Sparrow (2010 film)

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Sparrow
Sparrow 2010 Poster 2.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Shaun Troke
Produced by Wojciech Stuchlik
Written by Matthew Mosley
Justin Di Febo
Starring Faye Sewell
Thomas James Longley
Alexis Jayne Defoe
Eric Kolelas
Music by Jakub Gawlina
Cinematography Jakub Jakielaszek
Edited by Pawel Slawek
Production
  company
Wojciech Stuchlik Independent Film Production
Release date(s)
  • 23 October 2010 (2010-10-23) (London premiere)
Running time 72 minutes
Country Poland
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £50,000

Sparrow is a 2010 Polish-British slasher horror film, directed by Shaun Troke, written by Matthew Mosley and Justin Di Febo, and produced by independent filmmaker Wojciech Stuchlik.[1] The film stars Jack W. Carter, Alexis Jayne Defoe, Eric Kolelas, Sarah Linda, Thomas James Longley and Faye Sewell.[2][3]

The story follows a group of friends on a weekend camping trip to a forest. Despite rumours that the area was the location of a set of gruesome murders, the friends ultimately decide to stay and enjoy their weekend.[4] When strange things begin to happen to them, however, they realise it is too late to leave.[5][6]

Sparrow was shot in Poland on a budget of less than £50,000, with a primarily British cast.[7] The film premiered in October 2010, and was shown at the American Film Market in November 2011. Sparrow is expected to be released on DVD and Blu-ray sometime in 2012.

Plot[edit]

Six teenage friends, Matt (Thomas James Longley), Cindy (Faye Sewell), Kirsty (Sarah Linda), Duncan (Eric Kolelas), Sitcom (Jack W. Carter), and Dawn (Alexis Jayne Defoe) set off on a camping trip in the forest. However ‘Camp Happy Dreams’ turns out to be ‘Camp Nightmare’, as legend states it’s the site of a presumed historic murder. The teenagers' disbelief in this urban legend is soon changed when strange happenings begin to occur to each of them.[8][9][10]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Originally titled Camp Nightmare, the story was written by underground screenwriters Matthew Mosley and Justin Di Febo.[11] The story is based around six teenage friends who set off on a camping trip in a forest presumed to be the site of a historic murder.[12][13]

Casting occurred in the United Kingdom in March 2010.[12][14] The role of the serial killer 'Sparrow', was originally to be played by an English actor, but when he was forced to return to England, director Shaun Troke cast Marian Folga, a local artist from Jaworzno in the role.[1]

Principle filming began in the Hamerla area near Lędziny, Poland in June,[15][16][17][18] supported by a mainly Polish crew,[19] and was completed July 23,[20] with post-production being completed in late September.[21]

On 22 July 2010, an initial teaser trailer was made public.[22][23][24] Early versions of Sparrow received official screenings on and around Halloween 2010 in Vermont, Poland and South Africa. A British premiere in London is now set for early 2012.[25]

Reception[edit]

Critical response to Sparrow was generally positive. Screen Jabber awarded the film 3 out of a possible 5 stars.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zielonka, Anna (October 30, 2010). "Marian Folga z Jaworzna zagrał główną rolę w horrorze "Sparrow"". Nasze Miasto (in Polish). Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sparrow ". Cinema Assassin. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sparrow cast". Casting Call Pro. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sparrow : camping dans une forêt maudite". Fantastiquezine (in French). March 23, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sparrow". British Films Catalogue. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Not-too-bright teens come under attack in "Sparrow"". Horror Movies and Stuff. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Urban Legends Come to Life in Sparow". Bloody-Disgusting. March 22, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "What song will the Sparrow sing?". Horror News. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Urban Legends prove that they can still kill: UK Thriller Sparrow". Dread Central. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "The UK brings urban legends into reality with Sparrow". 28 Days Later Analysis. August 1, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Sparrow in filming". Simply Scripts. June 10, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Sparrow Set to Probe Urban Legend". Shock Till You Drop. March 22, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  13. ^ Douglas, Joanne (March 19, 2010). "Waterloo and Brighouse actors Jordan Greenhough and Jack Carter to star in Polish feature film Sparrow". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "South Heighton man to direct horror movie, after surviving assault". Daily Express. March 22, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  15. ^ Buchla, Marta (June 13, 2010). "Horror w lesie - powstaje śląsko-brytyjski film o szaleńcu spragnionym krwi". TVS. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  16. ^ Aktualizacja, Ostatnia (June 9, 2010). "Morderca szaleje po lesie, studenci wszystko filmują". Gazeta (in Polish). Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  17. ^ Gates, James (March 25, 2010). "Ealing actress lands role in new Slasher Horror". Ealing Gazette. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "Brytyjscy i śląscy studenci nakręcą thriller "Sparrow". W Lesie Murckowskim!". Moje Miasto (in Polish). March 25, 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  19. ^ Strzoda, Ewa (June 22, 2010). "Na planie thrillera". Tychy (in Polish). Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  20. ^ "It's a wrap on set". Evening Courier. July 23, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  21. ^ Malina, Łukasz (September 16, 2010). "Nakręcony w Murckach horror "Sparrow" przestraszy nas w październiku". Nasze Miasto (in Polish). Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  22. ^ "Keep your eye on the Sparrow". Dread Central. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  23. ^ "Camp Happy Dreams Becomes a Nightmare in 'Sparrow'". Bloody-Disgusting. July 26, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  24. ^ "Indie Watch: The Teaser Trailer for Sparrow". Shock Till You Drop. July 26, 2010. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  25. ^ Dee, Jake (June 30, 2010). "A bunch of set photos from Shaun Troke's urban legend flick Sparrow!". JoBlo. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  26. ^ Kelly, Adam Stephen. "Sparrow review". Screen Jabber. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 

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