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Under the Shadow

Presented as part of Here There be Monsters! a series of spine-tingling film screenings & events taking place in Brighton & Hove and Lewes.

Join us for a Winter Solstice screening as the longest hours of darkness draw in, whilst exploring a moment of change and chance of rebirth. Set in the midst of the Iran-Iraq war, Under The Shadow follows the haunting of a mother and daughter after their apartment building is hit by a missile carrying an evil spirit. The film visually draws us into the darkness and shadow, building angular and expressionist aesthetics to a sleepwalking nightmare.

Babak Anvari’s Persian-language directorial debut is a terrifying exploration of wartime paranoia, an increasingly patriarchal political backdrop, and Islamic mythology. Screened at Fabrica, in the Holy Trinity Church building adorned at Christmas, thought-provoking and thrilling viewing within the religious and spiritual solstice season.

“Arguably one of this century’s most frightening films, Babak Anvari’s remarkable debut deftly juxtaposes the fantastical threat of the supernatural with the everyday oppression of a woman living under Sharia law.” Michael Blyth, BFI.


Prior to our feature screening we will be showing a short reel of handpicked animation to chill your bones (and make you smile), co-presented by One Bum Cinema Club.

Unawarewolf – An unsuspecting human falls asleep on a sofa with a surprising side effect! (Phil Hart)

Spooketti – This playful mixed media animation will bring the best out in Halloween jokes we promise! (Annie Wong)

The Boogily – Abeast that takes many forms and the brainchild of Neil Saunders shows how hand drawn animation comes to life. (Neil Sunders)


Doors & bar open at 7.30pm for a 8pm start. Affordable refreshments and popcorn stand on site.



October-December 2022

A series of spine-tingling film screenings, performances and talks taking place at venues across Brighton & Hove and Lewes. We’re celebrating the weird and wonderful world of horror in film through a combination of feature screenings in unusual venues and drop-in animated shorts for all ages. We’ll also be spotlighting music made for horror through talks, live performances as well as featuring The Missing Horrors at events, a sound-work of specially commissioned reggae, electronics and spoken word: all themed around 29 horror films missing from the vaults.

FabricaThe Old Market, DepotJubilee Library and ACCA will all have some eerie delights to share with wide audiences, with selected events presented by Cinecity 2022, the 20th edition of the Brighton Film Festival.

Facilitated by Fabrica on behalf of Screen Shot.

Screening as part of In Dreams Are Monsters: A Season of Horror Films, a UK-wide film season supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.

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19th Dec




Fabrica Gallery

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£0-£6 (under 25s free)