Another film getting its world premiere in London, writer/director Ruth Platt’s The Lesson promises art-house horror with a very British slant.

Best known for her acting work on the small screen, Platt adopts a real change of pace here, unleashing her debut feature after helming two short films.

Here’s the synopsis for a film that those Frightfest bods are describing as ‘the no-holds-barred love child of Ben Wheatley, Harmony Korine, Ken Loach and Fritz Lang’.

Fin and Joel are two teenage wasters running wild in an arid rural landscape. But their bad education is about to take a turn for the intellectual best as someone at the end of their tether has decided to teach both schoolboys a lesson they will never forget.

A dark, claustrophobic and bloody coming-of-age love story with a shock final destination, this morally challenging chiller will shake your well-ordered world.

We caught up with Ruth earlier this week, and here’s what she had to say:

“As well as a bit of gothic horror in a modern setting, I think the film’s main achievement is its moral ambiguity and the way the audience is torn in its sympathies from one side to another. Hopefully anyway!”

Here’s the trailer for a film that debuts in the West End on Monday, August 31.


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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle