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The Telling Room

A young man with extraordinary abilities investigates a series of strange murders in his hometown and uncovers a plot for mass murder!

  • Duncan Frost
  • Duncan Frost
  • Kristi-lee Landrey
  • Daniel Lasker
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  • Kevin Hanssen
    Key Cast
    "Walter Parks"
  • Kelly Midlane
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    "June Summers"
  • Eddie Sandifolo
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  • Naledi Ncube
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  • Musa Saruro
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  • Farai Chigudu
    Key Cast
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    2 hours 28 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    400,000 USD
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Director Biography - Duncan Frost

Born and living in Harare, Zimbabwe, Duncan Frost graduated high school intent on combining his talents in music, writing and CGI to make a feature film. He interned with The Fabulous Boom Town Boys Film Studio in Cape Town, South Africa and later moved back to Harare to make The Telling Room. His flair for the fantastic and eye for the eerie resulted in a gripping and entertaining story filled with engaging characters and old world gothic charm. Honing a wide selection of skills, Duncan has done all the writing, principal photography, editing, grading, mixing and CGI/VFX on The Telling Room. In addition to writing and directing The Telling Room, Duncan has written a second script which he intends to direct in 2020.

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Director Statement

I'm an artist and an escapist. There's nothing better, for me, than escaping into an epic story full of compelling characters and high-stakes adventure! Making a film combines all the art that I love - music, composing, CGI, special effects, cinematography, story-writing. I knew that my first film would be a huge challenge - especially considering the country we live in. There's barely an industry here, and no soft money, so to speak, no grants and government media funds to give a helping hand. We had to come up with the funding from scratch, on our own, no credit. But shooting here has also been incredibly rewarding: we got amazing locations and a committed cast and crew who have just gone above and beyond with me to make this film special. I've never had so much fun in my life, and I've never been so challenged. It's been a long road, but we're here. I think audiences are going to find our characters unpretentious and very compelling. The fictional city the story is set in - Stonelake City - is something we've created. We've shot pieces and done CGI and all sorts and it's created this other world which is something really hard to do on a low budget and in a first film. I'm proud of what we've achieved and just hope everyone loves it like we do!