Magazine article Screen International

FrightFest, Screen Unveil 2017 Genre Rising Star Award Shortlist

Magazine article Screen International

FrightFest, Screen Unveil 2017 Genre Rising Star Award Shortlist

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The winner will be announced during the festival in London

Tom Paton, Dominic Bridges, Joanne Mitchell, Matthew Holness and Danny Morgan have all been nominated for the second Screen International Genre Rising Star Award, in association with Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 (August 24-28).

The award was established in 2016 to celebrate the work of emerging UK genre talent, with the first recipient being Prevenge director Alice Lowe. This year’s winner will be announced on Monday August 28.

Danny Morgan has been nominated for his work on horror comedy Double Date (pictured, top), directed by Benjamin Barfoot. Morgan wrote the screenplay and also stars as hapless 30-year-old virgin Jim, whose desire to find love leads him and best friend Alex (Michael Socha) into danger. Morgan has starred in TV shows like Ideal and features including On The Road, and has written several shorts. Double Date is his first feature screenplay.

Tom Paton has been shortlisted for his second feature Redwood, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Playing the Cineworld Discovery screen on FrightFest opening night, the film follows a couple who disturb a nest of vampires while hiking in the woods. …

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