Shadowy figures in dark corners, strange footsteps shuffling across a creaking floor, a frosted whisper in the darkness – relive your darkest childhood fears this March 1st at Haunted Childhood: a night of back-to-back films, music and ghostly happenings, set within the eerily beautiful church of St John on Bethnal Green.

Supported by Film Hub London which is led by Film London and part of BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), and presented by DSK-PR, in partnership with The Lost Picture Show, Haunted Childhood forms part of the the nationwide BFI blockbuster project, GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film.

SATURDAY MARCH 1ST – 6.30 PM TO 11 PM
CHURCH OF ST. JOHN ON BETHNAL GREEN

This chilling night of three back-to-back films will include
screenings of some of the most affecting ghost stories of recent years:

Broken Night
BROKEN NIGHT
GUILLERMO ARRIAGA, 2013
10 min. In English

A young woman and her four-year-old daughter drive across desolated hills. Everything looks fine and they seem to enjoy the ride, until an accident sends them into the nightmare of darkness.

This short film from acclaimed screenwriter and director Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) premiered at Sundance in 2013.


THE OTHERS
ALEJANDRO AMENÁBAR, 2001
101 min. Cert. 12 In English

Alejandro Amenábar´s first English language feature following the success of Open Your Eyes, is a dark and brooding period ghost story that gradually racks up the tension in the build up of suggestion and suspense, leaving you breathless and dreading.

Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Stewart, the devotedly religious mother struggling to look after her two ailing children alone in a secluded mansion in Jersey,. It is 1945, and even though the war has ended, her husband has yet to return home from where he was fighting in France. After her servants suddenly leave unexpectedly, Grace accepts the offers of work from a new housekeeper, who, along with her companions, an old gardener and a young, mute, kitchen maid, claim they have all worked in the house before. From the moment they enter her home, strange things start to occur: Grace’s daughter Anne insists a boy named Victor has also started to visit them, even though no one else has seen him. Grace begins to wonder if she is losing her sanity or if there is something much more sinister in the house with them...

The Others The Others

The Orphanage The Orphanage
THE ORPHANAGE
(EL ORFANATO)
J. A. BAYONA, 2007
105 min. Cert 15 In Spanish with English subtitles

Described by The Guardian as a “pungent and scary film”, this Guillermo del Toro produced gothic frightener from Spanish director J. A. Bayona is also unexpectedly moving, seasoning its old-school horror with a pervasive sense of grief.

As a child, young orphan Laura (Belen Ruedo) spent her formative years being cared for by the staff of a large orphanage by the Spanish seaside. Thirty years later, the former charge returns to the dilapidated institution once more, this time with her husband, Carlos, and their seven-year-old son, Simon, in the hope of reopening the orphanage as a facility for disabled children. However, something ominous lurks amidst the darkened corners of this silent, stately building. When Simon's behaviour begins to grow increasingly bizarre, then malicious, Laura and Carlos start to suspect that the mysterious surroundings have awoken something sinister in the young boy's imagination. It's not long before Laura, too, is drawn into this disturbing web. As the repressed memories of the past come flooding back in a terrifying torrent of tension and deeply disturbing revelations, Laura becomes obsessed with uncovering the orphanage’s terrible secret.


The mood of sinister magical realism will be further enhanced by spooky organ music by The Hellset Orchestra’s Michael Wetheburn, and Sounds & Colours guest DJs will fill the church of St John with some other-world sounds from the likes of Colombia’s Meridian Brothers and Peru’s Dengue, Dengue, Dengue, in a night where it will be hard to distinguish the real from the imaginary….

Haunted Childhood: films, music & ghostly happenings
SATURDAY 1ST MARCH 2014, 6.30 PM – 11 PM

CHURCH OF ST JOHN ON BETHNAL GREEN, 200 CAMBRIDGE HEATH ROAD, LONDON E2 9PA, BETHNAL GREEN TUBE

Tickets: £12 in advance, £15 on the door.

A fully-licensed bar will be in operation, attendees are asked to bring a valid ID.

Tickets Sale: www.wegottickets.com/event/257623