World Premiere
Cheval Noir Live

The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw

Directed by Thomas Lee

Sat August 22, 2020
7:15 PM

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Thomas Robert Lee


Thomas Robert Lee


Catherine Walker, Hannah Emily Anderson, Jared Abrahamson, Don McKellar


Gianna Isabella, George Mihalka, Patrick Ewald


Gate 67 Films Inc.

Canada 2020 93 mins OV English
Genre Horror

Join us after the screening at 8:50pm for a live Q&A with Director Thomas Robert Lee, Producer Gianna Isabella, Actors Jessica Reynolds, Sean McGinley and Cinematographer Nick Thomas

Young Audrey Earnshaw (Jessica Reynolds) and her mother, Agatha (Catherine Walker, A DARK SONG), live clandestinely as occultists on the outskirts of a remote Protestant village. Having gone to enormous lengths to hide Audrey’s existence from the community over the years, in part due to her having been born in secrecy, in a context that would never have been accepted by the superstitious townspeople, Agatha kept her close and guarded at home. As a consequence, a controlling relationship has developed. One day, a mourner from town catches sight of Audrey, and whispers begin. The community has recently been left reeling from a series of inexplicable tragedies and hardships. Now, livestock and crops are falling prey to an unknown disease. Somehow, the Earnshaw farm has remained unaffected. Suspicions grow. Hysteria mounts. Meanwhile, Audrey’s upbringing around ritual magic has borne fruit. Her abilities are blossoming, becoming stronger and more forceful by the day. Alongside her anger.

Set during the harvest season of 1973, THE CURSE OF AUDREY EARNSHAW is a freakishly nightmarish work of dramatic horror, steeped in folklore, brimming with atmosphere and vibrant with imagery that will haunt your subconscious. Writer/director Thomas Robert Lee (EMPYREAN) has created one of the most unsettling and surprising occult horror films that we’ve seen in years, one that feels as if it’s emerging from a place of genuine mystic knowledge while also ranking among the darkest coming-of-age stories imaginable. Newcomer Reynolds in the titular role is an absolute revelation, as is the always fantastic Walker. They’re joined by a stellar supporting cast that includes Jared Abrahamson (HELLO DESTROYER), Hannah Emily Anderson (WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE), Don McKellar (LAST NIGHT), and Sean McGinley (BRAVEHEART). Co-produced by MY BLOODY VALENTINE director George Mihalka. Don’t miss this. – Mitch Davis


Sat August 22, 2020
7:15 PM

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