Matt Smith is coming back to our screens in supernatural horror
Starve Acre, and we’ve now got a first look at the new movie.
Set in rural England in the 1970s, the movie stars Smith and Morfydd Clark as Richard and Juliette whose idyllic family life is thrown into turmoil when their son starts acting out of character.
Richard begins to explore the myth that the ancient oak tree at their remote family home, Starve Acre, is imbued with phenomenal powers. But the couple soon find themselves dealing with dark and sinister forces they unwittingly allowed into their home.
Starve Acre will receive its world premiere in competition at the BFI London Film Festival, running October 4-15. A UK release date in cinemas has yet to be confirmed.
Starve Acre is one of 11 movies picked for this year’s Official Competition at the BFI London Film Festival, with the winner picked by the LFF Awards Juries and announced on the final day of the festival.
Other movies in competition include Fingernails, starring Riz Ahmed, Jessie Buckley and Jeremy Allen White, and The Royal Hotel, starring Julia Garner and Jessica Henwick.
The full list of movies in Official Competition at this year’s festival are as follows:
• Baltimore, directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor
• Dear Jassi, directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar
• Europa, directed by Sudabeh Mortezai
• Evil Does Not Exist, directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
• Fingernails, directed by Christos Nikou
• Gasoline Rainbow, directed by Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross
• I Am Sirat, directed by Deepa Mehta and Sirat Taneja
• The Royal Hotel, directed by Kitty Green
• Self Portrait: 47 KM 2020, directed by Zhang Mengqi
• Starve Acre, directed by Daniel Kokotajlo
• Together 99, directed by Lukas Moodysson
This year’s BFI London Film Festival also includes a First Feature Competition, a Documentary Competition and Short Film Competition. The full list of movies in contention can be found on the festival’s website.
It was previously announced that Saltburn would be opening this year’s festival and The Kitchen will close the festival, while Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget would receive its world premiere during the event.
The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 4 to October 15.
Movies Editor, Digital Spy Ian has more than 10 years of movies journalism experience as a writer and editor.
Starting out as an intern at trade bible Screen International, he was promoted to report and analyse UK box-office results, as well as carving his own niche with horror movies, attending genre festivals around the world.
After moving to Digital Spy, initially as a TV writer, he was nominated for New Digital Talent of the Year at the PPA Digital Awards.
He became Movies Editor in 2019, in which role he has interviewed 100s of stars, including Chris Hemsworth, Florence Pugh, Keanu Reeves, Idris Elba and Olivia Colman, become a human encyclopedia for Marvel and appeared as an expert guest on BBC News and on-stage at MCM Comic-Con. Where he can, he continues to push his horror agenda – whether his editor likes it or not.