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Rebecca Culverhouse 2023 6m

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A couple watching a horror film about a strangely familiar basement realise they’re dreaming when they suddenly find themselves in the very same basement. And that’s when it sees them… it knows they shouldn’t be awake… Despite trying to prevent getting swept up in the same events of the movie, they find their options narrowing as the dream goes on, and as they get closer to the terrifying thing that’s been waiting for them all this time.

About the director

Rebecca Culverhouse

Rebecca Culverhouse is a neurodiverse artist filmmaker based in London. Originally from Burnley in the North of England, she has made shorts, branded content and music videos in London, Berlin and Tokyo. She has worked with brands including Nivea, The Body Shop, Marie Curie and Wilderness Festival, and often incorporates animation or experimental techniques amongst her live action footage.

She was the inaugural filmmaker selected for the Cheil Film Labs Residency in 2018, and was selected for Encounters Film Festival’s talent lab Widening The Lens in 2019. She was awarded the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund while developing her first moving image work #eatpretty, which uses endlessly looping cinemagraphs to explore the link between social media, consumerism and mental health. The work was commissioned and broadcast on national TV by Channel 4’s Random Acts in 2018. It has screened at BAFTA qualifying festivals, was longlisted for the LOOP: Discover Award, and screened as part of numerous art exhibitions around the UK.

She spent lockdown writing feature scripts and creating oil paintings about dancing with synaesthesia, which were featured by neurodiverse arts charity Hart club and Northern Arts Collective in 2022. She also made experimental horror film PU EKAW TNOD, which uses horror movie tropes, AI animation and repetition to recreate the feeling of being trapped inside a dream. The film premiered at BAFTA qualifying BFI London Film Festival in October 2023 and Rebecca is planning on developing it into a feature film.


Khaliq Arif






United Kingdom

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