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Bethnal Green goes bump in the night

Date posted: 19.02.2014

Fear fans are for a treat next weekend, when DSK-PR teams up with the Lost Picture Show for an evening of Haunted Childhood at the eerily beautiful church of St John's on Bethnal Green

The evening is part of the BFI Gothic season, held with support from Film Hub London. It promises to leave even the bravest among us shaking in their boots.

Alongside screenings of some of the most affecting ghost stories of recent years, the fear factor on this chilling night will be further enhanced by spooky organ music by The Hellset Orchestra and DJs Sounds & Colours.

When: 6.30-11pm, Saturday 1 March 
Where: Church of St. John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

Spectres on screen

As the horror milieu testifies, there are few things scarier than a child ghost. So with back-to-back screenings of some of the best celluloid conjurings in recent years Haunted Childhood offers some essential viewing.

The films are:

The UK Premiere of Broken Night (Guillermo Arriaga, 2013) a horror short from Guillermo Arriaga, award-winning writer of Babel and Amores Perros. The film follows a mother and her young daughter on a happy road trip that soon becomes a nightmare.

The Others (Alejandro Amenábar, 2001) starring Nicole Kidman this ghost story with a twist from Chilean‐born director Alejandro Amenábar became an instant horror classic on its release in 2001. Haunted Childhood gives you the opportunity to see it on a big screen in all its unsettling glory.

The Orphanage (J. A. Bayona, 2007) produced by horror master Guillermo del Toro this gothic frightener from Spanish director J. A. Bayona has all the right ingredients for a genuine scare. And it delivers. You will never look at a brown sack in the same way again.

Musical accompaniment

Just in case being in an old church watching some of the scariest films in recent times isn't enough to get your heart pumping, the kind organisers of Haunted Childhood have arranged for some mood music.

The Hellset Orchestra's Michael Wetheburn will provide organ music required for a truly gothic experience while DJs Sounds & Colours will fill St John's Church with some other‐world tracks from the likes of Colombia's Meridian Brothers and Peru's Dengue, Dengue, Dengue, in a night where it will be hard to distinguish the real from the imaginary.

Film Hub London

Led by Film London, Film Hub London is part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN). It supports specialised film exhibition in the capital, aiming to increase the opportunities to engage with cinema in all its diversity and raise the profile of London's cinema sector.                     

Keep an eye out over the next few months for more spine-tingling gothic offers supported by Film Hub London, including a Thriller weekender, in association with The New Black.

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