“Maddy will soon come home.”
Horror films compared to Suspiria and Starry Eyes are most often known for being visually beautiful, as opposed to gory and frightening. Now we are getting a new movie that follows the tradition of folk-horror films such as The Wicker Man and Blood On Satan’s Claw. Get ready for Far From The Apple Tree!
Far From The Apple Tree follows Judith (Sorcha Groundsell), a struggling artist who lands her dream job of working for a renowned and sinister visual artist named Roberta Roslyn (Victoria Liddelle). Judith’s new job allows her the opportunity to view and catalog Roberta’s work – archiving but learning her alchemical techniques as she delves deeper and deeper through her past. Through the work, Judith discovers a secret life on the cutting room floor – a mysterious woman who looks very much like herself. The woman is revealed to be Roberta’s missing daughter, Maddy, whose presence is still felt throughout each frame of the unraveling archive.
As Judith becomes more engrossed in investigating the mystery of Maddy, the more she starts to appear to take on a new persona, a persona which seems to be gaining her a new level of artistic inspiration. Judith is soon left with a difficult choice – should she stay and finally have her own art exhibition, promised to her by Roberta, or should she leave and go back to her old life as a struggling nobody? A battle is being fought between her soul and the creative force which might destroy her but also lead her into the new life she has always dreamed about.
Far From The Apple Tree is the latest film by Grant McPhee, the award winning creator of Punk-Music features Big Gold Dream (2015), Night Kaleidoscope (2016), and Teenage Superstars (2017). Far From The Apple Tree was shot in just under two weeks in a remote Scottish country estate. They set up their own home-built film lab in order to create highly stylized visuals of the film. The filmmakers shot on 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm, home processing, Betamax, pixelvision, and Red, with no VFX being used.
According to the press release: “Far From The Apple Tree is like no other movie – it’s a unique and terrifying horror tale told in an engrossing and nightmarish dreamscape. The cast provides fantastic performances which will keep the audience in suspense from the opening frame.” We certainly hope this is true, as the film shows a lot of promise! The release date is unknown at this time but we will keep you updated as we know more.