Carrion Films is an Exeter-based group of film-makers dedicated to celebrating British folklore and British gothic. Founded in 2008, they’ve won numerous industry awards and launched their first feature-length film Borley Rectory in 2017. We spoke to writer, animator and illustrator Ashley Thorpe.
What do you do?
Commercially we are film makers/animators for hire. Artistically we focus on neglected aspects of British folklore and legend, whether that be a Dartmoor myth or a once-famous haunting that may have slipped from the nation’s memory.
And what keeps you doing it?
I’ve always felt compelled to tell stories. Even when I was working full time in retail I still wrote, painted and animated in my spare time. It’s just what I do. I’m very lucky to be able to work in a field that stems from my interests.
What’s the story of Carrion Films?
Carrion Films was formally launched in 2008 during the creation of our first animated short Scayrecrow. This was quickly followed by The Screaming Skull (2008) and The Hairy Hands (2009), which went on to win a number of accolades including a Media Innovation award and a Best British Short Film nomination at Raindance. I’ve since gone on to work on projects as the Tales from beyond the pale radio series with Glass Eye Pix and the Hollywood horror feature Tales of Halloween with Neil Marshall. In 2017 we completed our first feature Borley Rectory with Reece Shearsmith and Julian Sands.
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