Steven Baker’s second short film The Predicament is the only New Zealand film to be selected to screen at the 50th anniversary Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Europe’s premiere genre film festival, which opens this weekend.
Baker’s 2015 short film A Love Story won the Jury Prize at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) and also screened at Sitges.
A Love Story started Baker’s journey into the zombie world with a quiet reflective story about a woman’s love for her undead husband. The Predicament is the story of 3 people who end up in a car surrounded by zombies and someone has lost the car keys. Approporiately, it will screen in Sitges’ midnight zombie screening sessions.
The Predicament was produced by Susan Parker of Popgun Films, whose own (zombie-free) documentary Loving In Limbo screened at DocEdge last year, winning Best NZ Director and Best NZ Documentary.
This team is now developing two feature films for Popgun Films: Black Rock continues the theme of Baker’s two short films by not really being about the zombies, and The Graveyard Shift for which Baker received a NZWG seed grant in December 2016 funding round.
The Sitges programme also includes one of James Cameron’s earlier sequels, Terminator 2, and A Ghost Story from David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), who directed Pete’s Dragon in NZ a couple of years back.
Sitges runs 5 – 15 October.