This is a quick stop-over for the film which has already made a name for itself on the international circuit.
Such was the buzz for its initial Exeter airing in the home town of director Ashley Thorpe that the screening sold out in record time. So be quick. Or check out one of the many festivals the film has been invited (yes, invited) to.
To put the stature of Borley Rectory in perspective, it was one of the top ten films of 2017 film for the eofftv review, sharing the podium with Blade Runner 2049, Get Out, If and, of course, Paddington 2. Plus its award-winning.
Narrated by Julian Sands, the animation stars Reece Shearsmith, Jonathan Rigby, Richard Strange, Claire Louise Amias, Sally Mortemore, Steve Furst, Sabrina Dickens plus a number of actors drawn from around Devon and the South West.
And the original score was written and performed by Ashley’s long-time collaborator Mick Grierson.
Borley Rectory is essentially an animated documentary, inspired by the haunting that caught the world’s imagination during the late 1920’s.
It’s an “unconventionally animated film about a dense, narratively convoluted haunting spanning 60 years,” said Ashley.
The first public screening was at GRIMMFEST, in Manchester and sponsored by Horror Channel. Festival director Simeon Halligan said it was ‘an extraordinary cinematic experience. We’ve never seen anything quite like it’.
Celluloid Screams director Rob Nevitt was lyrical when describing Borley Rectory.
“Ashley Thorpe’s extraordinary film, which is pitched as ‘an ultrasound of a haunting’: a beautifully realised artefact documenting the house’s various occupants throughout its history, both living and dead,” he said.
“Over six years in the making, Ashley Thorpe’s visually stunning tale of ‘the most haunted house in England’ is unlike any horror film you’ve seen in recent memory.
“Combining live action, rotoscoping and digital animation techniques, Borley Rectory is a fascinating and enthralling experience that is as haunting as the events it depicts.”
Step into that spooky world.
Borley Rectory is at Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday, February 6 at 8.30pm. Book your tickets.
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