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The plot that underlies The Door is based on a real event that befell a young Austrian woman in Sussex. She later related it to script writer, Gareth Owen who, at the time, was researching ghost stories for a programme he was presenting for the BBC. It was first published as a short story and then later, when he was approached by talented film maker Phil Brown, it was thought it could happily form the basis of a film which the two of them were planning.
A charming yet mysterious ghost story set in the late fifties, it tells how a young boy (beautifully played by Tom Moule) falls ill while visiting his grandmother (Estelle Shutkever) at her rather odd house on the Bournville estate in Birmingham. During a feverish dream he imagines himself playing football in the Close with his grandfather and two of his army pals. But is it a dream? Or is there, as his grandmother suspects, more to it than that.

Shot by cameraman Tim Johnson, original music by Malcolm Carlton, designed by Colin Judges, and played by a cast of local actors, The Door enthralled and ultimately moved audiences at its premiere with the charming simplicity of its telling and the high professionalism of its cinematographic values.

Widescreen 16 x 9, Running time, 15 minutes

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Reviews:

Well done on this charming little non-scary ghost story. You got a fine performance from the young lad, and a strong and professional feel throughout the film.

GUYS Film Festival

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Short films are often ostenstatious and use all kinds of camera gimics, bizzare lighting or outlandish style usualy direct from film school. The Door is a little feature wrapped in sentiment from the highly competant pen of Gareth Owen. This film co-directed by equally experienced Director Phil Brown explores the possible ghostly experience of a sick child. The acting is solid and believable from the whole ensemble and the location and use of camera is not as restrictive as shorts often tend to be. In places a little hot on the lighting which can be forgiven as the story keeps your attention the whole time and the overlit sequences which can often happen with video does not distract the viewer from a super little film. I actually had a lump in my throat at the end, as did my 17 year old daughter who viewed the film with me. At my age it normally takes more than fifteen minutes to move me so I would give this film four out of five stars and hope to see more from messrs Owen and Brown.

Garry Skerrett, Harwynn

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