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Makers of Caithness supernatural thriller to take part in online Q&A


By Alan Hendry

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Toby (left) and his brother Fionn Watts. Picture: Chris Aitkenhead
Toby (left) and his brother Fionn Watts. Picture: Chris Aitkenhead

The makers of the supernatural thriller Playhouse are to take part in a live online question-and-answer session hosted by Lyth Arts Centre.

The hour-long event next Friday follows the recent UK release of the film made by Fionn and Toby Watts, of Far North Film, and set in and around Freswick Castle.

The brothers will be joined in conversation by members of the cast, including Thurso-born actress Helen Mackay.

Playhouse is the tale of a horror playwright, Jack Travis (William J Holstead), who moves to a castle to develop a frightening new play. However, the castle’s dark history and supernatural disturbances begin to prey on his daughter and she falls victim to the forces lurking within its walls.

The movie was premiered at FrightFest: Digital Edition last August and had its full UK video-on-demand release last month. It was already available through video-on-demand in North America and has been a major hit with cinema audiences in Russia.

The Q&A will explore the local inspiration behind the movie and why Caithness is so important to Fionn and Toby as filmmakers.

The session will take place on Google Hangouts on Friday, May 14, starting at 7pm. Once you have booked on the Lyth Arts Centre website, you will be sent a link to join to the event.

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William J Holstead plays the lead of Jack Travis in the film made by brothers Toby and Fionn Watts.
William J Holstead plays the lead of Jack Travis in the film made by brothers Toby and Fionn Watts.

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