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Saturday 22 July 2017

Knightley makes movie for free

Keira Knightley parodies herself in an artist's film
Keira Knightley parodies herself in an artist's film

Keira Knightley waived her fee to make an art film parodying her many roles in costume dramas.

The Oscar-nominated actress runs around a maze in a corset, ruff and Elizabethan wig, similar to the costume she wore in The Duchess, and scrambles through a hedge in a bid to reach her lover, in painter Stuart Pearson Wright's 10-minute film Maze.

Keira told The Independent: "I loved the idea of doing something that was purely creative, weird and wonderful and not a commercial venture."

The film was shot in a day for £15,000 and Keira worked for free, using a local bed and breakfast as her dressing room.

She revealed: "Ideas were emailed and then developed at Stuart's studio over cupcakes and tea and under the skeleton of his dog and a film piece was decided on: a collision of our worlds."

Stuart said: "Part of the reason for me wanting to use an actress like Keira is her association with period dramas."

The pair met in the dressing room of a mutual friend, An Education's Rosamund Pike.

Keira revealed: "Stuart was wearing plus-fours and I thought it an extraordinary thing that someone had the balls..."

They met again soon afterwards at a party hosted by their friend Joe Wright, the director of Atonement, "at which we formed a band with kids' instruments; I the kazoo, he the plastic trombone", said Keira, and it was there they discussed working together.

The film will be shown among an exhibition of Stuart's paintings at London's Riflemaker gallery next month.

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