Five FightFest Facts from Ben Barfoot director of DOUBLE DATE

1. Tell us about your film?
Ben Barfoot: It’s a fun, loud, heartfelt, bloody violent comedy with a great soundtrack and a ginger bloke.

2. How did approach the horror aspect of the film?
Ben Barfoot: The film is ultimately a comedy so you’re never truly going to scare because of the constant pull of humour. It’s almost impossible to make people feel terrified for an hour and a half whilst expecting a proper belly laugh. It’s like two different sides of your brain at once. So I aimed more for being brutal and unsettling. Humour can sit more comfortably with that feel.

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
Ben Barfoot: Suspiria. When I was making Double Date, I was attracted to 70s horror, colourful cinematography, folk horror and the band Goat – who went on to eventually score the film. Laura Bellingham, (our cinematographer) listened to me ramble on about all this and collaborated her own idea into the film by referencing Dario Argento. I hadn’t seen any of his films, which surprised her, but I instantly recognised his influence when she showed me stuff. I’d love to see it on the big screen.

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
Ben Barfoot: Best Ginger with a cash prize of one million pounds, then I could stop paying for everything when me and Danny go out. Actors lives are a struggle, man. I love that boy!

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
Ben Barfoot: Well I’m from Devon with a fairly sunny disposition from growing up on beaches and countryside so that’d be a tough one to turn into a horror. But…. Ummmmm… Sun Burn! It’s about a guy who kills his victims by throwing awesome beach parties and then setting fire to them once they’ve had a lovely time. To play me? Matt Wilkinson (producer of Double Date) once told me I was like Jeff Goldblum on acid (which sounds cool but I’m not) but we’re both tall, so I guess (a young) Jeff could play me. Or maybe Andy Serkis could play a CGI version of a young Jeff Goldblum as me. That sounds pretty cool actually.

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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