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Worship Screening


Calum Macdiarmid's (GreatGuns) short film, Worship, won the Gold Special Jury Prize at this year's Promax Short Film Festival. The art house production tells the tale of a psychiatrist who delves deep into his dreams.......

Worship Screening

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens

A Calum Macdiarmid film, edited by Nathan Greene (cut+run)

Calum Macdiarmid's (GreatGuns) short film, Worship, won the Gold Special Jury Prize at this year's Promax Short Film Festival. The art house production tells the tale of a psychiatrist who delves deep into his dreams to confront his father's religion. The film's release is set for 8 December but to see the trailer go to

Calum and Nathan would like to invite you to the preview screening of the short film 'Worship'. 

Wednesday 8th December 2010
Courthouse Hotel
19 – 21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HL
There will be a drinks reception
Doors open at 6.00pm and screenings will continue until 8.30pm

Please RSVP to:

About Worship
Delving deep into the mysterious realms of dreams and the subconscious, Worship is the stunning story built on a father’s legacy and last words to his three young sons. Award-winning director Calum Macdiarmid brought together his family and friends in his unnervingly beautiful and intriguing short film debut, starring his own brother – Fionn Macdiarmid – in the lead role.
Worship tells the disturbing story of a young man who dares to look deep into his own dreams to confront the oppressive religion of his father. Based on extracts from A Century of Insight by eminent psychotherapist Dr Derry Macdiarmid, the film explores the impact of Nietzsche, Freud and Jung on the mind of a young man struggling to keep the faith. A Century of Insight was Dr Macdiarmid's life work, completed days before his death in 2006. The book brings the history of psychotherapy to life through the author’s own dreams and revelations. In Worship, Calum Macdiarmid translates his father’s vision into moving imagery, weaving together some of the most significant of those dreams and ending with the final, poignant words which were in reality his father's last.

Originally envisioned as a work of video art, Worship quickly developed into a narrative-driven short film, a natural adaptation of the strong storytelling style of Dr Macdiarmid’s book. The film’s surreal visuals is inspired more by the photographs and paintings of Man Ray and Dali, than by movies.

Worship is the result of a collaborative effort between friends and family. Shot on a determinedly low budget, the director and his crew made use of every location and extra they came across. Calum’s other brother Dugal Macdiarmid created the sound design, and Calum’s mother Sue contributed to the script and set design. Dedicated producer Natalie Bennett gave Calum the confidence to ramp up the scale of the production with more locations and effects.

The film was shot on RED using prime Cook lenses. “The RED allowed us to have a lot of flexibility and we didn’t have to worry as much as we would have, had we been using film," said Calum.  "A four day shoot in slow motion on 35mm was never going to happen, especially on our budget.

"The grade and styling was inspired by fashion photography - I had collected numerous shots in the time leading up to the shoot which inspired our compositions and colours. Paul Fallon at Envy did our grading and again I came along with my scrapbook of references.”

“Nathan Perry Green was the offline editor. Most directors think they can cut, but after a few days with him, I knew I couldn’t have matched his work. He changed the look of the film entirely. I had previously envisioned a heavily online film, with lots of special effects used over long cuts to create more distorted, abstract images. However, Nathan’s background was in music promo work, using fast cuts and speed ramps. We found that mixing and chopping images was just as expressive as using abstract compositions.”

Worship is released on 8th December 2010.

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