Self-Help

Self-Help: A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life 

Screen Shot 2016-12-20 at 17.34.54 (2) copy

Genre: Jet-Black Comedy-Horror

Status: Currently in Post-Production – after a two week shoot in early May 2017.

What’s Self-Help about?

Self-Help: A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life is a female-led, satirical, darkly comic feature film by the BAFTA long-listed team who brought you multi-award winning, pitch-black comedy short: This Way Out, screened on HBO & Sundance Channel Europe.

It’s set against the back-drop of the lucrative Self-Help world – we’ve all read, seen or heard a ‘step by step guide to live better’ (or more attractive or more successful or more frickin positive..). Well, this film is a hilarious, dark and horrifying fun-poke at the sometimes ridiculous, often self-fulfilling side of the Self-Help industry and those of us who are seduced into consuming it.

Self-Help: A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life is about Louise Farnt. She’s lost-in-life and a total self help addict – but when she’s taken by personal guru wannabe (and borderline psychotic) Val Stone she finds herself on an unwitting killing spree of violent self discovery – around the south-coast of England’s most ‘alternative’ therapies.

Written & Directed by award-winning Staten Cousins-Roe, with Director of Photography – James Layton, (Downtown Abbey, Sherlock, Diana with Naomi Watts, This Way Out). With acting by Olivier award-winning Katie Brayben, Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent, Me Before You, Breathe), Sinead Matthews (Daphne, Happy-Go-Lucky), Sian Clifford (Fleabag) and a host of other fabulous people.

Why is this film important?

Women in Film. Seriously. Not only do we have two female lead characters, but we also planned for a gender balanced crew too. We achieved a 50% female/male crew  – we gathered an extraordinary team of talented crew members. (Finding our female Sound and Boom Operator, Focus Pullers, Runners, Producers, 3rd AD, Stills Photographer, Production Designer, Set decorator, Make-Up, Costume etc was simple.)

We’re horrified that of the top 100 grossing films in 2015: women comprised only 22% of protagonists and 33% of speaking roles. (http://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/research/). Not in THIS film!

For more information please email contact’at’forwardmotionpictures.com

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