiration from conversations with students. As a filmmaker I also wanted the story to make a nod to the importance and influence of Asian cinema on me; its themes, cinematography, fun with genre, story and character. An influence seen and heard across the film. The film’s main score was created by a British-Chinese composer and an original Bollywood song by British-Indian musicians. At a time across the world when Asian populations are suffering from misperceptions around COVID, I also wanted to feature China and a Chinese main character positively in our story mix.

Cinema of Horror 2, was shot on location in Leeds, Bradford, and Harrogate in Yorkshire, England.