Be Quiet

Director & Writer: Gary Davies  
Producer: Simone Ashton, Zara Lynch
Key Cast: Iisha Harris, Marlo MacDonald
Genres: Thiller, Short
Runtime: 4 minutes 10 seconds
Completion Date: July 15, 2021
Production Budget: 3,000 NZD
Country of Origin: New Zealand

A young girl is woken in the night by her brother, who believes something is in the house with them.

Connection to Waikato

Locations: Film was shot in nearby Tauranga

BOP-based Writer-Director Gary Davies was raised in Cambridge, has made films there and often visits parents who still live there. Gary has three feature scripts set specifically in Cambridge that he hopes to get made there.

Gary Davies

Gary is an award-winning New Zealand filmmaker who jumped in at the deep end - writing, funding, directing, shooting, producing and editing the horror-comedy feature, Flatmates Wanted, which, despite having almost no budget, obtained NZ-wide DVD release via Vendetta Films in 2007. He has developed his original horror feature script, Psychomanteum, with UK production company, Hummingbird Films, and more recently NZ’s Urgency Films, and was represented from 2015-2018 by LA based Atchity Entertainment International for his original horror-thriller feature script, In the Moonlight. This project has since received EDF funding and is being developed with NZ producer Simone Ashton.

Gary has been short-listed for numerous NZFC funding schemes – including Headstrong, Escalator, and Fresh Shorts, and he and Simone were participants in Script to Screen’s prestigious Short Film Lab in 2019. Gary’s short films have won awards and screened at festivals around the world, and his no-budget short, Whites Beach, starring Dwayne Cameron, was licensed to NZ Sky TV’s Rialto channel. Gary’s short horror script, Second Skin, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2020 Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition out of 765 entries, and his horror screenplay, Coulrophobia, won Best Feature Script at the 2020 Independent Horror Movie Awards (Spring Edition). Gary loves creating nightmares and dreamscapes to both provoke and entertain, and has numerous short and feature projects in development.

Director's Statement

Be Quiet brings together all the elements I enjoy as a horror film maker - dialogue-free 'bump-in-the night' storytelling; beautiful cinematography in an evocative setting; a compelling mystery providing atmosphere and frights; and impactful sound design. The story is inspired by my own vivid imagination and early family life growing up in the Waikato. I am very proud of my wonderful young cast and their antagonist, and our hugely talented filmmaking team. With limited time and budget we have produced a world-class short horror film. Be Quiet is a fun piece of entertainment, and a great calling card for all of us as we look to produce further work in this genre - kiwi horror for the world stage.