June 13, 2024

‘Serial Killer’s Guide To Life’ World Premiere

A Serial Killer's Guide to LifeArrow Films, on the Arrow Video label, is delighted to announce that A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life will celebrate its World Premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest on the 24th August. The film’s breakout British Director Staten Cousins Roe is today shortlisted for the prestigious Screen International Genre Rising Star Award, jointly presented by FrightFest.

Arrow Films have acquired worldwide rights with a view to releasing in the UK, US and Canada early next year, selling the worldwide rights. Its World Premiere at Arrow Video FrightFest in London on Saturday 24th August will be part of their Discovery One screenings which will feature a Q&A with the director.

Established in 2016 to celebrate the work of emerging UK genre talent, this will be the fourth year of the Screen International Genre Rising Star Award. Previous winners include: Alice Lowe, Danny Morgan and Ella Hunt. There are five nominees on the shortlist and the winner is announced at a presentation on Monday 26th August at the Cineworld Screen 2, Leicester Square, 6.30pm.

Described as “Sightseers meets Thelma and Louise” (Deborah Haywood, Pin Cushion), A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life is written and directed by Staten Cousins Roe (This Way Out) and produced by Forward Motion Pictures – a multi award-winning production company run by husband and wife team Staten Cousins Roe and Poppy Roe. Their BAFTA long-listed short This Way Out is currently screening on HBO Europe, Sundance Channel Europe, Fandor and Amazon Prime.

Starring 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), the film follows Lou Farnt: 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 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.

ASKGTL_Self Help Rolling Pin still, Left Poppy Roe, Right Katie Brayben © Lenka Rayn H.

A jet-black comedy thriller in the same vein as Sightseers, A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life is a frenetic Thelma and Louise guaranteed to satisfy the self-help generation, and the modern human’s blood lust.

Staten Cousins Roe (Director, A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life) said: “I’m extraordinarily happy to be working with the incredible Arrow Films on my debut feature film A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life – they are absolute tastemakers in cinema, and it’s any filmmaker’s dream to be working with a team as knowledgeable and dedicated to cinema as they are – let alone on your very first film.

ASKGTL Self Help Rocks still, Poppy Roe © Lenka Rayn H.

“We made A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life completely through self-funding and Kickstarter, via our Brighton based production company Forward Motion Pictures, as a way of taking control of the filmmaking process – shooting it in only two weeks, at over 30 locations, with a 50/50 gender representative cast & crew, and using many of the same team from my pitch-black comedy short This Way Out. It was a heck of a journey about finding ourselves as filmmakers – and to come out the other side working with the team at Arrow is a dream come true.”

Francesco Simeoni (Director of Content and Distribution, Arrow Films) said: “We are thrilled to have partnered with Forward Motion Pictures on releasing their wonderful film A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life, working with our partners on a global release. It’s not only one of the most confident debuts I have ever seen but also a fresh and exciting emergence of a brilliant creative team which we are sure audiences will fall for.”

For more information about A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life check out the following links:

Arrow Films is a leading independent all-rights entertainments company, established in 1991, 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, Aniara, Mega Time Squad, Lords of Chaos, Climax, The Endless, Blade of the 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. www.arrowfilms.com

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. www.forwardmotionpictures.co.uk


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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