Aaron Paul and Kat Candler’s new film Hellion

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Kat Candler, creator of the brilliant short film Black Metal, has had her screenplay and full length feature Hellion picked up by a US distributor – Sundance Selects.

I’m doubly excited because the film stars Aaron Paul (from Breaking Bad, obviously) and Juliette Lewis, which will surely attract a huge audience.

Hellion concerns Jacob (Josh Wiggins), a 13-year-old boy obsessed with heavy metal and dirt bike racing, whose increasingly delinquent behaviour results in his younger brother Wes being relocated by Child Protective Services.

Bands appearing on the film’s soundtrack include Metallica, Slayer and The Sword. So what’s not to like?

Metalhead film at Toronto Film Festival

Here we have another metal-themed film that looks really interesting. Metalhead is the latest film from Icelandic writer and director Ragnar Bragason and was just included at the Toronto Film Festival.

According to a synopsis from the festival, Metalhead centres around young heroine Hera who, after her older brother’s accidental death, rebuilds herself in his image – as a heavy metal devotee and musician. What is implied in the trailer is that Hera rapidly becomes more rebellious and possibly destructive as a result of her brother’s tragic death.

I am particularly interested to see how Bragason portrays the ways in which Hera’s character deals with her grief and anger through the catharsis of heavy metal. Definitely one to look out for!

What can we expect from the Shining film?

It seems that the band Shining are going to capitalise on their notoriety in 2014 with a film release going by the same name. From what I can gather, the film’s creators are clearly going for the shock factor, much like the band’s main man himself.

Some Black Metal for Sundance

This short film, entitled Black Metal and directed by Kat Candler, will première at the Sundance Film Festival and is incredibly thought-provoking with a sharp, hard-hitting narrative.

The core issue that Candler appears to be exploring here really got my pulse racing. As one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented sub-cultures, metal (especially black metal) as a genre and community is frequently pinned to real life atrocities and this film depicts an example of such.

Through humanizing the front-man of a black metal band, the film conveys how society so often perceives and represents metal culture unjustly; as violent and harmful to youth. Simultaneously however, Candler manages to let the issues of music’s influential power and personal responsibility linger with the viewer.

Needless to say, I strongly recommend watching Black Metal when it becomes possible to do so.

For now, here is the trailer:

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