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Janet Devis

Janet Devis is set in a non-specific time and place, blending sci-fi with horror and social commentary. It tells the tale of a telekinetic girl, named Janet Devis, who has been branded a witch and captured by an unknown organisation. She is interrogated, tortured and forceably inducted into an all encompassing programme by computers and machines. It appears that the unseen forces see Janet as a threat to themselves. They aim to control her, understand and obtain her powers for their own usage.

  • BRIAN Gregory
    Soundtrack for Kolton Lee's 'Blood'
  • Brian Gregory
    Guitars Kill Cowell by The Now UK music video
  • Brian and Jeanette Gregory
  • Jeanette Gregory
    Key Cast
    "Janet Devis"
    Make up: Da Vinci Code, various TV and short films
  • The Now Uk
  • Neil Gregory
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Sci-fi
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    550 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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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

Janet Devis came about through both a passionate desire to make a film and the need to limit myself to one main location for my first 'proper' effort.
My aim was to make a short,sci-fi film with a particular atmosphere to it. Flat-sharing for many years in London, then Brighton (often being confined to four walls), started me thinking about ideas involving one prisoner(one actor) in one room. I didn't like the idea of a modern-day setting, so I started thinking about scenarios set in the future, or maybe on a different time-line. Sci-fi is a great way of holding a mirror up to the now and I tried to do this, while also indulging in my fascination of historic British witch-trials. George Lucas's student film: THX1138 was a big influence.
Lastly, I spent a lot of time on sound and music to attempt to create an intense, claustrophobic, but futuristic mood.