Ruth Platt On Telling a Fantastical Ghost Story with Martyrs Lane [Exclusive Interview]

Martyrs Lane with Kiera Thompson and Sienna Sayer and directed by Ruth Platt

Martyrs Lane with Kiera Thompson and Sienna Sayer and directed by Ruth Platt (Courtesy of Shudder)

Supernatural horror films that tell fascinating compelling stories with relationship twists fall under their own category like Orphanage, Pan’s Labyrinth, and now Martyrs Lane from director Ruth Platt.

As an indie budget film, the film captured the horror imaginations of audiences as a little child befriends another girl who only shows up at night. The deep dark secrets throw the audience into the loop until the twist in the end.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In this unsettling ghost story, Leah, 10, lives in a large, old house with her family but can’t quite work out why her mother seems so distant. At night, she is visited by a mysterious guest, who might be able to give her some answers. With a new challenge every night, Leah is rewarded with bits of knowledge that, when pieced together, threaten to shine a dangerous light on both the truth in her nightmares and of the world, she lives in.

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Two young actors Kiera Thompson and Sienna Sayer lead the cast in the supernatural fairytale. The rest of the cast includes Denise Gough (upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series), Steven Cree (Outlaw/King, Brave), Hannah Rae (Broadchurch, Fighting with My Family), and Anastasia Hille (The Abandoned).

Ruth Platt wrote and directed the feature film based on her 2019 short film that explores love and grief in a ghost story.

LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Ruth Platt last month during the Fantasia International Film Festival. We talked about the young actors, the haunted house as a character, and adapting her short film into a full-length feature film.

Ruth Platt is an actress known for The Pianist and BBC’s Murder Rooms. She studied English literature at the University College at Oxford before training at RADA in acting. The previous films she directed included 2015’s The Lesson, and 2019’s The Black Forest.

Martyrs Lane is currently streaming on Shudder today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Ruth Platt below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Shudder

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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