Directors Vision for The Penance List Movie
'The Penance List will be made as a very stylish contemporary thriller. It is also a human drama – emotionally charged, with a strong comedy element. My job as director is to weave all these strands together into an original filmic tapestry.
I will deal sensitively with controversial aspects of the book: we really do try and get into the mind of the killer and understand his heart-wrenchingly poignant transition from innocent child to serial rapist.
The sex scenes will be hot and erotic but filmed in a classy and sensual style. I have an extensive musical background and music will be an integral part of the film. We plan to use new and vibrant cutting edge music, which will also enhance the narrative and take the viewer on a deep emotional journey.
The key locations of Chelsea, Home Counties public school and Ravello on the Amalfi coast are a marvellous backdrop for the lead characters – production design and wardrobe will be classy and stylish to reflect this. Themes of sex and murder will be handled in the tradition of ‘auteur’ cinema which harks back to some of the great French New Wave directors like Claude Chabrol. However in sharp contrast to this movement there will be no hand-held guerrilla techniques and no compromising on the film crew in this picture.
We plan to have a DOP of the finest calibre to capture visually all the moods of the film – and other experienced and noteworthy departmental heads – in sound, production design and music.'
Rick Friend - October 2010