Sat Oct 21, 9:15 PM
Director: Paris Zarcilla
United Kingdom
95 minutes

A coming of rage film.

Blending Gothic horror with socio-political critique, writer/director Paris Zarcilla makes a taut contribution to contemporary politically inflected horror. Undocumented Filipina immigrant, domestic worker and single mother Joy (Maxine Eigenmann) lives on the margins of upper British class society. Moving between lavish households, she struggles to save for a black-market visa while keeping her young daughter Grace (Jaeden Boadilla) out of sight. After Joy accepts a job caring for the elderly Mr. Garrett (David Hayman), Joy and Grace discover that all is not as it seems inside the Garrett mansion: a labyrinthine space rife with intrigue and colonialist horrors. Filled with unexpected twists, touches of the supernatural, strong performances and fantastic sound design, this is a smart thriller that is not to be missed.

“A First-Rate Suspenser with a Sociopolitical Soul.” (Variety)

“… a new voice in horror … inventive and compelling.” (Film Inquiry)

“A haunting yet hopeful tale about exploitation and immigration … joins the ranks of filmmakers who are decolonising horror.” (Dread Central)

“Cinema’s first British-Filipino film is a poignant, atmospheric chiller.” (Fresh Fiction)

“Zarcilla is an exciting new voice with something vital to say.” (ScreenDaily)

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Up Late
Language English
Subtitles English
Director Paris Zarcilla
Producer Chi Thai
Writer Paris Zarcilla
Cinematographer Joel Honeywell
Editor Christopher CF Chow
Music Jon Clarke
Cast Max Eigenmann, Jaeden Boadilla, Leanne Best, David Hayman
Genre Social Issue, Thriller