‘Last Flamingo of the Red Summer Sunset’ premiered in London


The Neo-western feature, Last Flamingo of the Red Summer Sunset is directed by Matthew
Stockreiter and Writer Cameron Ashplant, The Revisionist western premiered on the 2nd February at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. The picture is set in the late 19th century, with the ideological close of the American frontier. The imagination of the wild west lives on in the mind of the next generation. Decades since the mass genocide of a local tribe, in a small American community, one indigenous man remains. The picture follows Sergeant Benjamin in his twisted attempt to exterminate this so-called ‘Wild-Man’. He tasks the experienced Corporal Henry with this mission of eradication.


The cast is led by Andrew T Hislop (Indulgence, A Silent Imprisonment) and Cameron Ashplant (Marooned Awakening, The Last Bus). Ashplant portrays a psychotic antagonist fuelled by ethnic nationalism and the mysticism of American Expansion. Hislop’s protagonist is a Buffalo soldier with an intriguing yet horrific past. The pair are joined by Magnificent Seven actors Dane Rhodes (Free State of Jones, True Detective) and Billy Slaughter (The Campaign, Mindhunter), as well as Dean Hollingworth (Doctor Who, Casualty) and Brandon Ashplant (Underground, Sands of Purgatory).

Photo credit: YellowBelly Photography


The Red Carpet Premiere saw the cast and producers attend the screening at the Prince Charles Cinema. The Black Tie event was sponsored by VisitGuernsey. The radiograph above the cinema was lit up with ‘VisitGuernseys Last Flamingo Premiere’. A short intro was made before the film, as well as a Q&A following the film Ashplant hopes the film can add something unique to the western genre and that it will resonate with audiences today, in challenging our unjustified hatred of the people we know little about. Following the screening, attendees went to LSQ rooftop bar for a private drinks reception overlooking London’s skyline. Here filmmakers networked, as the first critic review was formally released by BAFTA winning screenwriter Eddie Harrisson. He rated the film as ‘FRESH’ on Rotten Tomatoes, praising the dialogue and acting of the film, which he described as a tale of persuasion. Cameron said ‘the film encouraged a more authentic use of dialects in period pieces and it enabled the dialogue and acting to be at the forefront of the storytelling’


The film began its festival circuit with Cameron Ashplant and Andrew T Hislop picking up the Sweden Film Award for Best Actor, at the end of February. The film has also been selected for the ‘Latino and Native American Film Festival’. A North American and British Streaming release is expected in May.

Featured photo credit: Serena Orano