frankenstein'S screen-father is
a short film project paying homage to director
father OF THE MONSTER GENRE
Frankenstein's "it's alive!" moment has left more of an imprint upon science fiction and horror filmmaking than any other big-screen scene before or since.
A UNIQUE homage PROJECT
"As the great-great niece of James Whale, and working in the film industry myself, I am thrilled to be able to share his archive with the wider public. It displays the wry dark humour which would so mark Whale's films later on."
James Whale's great-great niece
FESTIVAL SHORT FILM
A young girl sets out to unearth the forgotten life of director James Whale and discovers forgotten family treasures of the screen-father of Frankenstein, shedding more light on a true Invisible Man.
Through the telling of a simple story and revealing long lost personal treasures, we will pay homage to James Whale through our own interpretation of his visual style, costumes and make-up.
UNIQUE ARTWORK EXHIBITION
To further commemorate the legacy of James Whale and the relevance of his regional roots as an artist, we will be holding a fascinating exhibition in conjunction with the screening of our film.
This experience will offer an insight into a wealth of long forgotten talent in the form of personal paintings, photographs and mementos from the director's past life and career. With many never seen before rare items, we will debut a milestone of discovery not only for Dudley, but for also for lovers of old Hollywood through stepping back in time in pursuit of one of Hollywood's most overlooked directors.
Held at the historic Black Country Living Museum, it is the ideal locale to bring a dormant subject back to life and inject a spark of intrigue for a new generation.
We welcome all local involvement, whether in-front or behind the camera.
We would also love to hear from any individuals or businesses who are able to support our film project with valuable in-kind resources or sponsorship.
Growing up in Dudley, director Daniel was familiar with the James Whale monument overlooked by the town’s gothic medieval ruins, but never quite understood its meaning. Eventually, he set off on his own journey and discovered the story of a man who rose from Dudley slums into a 'Hollywood-father'.
He followed a tenacious bread-crumb trail that led to the meeting of Cath Lloyd, Whale's great great niece. A friendship developed and revealed a long forgotten family treasure trove of James Whale's original art-work and film production notes.
With a wealth of family possessions remaining in the genetic custodianship of his descendants, Cath Lloyd, an animator artist, has maintained the legacy of her famous ancestor and has become the binding glue to the both director and production on Still Alive.
Today, Mary Shelley has become a household name across the generations as her literary creation of the Frankenstein story, is exhaustively retold and retold.
Whale’s name though, the undisputed father of bringing this literary creation to the silver-screen, has remained for greater part an unknown and untapped well of opportunistic potency - an incredible journey of a man rising against all odds to become the 'founding-father' of the Monster-Horror genre.
An acknowledged artist, West-end theatre-director and celebrated Hollywood film-director of over thirty films, his stage-plays as a prisoner of war (POW) during WW1 are still considered the finest theatre productions ever put on by a POW.
As Whale's films have gone on to reshape Hollywood cinema forever in terms of aesthetic and his films garnered immortality, Whale himself seems to have fallen into obscurity. Despite new interest and interpretation in his films has culminated following the new millennium, 'the man who made a monster', has never been honoured to the household degree he rightfully deserves. We hope that with the re-emergence of a wide family archive and new leads connecting many of the biographical dots together, we have set out to shed a new light on a truly invisible man.