How far would you go for art? Would you risk your own life and sanity? For many of us, art is everything. After all, what would life be without it besides cat videos on Youtube?...
...Directed by Grant McPhee, the fairy-tale horror film Far From the Apple Tree aims to explore the importance of art, and the danger in going too far to achieve the ultimate artistic knowledge.
Judith (Sorcha Groundsell), a wide-eyed and innocent artist, has been given the offer of a life time – the opportunity to live and learn from renowned occult artist, Roberta Roslin (Victoria Liddelle). In exchange for cataloguing and archiving Roberta's visual archive Judith will be trained, moulded 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.
Far From the Apple Tree is said to follow in the tradition of The Wicker Man, Alice in Wonderland, and Rebecca with an added large dose of dark psychedelia.
McPhee had this to say about the film:
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."
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Far From the Apple Tree will hit cinemas, DVD and online platforms in early 2019.
By Matt Konopka