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Walking Against the Rain

WALKING AGAINST THE RAIN tells the story of two strangers, Blair and Tommy who are navigating their way across a barren landscape in a desperate attempt to find each other. With their only form of communication being two soon-to-die battery operated radio mics and with a new evil monster in the shape of 'The Forsaken' tracking them down, they must learn to confront loss and rediscover a trust in humanity.

With full body practical creature effects from BIFA award winning FX designer Dan Martin (Possessor, Color Out of Space, In the Earth)

  • Scott Lyus
    Director
  • Scott Lyus
    Writer
  • Scott Lyus
    Producer
  • Chris Nials
    Producer
  • Mel Morley
    Producer
  • Sophia Eleni
    Key Cast
    Call the Midwife, Black Mass
  • Reece Douglas
    Key Cast
    Cruel Summer, The Knife That Killed Me, Waterloo Road
  • Johnny Vivash
    Key Cast
    Charismata, Rendel: Dark Vengeance, Black Mass
  • James Swanton
    Key Cast
    Host, Dashcam, Broadcast Signal Intrusion
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Horror, SciFi, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 34 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 24, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Frightfest 2022
    London
    United Kingdom
    August 27, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Dracula Film Festival 2022
    Brasov, Brasov County
    Romania
    October 15, 2022
    Romanian Premiere
    Nominated - Best Film
  • Nightmares Film Festival 2022
    Columbus, Ohio
    United States
    October 21, 2022
    North American
    WINNER - BEST OVERALL FEATURE. Nominated - Best Horror Feature. Nominated - Best Director. Nominated - Best Screenplay. Nominated - Best Cinematography
  • Trieste Science+Fiction Film Festival 2022
    Trieste
    Italy
    November 3, 2022
    Italian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival 2022
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 4, 2022
    WINNER - BEST UK FILM. WINNER - BEST DIRECTOR. WINNER - BEST ACTRESS. WINNER - BEST EDITING. Nominated - Best Actor
  • Birmingham Film Festival 2022
    Birmingham
    United Kingdom
    November 10, 2022
    Birmingham Premiere
    Nominated - Best Feature. Nominated - Best FX. Nominated - BFF Bull Award (Best Overall Film)
  • LA Comic Con 2022
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    December 3, 2022
    Los Angeles Premiere
  • Romford Horror Film Festival 2023
    Romford, London
    United Kingdom
    February 25, 2023
    WINNER - BEST LOCAL FILM. Nominated - Best Film
  • EXTRA Sci-Fi Festival Verona 2023
    Verona
    Italy
    April 1, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Panic Fest 2023
    Kansas City, Missouri
    United States
    April 14, 2023
    Mid West Premiere
    Nominated - Best Film. Nominated - Best Indie Film
  • Romford Film Festival 2023
    Romford, London
    United Kingdom
    May 26, 2023
    Nominated - Best Feature Film. Nominated - Best Actor (Reece Douglas). Nominated - Best Local Film
Director Biography - Scott Lyus

Scott Lyus is an indie filmmaker from Chelmsford, England. Having started his love affair with film from a young age, Scott decided against film school and instead kick started his short film career in 2012 with the home invasion thriller Supernova. Followed in 2013 by the critically acclaimed cult horror Order of the Ram.

In 2015 Scott would return to the short film scene with Silently Within Your Shadow, starring horror legend Bill Moseley as the voice of 'Hugo'. The film would go on to screen at 75+ film festivals worldwide.

In 2017 Scott delivered paranormal short thriller Echoes of the Passed, which would go on to play several festivals worldwide including the legendary Shriekfest Film Festival and the Starburst International Film Festival from Starburst Magazine, where it was awarded Best Short Film 2018.

Scott would then make his final short film in 2019 - Black Mass. Which was to be his most successful short film to date, premiering at Panicfest in the US and Frightfest in the UK. The film would have a lengthy festival run, running into late 2021, along the way picking up various awards and nominations, including Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the 2020 Starburst International Film Festival.

Now in 2022, Scott returns with his debut feature film - Walking Against the Rain.

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Director Statement

When I wrote Walking Against the Rain, I wanted to create a grounded, compelling and jaw-dropping exploration into a world where human connection, that we now so often take for granted, had been removed. A world where flora and fauna where flourishing without human interference.

How would we survive without human connection and constant communication?

And as a result, would we start to reassess how we look at basic level human interaction, and what it really means to be alone?

The underlying theme of Walking Against the Rain is an exploration into loss, grief and how our characters are coming to terms with a new life in an empty, but at times beautiful landscape, hidden within an old school practical effects end-of-the-world monster movie.