Digital Release on February 16th
Original Music Composed by Director Peter Spierig
After the sudden death of her family, firearms heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) becomes convinced that she’s haunted by the souls of those killed by guns. Winchester then decides to build an enormous mansion that’s designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. When skeptical psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) visits the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he soon discovers that her obsession may not be so far-fetched after all.
ABOUT PETER SPIERIG
PETER SPIERIG is one half the Writing / Directing team known as THE SPIERIG BROTHERS. WINCHESTER marks the second feature film score for Peter Spierig. The brothers, Peter and Michael, are German-born Australian film directors, writers and producers who have shared prestigious nominations and awards for their collaborative work.
Their critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller PREDESTINATION, based on Robert A. Heinlein’s short story “All You Zombies”, was nominated for nine Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, including Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Score for Peter. The film also won four AACTA Awards including Best Actress for Sarah Snook, who stars in WINCHESTER. The Spierig Brothers won the Toronto After Dark Film Festival Special Award for Best Sci-Fi Film and Best Screenplay for Predestination, which also took a second place Audience Award for Best Feature Film. They were the recipients of the Australian Writer’s Guild John Hinde Award for Best Science Fiction Screenwriting and were nominated by the Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Their 2003 feature debut, the low-budget zombie horror-comedy UNDEAD financed by pooling their life savings, received the Fipresci Award by the International Federation of Film Critics at the Melbourne International Film Festival. The film was screened at 17 film festivals including Edinburgh, Montreal, Toronto, Sitges, Berlin, Amsterdam and Puchon and was sold to 41 countries. It was released in the U.S. and Canada by Lionsgate Films. The company developed a close relationship with The Spierigs releasing their second film DAYBREAKERS, which opened in 2,500 theatres across the US. That 2010 vampire thriller, starring Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, garnered an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Visual Effects Award for the brothers, shared with Rangi Sutton, James Rogers and Randy Vellacott and, a nomination for the Macquarie AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay. WINCHESTER is The Spierig Brothers’ fourth collaboration with Lionsgate. They co-directed JIGSAW, the eighth instalment of the lucrative SAW franchise, recently released by Lionsgate. The franchise conceptualised by fellow Australian Directors James Wan and Leigh Whannel was an opportunity for the Brothers to visit the horror genre again. To date the film has grossed over 100 million dollars worldwide in its theatrical release.