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Cinephobia Releasing its North American Premiere of THE LATENT IMAGE

By: Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/7/23 – “The Latent Image,” a captivating production from writer-director Alexander McGregor Birrell, is one such film that plunges its audience into a deadly game of cat and mouse. With Joshua Tonks and Jay Clift in the lead roles, this movie pushes the boundaries of the dark fantasy genre, delivering an enthralling narrative that will leave viewers questioning what is real and what exists only in the recesses of the mind. Unveiling the Characters in “The Latent Image,” Joshua Tonks and Jay Clift bring their exceptional acting skills to portray two men caught in an intricate web of suspense and danger. Tonks skillfully embodies his character, Ben, while Clift mesmerizes audiences with his portrayal of The Man. Through their compelling performances, these actors breathe life into the story, immersing viewers in a world where nothing is as it seems.

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With an intriguing plot, “The Latent Image,” takes its audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, plunging them into a world where dark fantasies come alive. As the story unfolds, viewers are thrust into a game of cat and mouse, where the line between reality and imagination blurs, leaving the characters and audience questioning everything they know. The suspense builds relentlessly, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as they become entangled in the twisted journey of the protagonists.

Under the skillful direction of Alexander McGregor Birrell, “The Latent Image” transforms into a mesmerizing cinematic gem. Birrell’s visionary approach captures the essence of the story, expertly blending captivating visuals with an engaging narrative. With each frame, Birrell skillfully unveils the perplexing world where fantastical elements intertwine with real-life events, creating an intensely gripping experience for the audience. Birrell’s visual storytelling creates a burst of creativity that delves deep into the minds of the characters, heightening the psychological tension. With stunning cinematography and carefully constructed scenes, the audience is transported into a world where reality becomes malleable, leaving them in awe of the imagery on the screen.

The Dark Fantasy Genre explored in “The Latent Image” dives headfirst into the realm of dark fantasy, offering a fresh perspective on the genre. Birrell’s thought-provoking storytelling challenges the audience’s perceptions, blurring the boundaries between reality and the supernatural. This exploration of dark fantasies in a contemporary setting adds a unique layer of intrigue to the film, captivating audiences and leaving a lasting impression.

“The Latent Image” is a riveting film that thrusts viewers into a world of uncertainty, teetering between dark fantasy and reality. Prepare to embark on a journey where the surreal becomes real, and reality becomes a haunting dream.

In a recent press release, Birrell spoke about the film, saying, “Horror films and thrillers have always been my passion. The cast and crew gave their all, and it was a wonderful experience to see and feel the scenes coming to life on set, even if that sometimes meant feeling real fear in those dark woods! “Having The Latent Image” come to North American audiences is a dream come true. This film is a love letter to many US genre cinema, and I hope people enjoy it.”

The Latent Image will be screened in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 7, at the Lumiere Music Hall.

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Alexander McGregor Birrell


Alexander McGregor Birrell was born in Liverpool, UK. Awarded a BFI Skill Set scholarship, he attended the London Film School and has produced work that has been shown in venues such as London’s National Gallery and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival amongst others. THE LATENT IMAGE, his theatrical feature debut, is based on a short film he directed that was featured on the streaming platform Dekkoo from 2019 to 2021.
Joshua Tonks


Born and raised in Sutton Coldfield, England, Joshua Tonks graduated from The Arts Educational Schools of London and has both acted and written for the stage and film. He has starred in both the short and feature film of The Latent Image as well as So Far, So Close (2021). His theater work in theatre includes the Olivier-nominated production of “The Sound of Music” at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the World Premiere production of “Tiger Bay” at the Wales Millennium Centre.


Jay Clift

“The Man”

Canadian-born Jay Clift graduated from Vancouver’s theatre conservatory, Studio 58. His theater resume includes 22 acting roles and is a two-time nominee and one time winner of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award. In 2014 Jay was recognized as the most promising newcomer in Canadian Theatre with the prestigious Sam Payne Award. Jay’s film roles include Leon Lee’s 2016 feature film, The Bleeding Edge and Ash (2019) as well as television appearances in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Supergirl.