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Overlook Fest-premiere shocker “GODLESS” gets distribution and a date

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | News


The Australian production is headed for a debut and wider exposure in North America.

XYZ Films has announced its acquisition of GODLESS: THE EASTFIELD EXORCISM, which will have its world premiere at the Overlook Film Festival in New Orleans (with the filmmakers in attendance), running March 30-April 2 in New Orleans. The movie will then receive wide release on VOD platforms April 6. Directed by Nick Kozakis and written by Alexander Angliss-Wilson, GODLESS: THE EASTFIELD EXORCISM stars Georgia Eyers, Dan Ewing, Tim Pocock, Rosie Traynor and Eliza Matengu. The synopsis: Lara [Eyers] is a woman tormented, torn between science and faith. Pushed by her husband to seek treatment from a congregation of zealots, a ruthless exorcist will try to save her soul by putting an innocent woman through hell.”

“We’re excited to be a part of the festival,” director Kozakis says of the Overlook premiere, “and can’t wait to be there in person for the screening!” Adds producer Lauren Simpson, “Working with XYZ Films on our North American distribution has been fantastic, the entire team have been incredibly supportive and being a part of the festival means a lot to the entire cast and crew.”

Says XYZ’s James Emanuel Shapiro, “The concept of ‘the absolute’ in organized religion is out of control and dangerous. Fanatics who speak for the few are now making policy for many. GODLESS resonated so strongly with me because of its honest and moving portrayal of what happens when you put your trust in deranged zealots who seek only to corrupt and destroy for their God. Sorry/not sorry for getting on a soapbox, but this movie is both fantastic and timely—and I am so proud to bring it to audiences.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).