House of Knives is a short film about the iconic French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine. Turning their backs on respectable society, the two poets moved to London in 1873 to live a life of poverty, poetry, and absinthe. Witnessed through the eyes of a contemporary film producer, House of Knives follows the turbulent, and often violent, affair of these two men.

Produced by Poet in the City in partnership with University College London, and written by acclaimed poet and screenwriter David Harsent, House of Knives promotes the new Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation at No 8 Royal College Street in Camden, once famously occupied by these two French poets.

Director: Graham Henderson
Producer: Carmela Pietrangelo
Writer: David Harsent
Cinematography: Claire Buxton
Art Director: Stephanie Palgrave-Brown
Editor: Sara Galvão
Sound Designer: Alejo Garcigoy Zurita
Music Composed and Arranged by: Xiaotian Shi
Colourist and Online Editor: Ram Krishna Tripathi
Costume Design: Vini Kiss
Casting Director: Luiz Montes
Acting Coach: Julia Watson
First Assistant Director: Eliza Goroya

Cast
Arthur Rimbaud: Jack Johns
Paul Verlaine: Sam Swainsbury
The Producer: Lucy Tregear

Supervising Art Director: Irene Orru
Gaffer: Taras Bondarchuk, Ben Barrets, Richard Thomas
Focus Puller: Lydia Stott
Continuity: Bryn Haworth
Sound Recordist: Owen Spencer
Make-Up and Hair: Basia Mazgaj
Fight Choreography: Ronin Traynor
Production Assistant: Georgia Wall
Executive Producer: Stephen Hart

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