Black Camel Pictures
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Black Camel Pictures

Black Camel Pictures is a production company based in Glasgow and founded by Arabella Page Croft and action-horror-zombie enthusiast Kieran Parker.

Their first feature film was zombie horror Outpost shot on a very small budget it was commended on achieving "smart shocks and stylistic flourishes"[1] and helped establish the company for future projects.

In 2009 Black Camel produced their second feature, the psychological thriller, Legacy starring Idris Elba . Following an appearance as the Closing Gala film at the Glasgow Film Festival the Tribeca Film Festival and the Little Rock Film Festival the film was awarded The Grand Jury Prize at the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival in Miami.

Having mortgaged their £200,000 home in Glasgow to finance production for Outpost. They went on to produce 2 more Outpost films with Outpost: Black Sun (2012) and Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013).

2013 also saw a theatrical release of Sunshine on Leith a feature film version of Stephen Greenhorn's original Dundee Repertory Theatre stage play. Sunshine was directed by Dexter Fletcher (Rocket Man) and produced alongside Andrew MacDonald and Alon Reich of DNA Films. The film was well received as upbeat and enjoyable with critic Mark Kermode stating 'I shed a tear within the first 10 minutes, and spent the rest of the movie beaming like a gibbering, love-struck fool.' in the Guardian newspaper[2] and Robbie Collin in The Daily Telegraph saying the film 'leaves you with cask-strength, capillary-reddening tingles of happiness that run to the very tip of your nose.'[3][4][5]

In 2014 Black Camel Co-Produced Castles in the Sky alongside Hero Productions for the BBC. The film is a dramatised telling of the true story of Robert Watson-Watt and other British scientists' struggle to invent radar in the years leading to World War II. It was directed by Gilles Mackinnon and stars Eddie Izzard and Laura Fraser.[6][7]

In 2018 filming wrapped on Marionette a psychological thriller about a therapist, who loses her grip on reality when a ten-year-old boy claims he can control her future. The film stars Thekla Reuten and Peter Mullan and was directed by Elbert van Strien. It was a co-production between Black Camel and Samsa Films shot in Luxembourg and Aberdeen.[8]

Also wrapped in 2018 was Dead End 2 the second instalment of the Dead End short film series. Starring Bryan Larkin Julian Gaertner, Chloe Chan, Wai Shan Chan, Jay Dai, Matthew Fung and Sam Gor the film tells the story of two contract killers who target a human trafficking gang in Hong Kong. When their mission spills into the streets a young girl becomes drawn into a brutal and bloody battle that changes the path of her fate. It was filmed on location in Hong Kong and Macau and will be released in Spring 2019. Directed by Bryan Larkin Black Camel Pictures served as executive producers.

The company announced filming for Off the Rails would start in February 2019 filming in Palma, Mallorca. The film tells the story of three women going interailing in their 50s after a close friend dies leaving them with tickets and a final request, to take her 17-year-old daughter with them. The film is based on the real-life experience of director Jules Williamson and stars Kelly Preston, Jenny Seagrove, Sally Phillips with Elizabeth Dormer-Phillips The story was originated by Jules and Arabella Page Croft with script written by Jordan Waller.

Company filmography

Released

In development

  • Off the Rails
  • Gifted
  • Underneath
  • Breathe
  • Adventures in Cuisine

References

  1. ^ https://www.empireonline.com/movies/outpost/review/
  2. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/06/sunshine-on-leith-filth-review
  3. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/10353573/Sunshine-on-Leith-review.html
  4. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=brQmFpkKucU
  5. ^ https://www.empireonline.com/movies/sunshine-leith/review/
  6. ^ http://www.channel4.com/film/reviews/film.jsp?id=166435
  7. ^ "Interview - Steve Barker". list.co.uk. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8237272/

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