“Making This Made Me Sh*t Scared Of Heights!” – Scott Mann Talks Fall

If you aren’t afraid of heights already, Fall will certainly change that.

The new thriller sees friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) become stranded at the top of a 2,000-foot abandoned radio tower after their climb goes wrong.

With no way down, a lack of supplies, and zero phone signal, the pair are tested under the most extreme conditions.

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Releasing exclusively in cinemas, Fall is made for the theatrical experience, which is why it’s a surprise that the project started off life as a VR short film.

The idea first came to director Scott Mann when responding to a production company’s call for experiential shorts, but soon evolved into a feature which he saw as the only way to tell the story.

The filmmaker explained to Zavvi: “Me and co-writer Jonathan Frank were working on another movie filming at height, observing the psychological effects, which took us down a rabbit hole.

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“This opportunity then came up and we asked ourselves, ‘what is the most immersive experience you can create?’

“We kept going back to heights so did some research, coming across these massive towers in the desert which we thought was a great element to base a story around.

“In the end we loved the idea so much, it was so visceral, we thought ‘there’s a feature here’, as we were having to skip past the real joy of delivering that immersive experience.

“Especially since cinema and moviegoing habits have changed over the past few years. Audiences now want that immersion, something that is a theme park ride as much as it is a movie.”

In the latest edition of our free digital magazine The Lowdown, Mann revealed why they ditched special effects to shoot this for real and how he pulled this off while being afraid of heights himself.

Read the full interview here.

Fall hits UK cinemas on 2nd September.

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Emily Murray

Emily Murray


Emily is a journalist and film critic who unashamedly cries at most movies having got too emotionally attached. When not at the cinema, she is at home cuddling her cat Holmes, whilst binge watching New Girl. She can be found on Twitter @emilyvmurray