Keeping fear in the family
PACKED with its trademark high-body count, Cunningham Clan Entertainment is preparing to launch its latest dark vision.
The clan is composed of brothers Duncan and Martin, who shoot their gore-filled horror movies around the Ipswich region, utilising local landmarks.
Together they devote their spare time to filming, editing and acting in their own films with a cast and crew of about 50.
Duncan, who stood in as director, said the group’s latest project had taken three years to come to fruition and was currently in post-production.
“I love creating a world, something which didn’t exist before,” Mr Cunningham said.
“It started off as my vision; I put it on film and then my vision comes to life on screen for others to see.”
Mr Cunningham said inspiration for Foresight: Killer Instinct had come after reading about a real-life crime.
“I thought what if someone could find out about a violent crime before it was committed,” he said.
The film tells the story of psychic Glen Parsons (played by Martin Cunningham), who snaps after his wife and unborn child are murdered.
Detective Lance Steel, a corrupt cop who uses the badge to exploit the innocent and corrupt, soon crosses paths with Glen and finds himself battling the xenophobic young man’s furore.
Taking on the role of Steel is Brisbane actor Michael Edward-Williams, who applied to an online call for auditions.
Mr Cunningham said the movie had been filmed on locations around Ipswich, including Bundaleer Lodge Nursing Home at North Ipswich and at Mutdapilly.
“I have a mate who has a couple of acres at Mutdapilly,” Mr Cunningham said.
“It is a good location and looks a bit eerie.”
Mr Cunningham said the group was hoping to have the film ready by June, with plans to take it to horror film festivals in Australia and the US.
The clan are currently also working on a film for Australian short film festival Tropfest, with plans for more short films this year.