Acclaimed UK teen horror set for worldwide Vodo release

Posted: 23rd April 2012

“A hugely atmospheric, stylish, intriguing and chilling rite-of-passage horror movie.”Tim Spall OBE

“Atmospheric, ambiguous, engaging and affecting”

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 “This film offered me a better understanding of British 18 year olds than I’d gained from anything else I’d seen in a long time.”

Lord David Puttnam

Harry Potter actor Tim Spall OBE is amongst the list of industry heavyweights to endorse new independent teen horror film Rising Tide ahead of its worldwide release on Vodo on 24 April.

Film fans across the globe will be able to watch Rising Tide free of charge and buy exclusive digital and experiential merchandise from as little as $5 after a deal was agreed to show the feature on the VOD platform, which is rapidly gaining favour with film producers and viewers alike.

Trapped by the sweeping tide, deadly secrets and ghosts of the past on North East England’s mystical Holy Island, Rising Tide is the sinister story of friendship, loss and revenge of a group of college leavers embarking on a final camping adventure.

Rising indie rockers Let’s Buy Happiness, internationally renowned musician Kathryn Tickell and composer Sacha Puttnam add a foreboding soundtrack as the storm clouds gather over the Northumbrian coast and the young friends realise that they are held prisoners on this beautifully bleak island.

Produced and directed by the feature debut duo of Philip Shotton and Dawn Furness, Rising Tide is a distinctive, experimental new feature film made for viewers who are fed up with the same old cinema experience and demand something different.

Devoid of Hollywood clichés and featuring an innovative script developed by the cast through workshops and improvisation, Rising Tide is one of the first UK feature films to sign up to Vodo – the revolutionary alternative distribution platform and brainchild of Steal This Film creator Jamie King.

Independent film fans will be able to watch Rising Tide legally and free-of-charge. They will also have the opportunity to buy exclusive content, merchandise and Rising Tide related experiences from as little as $5. Contributors will also gain credit for helping to deliver Rising Tide 2, which is currently in post production.

Rising Tide’s innovative and entertaining film experience has gained plaudits from a range of celebrity supporters, including Harry Potter actor Timothy Spall OBE and legendary producer Lord David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express).

“Rising Tide is hugely atmospheric, stylish, intriguing and chilling rite-of-passage horror movie. It’s a superb ensemble piece played by a cast of young talented actors,” said Spall.

Puttnam praised the film for its on-screen depiction of teenage life in the UK: “This film offered me a better understanding of British 18 year olds than I’d gained from anything else I’d seen in a long time."

“We made Rising Tide on a leap of faith and shot on location in a week with two cameras, seven crew members and eleven cast all between the ages of 16 and 19,” said Shotton of this ambitious low budget project.

“Needless to say take it took a year to edit. It was an experiment to see if digital technology could enable us to produce and release an entertaining, cinematic, high quality movie to a worldwide audience - with virtually no budget. We were all broke at the time but remain excited by the opportunity to be involved with a project that pushes the boundaries of low budget filmmaking and alternative distribution.”

Rising Tide is a Northern Film & Media production funded through Northern Film & Media’s Film Innovation Fund.

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY: DAWN FURNESS & PHILIP SHOTTON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: TOM HARVEY

CINEMATOGRAPHY: KYLE HESLOP & PHILIP SHOTTON

EDITED BY: JEREMY HOGG & LIZA RYAN-CARTER

COMPOSER: SACHA PUTTNAM

ADDITIONAL MUSIC: KATHRYN TICKELL

SCRIPT BY: DAWN FURNESS

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