INTERNATIONAL CINEMA RELEASE
Thanks to the eternal kindness and brilliance of Arrow Films, Gareth Tunley’s stunning debut feature film The Ghoul, starring the incredible Tom Meeten, alongside Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Dan Skinner, Niamh Cusack, Paul Kaye, Geoff McGivern and a load of other people I probably just pissed off by not mentioning, will finally be receiving the wider cinema release it deserves. From this Friday August 4th, the film will be available in selected cinemas across the UK (I dearly wish I could be more specific, but check local cinemas for details), with a US release following shortly after on August 10th. Or the 11th. It may well be speeding its way across the globe to other territories as well, but I’m just the composer, I’m too lazy to check, I’ve got precisely half an hour to finish this page before I go on holiday and your best bet is always to follow the film’s official Twitter Feed for up-to-date information. This list might help.
In the run-up to the wider release, the press response has been overwhelmingly positive, with glowing responses from Variety, Flickering Myth, The List, Sight and Sound, Uncut, Hollywood News, Sci-Fi Now, a fantastic review from Kim Newman in Empire and a thoroughly unexpected praising in The Fortean Times.
It’ll also be available on various streaming services simultaneously, so you don’t even have to leave your house to see it. Don’t ask me which ones, but someone’s bound to know. And if you’re still in any doubt whatsoever, why not watch the splendiferous new trailer, which literally knocked me sideways when I realised they’d actually used my own music on it (as I’ve discovered, an extreme rarity, and a serious honour).
And if you’re daft or unlucky enough to miss all that, The Ghoul will be arriving on both DVD and Blu-Ray, again courtesy of Arrow, in glorious 1080p with a full commentary, interviews with the cast and crew, an essay about the film by Adam Scovell and, to cap it all, Gareth and Tom’s 2013 short film The Baron, remastered with an all-new commentary of its own. Sept 4 in the UK and Sept 5 in North America.
Just in case you missed it, BBC iPlayer is still showing all six episodes of the third series of Tiger Aspect’s multi-award-winning Murder in Successville, for which I wrote all the original music. The writing, the direction and every aspect of the production are all top notch as usual, but this year the performances have gone through the roof, and the rookies are all just perfect. I’m really happy with my work on Ep 5, but without wanting to pick out a favourite, I think everyone would agree Martin Kemp’s Ep 2 is a little bit special. But hey, that was on months ago and you already know all this.
Meanwhile, Bob Pipe’s short films The Monster and The Baby’s Crying - yes, with music by me - have been winning awards and nominations all over the place, like these, and Fergus March’s excellent film Godless (which again I wrote the music for but also briefly appeared in, along with a cascade of other stunning cameos) has been doing stunning business of its own.
Oh yeah, and The Monster’s now available to watch on Amazon Prime, so now you’ve no excuse to miss the unnaturally talented Richard Glover giving one of the most beautiful and haunting performances of his career.
As for the rest of my life - I may have temporarily disappeared off the face of the Earth, but only so I could burrow deep within its bowels, badgering away on projects which will, one day, worm their way to the surface and see the light of day. Or maybe the light of the moon. Or even a sunless, starless darkness the like of which the world has never witnessed. But I’ve stretched this metaphor way too far already and I’m already starting to think I might just leave the damn things in some undiscovered gold mine somewhere, next to a triceratops fossil. None of which will give you any idea what I’m on about, but what’s new?
Over and out (if you can hear me this far beneath the planet’s crust)
Waen “Origen” Shepherd xxx
and intense” ****
(Kim Newman, Empire)
December 3, 2013
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Shut Up Mum
April 21, 2015
I am a Video
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Murder in Successville
Jun 13, 2016
A short film to
UK Cinema Release
Aug 4, 2017