Windsor Drive Film Review – Obscure, Visceral, Stimulating

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

 

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

 

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

SYNOPSIS:  Windsor Drive explores the disturbed mind of River Miller, a mentally unstable 27 year old, haunted by the death of his girlfriend, Jordana. Trapped by the voices and visions in his head, River’s world begins to crumble, as his delusions about Jordana’s death begin to take over his reality. Now in a relationship with a new woman, Brooke, River begins pursuing a career as an actor in an attempt to escape from himself. As his neurosis manifests, his psychotic episodes begin to increase. After learning of an open casting call for the new Liz Leaf film, River makes the rash decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue the role. He abruptly ends the relationship with Brooke, but not before they share one more intimate night together.

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

 

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

When he arrives in Los Angeles, he is offered a room in an old 1920’s Hollywood Mansion by its two current tenants, Wulfric and Ivy, two vampy hipsters with an agenda of their own. As River becomes more involved with the two of them, his visions of Jordana & the past begin to become more surreal & intense. Desperate to climb out of his skin, he immediately starts to pursue the role in the film, first by conventional means, but when that doesn’t work, by using more aggressive tactics. He begins to stalk the Junior Casting Director, June Ellis. After weeks of manipulation, she begins to fall for River’s façade and offers him the opportunity to read for a part in the film.

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

River’s tumultuous past finally catches up to him, with the arrival of Brooke in Los Angeles, forcing him to face a reality that he isn’t prepared for. As everything begins to unravel, River begins to lose his mind and is ultimately left to endure the consequences of his actions. [Source: Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

 

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Pay close attention to this narrative immediately. This film is a viscerally thrilling ride. Director and editor, Natalie Bible’ brilliantly navigates a canvas reminiscent of Inception and yet remarkably distinctive.  Windsor Drive is an epic work of stunning imagery and color and camera angles befitting of Martin Scorsese.

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

The storyline is superb and wastes no time with setup.  In fact, it immediately intertwines layers of dreams and reality.  The film stars Tommy O’Reilly as River Miller, a mentally unstable actor haunted by the past who moves to Hollywood to start his life over. However, he soon realizes that his inner demons are inescapable. Windsor Drive also stars Samaire Armstrong (Stay Alive, Entourage), Jillian Murray (The Squeeze, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero), Matt Cohen (Supernatural, 90210) and Mandy Musgrave (Days of Our Lives)

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

 

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

 

O’Reilly delivers a phenomenal performance as the actor battling bi-polar disorder and increasingly succumbing to the madness, while dealing with the death of his love Jordana (Murray).  River’s inability to appeal to the cold casting director and bring his “script” character to life in his audition is heartrendingly ironic given his fascination with probing the fantasies in his mind. He progressively loses the ability of distinguishing imagination from reality, the vital value of letting go of any sort of sanity.

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

The sound design fiercely enhances the bizarre parallels and escalating tension.  Bible’ explains, “I used music as both an additional story telling tool and as a metaphorical element. For example, just as River cannot stop the voices from playing in his mind, the music in the film is a constant reminder that he cannot turn it off.” 

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

 

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Windsor Drive is an ambitious, initially absorbing film that transforms into something pleasantly intriguing and stimulating.

An Absinthe Productions film, Windsor Drive will be released in theaters late summer 2015 by Indican Pictures

For more information, please visit the Windsor Drive Official Website

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

Still photo courtesy of Absinthe Productions

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