I love movies, I always have. I love all types of movies (well except musicals, im not really a fan of those, even though currently The Greatest Showman is the best film I have seen this year. But I digress. I love movies, and people who again and again and again create hugely interesting films fascinate me. Their hard work, dedication and talent astounds me, and I dont know where they get the energy from to spend months and years making films that take me an hour and a half to watch.I salute you all. One of those filmmakers if Mr Paul Hyett, a man whos background was once special effects, creature effect, make up effects and such like, but now I feel is perhaps better known as a film director (although his background in the previous things I mentioned still helps him craft wonderful motion pictures)
From his directing debut in 2012 with the hard hitting thriller The Seasoning House, a story of brutality in Eastern Europe and the struggle of women captives in a ‘Seasoning House’, a brothel deep in the woods with the fantastic Rosie Day in the lead role of ‘Angel’ this film did not hold back, Paul then followed up 3 years later with the less brutal and more fun monster film Howl, taking us on an overnight train ride which results in a breakdown and some of the best werewolves since 1981’s An American Werewolf In London, Whilst both films are wonderful films to experience, they are very different to each other and so Paul Hyett quickly became one of those ‘ what will he do next. I dont know what to expect’ filmmakers.
Well It wasnt long before I started seeing the name ‘Heretiks’ being talked about and with Michael Ironside (one of my favourite actors) joining the cast, I was super excited to see the story of a 17th Century a young woman who is saved from execution and led to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within.( I might add that Michael Ironside isnt playing the 17th century woman, at least I dont think he is) But As I sit and write this. I am still awaiting the release of Heretiks but im patient.
But this week I was treated to a viewing of a new Paul Hyett directed film, one that I didn’t even know existed and has come out before the aforementioned Michael Ironside film. Lets chat about Peripheral.
This film is beautifully weird. and for me answered the question Who is Bobbi Johnson.(played by Hanna Aterton) In case you wonder who she is, Bobbi is a super talented author whos first book was a smash hit and who is certainly feeling the pressure to back it up with her second book. But not all is well with this wunderkind writer, she hasn’t written anything and her publisher isnt making things easy by pressuring her into writing, writing, writing, deadlines, deadlines deadlines. Poor Bobbi also ha a strange stalker who keeps posting VHS tapes (remember those?) through her letter box. (But whos is delivering them?)
When Bobbi makes a deal with her publisher to try a new form f writing technology this is when things to really strange (as if this world wasnt strange enough) and to go into any more detail, would ruin what was a wonderful, but bizarre journey for the near 90 minutes. The film is glorious with a minimal cast and minimal location, this film is a perfect piece of viewing for fans of hit TV show Black Mirror and you could easily be convinced that the film is part of that series.
Hannah Arterton is wonderful as author Bobbi Johnson who starts off stressed but goes through a whole series of emotions and dilemmas as the film unfolds before our eyes and ears. The other cast members (who I wont list because it may spoil the story details) are on top form as are all cast members in all of Paul Hyett’s movies. I dont think the film does much for authors though as that life looks super stressful and not the easy life that some people may think it is (even though I know its not) Struggling with deadlines, writers block, the pressure of no money coming in and yet a product (in this case, a book) to get out for a certain time. Crikey. What a stressful world Bobbi lives in and thats not including the mysterious deliverer of envelopes containing god knows what! Peripheral is a unique watch, and in this world of franchises, brand names, sequels, prequels, reboots etc. Its a beautiful thing to see a filmmaker like Paul Hyett go from unique tale to unique tale. Many thanks for Paul and the crew for making life as a movie fan and a website writer, that much more enjoyable.