Following a successful festival run with screenings at Fantasia, Sitges and Nightstream last year, Canadian writer, director, cinematographer, and composer Anthony Scott Burns’s sophomore feature COME TRUE is receiving a wide release this week.
A unique work of science fiction inspired by a Berkeley study that reconstructed the dreams, memories, and “movies” of the mind, and the work of Nicolas Roeg, Stanley Kubrick, and David Cronenberg, COME TRUE shadows Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone), a high school student who finds herself at an all time low when she runs away from home, all the while struggling with terrifying recurring nightmares. Coming across a hush-hush sleep study offering the promise of safety and money to anyone game enough to play “human guinea pigs,” she soon signs up and finds an unexpected friend in the overseeing scientist Jeremy (Landon Liboiron). But there’s something very off about the experiments. Sarah’s disturbing dreams gradually worsen and it’s soon clear that she has become the conduit to a horrifying, new discovery.
With COME TRUE released across select theatres, digital platforms, and cable VOD this week, we sat down with Scott Burns who revealed his sui generis filmmaking approach to make sure his audience experiences an all-out assault on the senses…
Words: Howard Gorman