In the bleak highlands of Scotland, an army veteran must battle his demons in a last desperate bid to reclaim his life and his sanity.
The Unkindness of Ravens was shot on location in Fife and Perthshire, Scotland by a fearless and dedicated Scottish crew led by director Lawrie Brewster. A co-production between Hex Media and Dark Dunes Productions, the film seeks to explore the effect of the horrors of war on the human mind through the media of beautiful poetry and brutal violence. The team are currently running a Kickstarter campaign seeking finishing funds for the movie.
Andrew Alburn, a homeless veteran suffering from PTSD, is plagued by flashbacks of a traumatic event he witnessed while serving in the armed forces. He travels to a retreat in the remote Scottish Highlands hoping to overcome his fear of ravens, the dark creatures that populate his visions, but, in this bleak wilderness, his nightmares manifest into an enemy more powerful than he could ever have imagined. He must battle these monstrous entities as well as his own inner demons in order to keep his life, and reclaim his sanity.
Interesting Facts/Stories from the Set
- Since we’re a small, independent outfit, many of our crew had to multitask on the production. For example, Michael Brewster, our cinematographer had a plethora of roles including VFX artist, T-shirt model, amateur taxidermist, as well as appearing in the film as a mad, eyeless ghost.
- By sheer coincidence (or strange fate) the only catering available near our shooting location was at a restaurant called the Blackbird Inn and adjoining Raven Lounge pub.
- Shooting outdoors one night at 2am, the sky lit up with a massive fireball coming from the hills opposite. A series of loud explosions followed. We were terrified, thinking in our sleep-deprived state that we were under attack, and planning our apocalypse survival strategy. Turns out it was some kind of military training exercise…
- Driving back to our location after a feed at the Blackbird Inn one misty night, on a country lane in the pitch black Scottish winter, we happened upon an old lady, standing in the middle of the road. No one else around, no lights or other cars for miles. We stopped to see what she was doing out there all alone, wandering along the road in the absolute darkness – pretty certain we’d stumbled on some local ghost. But it seemed the poor old dear’s car had broken down on her way to see a friend and she’d been looking for help for hours. We managed to get her car started and saw her safely on her way. Relief all round! We make and love horror movies but we’re all wusses when it comes to the supernatural creeping into real life!
- When will the film be released?
Using Kickstarter, we’re hoping to get some finishing funds to complete the soundtrack for the film, produce DVDs and launch a marketing and distribution campaign. All going well, the film should be complete and ready for release in the summer of 2016.