12/12/2012

Keira Knightley stars as fairy godmother in rookie writer's film... well, he is her boyfriend


It's beyond the wildest dreams of most writers - persuading an Oscar-nominated Hollywood actress to appear in their first short film.
Let alone one such as Keira Knightley, who made £16m in 2008 and was named by Forbes as the second highest earning female in movies.
But that's just what has happened to Rupert Friend, who has cast her in his debut, the The Continuing And Lamentable Saga Of The Suicide Brothers.
Of course it helps that the 24-year-old is his girlfriend.
Keira Knightley as a fairy in the short film - The Continuing And Lamentable Saga Of The Suicide Brothers
Recognise her? Keira's face is heavily powdered to play fairy godmother
 
 
 
Look out: Fairy Keira peers through a glass screen
Look out: Fairy Keira peers through a glass screen
Friend, who has been dating Knightley for four years, co-wrote the film with friend Tom Mison and both have starring roles.
In the film two brothers named Bourbon and Barath (Friend and Mison) go out to the shed to kill themselves everyday at two o'clock. 
They try a different method each time. But each day they fail, having overlooked the  presence of their frustrated fairy godmother (Knightley).
 
Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend
Best supporting role: Keira Knightley with Rupert Friend at the screening of The Continuing And Lamentable Saga Of The Suicide Brothers last night
 
The Pirates Of The Caribbean and Atonement star undergoes a transformation for the film, in white backcombed wig and ghostly pale powdered skin.
Keira wears a bedraggled frayed dress and wings created by Oscar-winning Duchess designer Michael O'Connor.
The film also features Keira's older brother Caleb's soundscapes.
 
New Look: A ghostly Keira sits between Friend and Tom Mison in a scene from the movie
What's for dinner? A ghostly Keira sits between Friend and Tom Mison
Yesterday Friend and Keira were arm-in-arm as they attended a London screening of the film.
Keira wore a floor-length black silk dress decorate with a painted floral design.
She has been in Somerset working on her next movie, Never Let Me Go, while Friend, 27, is currently filming The Kid, which is based on the true story of a boy in care who gets sucked into London's criminal underworld.
Starring role: Keira Knightley as a fairy in the short film The Continuing And Lamentable Saga Of The Suicide Brothers



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