10th HARD:LINE Film Festival: April 6th until April 9th 2023


Director: Julian RichardsGreat Britain 199787 minutesFSK 18 (unchecked)
Ostentor CinemaSat. 28.09.201914:00Directors Spotlight

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That is what it is about

Strange things are happening in a Welsh working-class town: a steelworker has died under mysterious circumstances, ritually slaughtered animals are turning up. Journalist Frazer Truick wants to solve the case, partly because his new flame Rachel is the dead man's sister. At least that's what she claims, because Frazer finds out that she has a little too close contact with a pagan cult leader and quickly gets caught up in a maelstrom of power, intrigue and nationalism.

What you should know

Julian Richards' debut is the first Welsh horror film ever made and heralded the British horror film revival in the late 1990s. After a long dispute over the rights, DARKLANDS was also able to be released in the USA in 2012 - Richards had unceremoniously founded his own distributor and bought back the film. Since then, he has distributed his own films with Jinga Films and releases up to ten more per year.
Original title: Darklands
Rights holder: Jinga Films
Language: English original version
Cast: Craig Fairbrass, Jon Finch, Rowena King
Film Festivals: Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Fantasporto Film Festival, San Sebastián Horror Film Festival, Sitges Catalonian International Fantastic Film Festival


Julian Richards had the idea for DARKLANDS at film school in London, but first spent some time in the USA. There he wrote a novel adaptation for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. It took him a total of seven years to realise DARKLANDS. The film was screened at several festivals, won the much-acclaimed Melies D'Argent Award for the best European genre film in 1997, and helped Richards to his breakthrough on the scene.
Darklands, Director

Our guests at the film screening

Julian Richards

As part of the Directors Spotlight, Julian Richards visited the seventh HARD:LINE Film Festival and was a popular interlocutor for friends of genre film. In insightful Q&As, he was also available to answer questions from the audience.

>> Click here for the recorded interview!

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