Portrait of a Knight

Portait of a Knight poster designed by Karl Jensen

Cast & Crew

This film was quite a large undertaking and around 80 people were involved in helping it get from a script to a finished film. A full list of these people is supplied in the credits of the film and on the Portrait of a Knight IMDB page. We would like to sincerely thank them all for their efforts. 


Portrait of a Knight is a feature film musical about the way in which historic ideals inform contemporary urban life.

Rachel is a young archivist living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. Feeling alone and disconnected from life, she projects her romantic fantasies onto the paintings she loves, until one day her song brings Reginald – a Knight of the Realm – to life.

His carefree innocence and zest for life begin to open Rachel up to the beauty around her, but the fates have a way of making trouble when miracles occur…

About the Film

The intent behind this film was to present a movie musical in the most direct fashion possible, with tight integration of story and song in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein. In order to do this, we have put the emphasis on music in Portrait of a Knight and hope that this will allow the audience to connect to the story.


As this film was entirely self-funded, we needed to find a way to capture this directness within our budget. Inspired by the intensity of feeling captured in films like Lili (1953) and A Matter of Life and Death (1946), we set upon making a film that is intended to be a 1940s B-Picture made in 2018. However, the film is not meant to be an empty pastiche, and we hope that it stands on its own as a different approach to the challenges of micro-budget filmmaking.