Two fates, differing outcomes, one fateful decision, a life hangs in the balance as a knife wielding young man is confronted by two strangers on his way home from work.
Knifepoint as a film follows the character 'Jaden' as he finishes his workday and heads into his local town to meet his fiancée, Sharon. What seems like a normal walk carried out thousands of times by this titular character jarringly splits into two possible narratives and outcomes.
In the first plot line Jaden bumps into two men on a lonely street and the incident escalates into a violent confrontation, in the other, he brushes off their actions and continues his path towards the woman he loves. Knifepoint gives the audience a bleak view of what consequences could be held when a deadly weapon enters the fray of what could have been a minor altercation, one with devastating consequences, the other with a future preserved.
As the issue of knife crime has continued to be prevalent in UK society for so long, the use of bladed weapons in major incidents of violence has continued to be an underlining factor failing to be addressed by most law enforcement and governmental initiatives.
This factor continues to transcend age, race, status and even geographical location, as England, Scotland and Wales see incremental rises in cases. 24 children aged just 17 or younger were murdered with a knife or sharp object in 2019 alone. This represents the highest number of children murdered in over a decade.
Knifepoint was created by a group of likeminded creatives.
Envisioned and developed by Leicestershire-based filmmaker and actor Pardeep Chera, alongside various collaborators, as creatives we seek to use our artform to bring the urgent issue of UK knife-crime to the forefront of a large audience.
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