Witching hour premiere for Dysart man’s horror film

The Bram Stoker awards
The Bram Stoker awards

It’s very fitting that Dysart film-maker Lawrie Brewster’s new film ‘Lord of Tears’ is receiving its first public showing at Hallowe’en.

The supernatural horror, filmed in the Scottish Highlands, tells the spine-tingling tale of a boy bequeathed his childhood home by his mother, with a warning never to visit.

He goes to live there in a bid to dispell uneasy feelings about his past, but he becomes embroiled in a nightmare centred around a mysterious owl-headed creature.

And, amid rave reviews from those in the know in the horror genre, the film has just scooped not one but two awards at the prestigious Bram Stoker International Film Festival – one for best female lead for a convincing performance by newcomer Lexi Hulme, and another the audience award, voted for by viewers at the festival.

“It’s especially pleasing to receive an award from the audience themselves,” explained Lawrie, speaking to the Press after returning from the festival.

“After all they are the ones who are watching it and to have their appreciation means a lot to us. I saw the breakdown of the voting and we received 70 per cent of the audience vote which is amazing!

“It is also a well-deserved award for Lexi who we have worked with in the past and who is a very talented young actress and dancer, which she also gets to show in this film.”

Lawrie (32) directed the film which was written by his “partner in everything” Sarah Daly, who also provides the music.

Their latest production, which is being distributed through new company Hex Media, is receiving its first public showing in Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk tomorrow (Friday) following on from a gala launch at a gothic-themed ball in Balbirnie House Hotel tonight (Thursday) where guests are invited to come in gothic costume or black tie.

The film, which Lawrie describes as “a classic Victorian ghost story in the style of M.R. James or Edgar Allan Poe” is immersed in ancient Scottish religion and history and draws heavily on supernatural myths and legends.

Lawrie added: “It was not initially planned that the launch event and showing would take place at Hallowe’en, but it is quite fortuitous that it all came together at this time and the Old Kirk setting for the film showing will also give it a bit of an extra spooky atmosphere.”