I Fell in Love with a Psychopath 


Rita Holly (25) a famous actress is falsely accused of murdering her fiancé and finds herself caught in a web of lies when she falls prey to the seduction of a charming psychopath. 

GENRE: Psychological Triller/Neo-noir 

What is your personal connection to the material? 

The idea for this film originally sparked in early 2014 when I (Director/Writer Whitney Ellis) decided to write a script about an experience I had with dating a psychopath. The reason I thought it was important to tell this story was because I discovered that there were hundreds of thousands of women from all walks of life and backgrounds, who found themselves entangled with a brilliant psychopath. "Why is the seduction of a psychopath so powerful? Because it is the art of the con, wrapped in the beautiful illusion of love." This film explores the idea of love, deception, disillusionment and whether or not we are in charge of our own destiny. 

What do you want an audience to take away from your film?

I wanted to tell a female driven story where the woman doesn't get rescued by prince charming but rather has to fight her way through lies and deception. It's essentially an anti-romantic story. I choose to set the story in 1949 and make it a neo-noir because I felt the film noir genre perfectly suited the subject matter and provided the elements needed to convey the message: not all love stories have a happy ending. Also, I studied film noir in college and know a great deal about the subject and it's one of the reasons I wanted to become a filmmaker. "I Fell in Love with a Psychopath" has a femme fatale, a private eye, dark seedy corners, hard-boiled dialogue and hyper-stylized visuals along with characters that have doomed fates. 

 How do you envision the realization of this script in terms of story, character, tone, and/or visual style?

The film has conventional elements, it follows a narrative structure of a mystery/crime detective story: Rita Holly is falsely accused of murdering her fiancé and finds herself on the road to hell as she falls prey to the seduction of a psychopath. The film is also very non-conventional, non-linear with experimental elements and narrative devices that derive from the French New Wave, silent movies, and German expressionism. "I Fell in Love with a Psychopath" is wrought with intrigue, cinematic intricacies, old Hollywood drama and outside the box thinking. I believe that film is first and foremost a visual medium and the complexities of story telling go above and beyond the words on a script.