Film Production: Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2019)

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In November 2017, director Ryan Mackfall told Neil Fox & I about a H.P. Lovecraft story he’d read – ‘The Picture in the House’ – and was looking to adapt for the screen.

One year – and a production company, script, cast, incredible crew, shoot, edit, VFX, grade, score & mix – later, we had a film we’re really proud of.

Our festival strategy for the UK and overseas has been designed by our friends at Festival Formula and now, almost two years after we started adapting the story of the screen, we’re pleased to announce that Backwoods will premiere at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival, in Portland Oregon – in October, and is followed by an East Coast premiere at Vortex, Rhode Island before Halloween, and a European Premiere at London Short Film Festival in January 2020.

Here’s the trailer.


About Kingsley Marshall

Dr Kingsley Marshall is a film composer, producer and academic. Head of Film & Television at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK, the subject area consists of 25 staff working with 500 undergraduates, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films. He executive produced Wilderness (Director: Justin John Doherty, 2017) which won 13 awards at international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest, and Mr Whippy (Director: Rachna Suri, 2019). In 2018 he co-produced with Neil Fox the short literary adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2019), premiering in Portland, Orgeon and winning the HP Lovecraft award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. More recently, Kingsley recently completed the score as composer on a film project - Hard, Cracked the Wind - with director Mark Jenkin and production company Early Day Films. The film premiered at Encounters Film Festival in September 2019, and has since played festivals across the world including New York Film Festival. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc