Leap of Faith

46 years ago, The Exorcist terrified an entire generation of cinema-goers. Now we explore what really went into the making of a horror masterpiece.

Dir-Scr Alexandre O Philippe
Prod Kerry Deignan Roy
Prod Co Exhibit A Pictures

Having previously stepped into the shower for his exhaustive study of Psycho’s most famous scene with 78/52, and boarded the Nostromo for the far reaches of space in Memory: The Origins of Alien, acclaimed documentarian Alexandre O Philippe turns his attention to another landmark of genre cinema – The Exorcist. Framed around an epic six-day interview with director William Friedkin, Philippe’s expertly assembled analysis is not just an in-depth musing on one of the most influential and widely acclaimed horror movies of all time, but also an enlightening and intimate portrait of one man’s creative process. Passionately discussing his influences, from Carl Theodor Dreyer to Caravaggio, and interrogating the obsessions he has returned to throughout his filmmaking career, Friedkin makes for a riveting subject – reflective, insightful and often disarmingly candid.

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

This member of the filmmaking team is expected to attend the festival:

  • Alexandre O. Philippe, director.

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Filmmaker’s attendance made possible thanks to the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom.