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Horror and comedy mix in short film success story

15 June 2017

An ambitious short film that was the major project for a UTS master's degree has repaid a tricky “mission impossible” production period with great reviews and a series of international festival screenings.

Tristan McKinnon as Alfred J Hemlock, picture supplied

Alfred J Hemlock is the latest creative endeavour by graduate of the UTS Master of Media Arts and Production course Edward Lyons.

It received its world premiere at the Bermuda International Film Festival in May and will next have an opening night screening at the Long Island International Film Expo on 14 July.

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.”

The film has had reviews featured by Decay Mag, Global Fashion Wire, Fairfax, and 52 Weeks of Horror, and was a finalist in this year’s iHorror award for short films.

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.

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