The 16th Seattle GLBT Film Festival:The Night Watch"
The Night Watch is the film adaptation of the award winning novel by Sarah Waters, who's quite the creative genius in her writing and who pens true drama the way it's meant to be read in a novel. The same true drama is now an heartrending and friable adaptation by award-winning British writer Paula Milne.
The Night Watch premiered at the 16th Seattle GLBT Film Festival
, where it held its audience in a trance until the final credits, in its backwards story telling of three lesbians, a gay man, his straight sister, and her eyes-are-blue soldier boy. Moving back in time through the Forties into the vortex of the Blitzkrieg, the chronicle, passions ,secrets, tragedy, privation of these four central characters are upbraided.
Kay broods and is deep in thought, as she walks with a hunger traipsing the streets in dire need of a skirmish. Reggie(Liam Garrigan) has an afternoon rendezvous with Viv (Jodie Whittaker,) no longer looks forward to them, and is sickened by what he asks of her. Duncan (Harry Treadaway) stops dead in his tracks, looking like a deer in the headlights after he runs into ex-cellmate Robert Fraser. Helen(Claire Foy) is controlling and clingy towards Julia Standing (Anna Wilson-Jones,) who to her dismay has not grown since they’ve been together nor does she have any gay friends.
This is where the Night Watch moves in reverse to 1944:Viv's idle longing for Reggie, Julia the mystery writer, in her leather chesterfield and bandanna through 1941, Kay gets licensed to drive an ambulance through wartime pageantry, nightly air raids, illicit liaisons, sexual backstabbing and mating adventures through blacked-out streets, and through darken times during the Blitz.
Through Kay wanting someone to save and take care of, she finds Helen in a bombed building. Through the taut composure of a rescue worker in the aftermath of a bombing and finally to 1941when the war's end was not in sight, through lives and secrets connecting in starting ways, through feats of heroism, noble, ubiquitous, and paroxysm both voluminous and individualized the emotional interiors of the characters captured with tyrannical and affinity.
As each story reverses towards its inception, the intensity and blue devils deepen unanticipated flurries of zipped images, marked each atavism, astral, another step astern into the dark - a conclusive provisional, forward suggested hope and deliverance.
Fragile, heartbreaking, and beautifully poignant.Richard Laxon does a awesome and kick butt job directing this historial and compelling movie produced by Annie Tricklebank. The acting is of high excellence and it’s a must see!
This should win "Best Film" at the closing awards gala. This is a word of mouth movie that needs your word of mouth to make it hit on DVD. Three Dollar Bill Cinema struck gold with this gem! Continued on the next page