Last year on the Cinefex blog, I interviewed film director Roger Christian about the rediscovery of his lost short film Black Angel. The film was made in 1980 on a budget of just £25,000, and was released theatrically alongside The Empire Strikes Back.
Now, 35 years on, Black Angel is being resurrected as a feature-length movie. Christian’s team hope to raise the $100,000 they need to make their ambitious dreams a reality via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. I write this having just backed the project myself, and even though it’s just a few hours into day one of the campaign, they’ve already raised a staggering $30,000.
Here’s what the Black Angel page at Indiegogo has to say about the film, whose cast includes genre favourites Rutger Hauer and John Rhys-Davies:
Think Game of Thrones meets Valhalla Rising, Excalibur meets Lord of the Rings. A powerful tale of ancient Celtic magic and Nordic Paganism, it’ll be gritty, dirty and heroic – everything great fantasy should be.
The story follows a knight as he journeys deep into the dark underworld with the daughter of a rival king, to meet the face of evil itself and fight the Black Angel in combat. Full of drama, action and heroism, pure light is pitted against eternal darkness and damnation.
In making this film, we want to return to the visceral physical action of classic fantasy films, like Conan the Barbarian and the original Star Wars. We will mainly rely on practical effects to bring the world of Black Angel to life, with CGI integrated into the film only when absolutely required.
With the success of the fantasy genre recently, we know now the time is right to bring back Black Angel. Together we can make this happen. Together we can turn Black Angel into the epic fantasy film it was always meant to be.