Alan Rickman Stars In New Short Film DUST

By: Mar. 21, 2013
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Stage and screen crossover star Alan Rickman - most recently seen on Broadway in Theresa Rebeck's SEMINAR - headlines a new short film titled DUST and the poster, behind-the-scenes promo video and still images from the controversial indie project have now been released.

The official synopsis for DUST is as follows: "TODD, a 60-something loner with a twitch, follows young JESSICA (7) and her MUM home from school. He waits until nightfall before breaking into their house and creeps into Jessica's room. Lifting the helpless, sleeping child off her pillow, he locates... a tooth! In a fit of compulsion, Todd crushes the tooth and snorts it from Jessica's bedside table. Wings burst out of his back and he leaps from her window, freed for another short while... until his tooth fairy addiction hits again. The next day after school, Jessica heads towards an ice cream van, a gleaming new coin in hand..."

The creepy and atmospheric poster for the edgy new film is available to view now along with these stills, though it is unclear at this time when the film itself will be officially released and those interested will have the chance to see it themselves following select film festival showings coming up.

Backers for the successfully Kickstarter-esque funded indie film project - via Sponsume - received this letter along with a copy of the DVD this week from the filmmakers, Ben Ockrent and Jake Russell.

"Dear Backer,

Thank you for both your on going support for our project and patience in receiving your rewards for your fantastic contribution!

The good news is the movie is now complete and we're so proud of it! It has just premiered at Australia's biggest short film festival, Flickerfest, and was by all accounts really well received. Thanks to its programming there, it's now eligible for submission to BAFTA next year, which is a fantastic start!

We're sending out all the rewards today, so depending on where you are in the world you should receive them soon. However, our relationship doesn't end here. Over the course of the next year we'll continue to send the film out to festivals and in most cases they require that film hasn't been shown to the general public in their country or, most importantly, online.

With that in mind, whilst we'd love for you to share your thoughts on the movie far and wide, please, please, please refrain from posting it on the web, sharing it or distributing it in any format. We'd love for the movie to get into as many festivals around the world as possible and it would be heartbreaking for it to be suddenly ineligible because it no longer fulfils that criteria.

We're so grateful for your contribution and hope that you'll continue to help us take the movie as far as it can go and to as many festivals as possible.

Lastly, and most importantly, we really hope you enjoy either the exclusive link, signed DVD, the behind the scenes stills and any other reward you receive. This whole journey has been fantastic and we hope you're excited by the result.

Thank you again!"

Visit the official Sponsume website for DUST here.

View this interview with the filmmakers below, followed by still images from the film.