Interview by Paul Salfen
DETECTIVE KNIGHT: REDEMPTION is now available On Demand and Digital.
Synopsis: In custody in New York, Detective James Knight finds himself in the middle of a jailbreak led by The Christmas Bomber, a brutal fanatic whose Santa Claus disciples are terrorizing the city. With the promised return of his badge in exchange for taking out the terrorists, the steely-eyed Knight doles out mercy for the just…and merciless justice for all the rest.
Edward Drake is an award-winning Australian writer-director based in Los Angeles. Drake’s feature film credits include Saban Films’ noir-thriller Gasoline Alley, starring Luke Wilson and Devon Sawa; Vertical Entertainment’s American Siege; Amazon’s Broil (Winner of Best Feature award at the Kanab Film Festival 2021); Paramount’s Cosmic Sin, starring Frank Grillo; AMC’s Apex, starring Neal McDonough; and Lionsgate’s Detective Knight trilogy starring Bruce Willis, Jimmy Jean-Louis, and Jack Kilmer.
Drake was awarded the Austin Film Festival’s 2020 Screenwriting Award (Dramatic) for his screenplay The Young Woman, a true-crime thriller set in the Australian outback. The film is currently in pre-production, and is being produced by Timothy White and directed by Alyssa McClelland.
In July of 2021, Drake ascended Mt. Kilimanjaro while directing the forthcoming feature documentary Mandy’s Mountain, chronicling the life of bilateral amputee mountaineer Mandy Horvath.
Alongside his narrative work, Drake has also directed numerous music videos for artists such as Skrillex, Diplo, and The Fratellis. Beginning his professional journey as an assistant to director Mark Romanek and Academy Award®-winning producer Michael Sugar at Anonymous Content, Drake studied at La Trobe University and The University of Melbourne, and was a semi-finalist for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship.