Monday 2 January 2012

Films 67 and 68: Sick Bastard and Home Made

Ah yes, Jason Impey. Young lad from Northants who makes zero-budget films with his mates. But in today's world it's possible for amateur stuff like this to actually find a release. Within the 11-year remit of my book, two of Impey's features were included in multi-film box sets by Brain Damage/Pendulum Pictures so I have to acknowledge them. There's a whole subsubculture of cinematic detritus like this which knows no boundaries so British film-makers can venture into it just as much as anyone else.

I ended up writing quite a lot on Impey, more than I planned. I cover Sick Bastard in detail - or as much detail as such a basic film can warrant - and touch lightly on Home Made before gesturing vaguely towards Impey's later releases. If you take a look at his website, you'll see that he's forever re-editing, re-titling and re-combining his features and shorts. I don't need to go into that much detail, thank God.

Impey's films per se aren't particularly interesting but what they represent, in terms of distribution and marketing in the 21st century, is fascinating and fits perfectly into one of the main themes of the book.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike, I too am covering Impey's stuff in my PhD research on contemporary British horror. I have recently uploaded a short section in which I look at self-distribution, if you're at all curious:

    Good to see that you too are digging deep for your book!