British horror revival begins here! Ashley Thorpe picks up media award

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“British horror revival begins here in the South West,” said Ashley Thorpe as he picked up the media innovations award for independent film, and he should know – he’s picking up awards, and plaudits, and favourable reviews wherever he goes.

Ashley said: “In some ways ‘Scayrecrow’ remains my favourite – mainly because of my childhood love of Dick Turpin and the Ashley Thorpe highwayman as character in general.

“I’m also completely obsessed by that period; the bawdy stories, the fashions… and ‘Scayrecrow’ gave me the chance to share these obsessions while simultaneously taking everything I love about Hammer and gothic horror and putting my own spin on it. It’s certainly the most romantic thing I’ve ever done and I’m thrilled that people love it so much.”

With 11 winner of the 17 categories coming from Devon and Cornwall, you wonder why the awards ceremony, begun by Plymouth Media Partnership, took place in Bristol. Well, we don’t wonder that hard.

Other winners from the D+CFilm environs:

Television – sponsored by Silverstream TV
Twofour Broadcast(Plymouth) – Make My Body Younger

DVD/CD – sponsored by Insider magazine
Leap-design for change (St Austell) – Tales from Porth Interactive CD rom

Community website – sponsored by Plymouth City Council
Twofour Communications (Plymouth) –

Corporate website – sponsored by Business Link South West
Gendall Design(Falmouth) –

Manishima Ico (Plymouth) – Freddy’s Story

Audio/Music for screen– sponsored by Audio Network
Paul Roberts Sound (Kingsbridge) – Humf

Virtual world/gaming– sponsored by O2
Stoke Damerel Community College (Plymouth) – Children’s Services Second Life Project

Collaboration– sponsored by University of the West of England
Sundog (Plymouth) – There 2 Care: The Voice of Young Carers

Newcomer– sponsored by The Formation Zone at the University of Plymouth
Joakim Boren Photography (Plymouth) – Joakim Boren

2008 MIA trophy winner– sponsored by Plymouth City Council
Twofour Broadcast(Plymouth) – Make My Body Younger

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• You can buy your own copy of Ashley’s Scayrecrow, The Screaming Skull or The Vampire. To download from the Carrion Films site.

• Read Ashley’s horror film influences.