A closeted gay man’s life spirals out of control when an ex lover comes back from the dead, threatening to out him to his family.
From Finn Callan, creator of 'Guest' and starring Louis Bernard (Netflix's Love, Death + Robots) and Dan Dewhirst (Netflix's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance)
A horror film about being gay.
From writer/director Finn Callan (Guest)
Starring Louis Bernard (Netflix's Love, Death + Robots)
and Dan Dewhirst (Netflix's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance).
That is the Garbage Man.
A creature from a film that doesn't exist yet.
BUT IT CAN. WITH YOUR HELP.
Garbage Man is an upcoming LGBT horror film starring Louis Bernard (Love, Death + Robots), Jessica Munna, Anna Fraser, Jasmine Sumner and Dan Dewhirst (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), written and directed by Finn Callan.
Finn Callan [pictured above] is the creator of the infamous 'Guest' short film which premiered at FrightFest to critical acclaim and has been viewed on YouTube over 4 million times! [pictured below].
Garbage Man is Finn's next film...
and we want YOU to join us
...in our quest to bring the film to life!
Tom (played by Louis Bernard) is gay and has no intention of coming out of the closet. His wife, his daughter and his daughter's best friend (played by Jessica Munna, Anna Fraser and Jasmine Sumner) all suspect nothing and that's exactly how he wants to keep it. It's how he's kept it for decades and he isn't stopping now.
But one night, a disturbance occurs. An ex-lover of Tom's returns from the grave, transformed into a hideous, filthy, mangled abomination... the Garbage Man (played by Dan Dewhirst). It's back from the dead and it's not happy.
As it looms closer and closer, threatening to expose his secret to the world, Tom becomes increasingly paranoid and erratic. But one thing remains constant, he can't come out and is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep his family from knowing the truth.
This is a coming out story.
A very dark, twisted and ultimately disturbing version of a coming out story about guilt, fear, loneliness and facing who you really are inside.
Louis Bernard is a French actor who has appeared as Jahrit in Love, Death & Robots on Netflix, and has just finished filming on an upcoming Amazon Original series. He won Best Actor at the Sunlight International Film Festival in 2017 for his performance as David (lead) in MARGAM.
Louis will be playing the lead role of 'Tom' in Garbage Man.
Dan Dewhirst is a British actor and creature performer specialist. He most recently played the Garthim in Netflix’s Emmy award winning series: ‘The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance’.
He is also the founder of industry green initiative ‘LoseWaste’. A free service that takes surplus food and products from shoots and sets and has it safely redistributed out to the homeless. Please follow on Instagram @LoseWaste to find out more.
Dan plays the antagonist of the film, the titular ‘Garbage Man’.
Jessica Munna is an American actress, filmmaker, and writer. She is a recent LAMDA grad and member of Offie-winning theatre company, Degenerate Fox. She is the host of “The Poetry Podcast” and is self-producing her forthcoming mockumentary webseries, “boof.” Her most recent film - Finn Callan’s “Guest” - premiered at FrightFest to critical acclaim and has been viewed on Youtube over 4 million times.
Jessica will play the supporting role of “Catherine”, Tom’s wife, in Garbage Man.
Anna Fraser is a British actor and creature performer. Most recently, she played ‘The Guest’ in Finn Callan’s 2020 horror short ‘Guest’ underneath 6 and a half hours of makeup. She has also starred in the thriller feature ‘Six Years Gone’, the surrealist feature ‘Katernica’, and comedy shorts ‘I’m Reevaluating Anne Heche’ and ‘Entropy’. She has also been involved in numerous adaptations of William Shakespeare's works on stage.
She will play the supporting role of “Penny”, Tom’s daughter, in Garbage Man.
Last but certainly not least, Jasmine Sumner is a British actor and model. Her most recent work 'The Fourth Room' was just accepted at the Toronto Femme Fatale Film Festival. She has also starred in several shorts, such as ’Nocnista’, ‘Monomania’ and ‘Snow’ which she also co-produced and wrote. Alongside acting, she also is an international model, having been featured in Vogue, and appeared in several notable commercials for brands such as Facebook and Lloyd’s Pharmacy.
She will play the supporting role of “Bonnie”, Penny’s very close friend, in Garbage Man.
Finn Callan is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. His most recent film “Guest” premiered at FrightFest and Screamfest to critical acclaim and has been viewed on YouTube over 4 million times.
He currently wears a mask and refuses to take it off.
He is the writer and director; the lead creative force behind 'Garbage Man'.
Ivan Veselov is a London-based film producer originally hailing from Moscow, Russia. Both of his parents were actors so a film career seemed an obvious choice for him and decided to apply himself in the field of producing and production management. He has earned his BA in Video Production in Ravensbourne University in 2021 and works as a producer/editor for the YouTuber Aj Shabeel.
He is the lead producer on 'Garbage Man', reuniting with director Finn Callan and 1st AD Isabelle O'Connor after they all saw success with 'Guest' in 2020. He couldn't be more excited.
Isabelle O'Connor is a graduate of the University of the Arts London (UAL) London College of Communication, Film Practice (Hons) Bachelors program. Her professional focus has been as a First Assistant Director. She have been studying film for 5 years and have previously worked on multiple student films in different universities, as well as having worked on stage productions as Stage Manager.
She will be the 1st assistant director and co-produce alongside Ivan on 'Garbage Man.'
Fyodor Houtheusen is a London-based cinematographer. Being the son of an actor, he grew up on set and fell in love with the process of filmmaking. He has been collaborating with narrative directors, fashion designers and brands to expand his cinematography reel, including Finn Callan's 'Guest'.
He is responsible for how the film is going to look.
CHECK OUT HIS SHOWREEL HERE
Fran Giacovelli is an Italian special effects makeup artist. Following their passion for art and the uncanny, they attended BCM special make up course in Milan, shortly followed by Neill Gorton's 7 Week Makeup FX and Prosthetic Creation course in Aylesbury. They spread their time between makeup and digital art, developing their passion to bring ideas, creatures and curses to life.
Fran was the lead makeup special effects on Finn's short 'Guest' and will be reuniting with Finn to work on 'Garbage Man' alongside fellow makeup artist Holly Rosevaere.
Holly Roseveare is a British makeup artist with a Fine Art background, who specialises in prosthetic makeup effects. She has several years of experience in short and feature length films. Most notably, 'Sacrilege' which has been released internationally and was awarded "Best Horror" at the FIFF London Film Festival.
Holly met Fran during a makeup and prosthetics course and have been good friends ever since. They will collaborate for the first time together on 'Garbage Man'.
Viktoria Medvedeva is a Russian London-based production designer and art director. Having worked on 11 short films in art department, she is very passionate about the visual part of the storytelling.
Viktoria is the production designer on 'Garbage Man', she will be in charge of everything in front of the camera that doesn't have a pulse. Costumes, set design, props, you name it and she'll be on it.
Simon Petersson is a Swedish film composer. In recent years he has worked closely as a composer’s assistant and additional music composer for Johan Söderqvist. During this time he has worked on several major video game productions such as 'Battlefield V', 'Mafia: Definitive Edition' and 'The Bridge' while simultaneously scoring indie short films including 'WASH'. Most recently he wrote additional music for the French Netflix mini-series “Gone For Good”.
Simon is set to produce an original score for 'Garbage Man.'
Hal Hockney is a freelance script supervisor and 1st AD based in London. He has recently graduated from Ravensbourne University with a Bachelor’s degree specialised in screenwriting and directing. Hal’s background is rooted in short-form independent cinema, with a focus on narratives that raise awareness about diverse communities. His most recent productions include ‘It’s My Name’, a Starbucks collaboration with Mermaids, and ‘What’s In a Name?’ a documentary for the Uncertain Kingdom anthology series on Amazon Prime Video.
Hal will be the script supervisor on 'Garbage Man', ensuring proper continuity in the film.
James Tocher is a British PSC sound recordist from Surrey. His most recent project was episode 5 of ITV Hub's "Black, British and Breaking Boundaries" which was shot at UK Black Pride this year. He strongly supports LGBTQIA+ presence and representation in the industry.
He will be recording sound on the set, crisp and clear.
William Keleny is a British illustrator, sculptor and concept artist. He loves all things fantasy and sci fi, monsters in particular, and enjoys creating them, either it in pencil or in clay. He is also an aspiring special effects makeup artist.
He drafted the initial concept artworks that Fran then developed further for the 'Garbage Man'.
All of the special effects in Garbage Man will be practical. No CGI whatsoever. And nobody is better to helm the special effects makeup than the duo; Fran Giacovelli [left] and Holly Rosevaere [right]. Having met at makeup school, Fran and Holly will happily work together to bring the Garbage Man to life on the big screen.
First, the look. It began with William Keleny illustrating the first initial ideas for the Garbage Man, on what it might look like. Soon afterwards, Fran made a final concept art piece for the look of the creature [pictured below].
Then, the nitty gritty. Months of preparation culminated in a full makeup and camera test at Soif Studios in London with Dan Dewhirst (the Garbage Man) to see how the creature would look. Even though Fran couldn't be there in person, they were present via Zoom on Finn's laptop during the test. Viktoria Medvedeva, our production designer, and assistant makeup artist Rebecca Lily Robinson aided Holly and Fran (over zoom) in creating the Garbage Man in the test.
The results speak for themselves:
Even though it was a TEST and not exactly what Garbage Man will look like in the final film, we couldn't be prouder of Dan's performance in the test footage in the full prosthetics and costume [see the video for reference] and we cannot wait for the opportunity to bring an even better version to life for the real thing!
Before the makeup and camera test, Viktoria Medvedeva (production designer) and Holly Brooks (costume designer) went into London with Finn and bought out the costumes for the actors. They went to numerous thrift shops across Shoreditch to find them, scouring far and wide for the ones that fit the characters.
They went to places including Smoking Gun, Here After and Supreme Vintage in the Brick Lane Vintage Market, as well as Rokit London and Non Stop Vintage. These are the results of the shop:
PENNY & BONNIE'S COSTUMES
GARBAGE MAN'S COSTUME
THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!
Our excellent composer Simon Petersson is no stranger to horror, having worked on a horror short film previously called WASH. Not only that but he's also had a hand in the music from the video games 'Battlefield V' and 'Mafia'! Here is a brief excerpt from the score of Wash, to give you an idea of his talents at creating an eerie atmosphere.
BECAUSE, OF COURSE THERES GOING TO BE A POSTER FOR THE FILM!
We decided to make one preemptively. We're super organised like that, of course!
FUN FACT! A real 27" x 40" copy of this poster is one of the many rewards on offer for backers! Take a look just to your left and scroll down to see what you could get your hands on with your pledge!
As you can see, a film has a LOT of moving parts and a budget has to be distributed evenly across all of the production. With the team at our disposal we will definitely be able to make it all come together and work. This is how our game plan is going to work with our budget, distributed amongst all the different areas.
AND... THAT'S EVERYTHING.
We hope that you enjoy the idea of the film and join us in our endeavours to bring it to life!
Thanks and take care,
Finn and the team