The director’s cut of 'A Landscape of Lies', the long awaited UK independent feature film starring 'Loose Women' presenter Andrea McLean, Danny Midwinter (‘Human Traffic’, ‘From Hell’), Andre Nightingale (‘Decline of an Empire’, ‘Casualty’), Marc Bannerman (‘Eastenders’, ‘Snatch’ TV series) and Anna Passey (‘Hollyoaks’, ‘The Smoke’) is pursuing festival redemption in 2017.
The winner of the ‘Silver Ace’ award from the 2012 Las Vegas International Film Festival was stripped of its accolade when the organisers were made aware of the conviction of the film’s producers whose $40m conspiracy to defraud the HMRC and British film industry for a total of $4.2m made legal history.
The official website for ‘A Landscape of Lies’ can be found at www.alandscapeoflies.co.uk
Paul Knight who was making his directorial debut was buried in litigation for 3 years, both in and out of the public eye whilst proving chain-of-title from the five fraudsters, who were imprisoned in March 2013 for a total of 20 years, on the film that went from concept to completion in under 4 months for a total budget of £84k. Once satisfaction by the HMRC that ownership fell to Knight, he took it upon himself to learn all aspects of post-production, using online tutorials and 30-day trial versions of Adobe’s Creative Suite CC to re-edit the 90min feature film to create a neverbefore-seen directors cut to submit in 2017’s film festival circuit.
“Being stripped of the award for the crimes of the producers was a devastating blow to the cast and crew that put a huge amount of their time, effort and passion into making the film” confides Knight “I felt we made something special and believe today just as strongly as I felt then that a film festival should judge the merits of what is captured in front of the camera not what took place behind it”.
However, Knight isn’t just seeking laurels, he hopes to discuss and secure a distribution deal at Cannes film market this May with interested parties.
The controversy behind the film was highly documented in the press in both the UK and US, and more recently was aired in the BBC’s Storyville documentary ‘Chancers – The great gangster film fraud’ directed by Ben Lewis and coproduced by the Academy Award nominated ‘Rise Films’.