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Rave Macbeth

Rave Macbeth

Marcus (as a modern-age Macbeth) and his friend Troy fling themselves into an ecstatic rave, driven by the pumping beats and sounds. They have just been named seconds to Dean, a drug czar who is the "king of the rave". They are to control the sale of ecstasy on the dance floor. Their girlfriends Lydia and Helena are ecstatic about their promotion: all four friends share the same aim: to rave and have fun - the longer the better. But the good mood doesn't last long - Marcus and Lydia are intoxicated by the new position of power. Soon they are conspiring to take over control of the rave, goaded on by the dark premonitions and promises of the Petry Girls.
Set entirely to brand new techno tracks, adapted to the rave milieu from the apocalyptic and morbid settings of the Shakespearean drama, Rave Macbeth is a "rave'olution", the first completely digital feature film, shot on SONY 24P 1080, digitally post-produced, and mixed on the hard disk.


Klaus Knoesel was born in 1964 in Erlangen. After studying Theater, he worked as an assistant director in theaters in Berlin and Munich. From 1987-1992, he attended the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich, specializing in directing and producing feature films. He worked on the computer animation of Roland Emmerich's film Moon 44. He also directs commercials and video clips. His films include: Ein Tryptychon von Otto Dix (short, 1989), co-direction with Holger Neuhaeuser on the films Star Track - The Next Generation (short, 1990), Supermantas raeumen auf - und zwar gruendlich (1991), G.E.Z. - er kam aus dem Nichts (short, 1992), Die Vorboten Armageddons (short, 1992) and High Crusade - Frikassee im Weltraum (1994), as well as independent direction for Drei Tage Angst (TV, 1997), Doggydog - Eine total verrueckte Hundeentfuehrung (TV, 1998) and Rave Macbeth (2001).
Genre Music, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Klaus Knoesel
Screenplay Harry Ki
Cinematography Arturo Smith
Birgit Klingl
Mona Davis, Tom Novy, Phil Fuldner
Cast Michael Rosenbaum, Nicki Lynn Aycox, Kirk Baltz, Jamie Elman, Marguerite Moreau
Producer Stefan Jonas
Production Company Frame Werk Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with MEDIA!, Munich, Silhouette Media Group, Toronto
Length 89 min
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital SR51
Festivals Munich 2001
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Nighthawks Pictures GmbH & Co. KG/Berlin

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