Film / Indie Film

Staten Cousins-Roe shortlisted for the ‘Screen International Genre Rising Star Award’

We’re very excited to share the news that Arrow Films, on the Arrow Video label, are sharing the excellent A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life Arrow Video FrightFest on the 24th August, and it’ll be the World Premiere! The film’s breakout British Director Staten Cousins-Roe is today shortlisted for the prestigious Screen International Genre Rising Star Award, jointly presented by FrightFest.

We’ve already seen this really clever black comedy and so the news that Arrow also have the worldwide rights, with a view to releasing in the UK, US and Canada early next year, is excellent. Described as “Sightseers meets Thelma and Louise (Deborah Haywood, Pin Cushion), A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life is written and directed by Staten Cousins Roe and produced by Forward Motion Pictures – a multi award-winning production company run by husband and wife team Staten Cousins Roe and Poppy Roe. 

Starring Katie Brayben (Doctor WhoThis Way Out), Poppy Roe (This Way OutDrawn), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent, Me Before You) and Emmy-nominated Sian Clifford (FleabagVanity Fair), the film follows Lou Farnt: a 30-something, self-help addict who wants nothing more than to escape her overly controlling mother and the dead-end seaside town where she grew up. So when strange and strikingly confident new life coach Val suddenly arrives on the scene and invites her on a road trip of alternative therapies, Lou finds the perfect opportunity to leave, and the perfect person to become. Unfortunately for Lou, Val’s a serial killer. 

Staten Cousins Roe had this to say:

“I’m extraordinarily happy to be working with the incredible Arrow Films on my debut feature film A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life – they are absolute tastemakers in cinema, and it’s any filmmaker’s dream to be working with a team as knowledgeable and dedicated to cinema as they are – let alone on your very first film.

“We made A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life completely through self-funding and Kickstarter, via our Brighton based production company Forward Motion Pictures, as a way of taking control of the filmmaking process – shooting it in only two weeks, at over 30 locations, with a 50/50 gender representative cast & crew, and using many of the same team from my pitch-black comedy short This Way Out. It was a heck of a journey about finding ourselves as filmmakers – and to come out the other side working with the team at Arrow is a dream come true.” 

Francesco Simeoni (Director of Content and Distribution, Arrow Films) added: 

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Forward Motion Pictures on releasing their wonderful film A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life, working with our partners on a global release. It’s not only one of the most confident debuts I have ever seen but also a fresh and exciting emergence of a brilliant creative team which we are sure audiences will fall for.”

Our review is coming very soon but, in the meantime, for more information visit:




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