Scott Woolston is one of our 30×30 exhibition artists, and in this series of showcases we aim to show and tell you a little more about the artist, their work and why they chose the film they will be creating work for.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Film Synopsis

Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted – at a cost – when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

About the Artist

Scott Woolston – Freelance Key Art / Film Poster Designer.

Said to be… ‘the best film poster designer where I live’. In my house. Where there’s no other film poster designers.
I love classic and contemporary cinema. Cult and mainstream. Married to the industry. Having extramarital affairs with the alternatives.

Why did you choose that film?

Growing up we had this amazing Chinese owned video store… ‘Sophie’s video store’. A cinematic cavern lined with black plastic moulded walls. Each pocket filled with it’s own treasure. VHS gems in all their colourful beauty! So sacred and valuable that when you handed Sophie your £1.50 she placed the VHS in a new secret case that resembled a book. This was clearly so that when you left the store and headed for home, your ‘book’ would throw any local thieves and robbers of the scent. Thieves and robbers don’t read after all!

I remember spending weekends and school holidays patrolling those plastic moulded walls. Being careful not to look too high too often! There was stuff up there that was pretty baffling. I get flashes of all the good stuff from back then… The Maniac Cops, Predator, Robocop, Aliens, Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Fright Night, Amityville, The Burbs, Hear No Evil, See no Evil, Hellraiser, Beetlejuice, Friday The 13th, Troll, Desperately seeking Susan and of course… Howard the Duck.

Witches of Eastwick was another one of these gems. Have you ever sat down to watch a film with your Mum and then regret it?
I remember this especially! Jack Nicholson is as incredible as ever but I think it was the sexual tension with the three female leads that awoke something in me.
The fact that Jack had the power to control as hot a line-up as that (at first anyway) meant my horizons needed changing. I was going to be totally justified in wanting to be The Devil when I grew up. It was rewarding and uncomfortable viewing. I’ve never forgotten it.

In the years to come I fell a little short of ‘Devil-hood’ and became a bit too ‘nice’ really but at least I get to create this poster and exercise some demons!

Be sure to check out all of Scott’s work, and we’ll be sure to share some teases of this Spy classic real soon.

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