Private Project

Daniel Came Home

A dead soldier comes back from the grave to confront his abusive, fascist father.

  • Brian Gregory
    Soundtrack for Kolton Lee's Blood (2005), Writer/director Janet Devis (2019)
  • Brian Gregory
  • Brian Gregory
  • David Keyes
    Key Cast
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), The Wolfman (2010), Holby City (television 2013-2015), Shortcut (2020)
  • Adam Eveson
    Key Cast
    "Daniel "
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Horror
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    550 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Brian Gregory

Composer: Blood (2005)
Writer/director: Guitars Kill Cowell (2007), Janet Devis (2019), Daniel Came Home (2023)
Upcoming: Witch (a horror feature)

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Director Statement

I shot this film, Daniel Came Home, (adapted from my own short story) in my rented flat over three weekends. I was keen to work with David Keyes, as I had admired him in many shorts, on TV and even in Hollywood movies, knew that he lived near Brighton and could see that he'd be perfect to play Jack. I had heard that he liked my previous short-Janet Devis-so I plucked up the courage to send him the script.
The film was mainly inspired by Bob Clark's Dead of Night, Alan Clarke's 80's films, various 60's experimental films; a particularly unpleasant father of a friend of mine; and my own father's army experiences, along with their lasting effect on both myself and my family. It's quite a personal film and there is definitely some of myself is in the character of Daniel.
With little financial resources, I placed an emphasis on atmosphere and short bursts of dialogue, feeling that the story would work best in stark black and white, with a lot of time spent on sound FX and music choices.
"Decently shot and edited, a fine atmosphere is conjured with minimal resources and the backstory of the protagonists is done very well, with just the right amount of suggestion, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks. Good stuff!"- John Llewellyn Probert, British Fantasy Award winner and author of The Nine Deaths of Mr Valentine, plus numerous novellas.