Three young women fight for their lives when their camping holiday is invaded by three maniacal ex-soldiers.
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- Director Katie Aselton
- Producer Adele Romanski
- Screenwriter Mark Duplass
- With Kate Bosworth, Katie Aselton, Lake Bell
- USA 2011
- 83 mins
- UK distribution Metrodome Film Distribution
In an attempt to iron out a rift between her two childhood friends, Sarah (Kate Bosworth) plots a camping trip to a remote island where the trio grew up, hoping that memories of the good old days will be just the thing to bring them back together. As the women begin to reconnect, the burgeoning harmony is shattered by the arrival of three maniacal ex-soldiers, and soon the girls’ weekend retreat turns into a terrifying fight for their lives. Working from a screenplay by indie stalwart Mark Duplass, director Katie Aselton’s survival-horror tale is a hugely exciting thrill-ride, buoyed by the genuine strength of the female characters. The naturalism of the dialogue and performances highlights the mumblecore origins of Aselton and Duplass, building a sense of history between the three women that makes their ultimate descent into terror all the more nailbiting.
Black Rock was a project that I was incredibly excited to make. Inspired by male-driven thrillers like Deliverance, I loved the idea of exploring the thriller genre – obeying the rules, keeping it brutal and bloody, but at the same time holding it beautiful and strong, with honest performances and powerful cinematography. My first film, The Freebie, was all improvised. Black Rock was fully scripted, but what I wanted to maintain from The Freebie was that feeling of creative collaboration. I come to filmmaking as an actor and I love exploring scenes while we are in them. Actors I work with are encouraged to open up the dialogue within a scene. What I believe in first and foremost as a filmmaker is finding that through-line of truth in a heightened situation, and that often is found in those moments of freedom among the actors. It is the inner strength of the women of Black Rock that really intrigued me. They are women who a thousand years ago were killing beasts to feed their children, but in today’s world are killers in a different way – in the virtual wilderness, and in their personal lives. Now, when push comes to shove and their lives are on the line, they call on that strength that is within each of them, and they fight back. And the idea of making this film about strong women by strong women – a female director, cinematographer, producer and three kick-ass actresses – was truly the most exciting aspect.
Born in 1978 in Milbridge, Maine, the former teenage beauty queen began her acting career in TV in 2001 and has forged a fine body of on-screen work both in that medium and in more independent-minded film (the 2005 Sundance hit The Puffy Chair; Cyrus; Easier with Practice; Our Idiot Brother; Jeff, Who Lives at Home). Both her self-penned debut feature as director, The Freebie, and Black Rock (scripted by partner Mark Duplass) also bowed at Sundance.
2010 The Freebie
2012 Black Rock