We’ve seen it all in the horror genre, but a “meta-mentary?” Yeah, morbid curiosity has the best of us! Check out the first bit of goodies from the upcoming flick Rough Cut, and tell us what you think below!
Rough Cut, directed by London-based conceptual artist Jamie Shovlin, explores the making of the gloriously sleazy 1970s exploitation flick Hiker Meat, an imagined film by (fictitious) Italian director Jesus Rinzoli. Written by Mike Harte, with music by Euan Rodger, and produced by Cornerhouse Artist Film, the film is released across the UK on 6 December following a short installation version premiering at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 in the David Cronenberg: Transformations show at MOCCA (5 September–29 December 2014).
While Hiker Meat is fated to remain unrealised as a complete feature, key scenes were filmed in the Lake District in June and feature in Rough Cut. These are contrasted with on-set footage and details of the development of Hiker Meat’s soundtrack, storyboards, design, and models to form a lovingly crafted feature-length work that remains true to the tradition of classic 70s horror.
Shovlin elaborates on what he calls his ‘meta-mentary’, saying, “We’ve adopted the exploitation genre’s collaborative approach to make our own feature, with the knowledge that we can’t possibly re-make a film like Hiker Meat – and don’t actually want to. Instead we’ve investigated where else we can go with it and stripped back the making, unmaking, and remaking of both the film and the idea as a kind of ode to the power of imagination.”
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