Scream queens bring chilling bitesize frights to silver screen

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:12 01 November 2016

Screamathon Kate Shenton - Send In The Clowns

Screamathon Kate Shenton - Send In The Clowns


Short Sighted Cinema is proving that good things can come in small packages with nights of thrilling short films.

The brainchild of actress Gem Carmella and website designer Kate E Williamson, Short Sighted Cinema was initially conceived in 2011 as an online magazine – but the pair decided showing films was more exciting that writing them.

Five years later, Kate and Gem regularly curate and commission short films for festivals across the country – and they are showcasing the best in horror shorts at Rich Mix tomorrow (Thurs).

“We’re massive fans of cult cinema and our horror programmes always go down a treat,” Kate said – but don’t be put off if you’re not a gore buff.

“The films are comic as much as they are tense, there’s moments that will make you squirm and your heart race as much as have you in tears of laughter – you don’t need to be a horror fan to enjoy them,” she added.

In fact, alongside the programme of six chillers sits The Monster Monologues, written for a Hoxton youth project, Ministry of Stories.

Kate said: “The Monster Monologues are a series of comic short films exploring the lives of monsters written by teens, and directed by some of Short Sighted Cinema’s affiliated filmmakers.

“It’s a fantastic project, pairing up talents both new and established.”

The ability to contrast horror and comedy in one evening is one of the strengths of the medium, and Kate and Gem consciously strive for variety.

“We’ve always been sticklers for diversity with our programmes, curating a mix of styles and stories,” explained Kate.

“In any one programme we’ll balance informative documentary with beautiful animation, tear-jerkers with hilarious comedy.

“We create a journey of highs and lows just as a feature film does.”

Tomorrow, those highs and lows will include FestEvil, a slasher film set at a music festival that aims to “do for Glastonbury what Jaws did for the sea”; Nasty, the story of a boy who glimpses his missing father in a video nasty, and Send In The Clowns, a mockumentary about a man who likes to terrify people whilst dressed as a clown.

Screamathon takes place at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch tomorrow. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 on the door. For more information, visit

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