Fairytale meets horror in Sorcha Groundell’s terrifying tale Far From the Apple Tree. Today, we have the first trailer and two exclusive clips to share with you.
The Innocents‘ actress Sorcha Groundsell stars as Judith, a wide-eyed and innocent artist who has been given the offer of a lifetime – the opportunity to live and learn from the renowned occult artist, Roberta Roslin (Victoria Liddelle, The Outlaw King).
In exchange for cataloging and archiving Roberta’s visual archive, Judith will be trained, molded and prepared for her first solo art exhibition. To her horror, Judith soon realizes that there is more to Roberta’s offer than she initially thought as she discovers a mysterious woman hidden within the archive – Roberta’s missing daughter who bears a striking resemblance to herself. Judith is faced with a battle between artistic integrity and her own mind.
Directed by Grant McPhee (Post Punk documentary Big Gold Dream, one of 2015’s Sight and Sound picks of the year and psychedelic horror Night Kaleidoscope) and featuring a soundtrack by Rose McDowall (Psychic TV, Strawberry Switchblade, Current93) Far From the Apple Tree follows in the tradition of The Wicker Man, Alice in Wonderland, Valerie’s Week of Wonders, Jean Rollin and Rebecca with an added large dose of dark psychedelia.
I wanted to make a film that felt different to everything else around but still felt scary like a traditional horror film. It’s part Suspiria, mixed with The Velvet Underground,minimalist classical music and old fairytales. It’s a woozy dream mixed with sharp bursts of waking nightmares.” Grant McPhee stated.
The film utilizes decades-old vintage camera equipment to help weave its dreamlike state and reality-shifting storylines. Formats included 35mm, Betamax, Super8 and Home Developed film.
Far From the Apple Tree will arrive in cinemas, on DVD and online platforms in early 2019.