About the project
Philophobia is the debut feature film from emerging writer / director Guy Davies. Set and filmed in his home town of Stroud in the British countryside it is an authentic coming of age drama rooted in experience.
A truly independent project with no government funds or film grants, Philophobia was made possible by a dozen local investors and spearheaded by international film production company Fablemaze.
Philophobia premiered at the 28th Heartland International Film Festival on
the 13th of October 2019 to a fantastic reaction from the general public before moving on to San Diego Int Film Festival within a week where it sold out 6 cinema screens and won both Best Global Cinema and the Audience Choice award.
At the time of writing Philophobia has also won Best Cinematography at the European Cinematography Awards and is nominated for Best Film at Oslo Film Festival. It has also been invited to screen at a handful of other festivals.
Synopsis: Set in the rolling hills of the English countryside, Philophobia is a picture of small town adolescence. One week of school remains for Kai, an aspiring writer, and his friends. How they chose to spend this time will cost one of them their life and leave them all changed forever.
The Director, Guy Davies
Guy Davies was born in 1991 in High Wycombe, UK. He is a director and producer, known for Philophobia (2019), Sick to My Bones (2015) and Emily (2013). Guy's film career started off as a child actor, occupying the title role in Benjamin's Struggle (2005), starring alongside Alison Doody and Andrew Sachs. Midway through his teens he transitioned behind the lens and began working as a runner and then a spark in London. At 18 he moved to New York to study Cinematography at New York Film Academy. After a few years working in the camera department Guy made the swap to writing, directing and producing. He is the founder of UK based film production company Zebrafish Media. Philophobia (2019) is Guy's feature debut and is based on his experience growing up in the Cotswolds.