MR CLEAN – cast and crew screening

Screening poster
Premiere screening event poster

We finally had our Swedish cast and crew screening premiere for MR CLEAN and SVEN GUNNAR! After a very long wait indeed to find such a venue, we finally got to have our premiere at the Zita Folkets Bio, here in Stockholm.

I had already managed to go to the venue and test the DCP for MR CLEAN a few days earlier, So that was done. And I’d taken an order of posters, so my one main mission of the day was just to get those posters signed by the cast and crew that were in attendance. Weirdly I just wanted the screening to be over before it began. I don’t know why. I’m guessing that It has been so long since we made these films and been hunting for a venue to hold this screening, that It was just a thing that I was helping put on for others. I’d even considered not attending myself, which is crazy. Selfish I guess. But gatherings are stressful to me generally. Was it pre-show nerves?

However, I am so glad that I did attend. And it was so nice to see all that came and to spend a night celebrating what we achieved with the cast and crew of both films that could be there. But it was hard work, trying to say hit to everyone (apologies if I was all over the place) and conduct interviews and make sure I collared everyone to sign a poster and also arrange the screenings themselves. Never mind, then trying to introduce the films in the best way – especially to those who were not involved in the making of them and also those who don’t know what to expect. Thanks to Johnny and Hasse for also doing their bit to explain the films.

It was amazing to spend time with all of these amazing individuals together, to reminisce and discuss the future; as well as to share that with our friends, outside of the filmmaking world. I genuinely wished the entire teams for both films could have been together, but sadly that wasn’t the case. But there was a great showing nonetheless. However, it was a hot, tiring event and I was really exhausted the next day. But everyone seemed to enjoy the event too. 🙂

The thing that I would have really liked to have gone better, was coordinating getting people into the screening. There were only a small number of seats. Luckily I think only 4 people didn’t get seats / to see the films. All they had to do was ask and we would have put the films on for a third time, but we did only screen both films twice, to full screenings, including a few standing throughout. It was just a bit messy when I got distracted and let a few too many try and get into the first screening, so they all had to wait for the next one.

It was nice that I think around 76 people were there – which is amazing for short film previews. But if there wasn’t any coronavirus concerns, it would have been interesting to see how many might have shown up otherwise.

And for those who were not in attendance, here’s what I tried to say about the films, before they were screened:

Thank you all for coming here tonight to see two short horror films made in Sweden. Both self-funded – with talented teams, working for free! MR CLEAN is first. SVEN GUNNAR is next – showing back-to-back.

MR CLEAN is my fun, weird, short, based on real news articles about people breaking into houses and cleaning them. A tribute to HP Lovecraft, designed to be shot, with no budget, a tiny team and limited resources.

SVEN GUNNAR is the real Midsommar Murders, shot in Hälsingland, a serial killer film with a twist. Just who is kidnapping girls and murdering them… and why?

Firstly, it’s ok to laugh! They’re meant to be fun.

  • For MR CLEANThanks to: 
    • Darwin – for making me do it – and not letting me quit. 
    • to Rinat – who did any crazy thing we asked!
    • to Terese – for doing the things I asked Darwin to do, 
    • Also to Sofie – the entire cast and crew – for trusting us. 
    • And to Suss, for letting me cover our house in fake blood. 🙂
    • The whole cast and crew and special friends helped me get theough it
  • For SVEN GUNNAR:
    • Thanks to Johnny – my snuskit murdering cocktail drinking friend – and Darwin / maestro for seeing the film through, no matter what!
    • Thanks to Hasse for being the real life and soul of the shoot and a true horror fan
    • Thanks to Emma and Alicia for trusting that we weren’t really killing people… for real
    • Thanks to Sven and Mirja for welcoming us and looking after us – and showing us the real Hälsingland hospitality
    • And the entire cast and crew – you were so generous

Everyone made huge contributions! They were great teams and they’re now great friends.

These films will always be special. A lot of blood sweat and tears to finish them. Thanks to all that helped make them, to those who couldn’t make it and for those that came to see them tonight – thank you all! Enjoy!

Oh and thanks for my Rose 🌹! 

Big love ❤️

Please note: I don’t specifically mention other key people in the team, only because they weren’t present at the time. They were very much in my heart, and time was limited. But without them, we would not have pulled this off.

I really want to thank the staff at Zita for a great event. Thank you so much for allowing us to hold this event and allowing us to display our posters and fill the place with people. it was a great event and the films looked amazing on your screen. 🙂

Thanks to Rinat Iljin for filming the event. Thanks to Sami Arous and Moa Liverstam for all photos. Thanks to Darwin and Johnny and Dana for collectively helping to pull this off. And thanks again to all who came and to all who praised the films. 🙂

DFTB is selected to 17th festival

multi award winning DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE

Just a quick one, to say that NO TE OLVIDES DE RESPIRAR aka DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE, a short film I co-wrote with Darwin Reina has been selected for its 17th film festival – Selected to XXII International Festival DetectiveFEST Moscow Russia April 20 – 25. Nice! This short film has gone on to much bigger things than we first dreamed of. Congratulations to Darwin and the entire team!

It would be amazing if one of the coming fests also felt it worthy of another award. But it feels greedy to even think so, as it has already done better than expected. But we can only hope for continued festival success.