December 1, 2023

‘A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life’ North American Release

A Serial Killer's Guide to LifeArrow Films Set to Bring British Dark Comedy Horror Hit A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life To North America

Releasing On iTunes and Digital HD January 13th, 2020

Arrow Films is thrilled to announce that it will be releasing the critically acclaimed jet-black British comedy feature film A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE in the US and Canada on iTunes and Digital HD on January 13th, 2020.

Described as “Sightseers meets Thelma and Louise” (Deborah Haywood, Pin Cushion), A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE is the debut feature film from Writer-Director Staten Cousins Roe, produced by Forward Motion Pictures – a multi award-winning production company run by husband-wife duo Staten Cousins Roe and Poppy Roe, in addition to producers Charity Wakefield and Giles AldersonA SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE was inspired by the duo’s acclaimed short film This Way Out, which screened on HBO and Sundance Channel and received multiple awards.

Following its successful UK premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 in August, female-led A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE is a must-see this January, starring Olivier Award-winning Katie Brayben (Doctor Who, King Charles III, This Way Out), Poppy Roe (This Way Out, Drawn, The Leisure Class), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent, Me Before You, Malevolent) and Emmy-nominated Sian Clifford (Fleabag, Vanity Fair, Dodgy Dave).

A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE follows Lou Farnt (Katie Brayben): a 30-something, self-help addict who wants nothing more than to escape her overly controlling mother and the dead-end seaside town where she grew up. So when strange and strikingly confident new life coach Val (Poppy Roe) suddenly arrives on the scene and invites her on a road trip of alternative therapies, Lou finds the perfect opportunity to leave, and the perfect person to become. Unfortunately for Lou, Val’s a serial killer!

A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE is guaranteed to satisfy the self-help generation, and the modern human’s blood lust.

Staten Cousins Roe said:

“I started my first feature film ‘A Serial Killer’s Guide’ to Life with a small dedicated team and a tiny budget – we shot at over 30 locations in only two weeks and edited it ourselves at home. At the festival premiere the audience response was immense, and since then it’s gathered brilliant reviews. And now I’m excited to have my funny & violent road trip comedy become available to disturb audiences across the world. I followed the do-it-yourself first film approach of my heroes Christopher Nolan, the Coen brothers and Stanley Kubrick, and have made a truly independent film as my debut feature.”

A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE will be released on iTunes and Digital HD from 13th January 2020.

US: iTunes pre-order link
CAN: iTunes pre-order link

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ABOUT ARROW FILMS: Arrow Films is a leading independent all-rights entertainment company, established in1991, operating in the UK, Republic of Ireland, U.S.A and Canada. Arrow Films is firmly dedicated to new cinema, developing an enviable slate of critically acclaimed films which will additionally enjoy a lasting lifespan across all of our ancillary channels, brands and labels, including Arrow Video and Arrow Academy. Recent acquisitions include Harpoon, Immortal, The Villainess, Aquarius and Hounds of Love. Additionally, Arrow Films is widely considered to be the global market leader in the Premium Home Entertainment market, fuelled by state-of-the-art in-house film restoration and highly sought-after Blu-ray editions of classic and cult cinema.

ABOUT FORWARD MOTION PICTURES: Forward Motion Pictures is a multi-award-winning independent production company based near Brighton, England. Run by husband and wife team Staten Cousins Roe and Poppy Roe, their first short film This Way Out was BAFTA-long-listed, played at over 30 Festivals, won 5 international awards and screened on HBO Europe & the Sundance Channel Europe. After producing Staten’s debut feature film, A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life, Forward Motion Pictures’ slate involves development across film and television, including a series adaptation of This Way Out, and Staten’s next horror feature film.

Staten Cousins Roe

Staten’s first short as writer & director, black comedy This Way Out, won international awards, including the Prix Decale (Offbeat Award) at the 30th Festival du Cinema European, Lille, and was BAFTA long-listed for Best Live Action short. This Way Out has been screened across the world including on HBO & The Sundance Channel Europe. Staten trained originally as an actor, before attending numerous development courses, including the NFTS Emerging Producers course and the LOCO mentor scheme led by Sky Comedy. Staten’s first feature film, jet-black Comedy thriller A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life, had its World Premiere at Arrow Video Frightfest on 24th August 2019

Poppy Roe

Poppy produced, script-edited and played the lead role of Minnie–the psychopathic owner of a euthanasia centre – in award-winning black comedy This Way Out. She also co-wrote short comedy The Leisure Class for the US, written & shot by HBO Project Greenlight winner Jason Mann, recently turned into a feature film by HBO (exec produced by Ben Affleck & Matt Damon). Trained at Rose Bruford College, London, Poppy is also an actor in film, TV and theatre. She produced, edited, and stars as co-lead Val, in Forward Motion’s jet-black comedy thriller A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life.


I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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