THE SIGHT OF STARS (2017)
One night at a gallery opening, a struggling art student takes home a mysterious young man who he ends up painting in a series of portraits. Loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's 'Hypnos', the film dips in and out of strange dreams the artist has of the man as he slowly loses his grip on reality.
The Sight of Stars was written and directed by Jakob Twidle who also co-produced with Christienne Jauregui. The film stars Leith Towers, Freddie Stott, Ash Jones and Kirsty Bruce.
"Lovecraft’s ‘Hypnos’ really stood out to me as something that needed to be put to screen. Instantly, I wanted to do a modernisation. When it came to adapting it however, I quickly realised how difficult that task was actually going to be. The first draft of the script was more linked to the short story but it was apparent it needed more. It was very monotonous, held back I think by the restrictions I had imposed on myself trying to be faithful to Lovecraft’s work. It was then I realised I needed to make it more personal and meaningful to me. It needed new elements to bring it fully into a cinematic realm.
And so The Sight of Stars was born! The film explores ideas of obsession and inspiration and how we find meaning and purpose in various aspects of our lives. It then poses the idea that meaning can change. Through experiences, what at once meant the world to someone can no longer mean a thing. A fleeting moment can be engulfed by passion but in almost an instant can be subdued and reduced to nothing in the scheme of things. Sam, swept off his feet by the mysterious Cal paints various portraits of him. By the end of the film though, was it all as remarkable as he'd once thought?
- Jakob Twidle (Director)