Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest

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"As witnesses gradually die away, it becomes imperative to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive in the hearts and minds of generations to come. I love the idea of animation using the work of a child artist. It is a way of allowing us to imagine what Ingrid Pitt, and countless other children like her, had experienced, through a child's perspective. The makers of this film have created something honest, sensitive, and memorable."
- Shulamit Ran, Pulitzer Prize Winning composer on Holocaust themes (University of Chicago)

Bill Plympton and Perry Chen with a laptop

About the short film

Memories from the Holocaust have been portrayed in almost every medium, but rarely animation -- and never before by a child animator. Animated short film "INGRID PITT: BEYOND THE FOREST" is a cross-generational collaboration between a world-class animation master, two-time Academy Award-nominated Bill Plympton, and a first-time animator, 11-year-old artist Perry Chen. It is narrated by Ingrid Pitt herself.

Starting with Ingrid Pitt's poignant narration and Bill Plympton's 23 traditional pencil sketches as storyboard, award-winning artist and film critic Perry Chen brings this moving story and its contemporary implications alive. Read more

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Ingrid Pitt in the News

Hastings and St. Leonards Observer,
Aug. 19, 2012

Horror Channel star announced as festival guest
(Excerpts)

A WELL-KNOWN name in the world of screen horror is the latest guest announced for October's Ingrid Pitt Queen of Horror Festival.

Emily Booth presenter and actress, regularly presents for the Horror Channel, and has starred in cult films including Evil Aliens, Doghouse, Pervirella, and Cradle of Fear. She is also a regular on the horror festival circuit, though is delighted to be involved in the first horror festival in her home town. . . .

The festival is being held in memory of hammer horror legend Ingrid Pitt who died in 2010, and will take place in and around the Old Town from October 26 to 28. . . .

Of Ingrid Pitt herself she said: "She was a goddess, and she has got a huge fan base. The films that she was in are the films lovingly referenced in Lesbian Vampire Killers."

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Zimbio,
July 30, 2012

Ingrid Pitt's Legacy Lives On With 'Queen of Horror' Festival
(Excerpts)

The very first Queen of Horror Memorial Festival honoring the memory of Ingrid Pitt is happening in October 2012 in Hastings, UK . . .

A blend of Hammer-inspired decor, activities such as make-up FX contests, and short story and film competitions will take place over the course of just a few days, all in the memory of the amazing actress and personality that was Ingrid Pitt.

The festival is run by Ingrid's niece, Isabella Podsiadlo, so it's a nice family affair. . . .

I'll most likely do a follow-up to this when guests are announced. Just very very excited!

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Brutal As Hell,
July 9, 2012

Book Review: Annul Domini by Ingrid Pitt
by Keri O'Shea
(Excerpts)

Ingrid Pitt seemed to live several lives in her seventy-three years; with regards her career, she's of course best known for her roles in classic horror cinema like Hammer's Countess Dracula and The Wicker Man, but she was also an accomplished writer. Her 'Bedside Companion for Vampire Lovers' was no second-rate book trading off her name and pretty face — it was a well-researched, well-structured piece of non-fiction. And, judging by the evidence of Annul Domini: The Jesus Factor, Ms. Pitt was equally adept at writing novels. The only sadness about this is that it comes to us posthumously.

In terms of scope, Ms. Pitt grapples with some hefty historical and philosophical perspectives here; rather than horror (although certain horrors come to the fore during the book's course) what we are dealing with here is the potential ramifications of time travel. Specifically; what if you could deliberately alter the course of significant past events? . . . In a lesser grasp, this non-linear story could have collapsed under its own weight — but it does not, and although on first glance the topic didn't seem to be one I'd enjoy reading, I was gripped by it.

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Hastings and St. Leonards Observer,
June 28, 2012

Film competition in memory of horror star invites entries
(Excerpts)

A NEW film competition has been set up in memory of the late Hammer horror actress Ingrid Pitt. . . .

The panel of judges includes film and television director Robert Young, whose credits range from Hammer film Vampire Circus to The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

Robert said of his friendship with Ingrid: "Working with her in the peaceful environment of her home in Richmond, I had all the best of Ingrid. Her beauty without glitter was ethereal, and that glorious voice. She was a caring hostess and when one looks at all these attributes it is difficult to think of her as the 'star'.

"She never threw her weight around or threw a tantrum. She was a glorious lady and I feel privileged to have known her."

The competition falls into five categories: The Queen of Horror Award, for films on the horror theme; The Documentary Award, for non-fiction films on any theme; The Fiction Award, for fiction films on any theme; The Premier Screening Award, for any film receiving its first public screening, and The Short Film Award, for films of up to 15 minutes long.

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Avalard Publishing,
May 23, 2012

Unpublished Ingrid Pitt Novels Unleashed
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Legendary 'scream queen' Ingrid Pitt's legacy lives on in a new multi-book deal between independent company Avalard Publishing and the Ingrid Pitt estate.

At the time of her death in November 2010, Ingrid Pitt was an internationally-famous actress and global sex symbol, perhaps best known for her roles in films like The Vampire Lovers and The Wicker Man, which earned her the title 'Queen of Horror'. She was also an acclaimed writer and novelist, producing a number of non-fiction books in the "Ingrid Pitt Guide To…" series, and a volume of autobiography.

Northern Ireland-based Avalard Publishing have secured the reprint rights to Ingrid's debut novel CUCKOO RUN (a thriller about a female James Bond-type, first released in 1980) and exclusive worldwide publishing rights to a number of previously unseen books. The deal has recently been extended to include additional Ingrid Pitt books.

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Hastings and St. Leonards Observer,
May 6, 2012

New festival honours screen horror star Ingrid
(Excerpt)

THIS OCTOBER will see the launch of the Queen of Horror Festival, held in memory of one of the Hammer Horror genre of films' biggest stars Ingrid Pitt.

Organisers hope that the newest addition to Hastings' packed annual festival calendar will have horror enthusiasts flocking from near and far.

The all-day event, which is being backed by Hastings Borough Council, is set to take place on October 27, in the Old Town.

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The Scotsman,
February 16, 2012

Make an Appointment with the Wicker Man
by Susan Mansfield
(Excerpts)

SAVAGE pagan fertility rites might not sound like a subject for comedy, but for the National Theatre of Scotland, a Wicker Man musical by Donald McLeary and Greg Hemphill is just the ticket for the winter blues . . .

Unlike many horror films of the 1970s, The Wicker Man still holds its own as an intriguing piece of cinema. While featuring Hammer Horror regulars such as Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt, it delivers almost no gore or violence and has been described as a thoughtful meditation on clashing ideologies. That is, until the closing scenes when it delivers a spectacular twist in the tale involving a burning wicker colossus.

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Herald Scotland,
February 4, 2012

Greg Hemphill takes The Wicker Man on to the stage
by Allan Brown
(Excerpts)

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Wicker Man has become that rarest and most circular of things: a film about cultism that in itself became a cult. Within the past decade particularly, The Wicker Man has ascended into a select band of cinematic immortals, as the so-called Citizen Kane of horror movies. Shot around Dumfries and Galloway, and studded with weird, yielding ditties in praise of bosky naughtiness, it has been restored and remastered, referenced and reverenced. There are shelves of academic Wicker Man analysis and, at the last count, four Wicker Man television documentaries. It has even survived the most calamitous of Hollywood remakes starring a bewildered Nicolas Cage. The Wicker Tree, a sequel of sorts by the director of the original, is imminent. An Appointment With The Wicker Man, a theatrical interpretation of the film, written by Greg Hemphill and Donald McLeary for the National Theatre Of Scotland (NTS), goes on tour later this month.

. . . the film was rushed into production with a cast described best as motley. Bit players were hired from the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. Local Gallovidians got their chance. There was also a practising Australian white witch and former wife of Sean Connery (Diane Cilento); a fixture of the Scottish pantomime scene (Walter Carr); the man who taught David Bowie mime (Lindsay Kemp, playing the aforementioned camp landlord); a Pole (Ingrid Pitt) portraying, in her words, a "nymphomaniac librarian"; and a Swede, Britt Ekland, whose accent was so thick it required redubbing by Annie Ross.

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bar none group,
February 3, 2012

Scream Dream: Ingrid Pitt Novels Rise from the Grave
(Excerpts)

Leading lady of horror, Ingrid Pitt, left behind a number of unpublished novels following her death in 2010 including a sequel to her well received spy novel Cuckoo Run. Those novels are now being released by Northern Ireland press Avalard Publishing, as part of a five book deal.

The first book to be released will be Annul Domini a controversial science fiction novel that is set to cause some ripples in the literary world, with it's speculation about Christianity and what would happen if Jesus had never been able to fulfill his destiny.

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Crave Online,
January 13, 2012

The Hottest Vampire Babes
(Excerpts)

Vampires = Sex. We know it, you know it. The illicit thrill of gripping someone in the night and burrowing your head in their flesh, the oh-so-subtle pangs of desire, and yes... the chicks, man. Long before the Goth look became a thing, the fair-skinned, buxom beauties of the horror genre have tantalized audiences with their vampiric charms. There are so many vampire hotties in the world of cinema that narrowing down a top ten was obscenely difficult. Sorry Bloodrayne, sorry Leslie Tapin from Lemora, we had to make some tough decisions and this is what we came up with: The Top Ten Hottest Vampire Babes!

3. INGRID PITT in THE VAMPIRE LOVERS

Oh, Ingrid Pitt. How we love you. Wait, not "love." Lust after, that's right. The sexy horror siren of the 1960s and 1970s had her most famous role in The Vampire Lovers, a sultry lesbian erotica in the grand Hammer tradition. And by "grand Hammer tradition" we mean there's a lot heaving breasts. Pitt plays Carmilla, a seductive vampire who seduces all the women in 19th century Styria, but her thirst for blood gets in the way of her erotic endeavors. Pitt's Carmilla is a predatory creature, and you can never tell if she's undressing you with her eyes or ready to pounce... or both. Fun Fact: Ingrid Pitt is also totally awesome. She wrote a Doctor Who script, for crying out loud. It was made into a 2010 radio drama called Doctor Who: The Lost Macros. Check it out.

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