Kate Shenton Film Geek to Gimp
Quite possibly the funniest short horror flick I will see this year is Kate Shenton’s Gimp and judging by the reaction of the audience at the London Horror Society and at the Whirled Cinema during Women in Horror Month I know I am not the only person who split their sides at this tale of a visit to the friendly neighbourhood dominatrix that goes horribly, horribly wrong.
We caught up with Kate and asked her what it was that got her into filmmaking?
‘I have always been a Film Geek and spent most my teenage years repeatedly watching Quentin Tarantino and Tim Burton films. However I didn’t get into making films until I started university and joined the filmmaking society. It was that I started to explore my filmmaking and directing to the point where nearly failed my degree (which was in politics off all things.) I basically knew from the first time I pressed record that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It became an obsession. After university I just started making films with whatever money I could find. Most of the work I’ve made was pretty much no-budget and pull together though begging, borrowing, stealing and good friends.
‘In all honesty I never really know where my ideas come from. They just appear in my head. Gimp happened because I’ve always been at terrible at waking up. I have to have several alarms on and I end up putting them all on snooze. Sometimes I wake in the morning and I feel like going mad from all the ring. It was then that I fought ‘What if this happen to gimp who was handcuffed radiator?’
‘I think comedy and horror go hand-in-hand. In my opinion very similar genres. There very reflective of our times and both are exploring the darkest elements of life. I don’t think I could ever make a horror film that didn’t have an element of comedy in it. In fact I would argue that my work is more dark comedy with a horror twist. I’m very passionate about comedy and I take making people laugh very, very seriously.
‘Send in the Clowns is documentary about man who is one ambition in life. To dress as a scary clown and terrorise pedestrians. The short is now available online and it had festival screening at Fright Fest, BiFan and LSFF.