World News – US – How her house turns refugees’ lives into a horror movie


This is the idea behind the British film His House, in which two young asylum seekers from South Sudan struggle to adjust to a new life in a dilapidated house in a small English town , where they feel that a terrible evil is hidden behind their walls

It stars Gangs of London actor Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù and Bafta winner Wunmi Mosaku, as well as Matt Smith of The Crown, who plays the officer in charge of housing the couple

This is the first feature film by British director Remi Weekes, based on extensive research into the asylum system

« One thing came out, it is that during the asylum procedure, you are forced to such a draconian regime », he explains « As an asylum seeker, you are accommodated, but you are not allowed to leave You are given a small amount of money, but you cannot work You have people who have run away and have to accept their new home It’s an exhausting welcome

« When so many horror movies focus on the idea of ​​a haunted house, I thought this was an interesting way to tell a horror story When you have a house you can’t not to leave, it becomes a prison

“The story in particular is not autobiographical,” he adds, “but I have done a lot of research, especially on how immigrants felt when they first entered the country, and I myself come from a mixed background in London It’s about trying to find your sense of belonging to this country, the pressures and anxieties as well as the paranoia that you often feel « 

The couple, Bol and Rial, fled the war and are faced, not only with hostility from some of their neighbors, but their own trauma and the ghosts that threaten them from inside the house They have also lost a child, who drowned while crossing the sea

The film’s release comes in the week when four migrants from the same family drowned when their boat capsized in the English Channel. Two of them were children, while another child, a boy of 15 months, is still missing

Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù says he believes that the refugee experience « is really a horror story » and that repeating it in the horror genre can make it resonate with a wider audience, rather than trivialize

« The trauma and risk these people go through in finding a better life, and knowing where they are from, is not a situation anyone would wish on ourselves or our friends, so I think it’s important we sympathize with them « , he said » I hope we create a society that will save people from going through this story « 

“We continue to think of the displaced in terms of numbers,” says Wunmi Mosaku, “rather than seeing them as individuals We need to put faces and names to people When reading the script for the first time, j was really horrified and read the story from the safety of my own home « 

The film was set in a housing estate in Tilbury in Essex, with some of the most powerful scenes featuring Matt Smith playing Mark, their social worker, who explains to the couple that they cannot leave under any circumstances assigned house for them

“I think Matt just read the script and wanted to be involved,” Weekes says “He’s a really lovely guy that I think he liked the idea of ​​supporting a first-time director too He’s a really wonderful actor

« One of my favorite moments in the movie is seeing Matt and Ṣọpẹ́ training in Matt’s office. It was electrifying That’s one reason a director directs, to watch actors from this level interact with each other « 

His house premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, and like St Maud, another recently released British horror film, seems to suggest that mental trauma and anxiety are central themes behind the stories of ‘modern british horror It is suggested that Maud, played by Morfydd Clark, develops a religious mania after a blackout, Bol and Rial are traumatized by their past experiences

“I think that’s what horror is so wonderful at,” Weekes says “I think it’s really hard for an artist to articulate what’s going on in someone’s head L horror can excel because it visualizes and makes what is internal real and explicit « 

« It’s also this idea of ​​the horrors we as humans do to other humans – to our brothers – that was so powerful to me, » Mosaku adds. « They’re scarier than monsters, or a haunted house, or blood, because they are based on the truth

« I think it’s a really great genre to tie people to the horrors that we as humanity inflict on others and expect them to experience them. We expect them to fend for themselves « 

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