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FrightFest Lineup Features World Premiere of ‘Broken Bird’ and ‘The Substance’ (Exclusive) | News

FrightFest Lineup Features World Premiere of ‘Broken Bird’ and ‘The Substance’ (Exclusive) | News

British horror and fantasy film festival FrightFest (22–26 August) has selected 69 films for its 25th annual event.t anniversary edition, featuring the opening title Broken bird and closing film Substance.

Playing its world premiere, Broken bird is the feature-length directorial debut of British actress Joanne Mitchell. Based on a story by Tracey Sheals and a short film by Mitchell SybilThe film stars Rebecca Calder as a funeral home owner whose dark desires become insatiable and out of control.

The festival will conclude with the English premiere of Coralie Fargeat’s play Substance in which Demi Moore plays a fading star who, with the help of a cell-replicating substance, becomes a younger, better version of herself.

The film debuted in competition at Cannes this year, winning the Fargeat Award for Best Screenplay, and will have its UK premiere as the closing title of Midnight Madness at the Edinburgh Film Festival in early August. Mubi has acquired UK and Irish distribution rights ahead of Cannes.

This year’s festival has moved to the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, where it will be shown on all five screens, as well as two nearby screens at the Odeon Luxe West End.

FrightFest’s 28 world premieres will also include other titles, including Jon Spira’s documentary The Life and Death of Christopher Leewhich uses interviews, archival footage and animation to recreate the character of the deceased British actor; an American crime thriller Abandoned by Jonathan Zaurin and science fiction set in cinema Screening test by Clark Baker.

The festival will also feature the international premiere of John Farrelly’s film Ghostbilled as “the first Irish-language horror film ever made” after its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh yesterday (July 10).

The returning First Blood series will feature six debut films from emerging British talent, including Sophie Osbourne The monster beneath us and Joy Wilkinson 7 keys.

The festival guest list will be announced in the coming weeks.

“FrightFest, the dark heart of cinema, has been beating loud and proud for an incredible 25 years,” said co-director Alan Jones. “A remarkable quarter-century in which the global film industry has experienced the profound challenges and transformations that FrightFest has embodied, embraced and graced. Our past 25 wonderful years have seen FrightFest in a state of constant evolution that we are determined to never, ever stop. So let the 25th anniversary of FrightFest begin.”