The screenplay is an adaption from a short story he wrote and was released on. The common brushtail possum trichosurus vulpecular, from greek and latin, which means furry tailed little fox is a nocturnal, semitree dwelling marsupial in the phalangeridae family. Playing possum a breathless live action cartoon for adults and twisted children, playing possum follows two colourful bush critters as they chase each other along and around the length of state highway 1, while battling over a choice piece of roadkill. Under the cover of darkness, a band of vigilantes would surround homes in kentucky and dole out their brand of justice with whippings and even murder.
Dec 15, 2016 this beautifully diverse and artistic group of films were originally screened as part of sxsw 2016 animated shorts competition. On the weekend of halloween, a chance encounter with a dead possum helps a struggling young couple reconnect. With sean harris, alun armstrong, andy blithe, ryan enever. Check out more great short films from past editions of the. Nov 09, 2010 heres our first trailer for the short film we just finished shooting. This beautifully diverse and artistic group of films were originally screened as part of sxsw 2016 animated shorts competition. He finds refuge with kid, his younger, autistic sister who provides little man with a brief glimpse of another world. Jul 03, 2018 this film does have its faults and it sometimes feels like that the short story may have been stretched a bit too thinly but it is a distinctly understated, exceptionally creepy horror movie that is genuinely disturbing and manages to be truly horrific, it also thankfully avoids the use of jump scares. Possum was made in association with the new zealand film commission as.
Help us finish the film by visiting our kickstarter page at the above link. He convinces his lumberjack father into taking him into the rugged bush of new zealand, but his elevenyearold brother nathan, doesnt think davids up to the challenge. Accidents, blunders and calamities animated short film. Oct 17, 20 writer and star of darkplace, matt holness, has a new kindle ebook available to download now.
Possum in a wooden cabin on the edge of the forest, a strange young girl referred to only as kid holds court over her trapper dad and his isolated bush family. The film inspired an interactive ipad app which is also awesome and finally the book was released in 2012, featuring the same gorgeous artwork i adored from the movie. Calvin blacks possum trot dolls outsider art americana. Holness revealed in june 2016 that he was working on an adaptation for one of his own short stories, titled possum. Possum has been selected to be part of the 9th new zealand film festival in the peoples republic of china. You better share that funnel cake, because you need to save room for the other great stuff like gyros and sandwiches so big it takes a team to eat them, and kettle corn. Matthew holness chilling horror film possum coming to dvd.
Those boys are now young men whom i am very proud of. Beijing, ordos and chengdu thanks to jim he, michael stephens and. The film was shot in beautiful otaki and at battle hill, paekakariki, new zealand. Dark sky films announces trailer and poster for possum. In each issue, two or three short films will be selected for comprehensive study, with articles illuminating each film from a variety of perspectives.
Nonetheless, the film has a striking aesthetic and atmospheric assurance that. Writer and star of darkplace, matt holness, has a new kindle ebook available to download now. Posted on december 7, 2016 by noisehead2000 in uncategorized. Top 10 facts about possums in australia bird gard australia. If you go into this film expecting horror, youll come away disappointed. Interview with director matthew holness on possum popmatters. Their relationship is tested when they venture into the woods, hunting a notorious possum named scar. Brad mcgann 12 mins nz 1997 a dark journey into the psyche of a nineyearold boy struggling to understand the harsh. Writerdirector peter salmon went on to direct episodes of outrageous. In the wild, they can live up to 17 years of age, have a stable territory, and invest significant energy.
Inspired by edward goreys abecedarian book the gashlycrumb tinies, accidents, blunders and calamities from james cunningham and his media design school students is a dark, fungorefilled 5min short based around a bleak bedtime story from a father possum. Away from the screen, he has contributed short stories to the comma press anthologies. The film starred nz comedian rhys darby and golden globe winning uk actress sally hawkins. Even stray dogs remain elusive to little man, a nineyearold boy who seeks to understand the remote world around him.
Possum is a 2018 british psychological horror film written and directed by matthew holness in. Heres our first trailer for the short film we just finished shooting. The xcor lynx mark ii vehicle travels to a total perigee of 103km above earth. Oct 26, 2018 away from the screen, he has contributed short stories to the comma press anthologies. Brad mcgann 12 mins nz 1997 a dark journey into the psyche of a nineyearold boy struggling to understand the harsh circumstances of family life. Possums are native to australia and are protected there. Possum won the grand prix at the letrange film festival in france.
Im aiming for something like an mgm tex avery, or a warner bros. A father possum reads his kids a story thats an alphabet of the most dangerous animal of all humans. The app features the full short film, plus the full text of the book with special pages you can play with pick out a tune on a piano keyboard, click books to hear what sounds. Sarah jane pell is wearing a suborbital iva space suit and operating the possum cam during suborbital flight. The short eared possum trichosurus caninus is a species of marsupial in the family phalangeridae endemic to australia. After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced childrens puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life.
From an obese chicken to a paraplegic possum to a fish that couldnt swim, it seems the nicholsons have never met an animal they couldnt love. Film info two young brothers accompany their lumberjack father to a forest campsite. Dec 07, 2016 possum is a short film based on a true story between director dave whitehead and his older brother nathan. They may be tangible, delusions or psychological pain that is unresolved. And the horror news keeps on coming out of santa monica as thr is reporting that 71 and prometheus star sean harris is set to lead the cast in uk horror.
Very early film of possum controls equipment for handicapped people, made in 1967 by the doi, showing the then latest technology film 1 of 2. This is a short bridge day funnel cake video we made just a few years ago to honor this food tradition. In this short film, possum artistastronaut candidate dr. At odds with each other, their relationship meets the ultimate test when they venture into the woods, hunting a notorious possum named scar. The film centres on a disgraced childrens puppeteer who returns to his childhood home, and is forced to confront the childhood abuse and trauma that he suffered. Oscar short films 2016 penelope bartlett while we have a deeply tumultuous relationship to the oscars when it comes to the nomination and eligibility process, its a treat to see short film and short filmmakers celebrated on such a global stage. With a knack for fashioning homegrown solutions, tom and debbie nurse members of their brood through an. Sarah jane pell is wearing a suborbital iva space suit and operating the possumcam during suborbital flight. When kid is forced to conform to unspoken family rules, this connection is broken forever.
Possums is a 1998 sports comedy film directed by max burnett possums. This is a suborder of the diprotodonts, a large order which includes the kangaroos and its relatives. This pitchblack fable is told through the eyes and distinctive voice of her sympathetic brother little man, who one night makes a fateful. Beijing, ordos and chengdu thanks to jim he, michael stephens and the rest of the festivals team. Possum simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The possum is an australasian marsupial which was later introduced to china and new zealand. The film is scary and intriguing in equal measure, with subtle elements of homage to 1970s horrors. Check out more great short films from past editions of the event on our sxsw film festival vimeo channel. Now to time the boards out in premier and see how long this short will be. The short running time 81mins still packs it all in. Now, some of them are available for you to watch below. The film is an adaption of holness short story, possum, which was published in the horror anthology the. Dark sky films is proud to announce the new trailer and poster for their new film, possum.
The shorteared possum trichosurus caninus is a species of marsupial in the family phalangeridae endemic to australia. Based on holness own short story, this is a horror movie about suffering from a trauma that both uses its genre conceits as a metaphor and in a more obvious manner of which garth marenghi would be proud. A disgraced childrens puppeteer must confront his sinister. Found north of sydney, the species was once classed as a mountain brushtail possum, which is its closest relative. Possum is a 2018 british psychological horror film written and directed by matthew holness in his feature film debut, starring sean harris and alun armstrong. The film centres on a disgraced childrens puppeteer who returns to his childhood home, and is forced to confront the childhood abuse and trauma that he suffered holness had previously worked on the cult television series garth marenghi.
Oct 26, 2018 writerdirector matthew holness on inviting the audience to gaze into its own unconscious. Modern horror stories 2007, and the short story possum, which. That night in the forest hut, dads workmate, toko, tells a tall tale of a notorious possum named scar, setting davids nerves on edge. You better share that funnel cake, because you need to save room for the other great stuff like gyros and sandwiches so big it. Set in new zealand in the 1970s, possum is a tale of two young brothers who accompany their lumberjack father to a forest campsite.
Possum is a short film based on a true story between director dave whitehead and his. Possum is a short tale of psychological horror, originally commissioned by sarah eyre and ra page for the new uncanny collection back in 2008, but now reworked and refined by holness. At odds with each other, the two hatch a plan to head into the woods and hunt for a notorious possum named scar. Possum is a short film based on a true story between director dave whitehead and his older brother nathan. Of the 23 possum species known in australia, there are two most likely to be thumping across your roof or growling in the darkness at night. This film does have its faults and it sometimes feels like that the short story may have been stretched a bit too thinly but it is a distinctly understated, exceptionally creepy horror movie that is genuinely disturbing and manages to be truly horrific, it also thankfully avoids the use of jump scares. Unsettling and absorbing in equal measure, possum presents a dark character study rich with rewards for fans of chilling genre fare. Since then he has coproduced two short films, food for thought 2014 written and directed by pat robins and possum 2016 written and directed by dave. Possum is matthew holnesss also known as spoof horror writer garth marenghi film directorial debut.
Holness has been at the helm before on a number of short films, including knowing pastiche a gun for george and a halloweenthemed comedy for sky, and his feature debut unfolds on a suitably small scale. Home possum short film animating sc 062 of the possum fishlips i decided to film myself drawing a couple of breakdowns for a fun scene that i am animating for my short film fish lips, where the possum is taking a good licking while successfully inflicting some pain on his enemy in the process. Set against isolated forest country, possum is a timeless and. Oct 25, 2018 possum plays with the idea of playing possum, of things appearing dead that arent really, and that may in fact be alive.
Possum is a tale of two young brothers who accompany their lumberjack father to a forest campsite. Check out the details for the film down below including the release date. Writerdirector matthew holness on inviting the audience to gaze into its own unconscious. Possum was made in association with the new zealand film commission as part of the fresh shorts funding scheme. The film centres on a disgraced childrens puppeteer who returns to his childhood home, and is forced to confront. Join tom and debbie nicholson as they reminisce with joy and good humor about the parade of unlikely pets they have taken in over the years.1494 776 417 851 69 789 1223 261 136 351 1367 1144 856 213 140 787 1119 1299 1552 1400 392 765 308 1524 570 1414 1437 1091 449 516 1113 193 1417 884 542 241 378 10 1049