On discussing the central core of his latest mend-melting, pyschological shocker, The Free Fall, filmmaker Adam Stilwell (The Triangle) says he saw the film as “a deep dive into the brutal confusion of a manipulative relationship. A horrific look at obsession and the gas-lighting that can possess us when we’re at our very worst.”
Penned by Kent Harper (Jennifer Lynch’s Surveillance), and starring Andrea Londo (“Narcos”), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, “The Boys”) and Jane Badler (best known for her role as the evil reptilian Visitor leader “Diana” in the NBC mini-series V), The Free Fall follows Sara (Londo), a young woman who wakes up with amnesia after having attempted to take her own life. Forced to confide in everything she can’t even remember, she finds herself being drawn back into an abusive relationship with her overbearing husband (Ashmore).
With The Free Fall having a day-and-date theatrical and VoD release on January 14, SCREAM sat down with Stillwell and the two lead actors, Londo and Ashmore to discuss how the script had originally been written with a television show pilot in mind, the complexities behind portraying the psychological plight the lead character is experiencing and keeping the audience guessing what’s really at play right to the final frame.
Words: Howard Gorman