White Chamber – UK, 2018

‘Post-Brexit. Post-Trump. Post-mortem.’

White Chamber is a 2018 British dystopian science fiction feature film written and directed by Paul Raschid. The Aviary Films production stars Shauna Macdonald, Oded Fehr, Amrita Acharia and Sharon Maughan.

Plot:

The United Kingdom. Soon. Civil war rages. A woman wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell. Using its sophisticated functionality, her captor tortures her for information; information she claims not to have – or does she?

Release:

White Chamber will be released to theaters and on VOD by Dark Sky Films March 29, 2019.

Reviews:

“Director Paul Raschid understands the value of a balancing the ingredients of a film. If you don’t have a huge budget and a CGI squad, then make sure you offset those limitations with smart ideas and a strong cast. The cast box is most certainly ticked thanks to full-blooded performances from Shauna Macdonald and Oded Fehr…” Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

“Aside from the exceptional performances, the film’s strongest suit is what we’ve come to expect from any futuristic, pre-apocalypse story worth a darn – it’s a cautionary tale. And one which offers a realistic vision of something not far off – if we don’t change our ways now.” Michael Klug, Horrorfreak News

“As Vincenzo Natali discovered in Cube, […] it’s possible to sink all the budget in a single, impressive set and then find multiple uses for it.  Here, the white plastic cell and its control room are striking enough to carry the picture even as the drama hinges on mechanical reversals and somewhat guessable turns which put each of the main characters on the spot (or in the room) as required.” The Kim Newman Web Site

” …in a film where every character is inevitably conflicted, the effect of all this is to keep turning the tables on our sympathies and to play havoc with our moral orientation. For here tormentor and victim prove interchangeable, everyone (from either side) is both human being and monster, and the most abhorrently reprehensible of actions are undertaken for reasons personal as well as political.” Anton Bitel, Projected Figures

“The sets are dull and flatly lit, the characters are uniformly two-dimensional, their dialogue delivered dutifully by actors who deserve better, and the story is predictable, despite relying on several largely incoherent and faintly ludicrous plot twists (identical twins feature in this equation at one point, seriously), but I suppose I was happy enough to see where it went.” Simon Read, Quiet Earth

“At its heart, White Chamber is about the blurring lines between good and evil. How our perception of them shift depending on who is committing the acts in question. And how, sometimes, neither side of a conflict are entirely good. Unfortunately, White Chamber has a few moments where it loses its edge and feels somewhat predictable.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Cast:

  • Shauna MacdonaldNails; Howl; Ripper Street TV series; The Descent and The Descent Part 2
  • Oded FehrResident Evil franchise; V television series; Scooby-Doo in Where’s My Mummy?; The Mummy franchise
  • Amrita Acharia – Kiss the Devil in the Dark short; Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
  • Sharon Maughan – The Atticus Institute
  • Nicholas Farrell – Jack the Ripper TV movie (2016)
  • Candis Nergaard
  • Adrianna Edwards – Dracula’s Raven House
  • Lisa Reynolds

Technical credits:

89 minutes

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