'Shunk Films is a indie production company, headed up by emerging Bristol-based filmmakers Paul Holbrook and Sam Dawe. Both writers and directors, they are long time collaborators as well as cousins. Avid movie lovers, in 2010, they took their love of the medium to the next logical step and jumped into the world of spec-screenwriting. After three successful years of honing their craft writing speculative feature-length screenplays and TV serials that have made headway in international screenwriting competitions (Page, Shore, Screencraft, Nicholl) - both as a partnership and on solo projects - they decided it was high time they moved into self-production. They set about writing and producing their debut collaboration; a short film called 'Porphyrophobia' - a surreal comedy-drama about a troubled young man with a stange phobia and his pandering mother.
With Porphyrophobia done and dusted towards the end of 2013, they focused their efforts on writing a series of shorter, more broadly comedic shorts which were shot with skeleton crews with zero budgets and released online throughout 2014/15. Their comedy shorts screened at film festivals all over the world, picking up lots of awards along the way.
2015 saw the duo jump back into narrative storytelling with the ambitious ‘A Girl and Her Gun’ which was very well recieved and screened at prestigious film festivals including Bafta-qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival and London Short Film Festival.
The duo then released further comedy shorts throughout 2016 including including ‘Lie Hard’, ‘The Barry Gibb’, ‘Ectoplasm’ and 'Daddy Cool' further strengthening their growing portfolio and audience reach. They were also selected for the Creative England Talent Module 2016 and reached the final stage of iShorts with a narrative body-horror titled 'Mamba' and the BBC Writersroom with their speculative TV comedy series 'Gwentboys'.
2017 saw them take on even bigger challenges as a creative partnership, writing and directing bold short film 'Sunday Worship' which picked up 'Best UK Short' at MANIFF and 'Best Film' at CFF as well as picking up smaller awards from around the world.
2019 will see them tackle social-realist, kitchen-sink horror 'Hungry Joe' - inspired by a terrifying true story.
Whilst they continue working on an ever growing portfolio of shorts and scripts and with a packed roster of projects 'in development', they continue to seek out new avenues in which to tell diverse, colourful stories with the ultimate aim being to eventually write and direct their first feature film.