- Philip Shotton & Dawn Furness
HORROR ON HOLY ISLAND...
A coming-of-age film with more than a touch of darkness, Rising Tide takes the simmering desires and uncertainties of teen experience and twists them into a tale of paranoia, loss and revenge.
With school exams over, it was one last chance to celebrate with close friends before going separate ways, but while toasting so-called 'friendship' and making plans for a final camping adventure together, Izzy, the new girl in the closely knit group, is hiding a dark and devastating past.
Izzy's secret follows the friends to the remote, tidal island of Lindisfarne off the North East English coast, steeped in myth and mystery, where her skeletons come well and truly out of the closet to take revenge on the trapped, terror-stricken teens.
Directed and produced by Philip Shotton and Dawn Furness
"Rising Tide is hugely atmospheric, stylish, intriguing and chilling rite-of-passage horror movie. It's a superb ensemble piece played by a cast of young talented actors"
Timothy Spall OBE
"Beautiful direction, a haunting soundtrack and striking performances are amongst many of Rising Tide's assets. Comedic moments complement the horror"
"This film offered me a better understanding of British 18 year olds than I'd gained from anything else I'd seen in a long time"
Lord David Puttnam
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Philip got a First Class degree in Film from London College of Printing, before graduating from the Royal College of Art in London with an MA degree in Film and Television. His degree film was awarded a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.
On leaving college his first job was as in-house music video producer for Factory Records at the heart of the 'Madchester' scene, producing and directing many high profile videos for bands such as New Order and Happy Mondays.
Philip then spent ten years making documentaries for all the major British TV channels, including the prestigious BBC Everyman series. In 2000 he was awarded the Silver Rose of Montreaux for 'Nobody Does it Better', a documentary featuring Bond composer David Arnold. During this period he was also directly involved in scripting and developing drama projects for various film and TV companies.
Currently Philip is directing interactive films for the web and is also producing and directing feature films including the Rising Tide series and Frank (co-produced with Ciska Faulkner and directed by Richard Heslop.)
Philip often does his own camerawork and thrives on collaboration with like-minded film makers who believe first and foremost in creativity and innovation.
Dawn graduated in nuclear physics from university before pursuing music. She worked as an opera singer - a dramatic soprano, making her debut in La Traviata for Northern Opera, performing in concert with Pavarotti, and touring with Scottish Opera.
In 2004 she produced the digital feature 'Time of Your Life' with FNA films and in 2006 graduated the prestigious EAVE programme with her feature film script 'The Funeral Singer' mentored by Clare Downes.
In 2010 she was awarded a Fellowship from Teeside University for her interactive Electro-Acoustic Song Cycle Composition 'Dedicated...' which is an interactive VJ-project.
She has several years professional experience in Improvised music as a performer and also as a filmmaker, creating the documentary 'On the Outside' on free-form Jazz, and several short films on theatrical improvisation.
In 2008 she studied theatre Improvisation in Canada with 'Improv' guru Keith Johnstone and appears in his training DVD. She wrote the first draft of the Rising Tide script using some of his story creation techniques. She also trained in 'Trans-Mask Improvisation' with Steve Gerrard and recently worked with Shawn Kinley on Long form Improvisational techniques for Opera.
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Rising Tide is a Northern Film & Media production funded through Northern Film & Media's Film Innovation Fund.