Five FrightFest Facts From Woman of the Photographs director Takeshi Kushida

Everyone can agree that 2020 has been a challenging year. Apart from all living in a real pandemic horror movie there have been lockdowns, lay offs, panic buying and more and we don’t seem to be done with it yet. However FrightFest have done their best to make 2020 better by bringing us TWO Frightfests packed full of fantastic fear filled films.

Arrow Video FrightFest will go virtual for the second time in 2020, having taken the decision to cancel its planned physical event at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, due to continuing COVID restrictions. The forty-five feature film line-up will merge the in-cinema selection with brand new titles to provide an online festival experience from Oct 21-Oct 25.

Below we feature one of those amazing movies with our regular exclusive interview feature Five FrightFest Facts From and these five are from Woman of the Photographs director Takeshi Kushida

1. Tell us about your film?
“WOMAN OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS” is a film about relationship between Photographs and Identity.
Photographs have changed a lot in last 10 years.
At one time, photographs were taken for our memories.
But Now, photographs are taken to show them to the others on SNS.
And people are enthusiastic to create the idealized figures of themselves with the help of advanced photo retouching technology.
“WOMAN OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS” deals with this complex world where the border between reality and imagination are blurred.
The story is about two lonely people who finds love without false through retouching the photo.
This film consists of Romance, Fantasy, and Horror. So I wish you enjoy the film.

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
I am not very conscious about what kind of genre my film would be.
But in the end, it often becomes horror movie.
I suppose that if I try to make a character realistic, his/her scary aspect becomes more obvious.

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
Satoshi Kon’s “Perfect Blue”.
Because the film’s theme is more commonly understandable in 2020 more than its original release year 1998.

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
Because love and fear are the two most inevitable aspects of life.

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
It’s going to be called “A Horror Film about Dentist”.
Because I am scared of dentist.
And I want Toshiro MIFUNE (digitally revived) to play my role.

WOMAN OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS play Friday, October 23, 2020 1:30 PM BST. Find our more and book your tickets HERE


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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