‘She thought she was alone’
Soulmate is a 2013 British supernatural horror film written and directed by Belgian actress Axelle Carolyn (Doomsday), wife of Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers; The Descent; Skull Island: Blood of the King). It stars Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers, Nick Brimble, Emma Cleasby, Guy Armitage, Rebecca Kiser, Amelia Tyler, Felix Coles and Anubis. It was filmed in Brecon, Wales and is being distributed by Soda Pictures.
In June 2014, it was reported that British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) have ordered that the film’s opening scene, in which Anna Walton’s character attempts suicide by slitting her wrists be censored because this is ‘imitable behaviour’. Rue Morgue magazine rightly noted that “The backlash on this decision has been very vocal and unanimous on the social media networks, with harsh words for the BBFC from horror fans as well as critics who have actually seen the movie.”
On Yahoo blog Seeing Dead People Ben Bussey commented: “What makes this particularly shocking is, aside from a few moments of moderate violence, there is literally nothing else in the film to warrant the most restrictive UK rating: no sexual content, no drug use, and very little in the way of strong language. Simply put, ‘Soulmate’ is a quiet, character-based drama set in the picturesque Welsh countryside which I’d have no qualms about sitting down to watch with my grandmother. For it to be effectively banned due to one brief and not especially graphic scene seems staggeringly illogical.”