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'Twas the Devil



Set in England's dark past, Zachary (Simon Cleary), desperately hauls his wife's corpse towards her final resting place. You - the viewer - guide Zachary and make choices along his journey, as he encounters a host of deranged locals through a mind-bending landscape in a unique interactive experience.


'Twas the Devil is a feature-length interactive choose-your-own adventure folk horror experiment in digital storytelling with multiple endings. Watch here:

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Written and directed by Mark Garvey


Produced by Máiréad Fitzpatrick, Callum Oakaby-Wright, Mark Garvey


Co-produced by Rachel Cuthill, Tom Gillson, Michael Manning


Cinematography, editing and sound design by Mark Garvey


Sound recording by Máiréad Fitzpatrick, Michael Manning, Jheryl Stewart, Callum Oakaby-Wright


Music by Tasha Fights Tigers


Artwork and illustration by Brad Robert Benford


Makeup by Rachel Cuthill


Cast of Characters:


Zachary Makepiece: Simon Cleary

Agnes Makepiece: Máiréad Fitzpatrick

Mary: Rachel Cuthill

Maddox: Scott Robinson

Martin: Philip K. Meadows

Mephistopheles: Gerry George

Man-animal: Mario St. Phillips

Miles: Callum Oakaby-Wright

Mourner: Keir Husband

Medicine Man: Marco Marconi

Mage: Caroline Fitch

Motionless man: Alex Laurence

Mowed man: Ben Drake

Matthew Montague: Michael Manning

Musician: Bill Hooper

Mercer: Chris Nicholls

Moor: Akar Faraj

Man-fool: Chris Punter

Marionette man: Moses Quinby

Merchant: Nathan Loughran

Medium: Maureen Roche

Man O the Woods: Mark Garvey

Mirth maker: Ian Tucknott

Marchamont: Stuart Offord

Mesmerised: Emma Tozer

Mesmerised: Sam Sergeant

Mesmerised: Matt Harvey

Mesmerised: John Cameron

Mesmerised: Gary Karvem

Millicent: Rosie Hooper

Minister: Brad Robert Benford

Major Matrell: Tom Gillson




All of the place names mentioned in East Anglia are real places: Boxford, Boxted, Broxted, Buxhall, Claxton, Croxton, Exning, Felixstowe, Flixton, Foxearth, Hoxne, Ixworth, Laxfield, Lexden, Oxborough, Oxen End, Saxlingham Nethergate, Saxmundham, Saxtead, Spexhall, Spixworth, Thaxted, Waxham, Wixoe, Wroxham, Yaxham, Yaxley and Yoxford, and each has "X" in their name.




In what way is ‘Twas the Devil an “interactive” film?


‘Twas the Devil is an interactive film in that you - the viewer - interact with it to influence its narrative. At various stages along the journey, the viewer must make choices as to what Zachary will do, where he will go, how he will act etc., and your choices have consequences in terms of what happens next ... or later 0n.


What choice should I make ... how should I choose?


Choose whatever you want. The choice is yours. Literally. There are no right or wrong choices; no good or bad choices; just different choices, which lead to different experiences. If you want to, you can return to previous choices and choose different options in order to see alternative outcomes of the various decisions.


So, I can watch it again and make different choices?


Yes, the choices you make lead to different journeys and eventually to unique outcomes. You can re-watch the film and make different choices to have an alternative experience. Some choices lead to entirely different journeys; whereas, others generate varied versions of similar scenarios, and the film has at least eight possible endings.


Do I complete the game if I get Zachary to Thaxted?


Zachary’s aim is to reach Thaxted. Whether you guiding him there or not constitutes success of any kind is for to do decide. Your experience of the narrative and whatever happens as a result of your choices is not judged or scored in any way by anyone but you. ‘Twas the Devil is a film, not a game, and is “completed” once the end credits roll.