Don’t Run, a new short film from Reckoner Productions, will premiere at the Underground Cinema Film Festival on Saturday September 10th.

Don‚Äôt Run tells the story of ‚ÄòThe Architect‚Äô played by Eoin Quinn (Fair City, Portrait of a Zombie, Limp, Mirror Image) who receives a strange call in the middle of the night from someone claiming to be him, giving only one simple message, “Don‚Äôt Run”. From here ‚ÄòThe Architects‚Äô is led to a discovery that will change his fate forever.

Shot on a zero budget, producers Alan Dunne (Against The Wall, IDLE) and Eamonn Tutty (Anna, Mirror Image) wanted to create an unnerving story that plays on the mind and stays with you long after the credits. The film is an experimental piece of horror, drawing from psychological horror films such as the Shining, The VVitch with some surrealist elements seen in the works of David Lynch.

Speaking about the film, director Alan Dunne said:

Don’t Run for me was such a great project to make. We had a small but incredibly talented cast and crew. We wanted to tell an original story that would stay with the audience long after the credits rolled. Creating the look and feel of the film was a challenge but amazingly it turned out better than we could have imagined. We were able to achieve this by working with our small crew and following strict rules we set for ourselves during the filmmaking process.

Co-writer and producer Eamonn Tutty added:

Securing budgets and raising funds is always a hard task, but the worst thing is getting complacent while waiting on news of development. It is important to keep active, hone your skills and practice. I felt this was a piece that could do just that, challenging Alan on a technical level for a VFXheavy piece, challenging ourselves with organising the shoot and getting the best team to push it to completion. Eoin did a fantastic job getting the subtleties and nuances right for the character. The whole team did a great job and you can see it on screen.

Lead actor Eoin Quinn commented:

Working on Don’t Run was quite an experience. Not just an acting challenge but also blocking was very important so that post production would look perfect. It was great to be involved in such an original shoot that I feel will leave the audience scratching their heads.

Don’t Run was directed, edited and shot by Dunne. He aso co-wrote the script with producing partner Tutty, Sound operators were Tadhg Collins and Tom Stafford, with SFX from Niamh O‚ÄôMalley, music by SL ‚Äì 88, sound mixing and mastering by Luis Diaz, and colour grading by Sean Buffini.

Don’t Run will have its official premiere at the underground cinema film festival in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday September 10th at 3pm in the Royal Marine Hotel. Tickets are onsale now.

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