I had the honour of having my film BLOCKHEAD play at the Glasgow Film Theatre as part of a Blueprint programme this month. My whole life, I've always wanted a film of mine to play on one of the screens at the GFT. I had no fucking clue that out of all of my work that THIS would be the first film of mine to slither its way onto their screens.
The Skinny Magazine had this to say:
You can watch the full film below:
Less than a year after it's premiere at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, where the film caused audience members to panic and faint, "FLAMINGO" is now available to assault your panic disorder. Just last week the film was named one of the top european short films of 2016 on Cineuropa.
If you're a weirdo with a strong stomach - put your eyeballs on it.
I know things have started to get cobwebbed around here - but I've been busy working on a shit ton of new things for you guys to hopefully enjoy.
Today I've managed to finish and release BLOCKHEAD. This film is a little broader than my usual work. To me it's like if Ren & Stimpy were stitched to The Twilight Zone in a heatwave. I shot this back in Feb/Mar this year while I was in Florida. I guess in some weird way this is the third film in my unofficial Florida Trilogy ("The Misbehaviour of Polly Paper Cut" and "Caustic Gulp" being the other shorts).
The film follows Lyle, during a trip to paradise which takes a bizarre turn when he can no longer evade his fixation with the motel ice machine.
The films is just little fun prelude to larger scale projects that will be squirming their way into your eye sockets over the coming months.
Hope you guys enjoy!
- PARASITE (Psychological Drama)
Writer/Director: Bryan M. Ferguson
Hey Boils and ghouls, apologies things have been a bit quiet on here recently, aside from being without internet for a couple of weeks – I’ve actually been working on a couple of projects which will have your eye sockets shaking.
Let me fill you in on what’s been going on the past month or so!
The film also screened at the Vienna Independent Shorts festival on 3rd June. As part of the special 100 Films in 100 Minutes programme.
And if you couldn’t make it to California and missed it in Vienna – I hope you headed down to The Glad Café in Glasgow on the 4th June for the Southside Film Festival. I was fortunate enough to have been nominated for the Southside Filmmaker Award.
Fellow creeps and weirdos, please return your seat backs to their full upright and locked position, I’ve got two new short films in post-production awaiting to squirm their way into your brain through your eye sockets.
BLOCKHEAD – I shot this one back at the end of February/early March while in Florida. This will make the third entry in my unofficial Florida trilogy (the first entries being The Misbehaviour of Polly Paper Cut and Caustic Gulp) I will be releasing this one next after making a few tweaks. The only way I can describe this one is if The Twilight Zone and Ren and Stimpy were fused together in a clammy climate.
SECRET PROJECT – This one I’ve literally just finished shooting principal photography with one or two insert shots to be done. I’m working on the edit right now. I’m really excited about this one. Below are some behind the scenes images for you to get an idea of what to expect.
I recently sat down with a young writer and model named Jack Shanks who asked if he could interview me for a university project. I cautiously met with him, as I normally really hate these sort of things, but he was a cool and easy going guy- put your eyes on it on page 28 HERE
Just posting to say that I know things have been quite here on the news front but that's because I've been on holiday for the last couple of weeks! But here I am to give you lot some updates.
Those of you who came to my Blueprint B-Roll event a couple of weeks back at Glasgow Short Film Festival, thank you! You guys sold out the show, it was a full house and just by the reaction I could hear throughout - you guys were really onboard with the bizarre nature of the programme!
I found this nice little write up by Random Clock Films:
I was really honoured, pleased and lucky to have been a part of this festival - as I had initially submitted RUBBER GUILLOTINE to the festival only for it not to be successful, however Philip Ilson, director of the London Short Film Festival, had selected the film to be included in his Friday Night Shorts event that he was curating for the festival - so a huge thank you to Mr. Ilson for his support and allow it to all weirdly worked out.
I began shooting the film late October/early November of last year. I would shoot the process of the artists and captured their progress over time. I also interview Tuk Tuk CEO, Rizvi Khaleque, who briefly discuses what the restaurant's goal is for the city of Glasgow, with the film closing on the restaurant's launch party event which took place earlier this month via The List.
I'm really happy with how this turned out and hope to make more stuff like this. It may not be one of my short films but it has my finger prints all over it - put your eyeballs on it!
The films range from the darkly comical and the weird and wonderful to just flat out "what the fuck did you just put in my eyes?". Safe to say it's going to be a night you'll either love or be puzzled by - strictly for weirdos only! The event takes place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts on 18th March - I'll be there to introduce/warn you of the programme also.
In addition to the above event, RUBBER GUILLOTINE has been invited to play out of competition at the "Round Midnight" programme on the 17th March, also at the Centre for Contemporary Arts. I'm pretty thrilled to be a part of this block as it seems it's a late night selection of the dark, funny and sexy. Tickets for this block here
Laurent Crouzeix of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival had selected the film as one of his top five stating that 'Flamingo' is "A daring story that revolves around self-inflicted pain. Probably one of the most original narrative fiction I saw this year. Painful, yet somehow universal I believe. Not for the faint-hearted."
You can check out the full list of films HERE
To precede FLAMINGO's screening at the London Short Film Festival on 10th Jan at the Moth Club. (tickets available HERE)- I have put together a new trailer to whet the appetites of those weirdos that have been waiting to see this film since it's infamous premiere last March.
Those eager to get there hands on their hacksaws can be rest assured that the film will premiere online very very soon. So bring your limbs and for some of you.. bring your vomit bag.
Watch the NEW trailer below which features 90% of new footage (not for those with a panic disorder):
Also if you sadomasochists need more - put your eyes on the previously released teaser trailer below:
RUBBER GUILLOTINE is being showcased on Fandependent Films for their Winter Festival 2017. The film will be featured on their platform for 20 days! Go watch the film over there! The more views it gets the more chance you can help the film win the Audience Award! - And for all you real punk jelly enthusiasts - "Become A Fan" and for $3/£2.50 - You can help the film win the Fan Award.
RUBBER GUILLOTINE has been selected to screen in Berlin at the 10th British Shorts Film Festival on the 14th January. Tickets available HERE
Following the screening in Berlin the film will compete for the 2 MINUTES SHORT FILM AWARD in Stuttgart for 300. STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER - FESTIVAL FOR EXPANDED MEDIA. The film screens on the 21st Jan. Tickets HERE
This will be the first time I've had any of my work screened in Germany. If you're a fan of my work and are in the area, please do snag a ticket and support the film!
A quick reminder for those in the UK, this film screens at the LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL on the 8th January at Hackney Picturehouse. Tickets still available HERE
I would highly recommend anyone who is a fan of my work to try and make this screening. FLAMINGO is not yet available online and is needed to be seen on a bigger screen. Bring your limbs and a strong stomach - not for the faint hearted.