‘I Am The Doorway’ has won several awards at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (LAIFFA).

Director Matthew Rowney won Best Director for his film ‘I Am The Doorway’, an adaptation of a short story by Stephen King. The film also won Best Ensemble Cast.

The film, based on the book taken from King’s collection of short stories called Night Shift, was shot in Brighton and Burgess Hill.

Based on a short story by Stephen King, ‘I Am The Doorway‘ tells the story of astronaut Arthur who undergoes a terrifying change after being infected with an alien virus during a space mission to Venus. Years later, Arthur’s carer Richard comes to realise the devastating consequences of the infection.

Brighton beach, Hotel Pelirocco in Regency Square, and the Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill all feature.

The cast stars Oli Reynolds alongside Greg Patmore, who starred alongside Kevin Costner in Hatfields and McCoys; Harry Potter’s Shefali Chowdhury, Isabelle Allen, who played Cosette in the film Les Miserables; Mark Arnold, of Desperate Housewives; Luke Brandon-Field, from American Poltergeist; and The Office’s Ewen McIntosh.

I Am The Doorway

Matthew said winning the awards was the “stuff of dreams”.

He said: “I’m really excited to see where the film takes us next – it’s great to finally have the film out there in the world, and to see that it’s being enjoyed by audiences around the world. It’ll now go on the festival circuit for a few years, so I’m excited to hear more feedback as it travels the globe.”

The short film premiered at the Duke of York cinema in Preston Circus, Brighton in August. Screenings are soon to take place at film festivals in Portugal, London, Hollywood, Miami and Rome.

Matthew  secured the rights for the story through the Dollar Baby scheme, conceived by former The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont and King to give aspiring filmmakers access to his works.