THE SLEEP EXPERIMENT: Irish psychological thriller coming to VOD in November

Coming soon to Red Water Entertainment, the first North American VOD of the Irish psychological thriller sleep experience, the first feature from the writer-director John Farrellywho was called (at only 17 years old) Young Irish Director of the Year 2018 for his short film Choice.

The film stars Rob James Capel, Tom Kerrisk, Barry John Kinsella and Will Murphy as participants in the titular experiment. The synopsis for the thriller reads as follows:

Two detectives begin an investigation into the ethics involved in the top secret research facility, Porton Down. One experiment, in particular, stands out as the most gruesome, The Sleep Experiment, a science experiment that took place during the Cold War. The experiment consisted of five prisoners, considered enemies of the state, locked in a sealed gas chamber. An airborne stimulant was continuously administered to keep subjects awake for 30 consecutive days. The prisoners were falsely promised that they would be released from prison if they completed the experiment. Inspired by real facts, The sleep experience is a psychological thriller that exposes the horrors of what humanity is capable of when pushed to the brink.

“Actual Events” refers to The sleep experience part of Porton Down, a government facility in Wiltshire, UK. Up to 20,000 people participated in various human tests and trials at the site from 1949 to 1989.

In a statement, Farrelly revealed that he was also inspired by a desire to “…to tell a story that explores what a human is capable of when pushed to the brink. I am fascinated by the human psyche and what drives a person to do something that would be deemed inhuman. When our needs primaries are taken from us, chaos ensues and the animal deep within us all is released.”

The sleep experience will be available for rental and streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, iNDemand and DISH, starting at November, 1st. Watch the trailer here before you fall asleep tonight…

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