UNDER THE BED is a horror film about a little girl who
decides to investigate what's going bump in the night and ends up
discovering a dark revelation about her mother's strange new
A single mother, Mel, and her young daughter, Phelng, have just
immigrated to New Zealand from Thailand. Phelng is having trouble
adjusting to the unfamiliar surroundings. The size of their house,
the noises, the smells, the food, the language, the people -
essentially everything that constitutes her new daily life - are
all so alienating. Intensifying her isolation and dislocation is
the strange man, Clef, her mother has brought into their home. What
is normally Phelng's source of comfort and protection - her
mother's attention and affection - is suddenly being taken from her
by Clef. And then something begins to go bump in the night. When
Phelng decides to go investigate, she discovers a hole under her
bed. Lurking inside this hole is a sinister secret about Clef…
Why This Story Matters:
At a surface level, you may see Phelng as a
lucky girl who is fortunate enough to be able to build her future
in a first world country like New Zealand. That said, have you ever
considered the identity crisis immigrants face every day as they
try to reconcile their own beliefs with those thrust on them in a
new country? One must either adapt or face isolation. We live in a
generation where opportunity is everything, but there is always a
price to pay for such luxury.
When Mel sees the move to a new country as an
opportunity but Phelng sees it as alienation their relationship is
tested, lines are blurred, and a bond may very well be broken
forever. With our film, we hope to help our audience empathize with
first-generation immigrants as they navigate tradition and culture
in an alien country - specifically young immigrants - by turning
these very serious issues into a dark fairytale playing on a
child's fear of what's under the bed.
Similar to the stories in many fairy tales, we
find the plight of Phelng as an immigrant facing difficult cultural
issues as a metaphor for a child's attempt to synchronize her
awareness of her own blossoming adolescence with an adult's more
established perception of who she is.
We hope to produce a multicultural film that
melds Western and Eastern cultures together - from the style of the
film to the crew and cast. We want this short to be shown at
festivals - and ultimately funded for a feature piece - because we
believe minorities are often under or even misrepresented in film.
We also believe there are more beautiful and tragic stories to
bring to light, and it is only through representation that we truly
appreciate the trials and tribulations of a group of
Why We Need Help:
The house our film is set in
needs to look authentic. It should look like a single mother and
her young daughter - recently arrived immigrants from Southeast
Asia - are living in it. And in order for the invasion of their
house to be scary, the monster and its tunnel need to be
convincing. To achieve all this, we will need to collaborate with a
professional cast and crew to bring this world to life. The money
we raise will go towards meticulous set-design, props, set
construction, special effects make-up, visual effects in
post-production, color grading, score composition, and of course
We invite you to donate and join
us on this film making journey. We can't do it without you.
Note: New Zealand based
donors qualify for a 33% tax credit in their donations from the
IRD. Receipts will be issued by The Arts Foundation when (fingers
crossed!) the project has reached its fundraising
1 MONTH AGO
Introducing our Clef!
Bede Skinner has been featured in many movies and TV shows including Power Rangers, Spartacus, and The Shannara Chronicles. We are excited to see him play the two sides of Clef...
The making of the MONSTER!
2 MONTHS AGO
We are so lucky to have Isa Lilai working on crafting our creepy monster. Isa is a talented and passionate SPFX make up artist. She has many years of experience working in the film industry. We are excited to see what she brings to our monster!
Check out her page at:https://www.facebook.com/isalilaimakeup
Director - Ray Larsen
2 MONTHS AGO
Under the Bed is directed and co-written by
Ray Larsen. He was raised in Ireland and San
Francisco, studied film at New York University's Tisch School of
the Arts and Auckland University, and currently resides in New
Zealand. He has always been fascinated with an individual's
relationship with society, and preoccupied with the meeting point
of internal and external realities.