Paul Hyett’s debut feature film, THE SEASONING HOUSE, has been chosen as the opening film for this year’s Film4 FrightFest, starting Thursday 23rd August 2012, Empire Leicester Square, London.
THE SEASONING HOUSE is a stylish, shocking, claustrophobic, nightmarish neo-horror about Angel, a young Balkan girl forced to work in a rape house during an unspecified war, after she kills a militiaman and goes on the run.
Writer/Director Paul Hyett explains:
“It’s a great honour to be chosen as Opening Gala Film at Film4 FrightFest 2012. It’s my very first as director and to be selected to open the festival is truly humbling and terrifically exciting. I like to think of the film as a cross between Pan’s Labyrinth, Martyrs and Die Hard. It’s an uncompromising, action-packed and claustrophobic revenge thriller set against the backdrop of an unspecified Balkan war. Having worked on so many films over the last few decades I am totally comfortable with making the leap into directing. It feels like a natural progression for me. While the subject matter is dark, disturbing and nihilistic, I’m approaching it in a very stylish, glossy and beautiful fairytale way. The first half is an opiated dream, then the tone shifts as the young girl is dragged out of this darkness, the dream shattered and a far edgier, fractured and realistic film emerges. I’ve been lucky enough to be working with friends from my previous work, including Sean (Pertwee, playing “Goran”, the brutal militia leader), Kevin (Howarth, playing “Viktor” the shifty proprietor of the eponymous establishment), Michael (Riley, producer) as well as some new friends such as the amazing Rosie Day, who plays “Angel”, the tiny young girl who makes her way around the house via the crawlspaces and spaces beneath the floorboards. Directing The Seasoning House is an enormous pleasure for me, and this will be the first of a series of films I will direct over the next few years”.
Producer Michael Riley, of London-based Sterling Pictures and one of the UK’s most prolific producers, also added:
“Paul has done prosthetics on many of my films over the last 15 years. His focus, preparation and creative abilities coupled with his vast experience on some of the best European films of recent years convinced me he was ready to put on director’s shoes. On set he is calm, prepared, relaxed and communicative. With a confidence born of years of experience, and virtually ego-free, he commands the respect of the cast and crew. So the perfect director. I look forward to continuing this relationship into the future on subsequent horror/thrillers”.
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