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How His House turns refugee lives into horror film

Director Remi Weekes says film explores “the horrors that we do as humans to other humans”.

Can the refugee experience be re-told as a horror story?

That’s the idea behind the British film His House, in which two young asylum seekers from South Sudan struggle to adjust to a new life in a rundown house in a small English town, where they feel a terrible evil lurks behind their walls.

It stars Gangs of London actor Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù and Bafta winner Wunmi Mosaku, as well as The Crown’s Matt Smith, who plays the officer tasked with housing the couple.

It’s British director Remi Weekes’ first feature film, and it’s based on extensive research into the asylum system.

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“One thing stood out, which was that during the asylum process, you’re forced into such draconian rule,” he explains. “As an asylum seeker, you’re given accommodation, but you’re not allowed to leave. You’re given a small amount of money, but you can’t work. You have people who have been running away who have to come to terms with their new home. It’s a gruelling welcome.

“When so many horror films are focused on the idea of a haunted house, I thought it was an interesting way to tell a horror story. When you have a house that you cannot leave, it becomes a prison.

“The specific story isn’t autobiographical,” he adds, “but I did a lot of research, especially on how immigrants felt…

Emma Jones – Entertainment reporter

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