Described by Starburst Magazine as a 'badass British mashup of The Raid and 28 Weeks Later', the award-winning smash hit zombie phenomenon REDCON-1 is going to be available for the British military to watch in a series of free screenings in Cyprus and Wales this month.
The 2018 British action horror film features more than 1,500 extras, some of whom are war veterans who served in the Armed Forces.
The filmmakers are teaming up with Forces Cinemas for special screenings at various Army and RAF military bases in the UK and overseas to show their gratitude to the military personnel who helped out with the film - and those who loaned the production some of the incredible hardware, including tanks and helicopters.
- Mercury Ayios Nik, Cyprus 4th April
- Astra Akrotiri, Cyprus 4th April
- Key Dhekelia, Cyprus 12th April
- Astra St Athan, Wales 15th April
After a zombie apocalypse spreads from a London prison, the UK is brought to its knees. The spread of the virus is temporarily contained but, without a cure, it's only a matter of time before it breaks its boundaries.
Jennifer Holdford, Cinema Operations Manager for Forces Cinemas, said:
“We love being able to support independent filmmakers; in particular when there is a military link and we are delighted to be able to bring this movie to our audiences entirely free of charge.”
In February,REDCON-1 director Chee Keong Cheung spoke at the British Film Institute (BFI), as part of the BFI's Future Film Festival, and discussed the challenges of making a film, from conception to release - in this case, a big scale action thriller without the backing of a major studio.
Cheung has since given a series of talks to share the secrets of his success, and hopefully inspire the next generation of budding maverick movie-makers, at the University of Westminster and University of South Wales.
REDCON-1 deservedly picked up the Best Thriller awardat this month’s National Film Awards, beating the likes of Annihilation starring Natalie Portman and Final Score starring Dave Baustista. Cheung said:
"I want to thank everyone who voted for Redcon-1 at the National Film Awards - winner of Best Thriller 2019. A very surreal moment.
"I'm incredibly moved by the support of so many people, the cast, the crew and of course our incredible zombies and the community behind Redcon-1.
"Without them this film would not have been possible. The award means so much as it was voted for by the Public. This award is dedicated to the Redcon-1 film community."