Bournemouth's British Horror Film Festival to open with uncut screening of A Serbian Film
13th Oct 10
Perhaps the most controversial film of the year, A Serbian Film has already encountered a few problems with intended UK screenings this year.
Most famously, it was pulled at the last-minute from the UK's FrightFest festival in August thanks to the intervention of Westminster City Council who demanded that only a BBFC-approved version of the film was allowed to screen.
Despite the BBFC's viewing before the festival, a reported cuts list totalling 49 cuts (amounting to 3 minutes and 48 seconds) was issued four days before FrightFest's scheduled showing, and the film was pulled by the festivals organisers who argued that as the film had already screened at several film festivals (including SXSW in the US and Fantasia in Montreal), it was unfair to show a heavily cut film to UK horror fans.
A subsequent 'Private Screening' of the uncut film by Raindance earlier this month was also affected by local authority interference, although the screening did finally go ahead, albeit to a reduced audience following several people being turned away at the last-minute for not fulfilling the screening's vetting procedure.
But it now seems that A Serbian Film will finally get an uncut UK public screening in Bournemouth at the end of the October thanks to the British Horror Film Festival who have announced that not only will the film will open their festival, but it is also up for two awards.
Being huge fans of extreme cinema at Eatmybrains, this is one film we cannot wait to see in the big screen, and we will be getting our tickets very soon for what will no doubt turn out to be an historic screening for UK audiences. See you there!
Full press release below;
As the first ever British Horror Film Festival looms, tickets are already starting to be snapped up for this exciting event! On Saturday 30th October from midday until midnight Bournemouth pier is going to be home to vampires, ghouls, zombies and werewolves! A perfect place for a thriller!
The controversial movie A Serbian Film has been nominated for Best Feature Film and Best Actor (for Srdjan Todorovic) at the festival, which culminates in an awards ceremony at the end of the evening.
Festival Director Stuart Brennan has said that having the first UK public screening of the movie was a tough decision: “The film has received a lot of controversial press and hype recently, but our team watched it and considered it as an important film, with a powerful message behind it. We’re proud to have it open the festival, uncut.”
Directors from Australian horror films Needle and Voodoo Lagoon have confirmed their attendance, as has the British director of Devil’s Playground, who will all be on hand to do Q&A sessions after the films and introduce their movies.
The event and all screenings have been rated as over 18’s only and will be held in the Pier Theatre in Bournemouth. The schedule is as follows:
12pm - 2pm - A Serbian Film 2pm - 4pm - Short & Student Horror Film Screenings 4:15pm - 6:15pm – Needle 7:30pm - 9:15pm – Voodoo Lagoon 9:35pm - 11pm - Devil’s Playground 11pm - 12am - Awards Ceremony
There are only a limited number of tickets on sale, so booking in advance is essential. TICKETS can be booked at www.filmfestivalguild.com
The British Horror Film Festival The British Horror Film Festival is run by The Film Festival Guild, a Bournemouth based business that sets up and runs film festivals in the UK. Their aim is to promote independent film-makers and bring awareness to movies that you might not see at your local cinema.
In its first year the festival has started off as a one day event, but is expected to grow each year, increasing the number of screenings and special events on a regular basis.
A Serbian Film From new director Srdjan Spasojevic, A Serbian Film features a semi-retired porn star who agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a film with darker moments than he ever imagined.