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The Sermon  by Dean Puckett (Usa, 2017), 11’’, v.o. English, sub. Italian

In una chiesa nella campagna inglese, un pastore puritano e pieno d’odio si prepara a pronunciare una predica davanti alla sua comunità, ma sua figlia ha un segreto che potrebbe distruggerli tutti.

Biografia del regista
Dean Puckett  ha lavorato anni per l’adattamento cinematografico del libro The Crisis of Civilizationdi Nafeez Mohammed in tre documentari etnografici “Grasp the Nettle”, “Honey at the Top” e “The AutistiX”. Nel 2015, è tornato alla fiction con il pluripremiato “Cicle” una commedia di fantascienza ambientata negli anni ottanta. Grazie al successo ottenuto da “Cicle”, il Creative England/ BFI gli ha finanziato il secondo cortometraggio “The Sermon”, un horror ambientato in un contesto rurale girato in 35mm.

The Sermon  by Dean Puckett (Usa, 2017), 11’’, v.o. English, sub. Italian

Somewhere in the middle of the English countryside, a hate preacher rules over a small community with his anti-LGBTQ, puritanical rhetoric. His daughter Ella dreams of a life outside of this rigid patriarchal regime and is having a secret love affair with a mysterious older woman called Ava. Their love is discovered by one of The Pastor’s minions, John, who covets Ella for himself. John capture’s Ava, and humiliates her in front of a baying crowd, manipulating Ella into betraying the woman she loves in order to survive. Heartbroken, Ella plots to take revenge on the community, her tormentor John and her father, in a final desperate act of ecstatic violence.

Director Biography
Dean Puckett has spent years crafting stories, from his adaptation of Dr. Nafeez Mohammed’s book The Crisis of Civilization, through to his three ethnographic documentaries, Grasp the Nettle, Honey at the Top and The AutistiX. In 2015, with backing from Creative England and the British Film Institute, he made the move into fiction with an award winning 1980’s tinged sci-fi comedy short called Circles. Owing to the success of this, he has gone on to develop his next short with Creative England/ BFI; The Sermon, a rural set folk-horror dealing with sexuality faith and oppression shot on 35mm film and is set for release at film festivals in 2018.