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Local titles get more festival outings

The Ant Timpson-produced Deathgasm and Turbo Kid both make their NZ debuts in the upcoming NZIFF. Both are also named for a pair of upcoming European festivals.



London Frightfest last year gave UK debuts to Guy Pigden’s I Survived A Zombie Holocaust and Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound. Almost a year on, Housebound is into a wider UK release, picking up good reviews including one from The Guardian’s Mike McCahill.

This year Jason Lei Howden’s SXSW-premiered Deathgasm and RKSS’ Sundance-premiered Turbo Kid will play Frightfest, with Turbo Kid playing the festival’s opening night.

Also on the Frightfest bill is Another Me, starring one of Game of Thrones’ few surviving Starks, from Isabel Coixet (whose Learning to Drive opens here in two weeks); and Joe Chien’s Zombie Fight Club, which is vastly inferior to his previous Zombie 108.

Following Frightfest (which runs over the UK’s late summer holiday weekend) Deathgasm and “instant cult phenomenon” Turbo Kid will have a European reunion at Spain’s Sitges (9 – 18 October).

They’ll be joined by Sundance-winning co-production title Slow West, which has just completed its theatrical release here.

From across the ditch Sitges also has Declan Shrubb’s Me and my Mates vs. the Zombies Apocalypse, which producers on the SPA delegation were promoting at Hong Kong’s FILMART in March.

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