Rob Margetts

Stargazing is an approximately 18-minute drama film which explores how the world of fiction can influence real crime and begs the question, which parties can be held responsible when it does? Many real cases, particularly school shootings, have been traced back to fictional novels or films which are believed to have inspired the perpetrators, but this urgent topic is rarely touched upon by the press, nor is it investigated through other forms of media – the purpose of Stargazing is to raise awareness of this subject. Told on a very compact scope with minimal actors and locations, the film sees a convicted young murderer exploit an interview with her former muse, a famed crime fiction writer, to address his indirect influence on her crimes. As the story progresses through dialogue-driven scenes, both characters begin to shed their façades and have their opinions, intentions and motivations exposed to one another.