Bloody, funny – and bloody funny – York-set serial killer romp Whoops! is among three standout features selected to tour this summer with the first Raindance Independent Tour, meaning audiences up and down the country will be able to see the film from 9-26 June, in addition to a separate screening on 14 June at this year’s NXNE Festival in Toronto.
The film was a low-budget labour of love for York producer Sam Robinson, who had the story on his shelf for years before he found the right filmmakers to bring it to the big screen. Enter Miles Watts and Tony Hipwell of MilesTone Films, who have enjoyed previous cult cinema success with their vigilante film CrimeFighters and their web series/soon-to-be-movie Zomblogalypse.
One of only a hundred feature films (and only thirty at NXNE) selected from thousands to screen at last year’s Raindance Film Festival, Whoops! – the blood-soaked story of accidental serial killer Rose Clements – is now among several features chosen by Raindance to screen in a selection of Vue multiplexes up and down the country, which can only be encouraging news for independent filmmakers everywhere as the film was produced on a fraction of the budget of your average blockbuster.
"It’s been a long, fun journey" says Robinson, for whom Whoops! is the first of many planned feature films. "Getting the film into Raindance was huge, so now for us to continue this journey with them, and to see our film on the big screen this summer, is pretty damn exciting."
Co-director Miles Watts calls Whoops! "the kind of movie we always dreamed of making. To develop someone else’s great idea and add our own ghoulish touches and influences, with a brilliant cast and crew, was the perfect collaboration. We always hoped to show it to audiences on the big screen."
Whoops! is "a darkly comic blend of serial killer lore, slapstick and a bunch of British and Hollywood films we grew up watching"’ explains Hipwell,"‘but with a sympathetic, loving couple at its heart. We really can’t wait to share it with cinema audiences as so far it’s been a real crowd-pleaser."
The film will screen at the following Vue cinemas:
9/10 June at Edinburgh Omni Centre 11/12 June at Gateshead Trinity Square 16/17 June at Halifax, Broad Street 18/19 June at Manchester Lowry 23/24 June at Cardiff Stadium Plaza 25/26 June at Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays
The tour will feature Q&As at some of the screenings by the cast and crew, culminating with a screening organised by the filmmakers in their hometown of York, date TBC, followed by other screening dates.
The film will eventually be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and Video On Demand.Whoops! Website