Iron Doors

Iron Doors


    Thursday 7 October 10:30pm


80 mins

Director: Stephen Manuel Country: Germany
Writer: Peter Arneson Original Format: HD
Dir. of Photography: Jan Reiff Print Source: Jinga Films
Producer: Stephen Manuel, Aaron Magnani, Axel Wedekind
Cast: Rungano Nyoni, Axel Wedekind

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

A banker is locked in a vault, faced with the horror of a slow death, his journey of self discovery has only just begun.

Repeat Screening:

Friday 8 October 3:45 pm
Screen A
Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus,
19 Lower Regent street,

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A young man wakes up in a cellar with no windows, an eerie neon light and a huge vault door made of impenetrable steel. The room is empty, except for a dead rat and a mysterious rusty locker he doesn’t have the key for. The man thinks he’s the victim of a particularly cruel practical joke, but soon he realises he’s going to die of thirst and hunger if he doesn’t quickly figure out how to escape. However, it seems there’s no way out…

Claustrophobic and intense, this film is the epitome of independent filmmaking: one room, one actor, one camera and a very low budget. The setting is extremely basic and the music is minimal, which only adds to the tension and the feeling of dread. Alex Wedekind confidently takes on the role of the protagonist and powerfully represents his spiral into a vortex of madness, hope and resignation. This is the sort of situation anyone can imagine themselves in, what Iron Doors does so well is to take it, and you, in unexpected directions.

This film is scary and disturbing and yet poetic and human. It will make you want to escape and, at the same time, it will keep you chained to your seat desperate to see how this man’s fate unfolds.

Followed by Q&A


All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street