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Keira Knightley braves a doomsday Christmas in new ‘Silent Night’ holiday film

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Keira Knightley braves a doomsday Christmas in new ‘Silent Night’ holiday film

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The not-so-feel-good holiday movie sees friends eat, drink, sing, and dance to their last Christmas, knowing everyone is going to die the next day

Keira Knightley stars in not-so-feel-good Christmas movie Silent Night, about a group of friends getting together for the holiday and blissfully ignoring a looming doomsday.

Set in the English countryside, the friends eat, drink, sing, and dance to enjoy their last Christmas, knowing everyone is going to die the next day.

The movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night, was written and shot before the COVID-19 pandemic with the idea of promoting it as a Christmas movie with a twist, Knightley said.

But events soon changed that.

“It was very, very strange because when we first started talking about this, this was utter fiction and it was very funny because it was utter fiction,” Knightley told Reuters in an interview.

“And then all of a sudden the last two years have been the last two years and I do think it should come with a warning because I think we’re all seeing it in a completely different way.”

In the film, which is writer-director Camille Griffin’s feature debut, a poisonous cloud is approaching Britain, with online horror stories of it slowly killing people.

“When we finished the film, we showed the studios last year and they were crazy about the film, but they were terrified by the film and they didn’t want to show anyone the film,” Griffin said.

“I think they wanted to wait until … people had recovered
because they understood that we didn’t know the pandemic was
going to happen when I wrote (it) and everyone was cast and we
went into production, so I think we wanted society to have some
sense of hope and recovery.”

The movie also stars Downton Abbey actor Matthew Goode,
Peaky Blinders actress Annabelle Wallis, Jojo Rabbit star
Roman Griffin Davis, and Lily-Rose Depp, known for The King and
Voyagers.

Depp’s character is the outsider of the group, and often at odds with them.

“I think that’s representative of a larger sense of seeing things unfold around you and a group mentality that they’re trying to say (this) is the right thing and everything and you’re like, well, I don’t feel this way,” Depp said. – Rappler.com