A hilarious low budget mockumentary, documenting hapless filmmaker “Jamie Gunn” as he attempts to produce a horror movie. Follow Jamie and friends from the initial pitch of the movie, to the premiere upon its completion. Along the way Jamie loses his actors, friends and eventually – the plot.
Behind the Scenes of Total Hell is an independent feature film by writer, producer, director and editor Andy Wilton. This mockumentary will have you laughing and cringing from start to finish. The lead Jamie Gunn, played by Grey McCulloch is the source of a lot of the film’s comedy and responsible for all of its cringe-worthy moments. Jamie, whether intentionally or not, will remind you of an early Ricky Gervais character represented in the way Jamie keeps looking at the camera and some of the lines he comes out with, pure gold.
Another performance which brings the laughs is that of Sam Smart who plays Raul Kemp, the producer who spends most of his time loosing the funding, drinking away what funding they do have and receiving less than pleasant phone calls from a rather unsavory loan shark. His constant mistakes intermitted with the occasional break down is what makes Raul a funny and interesting addition to the cast.
Also the surprise appearance of Ian McCulloch was fantastic. Ian plays Charles Leeson, an actor who starred in a number of horror films in the 1970s and 80s. This is, as many of you horror fans will know, true of Ian’s career having starred in films such as Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979), Zombie Holocaust (1980) and of course the television series Survivors (1975). This is testament to the established actor, to identify an independent film worth working on and lending a hand, fantastic.
While we are on the subject of established actors appearing in independent films, Total Hell attracted yet another, Norman Lovett who I am sure you will all remember as Holly from Red Dwarf (1988) among a host of other work. Norman provides the voice of the narrator and delivers some beautifully timed and subtle jokes, usually at Jamie and co’s expense.
But none of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Andy and company. Andy is no stranger to the concept of film making, having produced work for companies such as Nike, ASDA, Orange and Mitre, just to name a few. But this is Andy’s real passion, making films. As he says himself “I have spent a massive amount of time and effort on this, I’m exhausted.” Understandable, with the amount of work it takes to produce such a feature and with the small budget of just £1000 to work with, I’m sure there were many late nights spent wondering if it was even possible.
Such are the trials and obstacles independent film makers must face in order to make their ideas a reality. But with the cast and crew Andy had to work with, it made it a little easier to achieve this.
This mockumentary is truly brilliant, supplying some genuine laughs and moments which will make your cringe as you follow this set of film makers as they attempt to make a low budget horror film with an ever changing script, an ever changing crew and next to no money. Will they make it? find out for yourself!
The film, amazingly, is free to watch on YouTube, so there is no reason not to watch it! I have embedded the full length film below so get watching people. Also if you would like to know more about the film or Andy himself, I have linked the contact information at the bottom.
So get watching and support the independent film scene!
Written by Oliver Willis
Behind the Scenes of Total Hell Contact Information:
Official Website: http://www.btsoth.co.uk/