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By midlandsmovies, Jun 12 2019 09:00AM

Midlands Spotlight - Rachel from David L Knight

Midlands Movies checks out the forthcoming release ‘Rachel’ from regional filmmaker David L. Knight as he prepares to put the finishing touches to a new dark drama.

Award-winning filmmaker David L. Knight recently released his last film Suicide Blonde (our review here) which won Best Local Short Film at last year’s Birmingham Film Festival. It also picked up a prize at 2019’s Heart of England Film Festival.

However, David has quickly moved on to his next project and describes Rachel as a “supernatural revenge film”, but he refuses to pigeon hole this ensemble drama as a horror. Even though he admits there are traces of the genre within the film.

"Rachel tells the story of Alex, a junkie living on the street who wakes up to find himself gagged and tied. Beginning to realise what his capturer’s motives are, a battle of wills ensues and Alex’s only ally is a girl he once knew".

Containing his largest cast to date, Rachel is made up of actors from around the UK including Stafford-based actor David Pritchard. Having had a small role in Suicide Blonde, he impressed the director so much that Knight decided to write a role that could showcase David as a local talent. Other cast include Joseph Hughes, Lilibeth Langford and newcomer Jake Brown.

Reuniting with long-term collaborator Martin Tucker - whom David studied with at the University of Gloucestershire - he continues as Director of Photography, and further Rachel crew also includes Rob James (1st AC) and Janine Bevan (make-up artist).

These are joined by Stafford-based Tim Vickerstaff (sound recordist) and Charlie Morton (editor) originally from Leamington Spa.

The film will also have original music written exclusively for it by newly established Birmingham-based composer Peter May.

While Rachel is currently in the final stages of post-production and is expected to be finished by the end of June, David and his team have already began pre-production on their next film Lucky, which will see its crowd funding campaign launching in mid-June 2019.

Check out the brand new poster above and find out more about the film and its release dates at the social media links below:




By midlandsmovies, Feb 7 2019 09:02PM

Midlands Review - Suicide Blonde


Directed by David L Knight

Suicide Blonde is a short story that follows a young woman who pieces together the events of the night before. The opening scene is actually audio of a sexual act. The first visual scene is her laying on the ground of a park next to her lover, pushing the story on quite quickly.

We're captivated by the woman, played by Kerrie Sirrell, with her strong performance of a self destructive individual. The flashbacks to the evening are well executed and play perfectly alongside the current aftermath. The stark contrast of a colourful and lively nightclub to the cold reality of the morning after is a reminder of how things can get out of control. This scene also deals with the fact that both parties were just as irresponsible as each other.

Suicide Blonde tackles issues that are very real and very relevant to today's society. This short film could almost pass as an educational advert if it were shorter, and maybe a series of stories if it were longer. The target audience is slightly unclear, but the point is there.

90% of the film is pure build up, and the last moments are what really hit the hardest. What would have resonated more is real statistics. The colour tones, pragmatic scenes and gritty feel was all there, but seeing as the messages of hard drug use and sexually transmitted diseases is significant and still socially relevant - some recent data would've reinforced the final point.

The supporting roles from everyone else was complimentary against Sirrell's dramatic performance, which further enhanced her character's destructive personality.

As for the style of the film, I believe it was meant to look as real as possible. David L. Knight's previous films contain hints and traces of homages to the more influential directors of the 20th Century. With Suicide Blonde, everything had a much milder feel. With regards to the music, it was there when needed and the various voice overs filled the rest of the scenes nicely.

From the director, to the actors and editors, plus everyone else involved in the making of this movie, they all displayed skill and dedication to perfect all aspects. This was a strong team making a bold film. I would personally like to see more of these short stories with a stronger sense of reality. This could have a much bigger impact on such important and relevant subjects in today's society.

Sammy S

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