Will you survive The Shimian?
We caught up with Director James Peakman from Bader Media Entertainment CIC to talk all things horror, production, and the excitement as he prepares for the world premiere of a thrilling new horror, The Shimian, which will debut next month in our giant screen Auditorium, one of the biggest screens in Birmingham.
The Shimian World Premiere is taking place Thursday 29th September 2022, early bird tickets cost just £10, with tickets costing £15 from Thursday 1st September. Find out more about the event here.
A hair-raising British horror that will leave you on the edge of your seat
The Shimian is set in a forest where a family take a camping trip to celebrate a birthday and fix their strained relationships, but their celebrations are cut short when they learn something unearthly is hunting them.
Questions will be raised about why the Shimian is after them but that can only be answered by being pulled into watching the rest of the film.
A creature as old as time
When asked about where Peakman got his inspiration, he replied: ‘the original story was an extension of a short film the production company made’- also named The Shimian. It was set in the 1930s and focused on a lady of a manor house being tormented in bed by an unseen entity. Continuing from the 1930s, the feature-length will create a full timeline of the Shimian while watching the lives of four relatable people unfold throughout.
We moved on to discussing horror as a genre, where The Shimian director speaks about how much he enjoyed making the short horror film: ‘It was so much fun that I wanted to continue it into a feature film.’
He also shared his love of the cult horror classics such as Jaws, Predator, and IT, saying that viewers will find “little nods” to these in the Shimian. For the nervous viewers, he reassures that ‘though it has its fair share of scary moments, it’s not all doom and gloom – in fact, there are some genuine laugh-out-loud moments in there too.’
‘A director is only as good as his team’
When asked about his favourite moments while making the film, The Shimian creator remembers fondly ‘watching the actors who had never met before rehearsals form a genuine bond together.’ He also talks about the dedication of the team from how they would go over lines when not on set, to the crew behind the scenes working early hours and working through heat or rain to make the film.
However, Peakman says ultimately his favourite moment hasn’t happened yet, that will be when he finally can show the film to everyone on the giant screen.
Choosing Millennium Point for The Shimian premiere
We moved on to discuss locations in Birmingham for film premieres. Peakman reveals that this isn’t the first time he has experienced the Auditorium, having attended several events at our multi-award-winning venue in the past, including Birmingham Film Festival.
When asked why he chose Millennium Point he responds: ‘I was impressed by, not just the giant screen and Auditorium, but the lobby space and bar area’. The filmmaker goes on to say, ‘There’s plenty of room to shape it how you need it to be for your event’.
Peakman also shared his experience when booking the premiere with us: ‘what really won me over was how A: how friendly the staff are B: the great communication and C: how accommodating they’ve been. Nothing has been too much trouble’.
If you want to make a film learn your craft and have fun
Wrapping up our time with James, we asked what advice he would give to people wanting to make a film.
‘I would say that all they need to do is go out and make films.’ Although sounding simple he says that ‘you’ll find a lot of chatter-boxing and not enough action with some filmmakers.’ Continuing Peakman says ‘just ignore the doubts and negativity and go out, find like-minded people or friends, be creative and find a way to make films.’
Discussing further, he says ‘don’t worry if your films turn out good or bad, just enjoy making them. Have fun and learn your craft’.
Where to watch The Shimian
Closing the interview, Peakman thanked all the film’s supporters who donated to the crowd funder campaign saying how ‘I can’t thank you all enough for your support’. Following the premiere, the horror film director plans to tour The Shimian at several international film festivals.
You can watch the world premiere of The Shimian at Millennium Point on Thursday 29th September 2022. Guests will be able to meet with the cast, and director and see the first-ever screening of the film.
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