Roxanne Benjamin Climbs Cinematic Mountain With ‘Body At Brighton Rock’

Written, produced and directed by Roxanne Benjamin, Body At Brighton Rock is a thriller that literally broke the filmmaker’s back. Benjamin shot her feature in California’s San Jacinto Mountains and blew out a disc in the process while lugging some equipment.

Benjamin gutted out the nine day shoot wearing “a belt of ice packs” and taking muscle relaxers, and the good news is that Body at Brighton Rock absolutely works as a narrative. Infused with comedic, horror and thriller elements, this nail biting feature is ultimately a coming of age story.

Wendy (Karina Fontes) is a summer employee at a mountainous state who, along being late for work, takes on a rough trail that may be above her experience level. Not exactly a knowledgeable outdoors person, Wendy discovers a corpse during her work shift and must spend the night in the wilderness (she strayed miles from the trail).

Benjamin’s story has a slightly personal bent, as working at a park museum is part of her pre-filmmaker resume. That being said, there no backstory to Wendy, which Benjamin deemed unnecessary. “I think it makes it more universal not know what her specific circumstances are,” said Benjamin whose previous directing credits include Southbound and XX. “And hopefully you can put yourself in her shoes a little more. I’ve definitely done all of the things she’s done besides finding a dead body. So all of the clumsy, idiotic things like breaking your walkie and falling down the hill because of a deer, I’ve done all of those things (laughs).”

Click on the media to hear Benjamin discuss why Fontes was the perfect choice to play Wendy:

Co-starring John Getz (Blood Simple) and Casey Adams, Body at Brighton Rock hits theaters and On Demand April 26.

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