LOCALLY-made feature films are few and far between in Perth – but that didn’t stop producer Nate Strider-Knight from putting his all into creating a 1940s noir film with a modern edge.
The Silent City follows Detective Martin Cole who, after becoming disillusioned with the police, makes it his personal mission to eradicate all criminals.
But when he meets the elusive Rose Langley, he embarks on a quest to uncover the mystery of a valuable heirloom which quickly escalates into a game of cat and mouse, matched with murder and intrigue.
In a bid to ensure his actors get paid, Strider-Knight is holding a fundraiser at Event Cinemas Innaloo on November 7 featuring the film’s trailer – the only time it will be made public – followed by a digitally remastered version of the 1974 film noir classic Chinatown with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.
Shot in black and white, film noir is a cinematic term used to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those emphasising cynical attitudes and sexual motivations.
“The Silent City uses modern and classic noir elements to create a moving, dramatic and intriguing film,” Strider-Knight said.
“My room-mates Matt Soutar (writer and director) and Marcelle Weber (executive producer) initially approached me with a short script to produce and I read it and loved the story.
“I knew I was busy studying film producing full-time at Central TAFE but decided to take on the project.
“As time went by, the script became bigger because Matt kept writing and eventually I told him to make it a feature-length film, which he did.”
Shot on locations around Perth, Fremantle, Midland and Belmont, the project was not without its challenges – the main one being a lack of funding.
“I paid for almost everything out of my own pocket,” Strider-Knight said. “We missed the funding deadlines when this project came to my attention but, instead of waiting a year, I decided to go head on and make it happen.
“Two weeks into pre-production I discovered one of our main actors was going overseas in three weeks so I had to scramble and get all his scenes locked in, including filming the movie’s finale and securing many locations in a short period of time.
“I didn’t have a production or location manager so it was hectic but it worked out in the end and everything was organised in time.”
The Silent City fundraising event is at 6pm, November 7, at Event Cinemas Innaloo. A silent auction will be held before the film and a licensed bar will also be open.
Tickets are $25, plus booking fee – go to www.thesilentcitymovie.com/events.html for details.
Event Cinemas Innaloo is at 57 Liege Street, off Scarborough Beach Road.
sc-rose: Olivia Charlotte plays femme fatale Rose Langley in The Silent City.
sc-david partridge: The Silent City features David Partridge as Detective Martin Cole.
sc1: Laura Collier as Elizabeth Jons and Andreas Piechulik as Royce Bedford in The Silent City.
sc-producer: Producer Nate Strider-Knight, bottom right, with the cast and crew of The Silent City on the last day of filming.
The Silent City
In a city with no name, shadows lurk around every corner. Detective Martin Cole has become disillusioned with the way the Police Force manages his city's criminals and has made it his personal mission to eradicate them all. That is, until he meets the elusive and dangerously beautiful Rose Langley. Rose intrigues him, bringing into his life the mysterious and valuable heirloom, The Silent City itself. Against his better judgement and the words of caution from his secretary Elizabeth Jons, Detective Cole sets out to uncover the mystery of The Silent City.
This unlocks a world that even he couldn't imagine.
What appears to be a clean cut case quickly unravels into a game of cat and mouse and murder and intrigue, where nothing is as it seems. From the office to the underground boxing ring, from being held hostage by an Irish mob to holding a gun to a comrade's head, Detective Cole must constantly stay one step ahead of the game to keep from being dragged under and into the depths of the silent city.
Detective Cole will learn that some secrets should remain silent.
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