Britain, 1985. When film censor Enid discovers an eerie horror that
speaks directly to her sister’s mysterious disappearance, she resolves
to unravel the puzzle behind the film and its enigmatic director – a
quest that will blur the lines between fiction and reality in
terrifying ways. Steeped in glorious 1980s aesthetics, CENSOR is a
bloody love letter to the VHS ‘video nasty’ horror classics of the
Bailey-Bond’s psychological horror garnered critical acclaim after its
World Premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the Official
Selection, and had its European Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
Bailey-Bond said in response to the acquisition news, "It's amazing to be
partnering with Vertigo Releasing – an established champion of incredible
independent cinema who have worked with directors I hugely admire -
Jennifer Kent, Taika Waititi, Nicholas Winding Refn, Spike Lee, Babak
Anvari... I'm so thrilled they will be bringing our film "home", to cinemas
across the UK".
Vertigo’s CEO, Rupert Preston, added, “CENSOR is quite simply one of the
best UK debuts in years. We could not be more excited about unleashing it
on UK audiences this summer and working with Prano on this film."
George Hamilton of Protagonist Pictures, who are handling world sales on
the title, also stated, “We are thrilled for CENSOR to be one of the first
films out of the gate as cinemas reopen in the UK. Our friends at Vertigo
repeatedly proved last year that UK audiences are hungry for the genuine
cinematic experience and CENSOR is just the ticket!"
CENSOR is produced by Helen Jones of Silver Salt Films, with legendary
horror writer Kim Newman serving as Executive Producer alongside Andy
Starke (Rook Films, producer of Sightseers, Kill List and In Fabric) and Ant Timpson (Timpson Films). Naomi Wright, Lauren
Dark, Ollie Madden, Daniel Battsek, Mary Burke and Kimberley Warner also
serve as Executive Producers. The film also stars Nicholas Burns (Ghost Stories, Nathan Barley), Vincent Franklin (Gentleman Jack, Bodyguard), Sophia La Porta (Hulu’sFour Weddings and a Funeral, Been So Long), Adrian Schiller (Victoria, The Last Kingdom) and Michael Smiley ( Jawbone, Kill List).
CENSOR was developed by the BFI, Film4, Creative England via the BFI
NETWORK and Ffilm Cymru Wales, and was funded by the BFI and Ffilm Cymru
Wales, both awarding National Lottery funding, and by Film4, with support
from Kodak Motion Picture and Cinelab London.