‘The Sleeping Room’ will go down in history as the first part-equity crowdfunded British feature film, and the thoroughly modern financing method stands pleasingly at odds with the Victorian ghost story at the film’s core.
It’s an effective set-up and the mystery unfolds with just the right dose of creepy old pimps and vulnerable streetwalkers. All the Victorian elements are handled well, in fact. The dusty set dressing is highly effective and the Guillermo Del Toro-esque fascination with the minutiae of clockwork is brilliant, as is the mutoscope footage.
This review was originally written for Close-Up Film and the film is out now on DVD and VOD, in the UK.