Keira Knightley agreed to appear in her latest film, 'Maze', by the painter Stuart Pearson Wright for free.
Keira Knightley agreed to appear in her latest film for free.
The 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' star appears as Elizabethan lover Constance in 10-minute short film 'Maze', the debut of painter Stuart Pearson Wright, for free because she is so in tune with his ideas.
The short features the actress and her lover - played by the artist - in full period costume, lost in a maze trying to find each other and was shot in one day for just £15,000.
Speaking about her decision to appear in 'Maze', Keira told The Independent newspaper: "I loved the idea of doing something that was purely creative, weird and wonderful and not a commercial venture.
"Ideas were emailed and then developed at Stuart's studio over cupcakes and tea, and under the skeleton of his dog, and a film piece was decided on: a collision of our worlds."
The director admits it was a nerve-wracking experience for him to work with such a high-profile actress on his very first film, but insists Keira instantly put him at ease.
Stuart said: "I was impressed Keira agreed to do the film straight away. She had the humility to take direction from somebody who lacked experience.
"She was as un-diva like as anybody could be, because she is so down to earth. She is not into playing the whole star game. She genuinely loves acting and I think she gives a great performance, in this film, in a very uncomfortable dress."
'Maze' will be premiered alongside Stuart's latest exhibition, 'I Remember You' at London's Riflemaker Gallery between May 5 and June 6.