Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
SYDNEY — Bad press will always trump no press in the realm of horror promotion and advertising; audiences are again outraged as they walk out of two screenings at the Sydney Film Festival. The controversy comes from Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent's upcoming movie "The Nightingale" (2018) which opens in the U.S. on August 2.
The festival director Nashen Moodley addressed the reactions to the graphic violence and realistic representation of rape.
"Despite some audience members choosing not to remain — we had about 20 and 30 people leave each screening out of approximately 600 and 800 in attendance — the film received such strong applause, and the majority of the audience did stay to the end of the screenings for the question and answer sessions," Moodley said.
Kent herself also defended her new venture via a statement to ABC:
Whilst The Nightingale contains historically accurate depictions of colonial violence and racism towards our Indigenous people, the film is not 'about' violence. It's about the need for love, compassion and kindness in dark times.
Both Aisling Franciosi [the producer] and myself have been personally contacted by more than a few victims of sexual violence after screenings who are grateful for the film's honesty and who have drawn comfort from its themes. I do not believe this would be happening if the film was at all gratuitous or exploitative.
We've made this film in collaboration with Tasmanian Aboriginal elders, and they feel it's an honest and necessary depiction of their history and a story that needs to be told. I remain enormously proud of the film.