Each Friday I will be uploading a new article to frompage2screen.com and in each article, I will go through one at a time, my favourite UK films. They are in no specific order and some of you might have seen the film I choose, but then again, you might not. They all come highly recommended from myself. I will try to give you some trivia on the film, a little background on the filmmakers and share some images and trailers from the film in question. So far I have selected
London to Brighton by Paul Andrew Williams.
Hard Boiled Sweets by David L G Hughes
I hope you enjoy this weeks choice and its another film very close to my heart.
I first heard of The Seasoning House in its early days, on social media (the best place to hear about films nowadays) and then soon after its first mention. I saw this trailer.
..and it blew my mind. It also gave me the feeling that I really wanted to see this film, even though I really didn’t want to see it because I knew just how dark this film would be. But being the publicity sort of person I am, as well as being a fan of Sean Pertwee and the films director Paul Hyett (who comes from a make up effects background, having worked on a whole host of films including Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Harry Brown, and one of the most disturbing films around 2008’s The Children. I just knew that I would end up watching The Seasoning House and even though I knew it would disturb me. I also knew the film would be a fantastic film to experience.
Experience…yes its definitely an experience and I think anyone who watches The Seasoning House and says ‘I really enjoyed it’, might be a little tapped in the head. Don’t get me wrong. Its an amazing film, its brilliantly acted, directed, written and the storyline is 100% engrossing. But its a tough film to watch and focuses on a subject that is 100% real and I’m sure still goes on today. So brace yourself when you hit ‘play’ This film pulls no punches and doesn’t hold back
The Seasoning House has a whole host of characters but the main one is ‘Angel’, fantastically played by Rosie Day. ‘Angel’ is unable to speak or hear and this makes the role even tougher for Rosie to play but she does it to perfection. ‘Angel’ is taken to a ‘Seasoning House’ where women are driven into forced prostitution and drug addiction and after being looked over by Viktor (played by Kevin Howarth) he decides that Angel’s sole role is to be there to tend to the other women, either tending to their wounds, or injecting them with drugs to keep them sedated.
‘Angel’ soon finds herself moving around the house in the small crawlspaces between the walls. Never speaking a word to anyone and appearing as a non-threat to the ‘staff’
The Seasoning House is easily one of the best thrillers of recent years (released in 2013) and should be sought out if you like something gritter than the average thriller.
Director Paul Hyett is now hard at work on his next film, the werewolf film ‘Howl’ and whilst I am sure that will also be a wonderful film. He has set himself a very high benchmark with The Seasoning House.
Directed by Paul Hyett
Written by Paul Hyett, Conal Palmer and Adrian Rigelsford
From an original idea by Helen Solomon