Described by its creators as comedy/fantasy/horror, Alfred J Hemlock is based around the encounter of protagonist Emily (Renaye Loryman) and the “mysterious entity” Alfred J Hemlock (Tristan McKinnon) in a dark alleyway one night.
Director Edward Lyons, who funded the project himself, is thrilled with the film's success so far.
“The Bermuda International Film Festival is an Academy Award qualifying film festival, so we were thrown over backwards when we found out.”
Lyons is currently in the US with co-writer and wife Melissa Lyons, where Alfred J Hemlock screened last week at the Dances With Films festival for its North American premiere.
Taking on a larger-scale project like this, though, was never going to be an easy task.
“It was probably the most difficult, problematic, and mission-impossible film I’ve ever made, ever. Everything that could have possibly gone wrong did go wrong. We had everything thrown at us,” Lyons said.