‘Empress ClawScream’ is a bittersweet comedy feature film about first loves and leaving your childhood behind.
Set in the early 1990s, ‘Empress ClawScream’ centres around Siobhán, a talented but ostracised teenager, desperate to leave her small town for London.
However, when charismatic riot grrrl Jessie befriends Siobhán, it triggers a sexual awakening that manifests in the arrival of a flesh and blood version of her childhood hero – the anarchic villainess Empress ClawScream, from the cult 1980s cartoon series ‘Princess StarShimmer and the Joy Crusaders’ - forcing Siobhán to let go of her childhood and embrace her future.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
The brainchild of Director Stephen T Lally, ‘Empress ClawScream’ is a subversive twist on both a coming of age and a coming out story. As an anarchic homage to 1980s toy crazes and TV series, we are mounting a very British, tongue in cheek love letter to shows like ‘He-Man’, ‘Thundercats’ and ‘She-Ra’, along with the home-made enthusiasm of fandoms and Comic-Cons.
‘Empress ClawScream’ began life as a short film script with a huge catalogue of concept artwork and photography by Stephen - which he created in order to establish the "world within a world" of its fictional cartoon series and characters. The project blossomed into a fully-fledged feature film concept when Stephen found his perfect foil in Diane Taylor-Karrer, who is now working on the treatment and script.
Diane is an award-winning film Producer and Screenwriter. She was awarded funding from Film London and the North London Film Partnership in 2011 for her short film ‘2nd Class,’ which screened at the BFI as part of the Borough Shorts Challenge in 2012. In 2015, Diane’s feature ‘The Savages’ was selected for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum, and a comedy feature ‘Personal Jesus’, co-written with Ben Kent (Fidget Films), reached the finals of the 2015 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. In 2016, Diane's feature film, 'Ana's Holiday,' was selected for the BAFTA Rocliffe Children’s Media Forum, and she recently made the Official Selection at Oaxaca Film Festival with ‘Happily Ever After’ a TV pilot co-written with Mariana Serapicos.
In 2017, Diane produced the feature ‘Killer Weekend (F.U.B.A.R)’ starring Mark Heap, Sean Verey and Danny Kirrane and directed by award-winning director Ben Kent. ‘Killer Weekend (F.U.B.A.R)’ premiered at FrightFest in August 2018 and was picked up for distribution by Signature Entertainment UK.
We currently have a concept dossier for ‘Empress ClawScream’ and a script at first draft stage. Our next step is to create a multi-media treatment document and website - replete with promotional material for the fictional 1980s cartoon series the character of Empress ClawScream originated from - to help secure financing through funding schemes and investment opportunities.
To this end, we created a host of fake catalogue posters for the tie-in toys to this fictional cartoon. We also shot a promo film that serves as a seemingly authentic “found footage” 1980s TV commercial for the action figures and playsets from the fictional 1980s cartoon series ‘Princess StarShimmer and the Joy Crusaders’.
The film was shot by DoP Michael Spry and used action figures designed by Stephen T Lally and created by Jim Henson legend Steve Allen. The very first movie Steve worked on was ‘Labyrinth’, and he has 36 years of experience working for Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Gerry Anderson Productions building and designing puppets and creatures - and all manner of Muppets, Mystics, Skekses and 'Labyrinth' Goblins!
The fictional 'Empress ClawScream' 1980s toy commercial and catalogue posters are viewable on this page - alongside the teaser feature film poster created for the 'Empress ClawScream' film itself by Rob Fuller.
All imagery Copyright © 2019 Stephen T Lally