'His House': Sope Dìrísù and Wunmi Mosaku reveal differences between movies and TV (exclusive)

Tom Beasley
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His House stars Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù and Wunmi Mosaku have both worked extensively on the small screen and believe that, even in the era of “Peak TV”, there are differences between television and cinema.

In the new horror movie, directed by Remi Weekes, the actors play a Sudanese couple seeking asylum in the UK.

They are housed in a crumbling home, which seems to have something supernatural and threatening lurking within it.

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Both Dìrísù and Mosaku have had extensive TV careers, with the former earning rave reviews for Gangs of London, while Mosaku is known for Vera and Luther, as well as her BAFTA-winning work in Damilola, Our Loved Boy.

“There's a little more continuity with film because you're working on one project, one director, one episode I guess,” Mosaku tells Yahoo Movies UK.

Wunmi Mosaku and Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù in 'His House'. (Credit: Aidan Monaghan/Netflix)
Wunmi Mosaku and Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù in 'His House'. (Credit: Aidan Monaghan/Netflix)

She adds: “They try to schedule it as much as possible in sync, in real order. You have to have the whole film in your head in a way.”

Dìrísù notes that the gap between the two mediums is closing, but that films are given “a lot more time to make everything a bit more perfect”.

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He adds: “You're not expected to shoot 10 pages worth of the film in one day. You might only be doing half a page or maybe max three pages, depending on the scene.

“You look at something as expansive and massive and beautiful as Game of Thrones, especially the last couple of series.

Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù in 'Gangs of London'. (Credit: Sky)
Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù in 'Gangs of London'. (Credit: Sky)

“Well, apart from the last series. The two before then. Some of the best television I have ever seen.

”The cinematography is just incredible and I presume that a lot more money and time is being given to television to make it as thought through and as careful as film is.”

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With its timely take on subject matter about racial intolerance and the chaos of the asylum system, His House is attracting hugely positive reviews from film critics.

It currently has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site’s critical consensus dubbing it “a terrifying look at the spectres of the refugee experience”.

His House is available on Netflix globally from 30 October.

Watch: Trailer for Netflix horror His House