18 Degrees director/ DOP Dan Macarthur has won a converted Indie Fest Special Mention Excellence Award for the short film Anthesis of Man, a horror comedy.
Starring Gyton Grantley (The Dressmaker, Underbelly) and Leon Cain, the film by Australian horror director Dan Macarthur, also received numerous nominations and screenings at festivals around the world including the Austin International Comedy Festival, The St Kilda Film Festival and West End Film Festival.
Dan’s direction and DOP skills were praised by critics including Indie Fest Judges who dubbed the film “hilarious and unexpected with authentic performances and outstanding filmmaking craft.”
The film was produced by Vizpoets Entertainment with SFX by Emmy-award winning studio JMBFX (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix, Thor).
The story pays homage to Frankenstein when a special effects artist (Leon Cain) is shocked to find his zombie has come to life.
The zombie, played by Gyton Grantley then takes exception at the fact he is missing what he feels is a rather important appendage and forces his creator to make amends.
The IndieFEST Film Awards recognises film, television, videography professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.
Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry and award winners have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys & Tellys.
Also recognised alongside Macarthur’s Anthesis of Man included films starring theatrical legend Steven Berkoff and documentaries narrated by George Clooney and Jeremy Irons.
Australian horror director Dan Macarthur said both Gyton and Leon were extremely talented actors and this helped to bring the story to life.
“It is always a pleasure to work with brilliant talent and the crew on this film were also exceptional, particularly Jason Baird and his team from JMBFX who created all our our prosthetics,” Macarthur said.