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Criminal Audition World Premiere at Arrow Films Frightfest 2019

Another film in Frightfest's 'First Blood' strand to showcase new genre talent is Samuel Gridley's Criminal Audition and we have an exclusive clip from the film to show you in advance of its screening. Check it out below then read on for all the info and the full official trailer.

Criminal Audition started life a decade ago as a one act play inspired by stories of criminals paying lookalikes to serve prison sentences for them. Original playwright Luke Kaile then moved his eye to expand the concept into a feature film, bringing on board director Samuel Gridley in 2014 and going through many years of development. And here we are, with their labour of love ready to screen to a willing Frightfest crowd. They had this to say about their journey from stage to screen:

Criminal Audition was our film school, we made the film in our heads for the best part of a decade, we lived, breathed and slept Criminal Audition.

This was really a no-frills filmmaking experience; our story is a tense, claustrophobic, murderous thriller - and that’s not far from our production! We lived elbow to elbow in our one location, under Waterloo station, with no phone signal or natural light, we ate lunch on sets we weren’t using, made call sheets in our production office come kitchen come makeup trailer. To say that our blood, sweat, and tears went into this film (literally at times) is not an understatement.

Luckily we banded together with a terrific group of young, talented heads of department who really are the industry stars of the future, many of which have worked on more than one film at Frighfest this year. This is our mission statement: to nurture talent alongside our growth of filmmakers. If Criminal Audition was our film school, we plan to keep learning on our many projects to come.

Throughout this process, we’ve always strived to deliver a film for the audience, to surprise, scare, and cause nervous laughter. We can’t wait to share this with Frightfest and its tremendous following.


An ex-lawyer and his team run an underworld service, providing fake criminals to take on other people's crimes. But a new dangerous client turns their world upside down as they face lies, deceit, and murder over the course of one night.

Criminal Audition Links: Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

Criminal Audition receives its world premiere on 24th August 2019 in Prince Charles Discovery One. For tickets go to: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html


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Arrow Films FrightFest, the UK’s biggest genre film festival, runs from Thursday 22nd August to Monday 26th August at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square and the Prince Charles Cinema. The full line up was announced on Thursday July 4th. Festival and day passes go on sale from Saturday July 6th. Tickets for individual films are on sale from Saturday July 20th.

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