Dan Ireland on

Paperhouse

Released 1989
Distributor Vestron Pictures

An ailing schoolgirl’s sketches become disturbingly real in her dreams. THF Guru Bernard Rose’s debut film is an unnerving fantasy nightmare, based on Catherine Storr’s juvenile novel “Marianne Dreams”, that deserves to be better known. Its Lewtonesque dream psychology recalls The Curse of the Cat People as well as Night of the Hunter, Invaders from Mars, and even the more recent The Hole.

About Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.