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Review: Dawn of the Dragonslayer

Dawn of the Dragonslayer tells the story of Will (Richard McWilliams), a shepherd’s son whose land is ravaged by a dragon. After his flock is destroyed he takes his father’s advice to look for a better life. He is encouraged to approach Baron Sterling (Ian Cullen) to cash in a debt owed to his father.

Under the impression that he is meant to be a bondsman training to be a knight, his thoughts of a better life are extinguished when he recognizes that the Baron is suffering a financial windfall. He is initially sent away until he reveals a sealed document from his father. The Baron reluctantly agrees to employ him, but the Baron’s servants immediately delegate the less tasteful jobs to Will.

Although the experience wasn’t quite what he expected, he took note of the Baron’s lovely daughter, Kate (Nicola Posener). As sparks start between them, a young nobleman named Rogan (Philip Brodie) arrives with a request for Kate’s hand.

During these deliciously awkward moments, the dragon migrates to the Baron’s lands. The Baron, hungry for glory and gold leaves with Rogan to take down the monster. While they are away, Kate reveals a book that helps Will learn the lessons of a knight. Before he is ready to avenge his homeland, the dragon attacks the castle and Will manages to wound it.

Through faith in himself and his feelings for Kate, he sets off to finish what had started on his farm.

I have to admit that even though I had a bit of a setback*, I was a little hesitant to watch an independent film about dragons. I’m one of those people that loves the idea of being immersed in a movie, and if the budget isn’t high there are areas that tend to be shaved down.

I KICKED MYSELF once I started watching it. The special effects and underscoring were incredibly impressive. The dragon itself looked phenomenal and the magical moments were accentuated without distracting you from the actors, and their performances were compelling.

Richard McWilliams and Nicola Posener have a chemistry on screen that feels naïve but intense. The romance novel nerd in me squeed when there were slight facial clues of the character’s developing feelings. It was very well played in a training montage. Yes… That’s right. A montage. As Kate and Will are learning the ways of the Knight, there are stolen glances and tender moments.

One of my favorite characters is Lady Spriggs (Maggie Daniels), Kate’s Aunt who initially appears to be a minor character. When the Baron leaves to battle the dragon, however, she steps into a far more inspirational role to Will than the Baron could ever be.

As of right now, Dawn of the Dragonslayer is only available through UK distribution, and they are currently speaking with US distributors. If you “like” their facebook fanpage they can keep you abreast with the latest updates.


* Back in September, we posted an official press release for Dawn of the Dragonslayer’s World Premiere at Bleedfest 2011. In October, I managed to get my hands on a copy of the movie. Frankly, I love dragons. Can’t get enough of them. It was just my luck that the weekend I planned to watch it and write a review, Connecticut would have a freak snowstorm and leave 94% of the state without power for a week and a half. Guess which percentage I was a part of?

But there is still great news! ‎Dawn of the Dragonslayer was awarded Best Fantasy Film at Bleedfest 2011!

An Historic First for Female Filmmakers: BleedFest Film Festival World Premieres DAWN OF THE DRAGONSLAYER

Official Press Release

Los Angeles, California – BleedFest Film Festival, the monthly networking mixer, screening, and charity event promoting women who make badass movies, is ecstatic to present the World Premiere of DAWN OF THE DRAGONSLAYER. It is the world’s first fantasy dragon feature directed by a woman. BleedFest runs Sunday, September 25th from 1-5pm, with the feature screening at 3 pm. There will be a Q & A with writer/director Anne K. Black, writer/producer Kynan Griffin, and more members of the cast and crew. The September charity is Impact Personal Safety, the full contact self-defense training that teaches women, kids, and men simple techniques that save lives.

September marks the move to the historic El Cid in Silverlake, a legendary Hollywood dinner theatre where D.W. Grifith’s BIRTH OF A NATION screened in 1915. Says co-founder Brenda Fies “Isn’t it awesome? We had to expand to a legendary theatre that seats up to two hundred! Even better, filmmakers will now have a stage and microphone to address the large audience, who will be enjoying lunch and cocktails with their badass movies by female filmmakers!” Elisabeth Fies, the other half of the demented duo The Fies Sisters chimed in, “We have the best audience, and now they’re going to be even happier! We listened and got them food, more networking time, and an hour less of programming. Now that we’re in our ninth month, we feel more confident saving back a film for next time.”

The Shorts Section from 1:45-2:40pm showcases six different genres female filmmakers aren’t normally associated with. A screening of December 2010 Partnership Award Winner Dave Reda’s newest short MY UNDEADLY features his signature blend of comic/horror/romance and stars the wonderful Michelle Tomlinson. A special rescreening of June Audience Winner ZEKE (Student Academy Award Winner, Silver Medal) by Dana Buning, a thrilling short about about a vindictive tomcat not too keen on sharing the house with the owner who had him neutered. Making their debut at BleedFest is stalwart underground horror writer/director Lisa Coffelt with SCORN packing a punch at one minute; actress/producer Kari Nissena with the winsome and pitch perfect film noir serial SILVER PATRIOT; and writer/director Elizabeth Brissenden’s visually stunning poem of longing in Los Angeles MISSED CONNECTIONS. Rounding out the block of Genre Hodgepodge is a World Premier scene from on the brink of stardom actress/producer/swordstress/phenom Tara Cardinal’s upcoming fantasy/action/adventure feature LEGEND OF THE RED REAPER.

Raffle Winners receive a favorite BleedFest Alum feature film DVD of either WAKING DREAMS by Deepika Daggubati, THE COMMUNE by BleedFest co-founder Elisabeth Fies, or A FOUNDLING by Carly Lyn. Raffle names will be drawn by horror hostess Jill Kill and emerging Scream Queen Jessica Cameron, star of The Fies Sisters’ latest free fear film ACCOMPLICE, premiering September 22nd at Says Elisabeth Fies, “We love Jill Kill’s funny and smart YouTube movie reviews, and Jessica Cameron has a lovely soul that shines onstage and on camera.”

BleedFest welcomes back charming celebrity photographer Winston Burris from PR Photos as he provides Red Carpet exposure to the filmmakers and attendees from 1-1:30pm, included with the admission price of $10 cash at the door.

The Inanna Partnership Award is given every month to a male filmmaker who portrays a full-bodied, empowered female protagonist. September’s recipient is Darrell Wheat, director of the twisted cheerleading horror/comedy/social statement short film SWALLOWED. Due to his schedule, Darrell will appear and screen in October’s BleedFest Event. The Sunday October 23rd BleedFest event will be a horror blow-out featuring the Los Angeles premier of supernatural horror comedy THE SELLING directed by Emily Lou.

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