Illuminati Detectives re-imagines the secret lives of the Romantic poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron as sex and drug addled members of the Illuminati sent around Europe to debunk mystical crimes. Conceived as an episodic series this first episode features the lamia, a medusa like character born on the shores of Lake Geneva turning men into stone. Shot in the style campy BBC dramas and beloved primetime sci fi series a la the X Files Illuminati Detectives is 34 minutes of live action fan fiction for the literary set.
The film was commissioned by dis.art for the 2021 Biennale de l'image en Mouvement at the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva and was imagined by Emily Allen and Leah Hennessey. It premiered and screened at the biennial at the end of 2021 and is screening at the 2022 Courtisanne Festival in Ghent alongside Cousins' Nosferasta.
Writers / Directors – Leah Hennessey + Emily Allen
EPs - Rafael Foster, Ethan Cyr + Aiden Rumack
Producer – Anne Alexander
Co-Producer – Geraldine Baron
DP – Max Lakner
Production Designer – Paul Gondry
Wardrobe – Arabella Aldrich
Hair and Makeup – Ruby McCollister
Casting – Salome Oggenfuss + Geraldine Baron
Editor – Leah Hennessey
Composer – EJ O'Hara
Color – Elias Nousiopoulos
Mix – John Nathans