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‘The Lesson’ Blu-ray Review (Scream Factory)

Stars: Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalová, Rory Coltart, Joshua Wedge | Written and Directed by Ruth Platt

Very much a reflection of modern society, especially given the film was inspired by a real life event when a teacher, after 20 years of teaching – with no prior episodes of anger or violence – suddenly lost it with a child in class; The Lesson tells the story of Fin and Joel, 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.

Now I don’t know about you, but I thought high school was torture… However The Lesson takes that idea to the extreme. Made on a budget of just £27k, this film is, at its most basic level, a
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Contest: Win The Lesson on Blu-ray

A very sadistic type of school will be in session when Scream Factory releases The Lesson on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, March 7th, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of The Lesson.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Lesson Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on March 12th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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The Lesson Blu-ray & DVD: “Fin (Evan Bendall), a lone teen from a broken family, gets caught up in the wrong crowd of delinquent kids in this chilling horror film filled with white-knuckle suspense.
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Watch: The Lesson Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

Fin and his new trouble-making friends are about to learn the lesson of all lessons. Directed by Ruth Platt, The Lesson will be released on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow from Scream Factory, but you can check out two Blu-ray clips and an official trailer right now.

The Lesson Blu-ray & DVD: “Fin (Evan Bendall), a lone teen from a broken family, gets caught up in the wrong crowd of delinquent kids in this chilling horror film filled with white-knuckle suspense. When Fin and his friend, Joel (Rory Coltart) act up in class, their English teacher (Robert Hands, Stonehearst Asylum) decides to teach them a lesson they will never forget. First-time feature helmer Ruth Platt "comes out swinging as an intelligent directorial force with this debut" (DreadCentral.com) that "ramps up the tension dramatically and results in a solid horror coming-of-age film that features one of the scariest teachers ever put on screen" (Bloody-Disgusting.
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March 2017 VOD Releases Include The Devil’S Candy, Prevenge

Genre fans should get excited, as March’s VOD releases are a stellar bunch and should keep you busy through the entire month. Things kick off with Mike Mendez’s Don’t Kill It and The Institute, which was co-directed by James Franco. March 7th is a busy day, with five VOD releases—Bloodrunners, Devil in the Dark, Galaxy of Horrors, Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word, and The Lesson—and both Elle and The Devil’s Candy make their digital debuts the following week.

Prevenge rounds out March’s digital releases, as it has been exclusively picked up by the fine folks at Shudder, and other notable VOD releases for the month include Lavender (which expands from its exclusive Dish premiere in February), Passengers, Atomica, and House on Willow Street.

Don’t Kill It (Archstone Distribution) – March 3rd

An ancient evil is unleashed in a small Mississippi town, leaving
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Scream Factory to Release The Lesson on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD & VOD

You will learn a lesson if Mr. Gale has anything to do with it! Ruth Platt's The Lesson made its festival rounds across the world stage and soon Scream Factory will release the film on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, and VOD platforms beginning March 7th.

Press Release: Get ready for a blood-curdling lesson that you will never forget with Mr. Gale in the astonishingly twisted UK horror thriller, The Lesson. Written and directed by Ruth Platt, the film stars Robert Hands (Shine, Stonehearst Asylum) as a bullied school teacher who has a mental breakdown, resulting in a terrifying act of revenge on his students. The Lesson made its world premiere at FrightFest London and North American premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival 2016 to great audience and press enthusiasm. On March 7, 2017, Scream Factory home entertainment is proud to present The Lesson on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD and available across On-Demand platforms everywhere.
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FrightFest Presents Review – The Lesson (2015)

The Lesson, 2015.

Directed by Ruth Platt.

Starring Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalová, Dolya Gavanski, Tom Cox, Rory Coltart and Michael Swatton.

Synopsis:

A teacher at the end of his tether decides to teach two wayward pupils a lesson they won’t forget.

It’s always interesting when a filmmaker puts a fresh spin on an established genre by making you think that little bit more, and when that genre is the divisive torture porn then said filmmaker should, at the very least, be applauded for trying to make something so violent and bloody appear a bit more intelligent. With The Lesson, writer/director Ruth Platt introduces characters already in poor circumstances and escalates the situation, bringing about a morality tale, albeit a twisted one, that will generate discussion long after the credits have stopped rolling.

However, the ambition of The Lesson is probably greater than the end result, which
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Cannes: Jinga scores North America hat-trick

Cannes: Jinga scores North America hat-trick
Exclusive: Sales outfit strikes deals for three titles in Cannes: Worry Dolls, The Lesson and Last Girl Standing.

UK genre specialist Jinga Films has sold three of its titles to North America in deals closed at the Cannes Marché.

Padraig Reynolds’ supernatural horror Worry Dolls [pictured] has been picked up by IFC Midnight, which in recent years has handled the Us releases of horror films including Can Evrenol’s Baskin and Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook.

Starring Christopher Wiehl (Jericho), Kym Jackson (Iron Sky) and Samantha Smith (Transformers), the film follows a detective racing against the clock to save his eight-year-old daughter from a voodoo curse. IFC previously released director Reynolds’ debut feature Rites Of Spring.

Jinga has also sold Ruth Platt’s thriller The Lesson to Shout! Factory. Starring Robert Hands (Shine), Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalova and Tom Cox, the film follows a bullied school teacher who has a mental breakdown, resulting in a terrifying
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Ruth Platt Talks Inspirations & Education in ‘The Lesson’ [Exclusive]

Interview with Ruth Platt for The Lesson

The Lesson was released via new digital platform Frightfest Presents earlier this week. The film screened as part of last summer’s festival and was hand picked by festival organisers Alan Jones and Paul McEvoy to open the second wave of releases. We at team Thn were very pleased to hear this news as The Lesson was one of our festival favourites.

Writer and director of The Lesson, Ruth Platt, started her career in the industry as an actor. She had roles in Sparkling Cyanide and The Pianist, but stepped away from in front of the camera to get behind it. Prior to The Lesson she created two short films (which you can find out more about here) before making the plunge into features.

The Lesson is a tense and traumatic tale of a young, wayward student and a strung-out teacher whose paths collide in spectacular fashion.
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The Lesson: Digital HD Review

Director: Ruth Platt

Cast: Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Dolya Govanski, Michaela Prchalová

Certificate: 15

In a bid to bring the films of Frightfest to the masses, last year Icon Film Distribution joined forces with the festival runners to create digital platform Frightfest Presents. The first wave featured six films; Night of the Living Deb, The Sand, Afterdeath, Estranged, Aaaaaaaah!, and Some Kind of Hate and were released back in October. Now the second wave of films, which will be staggered as two releases a week, have arrived starting with one of our festival favourites The Lesson.

Remember that teacher at school that always seemed a little nervous around the boisterous kids? Well now imagine that one day he snapped and decided to fight back with knowledge (and power tools), and you have the basic premise of The Lesson.

One of the few Frightfest offerings this year to be directed by a female,
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Slamdance: buyers take 'The Lesson' from Jinga

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Slamdance: buyers take 'The Lesson' from Jinga
Psychological thriller sold to territories in Europe and Asia.

On the eve of its North American premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival (Jan 22-28), genre specialist Jinga Films has closed deals in several territories for Ruth Platt’s psychological thriller The Lesson.

Mfa have taken German-speaking rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Njuta have taken all rights in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway; Fabula have taken all rights in Turkey; and BlueBrick have taken all rights in Korea.

Starring Robert Hands (Shine) and a cast of young British newcomers including Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalova and Tom Cox, The Lesson follows a bullied schoolteacher whose mental breakdown results in a terrifying act of revenge on his students.

Jinga’s Rosana Coutinho said of the director: “Ruth used to work as a school teacher, so maybe this is one from the heart.”

Following its UK premiere at FrightFest, The Lesson was acquired by Icon Films, which is preparing
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Slamdance Festival Competition Lineup Unveiled (Exclusive)

Slamdance Festival Competition Lineup Unveiled (Exclusive)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled 20 titles for its narrative and documentary feature film competition programs for its 22nd edition during Jan. 22-28, Variety has learned.

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, will include 12 world premieres, two North American premieres and one U.S. premiere.

The narrative competition has 12 titles and eight have been selected in the documentary category.

Notable titles include Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli’s drama “Last Summer” (pictured above), starring Rinko Kikuchi, Yorick van Wageningen and Lucy Griffiths; Derek Kimball’s drama “Neptune,” set on an island off the coast of Maine and centered on an orphan girl raised by the church; Paul Taylor’s dialogue-free “Driftwood,” starring Joslyn Jensen, Paul C. Kelly and Michael Fentin; and Andrea Marini
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Slamdance unveils 2016 roster

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Festival top brass announced on Monday the 12 Narrative and eight Documentary Feature Film Competition films in 22nd edition, set to run in Park City from January 22-28, 2016.

The 20-strong line-up includes 12 world premieres, three North American premieres and one Us premiere.

All competition films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1m and without Us distribution.

Jury awards are presented to feature films in both categories and all films are eligible for audience awards as well as the Spirit Of Slamdance Award, judged by the filmmakers themselves.

“The standard of Diy filmmaking around the world is the highest we’ve seen, and the diversity of storytelling is the most we’ve experienced,” sad Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter.

“With a record breaking number of submissions to select from, the narrative and documentary feature line-up has never been so competitive or as exciting to programme.”

All synopses provided by the festival.

Narrative Features
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Slamdance unveils 2016 feature film competition

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Festival top brass announced on Monday the 12 Narrative and eight Documentary Feature Film Competition films in 22nd edition, set to run in Park City from January 22-28, 2016.

The 20-strong line-up includes 12 world premieres, three North American premieres and one Us premiere.

All competition films are feature directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1m and without Us distribution.

Jury awards are presented to feature films in both categories and all films are eligible for audience awards as well as the Spirit Of Slamdance Award, judged by the filmmakers themselves.

“The standard of Diy filmmaking around the world is the highest we’ve seen, and the diversity of storytelling is the most we’ve experienced,” sad Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter.

“With a record breaking number of submissions to select from, the narrative and documentary feature line-up has never been so competitive or as exciting to programme.”

Al synopses provided by the festival.

Narrative Features
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Ten of the Best at FrightFest 2015

The August bank holiday weekend in London is always cause for celebration for horror fans as the FrightFest horror and genre film festival rolls into the city’s Leicester Square for four days of blood-spattered cinematic mayhem. This year saw the arrival of horror icon and star of Re-Animator and You’re Next, Barbara Crampton, as the Guest of Honour who starred in no less than five of the entries this year including festival favourite We Are Still Here. As always with film festivals it was a real mixed bag, with very few scares but a lot of laughs (some intentional, other not so much) as the filmmakers, many of them horror fans themselves, had a lot of fun playing with the tropes and clichés of the genre while others tried to put fresh new spins on some well-worn material. Here are a few of the highlights:

We Are Still Here
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The Lesson review [Frightfest 2015]: “Kes, the torture years”

The Lesson review: A brilliantly written and superbly acted twist in the torture film genre. The Lesson review

Director: Ruth Platt

Cast: Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Dolya Govanski

Caertificate: 18

Running Time: 97 minutes

Synopsis: Awkward teen Fin (Bendall) finds himself in the worse school lesson of his life when his teacher Mr. Gale (Hands) snaps.

Remember that teacher at school that always seemed a little nervous around the boisterous kids? Well now imagine that one day he snapped and decided to fight back with knowledge (and power tools), and you have the basic premise of The Lesson.

The Lesson review

One of the few Frightfest offerings this year to be directed by a female, The Lesson is a grounded and grisly study of the relationship between teachers and pupils in today’s chav-riddled society. Set in an underprivileged part of Britain, The Lesson starts off channelling Ken Loach‘s Kes before
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FrightFest announces launch titles for FrightFest Presents

Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK’s leading horror fantasy film festival, have announced the first films which will be released under the curated banner ‘FrightFest Presents’. The seven titles – Aaaaaaaah!, The Sand, Afterdeath, Landmine Goes Click, Emelie, The Lesson and Estranged – will all have their UK theatrical premieres at the FrightFest five day festival in August, before being released across the UK and Ireland via the distributor’s digital partners including iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.

Here are the seven titles, from the official press release…

Aaaaaaaah!, the world premiere and feature directorial debut of Steve Oram, co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s cult UK hit and British Independent Film Award-winning and Cannes selection feature Sightseers. Oram also stars with Noel Fielding (The It Crowd, The Mighty Boosh), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Lucy Honnigman (The Ex-pm), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh,
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Frightfest 2015: ‘The Lesson’ Review

Stars: Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalová, Rory Coltart, Joshua Wedge | Written and Directed by Ruth Platt

Very much a reflection of modern society, especially given the film was inspired by a real life event when a teacher, after 20 years of teaching – with no prior episodes of anger or violence – suddenly lost it with a child in class; The Lesson tells the story of Fin and Joel, 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.

Now I don’t know about you, but I thought high school was torture… However The Lesson takes that idea to the extreme. Made on a budget of just £27k, this film is, at its most basic level, a
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »

Frightfest 2015 – Guest line-up announced

What do Barbara Crampton, Rick Wakeman, James Cosmo, Toyah Willcox, Neil Marshall and Bernard Rose have in common? They’re all set to make an appearance at this years London Film4 Frightfest!

Scream Queen legend Barbara Crampton (pictured above) is Film4 FrightFest’s special guest icon, appearing in no less than four films in this year’s line-up. She stars in We Are Still Here, Road Games and Sun Choke plus makes a cameo appearance in Tales of Halloween. Not only will Barbara be introducing all her films, she’ll also be talking about her amazing career during a special interview event, hosted by Alan Jones, on Sun 30th August at 9.15pm.

Says the legend herself:

To say that I am overjoyed, excited and eager to attend FrightFest as a guest is putting it mildly. This festival has been on my radar for some time and to be included and
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‘Scream Queen’ Barbara Crampton to Reign at London’s FrightFest

‘Scream Queen’ Barbara Crampton to Reign at London’s FrightFest
London — “Scream Queen” Barbara Crampton, best known for cult horror movie “Re-Animator,” is the special guest at London genre film festival Film4 FrightFest, where she will appear in four films. The festival runs Aug. 27-31.

Crampton stars in the festival’s “We Are Still Here,” “Road Games” and “Sun Choke,” plus she makes a cameo appearance in “Tales of Halloween.” As well as introducing her films, she will talk about her career during an onstage interview. FrightFest also celebrates the work of artist Graham Humphreys, who will be talking about his career designing posters. The festival will also host Bernard Rose, the director of the cult horrors “Paperhouse” and “Candyman,” who returns to the fear front with his “Frankenstein” reboot.

There will be a stellar lineup for the opening and closing films. In attendance for “Cherry Tree” will be director David Keating, and leading cast members Anna Walton, Naomi Battrick,
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