She Came Knocking

When a woman witnesses what she believes is a husband abusing his wife, she ignores standard procedures and takes matters into her own hands.

Creative team

Writer/director: John Ainslie
Producer: Kimberly-Sue Murray

Filmmaker’s statement

This was a labour of love financed by the director and lead actress. We came together with a small group of four crew members and donated gear to make what we feel is a very poignant and timely short film.

About John Ainslie

John Ainslie

Canadian Film Centre alumnus John Ainslie is best known for the throwback horror comedy feature Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer. His screenplay was nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award and the film won Best Midnight Film at the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival in 2009.

Prior to writing, John worked as a director of photography and won the Borsos Prize for best cinematographer at the Whistler Film Festival for his work on the feature Sk8 Life.

After honing his directing craft on short films, John wrote and directed his first feature film – the award-winning The Sublet, called “one of the most effective psychological horror films of the decade” by horrorgeeklife.com. It premiered at Whistler Film Festival and won awards for best actress and best cinematography at Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival.

John followed that up with the intense thriller short She Came Knocking. Called “one of the best short dramatic films I’ve seen in years” by Greg Klymkiw of The Film Corner, it was awarded best short film at the Canadian Film Festival 2017 in Toronto where it premiered, and won a Remi Award at WorldFest-Houston 2017.

John currently resides in Miami and is developing a number of feature films including a feature version of She Came Knocking.

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