02nd Aug2019

Frightfest – A Film Festival’s Sense of Community is All

by Stuart Wright

[Editors Note: Ahead of the start of his annual Frightfest preview podcast series, which starts right here on Nerdly this Monday, Stuart Wright gives you his thoughts on the festival, which is now in its 20th year]


Here’s a salutary lesson for all frustrated filmmakers out there. In addition, there are implicit words of advice to anyone wanting to start their own film festival.

During Frightest 2017 Paddy Murphy, writer/director of The Perished, was bending Joe Lynch’s ear at the festival’s late night haunt of choice – The Phoenix Bar – about packing filmmaking in. His first feature film – The Three Don’ts hadn’t made the splash he imagined it would, what was the point trying to make more. The director of Mayhem and 2019’s Netflix Original, Point Blank didn’t agree.

Fast forward to now… The Irish filmmaker returns to Frightfest 2019, not just looking for exciting movies to watch, and friends to reconnect with, but with a new film to show you too. The advice he was given spurred him on to make The Perished.

“[The Perished] exists because [Joe Lynch] told someone to not give up,” says Paddy Murphy.

Joe Lynch’s positive exchange with Paddy Murphy speaks volumes for the ongoing sense of community and blurred lines between filmmakers and the audience that have been a fixture of Frightfest’s brand identity since day one in August 2000. Now in it’s 20th year, the five-day horror film festival shows no signs of letting up. A great film programme is what gets everyone talking about your festival, but a sense of community and inclusion is what keeps people coming back year after year.

Arrow Video Frightfest 2019 runs Thursday 22 to Monday 26 August – http://www.frightfest.co.uk/2019films/index.html

The Perished plays at Frightfest 2019 PRINCE CHARLES DISCOVERY SCREEN 2 – MONDAY 26 AUGUST http://www.frightfest.co.uk/2019films/the-perished.html

Point Blank is available to watch on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80221677


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