The film is being showcased as part of the ‘Visions’ category at SXSW this coming March. This particular category screens features from risk-taking filmmakers that demonstrate “raw innovation and creativity” in their documentary and/or narrative style. And considering the story told in ‘Spaceships’, it’s sure to tick a lot of those boxes.
The feature follows a father on his search for his missing daughter after an apparent alien abduction, which takes him amongst her gang of social-outcast friends into a dark fantasy world. In this strange new arena of black holes, mythical creatures and alienated teenagers, he finds he must confront his own memories in order to find out the truth regarding his daughter’s whereabouts.
Director Alex Taylor was inspired by the world of cosplayer and game enthusiast Chloe who he found online. Her obsession with alien life forces and desire to morph from girl into a lizard-woman in front of her classmates enthralled him and formed the basis for his debut feature. After making a short film about Chloe and submitting it as part of his iFeatures application, the team at Creative England – along with Alex – wanted to explore this bizarre subject matter further. Read our exclusive interview with Alex to find out more about his inspiration and development process here.
Written and directed by Taylor, the feature was produced by Yorkshire-based Nicola Bowen and Olivier Kaempfer (founder of Parkville Pictures) as well as Tristan Goligher and Christopher Moll from Creative England as Executive Producers. The film shot predominantly in Guildford and Farnborough, Surrey in November 2014. It stars Antti Reini (‘The Man Without a Past’, ‘Il Capitano’, ‘Sincerely Yours in Cold Blood’), Alexa Davies (‘Dusha Shpiona’, ‘X+Y’, ‘Cuckoo’), Lara Peake (‘Bypass’), Lucian Charles Collier (‘The Only One Who Knows You're Afraid’, ‘Mike’), and Tallulah Haddon.
Jury Prize for his debut short, ‘Kids Might Fly’. We wish him the best of luck with his time at the festival this year. You can see the full SXSW Film Festival line-up here.
Our iFeatures scheme is back again this year and applications open Monday 8th February.
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