Last film made by Harry Potter actor murdered in Sidcup will premiere in Bexleyheath
PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 May 2014
The last film made by a young actor who was murdered in Sidcup will get its world premiere at the film festival which is held in his name.
Rob Knox was 18 years old when he was tragically stabbed to death outside a bar in 2008.
The talented teenager had starred in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince alongside Daniel Radcliffe, playing Marcus Belby, and had been looking forward to reprising his role in the next film when his life was sadly cut short.
His killer, Karl Bishop, was sentenced to life imprisonment and told he would spend at least 20 years behind bars.
The last film that Rob made with his friends Aaron Truss and James Shovlar will now be screened for the first time at Cineworld Bexleyheath on June 11, at the Rob Knox Film Festival.
The film is called Employee of the Dead and tells the story of workers at a supermarket who say they wish their co-worker would “drop down dead” only to regret their words when he does and comes back as a zombie.
The films director, Aaron Truss, said: “It’s fantastic to know that Rob will be appearing on the big screen once more along with the hard work of so many other applicants into the Rob Knox Film Festival. Employee of the Dead was part of a short horror film competition in Ealing. Unfortunately Rob never saw the finished film but it’s going to be fantastic to see Rob’s hard work pay off on the big screen amongst rising talent.”
Festival Director Michael Wearing said: “Rob was an extremely talented actor and I am extremely pleased that this film made by him and a group of friends has emerged and that we are able to give it the screening it deserves.
“His parents have actually seen it, they are really delighted it’s being shown.”
Michael said that he had approached Rob’s parents, Colin and Sally, and asked to rename the festival which was previously called the Bexley Film Festival to the Rob Knox Film Festival after Rob’s murder.
Over the years it has gone from strength to strength.
“We have had films from all over the world. We’ve also got lots of local entrants,” Michael said.
Colin and Sally have played an active part in helping with the festival, with Sally putting in a lot of work behind the scenes and Colin presenting the awards for Best Picture.
“They are both heavily involved,” said Michael.
To find out more about the Rob Knox Film Festival, please visit facebook.com/RobKnoxFilmFestival2014.