TF14 - 'Far From the Apple Tree' - Review in British Horror Revival

June 22, 2019

We're very happy to have our TF14 - Far From the Apple Tree' reviewed by British Horror Revival.

 

You can read the article at its original source here - http://british-horror-revival.blogspot.com/2019/03/far-from-apple-tree.html or the text copied below.  (c) Martin Simpson 

 

McPhee’s third trippy feature confirms him as one of the most interesting film-makers in Britain today. It feels more accessible thanSarah’s Room or Night Kaleidoscope, which may be the director maturing and/or new scripter Soper. When art student Judith is taken on as protégé/archivist by successful artist Roberta, she finds images of Roberta’s daughter Maddie among the photos, videos and film. Roberta seems to be moulding Judith into her daughter’s image; as her resistance breaks down so does her identity.

 

A film about art, artifice and artificiality, Far from the Apple Tree has a briefly overt but deliberately unexplored subtext of witchcraft and occult conspiracy. McPhee and DP Simon Vickery crafted the film from a wide range of film and video formats which reinforce the disoriented viewer’s empathy with Judith/Maddie while constantly reminding us (not least through constantly shifting aspect ratios!) that what we are watching is also both artificial and art. Shot in March 2017, it premiered in Manchester two years later. Score by Rose McDowall from Strawberry Switchblade!

 

 

 

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