Australian Film Festival 2010 Screening

The Australian Film Festival 2010

Christian Clark, Kelly Dolen & Amy Beckwith

The screening of The Gates of Hell was received really well by all. It was a perfect warm balmy night in Sydney and everyone who attended were blown away; not only by the film but the overall production value that was achieved on a modest $1.1M budget which was revealed by writer/director Kelly Dolen during the Q&A.

A lot of people who had seen it when it was doing the festival circuit thought it was a $5M film and that is a massive complement to the effort and commitment of the entire cast and crew who worked on The Gates of Hell.

It was great to catch up with some of the cast, Amy Beckwith (Maddy) and Christian Clark (Dylan). A special thanks to Amy for getting so many of your friends along it was great to see them all there and their reactions during the scary parts and thanks to Christian for introducing us to one of the local Thai restaurants; very nice.:)

We had a Q&A session at the end of the screening with writer/director Kelly Dolen and hosted by Peter Castaldi. It was great to relive some of the moments as Kelly was talking about some of the experiences we had during the making of Gates.

Q&A with Writer/Director Kelly Dolen

It was nice at the end just sitting around in the cinema chewing the fat and talking film biz with guys and our Australian & New Zealand distributor Peter Castaldi. After chatting with Peter he revealed that The Gates of Hell will be getting a theatrical release in June/July 2010.

Talking Film Biz

As for the rest of the world Kelly and I will be self distributing online starting with the USA & Canada. We don’t have an exact date yet when the DVD will be available for sale online but we are at this stage aiming for the end of March 2010.

This whole online distribution thing is a little new for us and we are currently finalizing arrangements with suppliers in USA who will be producing the DVD’s and shipping them out. We will keep you posted on the progress and the exact date of it release.

Just a final note from both Kelly and I, a big thanks to all of you who have been supporting us on this long journey. Its tough being an independent filmmaker but it makes it a lot easier when we get so many emails and comments of support from all of our very patient fans. It wont be too much longer now.

Here are some more photos from the night.

Photo from Thai Dinner

Guys having some fun

The Gates of Hell up in lights. Exciting for Us.

Gates of Hell Screening Tonight

Just a reminder while I am sitting here at Melbourne airport; that The Gates of Hell is screening tonight at 9pm at The
Ritz cinema in Sydney.

All the details are at

See ya there. :)

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The Gates of Hell Movie – Unleashed

The Gates of Hell Cast & Crew Photo

The Gates of Hell Cast & Crew

Finally we are up online and ready to go. What can I say other than we all feel a sense of relief here at the Rapidfire Productions camp. Its been a very long, long time since we completed The Gates of Hell. Did I say its been a long time? :)

It isn’t easy at the best of times being and Independent filmmaker but over the past two years of hitting the road and promoting The Gates of Hell at festivals such as Screamfest 2008, Amberg and Sacramento, and directly with various distribution companies; something really hit home…distributors are greedy muther f#&#ers.

Ok, I may be a bit jaded but I can’t say it any other way especially after get ripped off on our first indy feature film ‘Reign in darkness’. Yeah we were young and green and easy prey for the carnivorous and evil distributors, but Kel and I still get pissed when we still see today, yeah 10 years on; distributors making money off ‘Reign in Darkness’. Yeah you live and learn and boy have we learned.

Oh How Times Have Changed…

The landscape has changed dramatically for the Independent filmmaker and that change is the Internet. I am going out on a limb here and going on the record to say no longer are the Indy filmmakers at the mercy of the distributor; we can now take our films directly to our audience online and Kel and I are going to set out to prove it.

After the pathetic distribution deals presented to us over the last two years we are going to self distribute the film ourselves and prove to the distributors we don’t need them anymore. The world is a much smaller place now with the current state of the Internet and the ability to do business with anyone in the world there is no reason to have to accept crappy distribution deals to get your film out selling. In this Internet age you can do it yourself and we are setting out to do just that.

So we invite you to follow us on this journey into the unknown as we attempt to change the face of Independent film distribution and give the power back to the filmmaker.

We welcome and comments and feedback as we move forward. You can keep updated with our progress by subscribing to our email list, follow us on Twitter, become a fan on our Facebook page and you can also subscribe to the RSS feed.

We are currently in the process of setting the distribution model up so we will keep you posted on how we go. We haven’t done anything like this before so be a little patient with us.

I will be releasing some goodies from the film such as behind the scenes pics and videos so stay tuned.


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