This year, keyboard warriors need to be careful who they offend online, as The Columnist is unleashed in cinemas and on digital platforms, courtesy of Vertigo Releasing, in March in the UK and Ireland.
Starring Westworld‘s Katja Herbers, , a stand-out at last year’s FrightFest, is a savagely satirical, gory and wholly thrilling look at what happens when the victim of online abuse says “enough is enough”. Smartly scripted and slicky directed, with some wonderfully pitch-black set pieces, it sits nicely alongside women-turn-the-tables hits Prevenge, Revenge, Promising Young Woman, and the recent Danish release The Exception.
Featuring a fantastic performance from Herbers, and a scene-stealing Bram van der Kelen as the author of shock horror novels, the film is sure to provoke debate around the prescient topic of social media’s impact on basic civility. It’s Death Wish for the online generation, and you’ll be cheering as Herbers gets the next foul-mouthed victim in her sights.
There’s no official Trailer released yet, however below is the Trailer from the film’s Fantasia Fest…
Related: Film Review – The Exception (2019)
Newspaper columnist and author Femke Boot is suffering from writers’ block, and her mood isn’t improved by the torrent of abuse and death threats she receives daily on social media. When she discovers that her obnoxious, loud neighbour is one of the anonymous people posting vile comments, she snaps and takes matters into her own hands. As she finds herself able to write again, she sets out on a mission – track down the trolls and deliver some swift, polite and deadly vengeance.
The Columnist will be released in the UK and Ireland from 12th March on Digital Platforms. If every goes well with the current lockdown and it’s safe once again, the film will get an cinematic release too.