Movie To Get Your Teeth Into

3 October 2011


Two Derby brothers, who together produce short films, have launched their latest offering - a horror rom-com about a zombie romance. University of Derby BA (Hons) Broadcast Media and Film & Television Studies graduate Adam Horton (26) creates short films with his brother Joe (22). Adam graduated from the University in 2008.

The Horton brothers previously worked together on another short film narrated by influential British comedian and actor, Rik Mayall. This Side Of The After Life was one of the winners of QUAD Derby Shorts in 2009.

Their new short Chomp! is a new take on the zombie genre that is sure to thrill cinema goers worldwide. It takes audiences on an emotionally fired journey, from darkly sinister through ultra-gory, to a comedic ending with a loving twist. In a nod to Lady and The Tramp, the two zombie characters chew on the same entrails that lead them to be drawn together.

Chomp! stars Marc Pickering who appeared as Johnny Depp's sidekick in Sleepy Hollow and played 'R Wayne' in the spoof TV reality talent show by Peter Kay, Britain's Got The Pop Factor.

Adam said: "To take an audience on a journey from being tense, to grossed out, to then being amused is a great challenge, especially in three minutes. If the film manages to do that myself and Joe will be very proud film makers indeed.

The short was made on a small budget of just £1,400 which the brothers raised themselves; through setting up a group on social networking site Facebook and appealing to their friends and family for donations, plus dipping into their own savings.

Their earlier film This Side Of The After Life which was set in Derby, has already played at festivals worldwide including; The Short and Suite in Toronto and iShorts in Prague.It's also competing as one of only five films in the The Raindance Festival's 'best UK short' category. The Raindance Festival in London runs from 28 September to 9 October and is one of the UK's biggest film festivals.

Tom Craig, Programme Leader for Film & Television Studies at the University of Derby said: "Over the past decade, the University of Derby has been associated with a number of internationally successful film projects. I have no doubt that we will be seeing and hearing much more of Adam and his brother in the near future."

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