Mute Witness 1995

mute_witness5Writer/director Anthony Waller’s unheralded thriller has style to burn as it unfolds a teasing narrative of mute film-technician Billy Hughes (Marina Zudina) who finds herself trapped in a Moscow film studio by an violent group of men who she catches seemingly in the act of making a snuff film. Mute Witness works best when playing with the real-fake issues of Billy’s predicament, but even though Waller throws in some regrettable sixth-form comedy and a nice but irrelevant cameo from Sir Alec Guinness, there’s more than enough command of the medium on show to make it a shame that Waller didn’t get more recognition.

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