The Zombie Diaries

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The Zombie Diaries

Theatrical poster
Directed byKevin Gates
Michael Bartlett
Produced byKevin Gates
Michael Bartlett
Written byKevin Gates
Michael Bartlett
StarringRussell Jones
Sophia Ellis
James Fisher
Music byStephen Hoper
CinematographyGeorge Carpenter
Editing byKevin Gates
Michael Bartlett
StudioOff World Films
Bleeding Edge Films
Distributed byRevolver Entertainment
Release date(s)United Kingdom
29 October 2006
(Letchworth Garden City)
(premiere)

27 August 2007
(DVD premiere)
United States
12 October 2007
(Austin Film Festival)
18 November 2008
(DVD premiere)
Running time81 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget£8,100[1][2][3]
 
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The Zombie Diaries

Theatrical poster
Directed byKevin Gates
Michael Bartlett
Produced byKevin Gates
Michael Bartlett
Written byKevin Gates
Michael Bartlett
StarringRussell Jones
Sophia Ellis
James Fisher
Music byStephen Hoper
CinematographyGeorge Carpenter
Editing byKevin Gates
Michael Bartlett
StudioOff World Films
Bleeding Edge Films
Distributed byRevolver Entertainment
Release date(s)United Kingdom
29 October 2006
(Letchworth Garden City)
(premiere)

27 August 2007
(DVD premiere)
United States
12 October 2007
(Austin Film Festival)
18 November 2008
(DVD premiere)
Running time81 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget£8,100[1][2][3]

The Zombie Diaries is a 2006 British independent horror film written, produced and directed by Kevin Gates and first-time feature film maker Michael Bartlett.

The film was shot in a hand-held documentary format on DV and split into three separate parts.

Contents

Plot

Soldiers of the British army clear a small collection of farmhouses with two scientists who take a tissue sample from a deceased civilian who appears to have been reanimated, then shot.

The film's first chapter, "The Outbreak," begins in the city of London, emphasizing both the dismissive and paranoid reactions of the population to an unspecified disease outbreak that is gradually making its way to Britain. The film then moves to footage of a documentary crew's travel to the countryside, where, in the process of filming material related to the virus, the characters encounter the zombie outbreak firsthand. The story of these four individuals is revisited in the second half of the movie. The second chapter, "The Scavengers," takes place one month later. Two men (one of whom is American) and one woman travel around in a small car armed only with a rifle, in search of food and radio parts.

The final chapter, "The Survivors," tells the story of a larger group of uninfected people who have set up camp on a farm. They divide their time doing reconnaissance of surrounding areas, holding off the endless stream of incoming zombies, and bickering amongst themselves. In the opening scene of the chapter, the audience watches as "the survivors" calmly execute the approaching infected. By the conclusion, in which the film goes back in time to the first nights of the documentary crew at the beginning of the first diary ("The Outbreak"), the word "survivors" becomes an ironic title, as all but one are killed by two uninfected psychopaths.

Both of the murderers also survive, one having disappeared after helping slaughter the film crew and the other kills off the "survivors".

Production

The idea for the film was proposed by Michael Bartlett to Kevin Gates in Autumn 2004. Bartlett originally envisaged it as a short film, but Gates felt it was better suited to feature film length.[4]

Casting involved asking actors to improvise entire sequences from the film. Gates and Bartlett picked the largely unknown cast as a result of this process. Shooting took place at weekends between July and November 2005 and post-production was completed during 2006.[4]

Cast

Whilst the cast was made up of professional actors, few were well-known other than a brief appearance from Leonard Fenton, best known for playing Dr. Harold Legg in EastEnders.

The principal cast consisted of:

Release

The film made a small-scale cinema debut on October 29, 2006 at Letchworth Garden City's Broadway Cinema, followed by a debut in Leicester Square on August 27, 2007 as part of the UK's biggest horror film festival London FrightFest Film Festival (this showing was preceded by an attempt to break the world record for participants in a zombie walk).

The US DVD was released on November 18, 2008 by Dimension Extreme.

Sequel

In March 2010, it was announced by the film's producer, writer and director Michael Bartlett that he and his co-producer, writer and director Kevin Gates had come up with an idea to make a sequel to the film. It was also announced that the sequel had been approved by The Weinstein Company and that Bartlett and Gates will be returning to direct and a few of the cast members from the first film will be returning to star.

The sequel received a limited UK cinema release on June 24th, 2011, followed by a DVD released on June 27th. A US release followed in October.[5] The leads are played by Alix Wilton Regan (replacing Victoria Summer as Leeann), Philip Brodie and Vicky Aracio.[6]

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