Another genre film will be hawked at this week’s virtual American Film Market–this one is the female-driven psychological horror flick A Banquet.
The film–written by Justin Bull (Merge, Homefront)–features the directorial debut of Ruth Paxton, according to Variety. A Banquet will be shopped around by HanWay Films, which represents the movie’s worldwide rights.
The film’s cast boasts a few horror and fantasy veterans, including Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil) and Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), as well as up-and-comers Jessica Alexander and Ruby Stokes.
A Banquet, according to the official synopsis, follows a widowed mother, Holly, who is “tested to the breaking point when her teenage daughter Betsey experiences a profound enlightenment and insists her body is no longer her own–but in service to a higher power.”
Betsey–“bound to her newfound faith”–refuses to eat, but does not lose weight. Holly, “in an agonizing dilemma and torn between love and fear,” is forced to “confront the boundaries of her own beliefs.”
Leonora Darby, one of the film’s lead producers, said that when she first read Bull’s script, “it just really blew me away.” As for choosing a director, Darby said because the movie is “so much about female relationships, I just thought it would just bring this whole other layer having a female director on board.”
Paxton signed on to helm the project in the summer of 2019 and, by November, the film was financed. “It was a very quick process,” Darby said. “The film was shot over late July and August on location in London, with COVID-19 restrictions in place.”
The film’s producers include Darby, Mark Lane and James Harris for Tea Shop Productions (which produced the Resident Evil reboot), Nik Bower for Riverstone Pictures and Laure Vaysse for REP Productions 8 Ltd., which also financed the production.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on A Banquet.