Dead Sunrise at Parramatta's Riverside Theatres

FILM BUFFS: (l-r) Dead Sunrise film director and producer Michal Imielski with writer and actor Peter Maple. "We are proud of the film we have made, it is quite different to your usual zombie film," Imielski said. Picture: Geoff Jones

FILM BUFFS: (l-r) Dead Sunrise film director and producer Michal Imielski with writer and actor Peter Maple. "We are proud of the film we have made, it is quite different to your usual zombie film," Imielski said. Picture: Geoff Jones

Australian horror film, Dead Sunrise, is making waves in the international film scene.

The feature film has been nominated for more than a dozen accolades and has been crowned with several awards internationally.

The movie, directed and produced by Granville resident Michal Imielski, is his latest labour of love, having taken more than three years to complete.

It tells the story of little flesh eating child zombies who change the lives of five travellers forever. But be warned, Dead Sunrise isn’t your standard zombie flick.

Described by Hollywood Investigator as “nostalgic, powerful, bizarre and an interesting addition to Aussie horror”, the film features a very unique zombie origin storyline with modern twists and an intense zombie turning transformation inspired by Japanese modern dance style, butoh.

Above all, horror fans will revel in the authenticity of the production with its use of real blood, real prosthetics, real puppets and not a drop of computer-generated imagery (CGI).

“We wanted to make a different kind of zombie film, while honouring all the things fans love about the genre,” Imielski said.

“We’ve made it all in Parramatta. We recorded the orchestral soundtrack right here so everything is home grown – which is really awesome that it is winning so many awards.”

Imielski is no stranger to doing things differently. For more than 12 years, the Polish director has been the artistic director of SHH Hybrid Arts Company.

The business based in North Parramatta specialises in bringing together artists from all forms; including painters, filmmakers, dancers and performance artists.

“The organisation aims to encourage creative innovation by experimenting with old and new styles, ideas and technologies,” Imielski said.

The films writer and actor, Peter Maple of Rosehill, took his inspiration from his own life experience about the fear of having children.

“He wrote the film with this huge metaphor about the fear of having children and children literally eating you alive and taking a lot of your time,” Imielski said.

“As co-writer, director and composer, I came from a different angle: a system of power that is like a virus and slowly destroying our children and our future. With those ideas combined we created Dead Sunrise.”

Dead Sunrise will play at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres this Friday, featuring a post-screening Q&A with Imielski and Maple.

  • 7pm on March 17 at Riverside Theatres. Tickets: $9-$15. To book: Call 8839 3399 or riversideparramatta.com.au. Classification: MA15+. Watch the trailer at: vimeo.com/186376726
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