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Graduates’ film premieres on Channel 4’s Random Acts

A new short film from our award-winning Film Production graduates has premiered on Random Acts, Channel 4's short-form daily arts strand which showcases new work from young first-time filmmakers. I Dream of Zombies, which stars former Game of Thrones actor Josef Altin, tells the story of Jordan, an obsessed survivalist who wakes up one morning to find himself facing the zombie apocalypse he’s been preparing for. The three-minute comedy was commissioned for Random Acts by the creative development agency Screen South.

“We found out about Random Acts initiative through the UCA Film course’s Facebook page,” said producer Jack Pollington, whose graduation film Sunday Dinner with the Morgans collected Best Student Drama at the 2015 Royal Television Society Southern Awards and was shown on Sky Arts. 

“We had a few different ideas for films we wanted to make, but weren’t really sure how we were going to get them made, and it seemed like a great opportunity. We put in an application, went through an interview process, they liked the idea, and we got the commission.”

With funding in place, the team – which also includes our BA (Hons) Film Production alumni Alex Forbes, Daniel O’Flaherty, Chloe Hardwick and William Chapman – set about finding their lead actor.

“The director Alex and I were thinking about who we could get for the role. We needed someone who could bring an intensity to the character, but who had that comedic side as well. They also needed to be the kind of person who looked like they would be obsessed with zombies!” said Jack. “We were looking around at characters we’d seen on Channel 4 in the past, and we’d seen Josef on Game of Thrones, and we thought he looked like the perfect match.”

Watch a behind-the-scenes clip here:

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