Rebel Focus: Silverlight by Lorenzo Fantini

Silverlight it’s a psychological thriller inspired by cult noir classic films. The story gravitates around the idea of photographing instant death. This hyperrealistic and surreal tale explores the dark side of the human condition and deals with some existential questions such as the desire for death, photography and love. The story synchronises in tone and genre with other contemporary noir films such as Sin City and Pulp Fiction, combined with the darkness of Haruki Murakami’s novels and the visceral filmic style of Miiki Takashi.

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In terms of character, the narrative follows Damian Locke in his particular crusade to become a successful photographer. He gets involved with the wrong people and now owes money to Morgan Myers, a twisted loan shark with a sick sense of humour. Zsa Zsa Cheval, a sleazy art collector with a sharp tongue, becomes a sinister and beguiling benefactor.

She offers him a way out and an opportunity to achieve his goal, but like everything in the world of Silverlight, nothing is what it seems. Zsa Zsa is obsessed about the mysterious and ephemeral Silverlight. She sends him on a journey and a descent into a very dark house, overgrown with ivy and thorns and the absence of light.

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Damian finds himself in a harrowing encounter with a model who had inspired his best work, the dying shark, Sylvia. She has a desire and a need for something very particular, yet for a photographer who’s used only to recreating reality, what she asks for requires Damian to make a painful choice that may be beyond his capabilities. Why? Because she’s obsessed with finding a way to achieve a meaningful existence. That way requires capturing a moment of unique transition that will illuminate the separation from this life to the next. Silverlight’s drama comes from how Damian tackles and solves this choice.

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Silverlight delivers pure drama and danger at every turn. A lucid story that deals with the forces that drive people to self-destruction. The script maintains a quick pace with smart and stylish dialogues. It's violent and sometimes funny. Certainly not a story for the whole family, but for those who enjoy distressing films and characters devoid of hope, all served in an envelope of comical coolness, it’s not one to miss.

The script works brilliantly, there isn't a boring moment, and it will be a great opportunity to watch it performed on stage next Sunday at Screen Rebels Showcase Episode II.

Essay by Adrian Bellido.

Photography by Lorenzo Fantini

Make Up Artist: Sara Argy

Actors: Craig Kelly and Rosie Frecker

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