STEVEN SHEIL – Screenwriter & Director
Steven Sheil is a screenwriter and director. His first feature film Mum & Dad was released in 2008 by Revolver and was the first project to come out of Film London’s Microwave scheme. The film was unique in being the first UK feature to be released simultaneously to cinemas, DVD, pay-per-view and VOD. Mum & Dad won the Méliès d’Argent for best feature at the Leeds Fanomenon festival in 2009 and Best Actress for Olga Fedori at the Fantaspoa Festival in Brazil in 2010. The film was described by Total Film as ‘one of the defining British horrors of its generation’.
His second feature was the action-horror Dead Mine (2012) for HBO Asia, starring an international cast including Sam Hazeldine (Resurrection, Peaky Blinders), Miki Mizuno (Guilty of Romance) and Joe Taslim (The Raid, Fast and Furious 6). Shot in Indonesia and produced by Singapore/Indonesia-based production company Infinite Studios, Dead Mine was HBO Asia’s first original production and was broadcast across South-East Asia in late 2012, following a theatrical run in Asia. The film is distributed in the UK by eOne.
He is also the co-writer of psychological drama Gozo, co-written and directed by Miranda Bowen and due for release in 2016. Current projects include dark drama Special developed through Creative England, with producer Jennifer Handorf (The Devil’s Business, The Borderlands), Sinners, a contemporary adaptation of James Hogg’s 19th century novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, with Glasgow-based Sinner Films, and, as a screenwriter, The Dummy, a thriller for Los Angeles-based Bishop Films.
He has also worked as a Director of Photography/Camera Operator, primarily for director Jeanie Finlay, included working as DOP on the BIFA-award winning Orion: The Man Who Would Be King (2015), The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013), Sound It Out (2011), Goth Cruise (2008) and Teenland (2007). Other camera credits include feature film One For The Road (Dir: Chris Cooke, 2001) and BBC4 documentary Evidently…John Cooper Clarke (Dir: John Ross, 2012).
Since 2005, he has been the Co-Director of the Mayhem Film Festival, based at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham. Mayhem features the best in world horror and cult films, and has hosted events featuring Nicholas Roeg, Mark Gatiss, Gareth Edwards, Mike Hodges amongst many others, as well as premieres, preview screenings, archive screenings and special live events. In 2015 he directed a live stage reading of a previously-unfilmed Hammer Films script, The Unquenchable Thirst Of Dracula for the festival.