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Preview: Mayhem Film Festival

26 July 19 words: Lily Petkova

Lights, camera, festival... 

Mayhem Film Festival is coming back to the coolest cinema in tahn, Broadway, for 2019, and it’s looking even bigger and better than before. They’re bringing us the very best in genre cinema and television, with premieres, new releases and previews to cult classics, shorts, masterclasses, live experiments and more over the four-day festival period. Past events and guests have included a screening of Don’t Look Now in the Gothic surroundings of St Mary’s Church, with director Nicolas Roeg in attendance, a special archive presentation and interview with Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman, Sherlock) and a screening of Tod Browning’s silent classic The Unknown with a specially-composed, original live score.

The first three titles for this year’s festival have now been announced and blimey, they’re corkers. First up we’ve got Irish supernatural comedy Extra Ordinary. Based in rural Ireland, Rose, a medium, is called upon to save a local teen from the town’s one-hit wonder rock star with satanic plans to resurrect his career. Lots of exorcisms and ectoplasm can be expected, and special guests from the film will be joining us for a spooky Q&A after the screening.

Next in this year’s line-up is the UK premiere of the Polish historical drama Sword of God (The Mute). Set in the early Middle Ages, two Christian knights arrive at a pagan village deep in the mountains, where their faith and bond are tested as events spiral out of control. Expect a lot of death in the name of God.

Finally, Mayhem Film Festival are bringing us the genre-bending Something Else, which subverts the classic monster movie and turns it into a love story. When Hank’s girlfriend disappears, seemingly leaving him, his sanity starts to slip and a something begins to stir in the woods surrounding his home.

Mayhem Film Festival will take place at Broadway Cinema 10–13 October 2019

Broadway Cinema website

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