Ashley Thorpe’s film career has been packed with plaudits, with people being taken with both his style and storytelling. For his latest horror flick, Ashley’s gone down the crowdfunding route at indiegogo.
“Borley Rectory is to be an animated documentary about a very famous haunted house. It’s a story I’ve been fascinated by since stumbling across it in the Usborne Book of Ghosts back when I was a young boy,” said Ashley.
“The film is to be an exploration of the ‘haunting’s history’ created in a similar ‘collage / rotoscope’ style as my previous animations. It will not only be an investigation of the facts but also a meditation on why this story -and hauntings in general -continue to fascinate.
“I’ve always been fascinated by ghost photography. Not purely because of the subject matter but because they are often very beautiful images. I want Borley Rectory to look like a moving piece of ‘spirit photography…”
The campaign was launched after a year of funding disappointments, including at one point with Channel 4. Ashley spent a long time getting the campaign together, carefully working out the best possible rewards as well as making a number of exclusive short films, including a 3 part interview with Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, Afterlife, Gothic and last year’s The Awakening).
“The campaign is a celebration of the subject, not just a cap in hand,” said Ashley.
So far it has been going very well and has received great notice from the horror community.
‘I have received a donation and words of encouragement the other night from director Neil Marshall, the director of Dog Soldiers, The Descent and a number of episodes of Game of Thrones among others,” said Ashley.
The film’s narration has been performed by Julian Sands and the soundtrack will be composed and performed by Siouxsie and the Banshees founder Steven Severin.
“Steven and I has been talking about the possibility of the score since we first met during a review of his Vampyr tour that I wrote for Fangoria Magazine.
“I’ve worked with Mick (Grierson) on pretty much everything I’ve made since university, so it initially felt very strange to even entertain the notion of working with anyone else. Even though The Banshees are absolutely one of my favourite bands.
“However, Steven remained dead keen even after the long production hiatus and a combination of circumstances and Mick’s academic responsibilities just really made this partnership at this time an obvious choice. I’ve always loved the Banshees so I couldn’t be happier really, it’s very exciting to be working with Steven and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can create together.’
“The idea of doing a limited edition vinyl of the soundtrack was Steven’s idea. I was playing around with some poster ideas and for fun did a mock up of what an old LP would look like if this film had come out during the 70’s and Steven absolutely loved it and instantly suggested that we should make a vinyl as a reward for backers. Something really special. A genuine labour of love. So we’re getting a very limited amount pressed and each record will be signed by Steven, our narrator Julian Sands and myself.”
Ashley’s previous film work includes, Scayrecrow, The Screaming Skull and The Hairy Hands, which have earned numerous international accolades including a Media Innovation Award, a Visionary award at the 2010 Buried Alive Festival in Atlanta and a Best UK Short Film nomination at Raindance