Back in 2013 we shared a trailer for the British psychological shocker Porcelain Presence. It’s certainly been a while since we last heard from producers/directors Chris Jay and Emily Bibb so we were delighted to catch up with Emily recently and turn the movies tag line ‘Some secrets are best left buried’ on its head. Naturally we wanted to find out what was happening with the film:
‘Just to recap Porcelain Presence is a 100% self funded feature film that asks the age old question, what really happens behind your neighbour’s closed doors?’ Emily began ‘It’s an independent psychological thriller/horror designed to scare. The story is centered around domestic abuse, murder, secrets and lies.
Porcelain Presence is about Anna (Anna Darnell) a terrified wife who is brutally beaten and tormented at the hands of her psychotic husband Brian (Stuart Horobin) and forced to accept his haunted past by bearing his infatuation for porcelain dolls. Things start to take a turn for the worst when some meddlesome neighbours, Penny (Carol Cummings) and Sharon (Renee Molloy) discover that hidden beyond the doors of their seemingly perfect home lie some unsettling secrets that they wish had never been unearthed. The repercussions that await them after a gruesome crime, leaves all parties reeling in ways you could never imagine.
The film is now 99% finished, we had to cancel our last shoot back in March, but luckily we were able to find another location and we were able to complete our last film shoot on 30 June! Unfortunately we had to change a few things with the scene, like eliminating all extras from the script to comply with the current distancing guidelines, but we finally have it done!
It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride since 2013, there has been a lot of obstacles. We made a lot of script changes, and characters added to bring the story more full circle, more character development, more twists and turns, more suspense. The main reason it has taken us so long is because it’s been written, directed, produced and the majority of scenes shot with just the two of us, plus sometimes one other person. We never anticipated how much time making a no budget feature film would take, but we have learnt so much along the way, and we wouldn’t change it for the world.
As for the films release, we aim to finish the film over the next couple of months. There really is only the odd cut in and voice over now, as well as a couple of songs for the film needed, so we’re very close, so it would be fantastic to get it submitted to festivals at the end of the Summer. As for official release, we are waiting to hear from festivals first, so any DVD / VOD release we are looking at 2021.
We also have a mailing list, if anyone would like to keep up to date with the films release –
Finally we have since changed our names online for our films – Chris has changed his to Sparky Jones (Sparky is his nickname) and I have changed mine from Emily Bibb to Eliza Bibb (as Eliza is my middle name) – this is to reflect our production company name Sparky and Eliza Films’
Thank you for the update Emily, we can’t wait to see the completed picture.