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MADRID NOIR - Official Launch Trailer

Madrid Noir - Behind The Scenes - Part 1: The Story

Madrid Noir - Behind The Scenes - Part 2: Design & Characters

Madrid Noir - Behind The Scenes - Part 3: Animation & Music


This thrilling interactive caper, presented in two acts takes place in a tactile and meticulously detailed re-imagining of Spain's capital. Taking the moodiness of classic noir and cramming it together with the gleeful expression of animation, Madrid Noir is a 45 minute VR adventure you'll not soon forget! Driven by the power of the Unreal Engine and releasing on Oculus Quest 1 & 2, Madrid Noir will be available in Summer 2021.

Madrid Noir is Directed by James A. Castillo and is brought to life by the stars Godeliv Van Den Brandt as Lola Petit and Fernando Guillén Cuervo as Manolo Monreal.


Madrid Noir is executive produced by Antoine Cayrol, Arnaud Colinart and Luke Gibbard.


After her estranged uncle is declared dead, a disenchanted young woman arrives in Madrid to empty the apartment that he left behind. Lola is soon compelled to dig into her memories, where she'll pick up her uncle's shadowy trail and attempt to piece together the puzzles of the past. Staged as an awe inspiring theatre production, this charming mystery unfolds across a city that lives in the night, a Madrid now lost to time.

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The Creators

James A. Castillo

Writer · Director


A Madrid native, James A. Castillo is an award winning Director and Designer based in London, UK.

After completing his studies in Singapore, he started a career as a designer; working in games, advertising and in film, with clients such as Sony, Cartoon Network or Paramount Pictures. His first experience with VR came art directing the award winning Melita (2017) which triggered his interest in merging animation with new technologies. 

James’ vision and animation sensibilities earned the trust of No Ghost, with whom he developed Madrid Noir: The Prologue which, after a successful festival run, landed the Best Debut VR film at the Raindance film festival (2018). 

He currently works in London as an independent Director.

Lawrence Bennett



Lawrence Bennett is a writer and Co-Founder/ Director of No Ghost, an immersive studio based in London, UK. ​​

With a keen interest in Cinema, Technology and Theatre, he found a crossover for all three in computer animation.

After half a decade working in VFX, and eager to return to his creative roots in 2015 he founded No Ghost with the express aim of exploring storytelling in the immersive landscape. Lawrence has since been focused on developing VR and AR projects that combine his passions for striking visuals and emotionally affecting experiences.

In his free time Lawrence enjoys writing short stories and spoken word. He also loves to eat.

Lydia Rynne



An alumnus of the Royal Court and Soho Theatre Writers Groups and the Odeon Scholar at the National Film & Television School, Lydia was awarded the Funny Women Writing Award in 2019 for her YA comedy pilot script Living Wild.


With a background in devising and performing immersive theatre (once playing a talking goat at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Madrid Noir marks Lydia's first foray into the wonderful world of VR, and combines her love of immersive storytelling and comedy.


She is currently developing original TV projects with companies such as Ubisoft Film & TV and Various Artists Limited and is writing a YA musical comedy funded by the BFI.

The Cast


Godeliv Van Den Brandt

Godeliv Van den Brandt is a trilingual and multi-cultured actress. Born in Kasongo (Democratic Republic of Congo), she's the daughter of a Congolese mother and a Belgian father, Godeliv and family moved to Spain when she was 5.

Her passion for acting and her drive to learn and explore the different techniques led her to move to Los Angeles and train with several major acting teachers such as Jack Waltzer, Bill Alderson, Anthony Meindel among others.

Lola Petit


Fernando Guillén Cuervo

Fernando Guillén Cuervo, original from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Has developed an extensive career as a writer, director and actor, both in film and theatre.

Fernando ahs had an extensive and rich career that expands more than 3 decades, but his break into the international scene came in 1992 with 1492: Conquest of Paradise (Ridley Scott) and followed up with Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster).

In 2018, he was awarded the Best actor award by London Independent Film Awards for his work in Sin Novedad (Miguel Berzal)

Manolo Monreal


The Muscle


Atlas V is behind some of the most awarded pieces in the field of New Media, with projects shown at A-List festivals such as Venice Mostra (Gold Lion 2018), Sundance (5 selections), Peabody (Future of Media award 2019), Tribeca, SXSW (Storytelling Award 2019), Sheffield, Telluride, Cannes, Busan, Sitges…In 2020, AtlasV has launched a full capacity servicing company named Albyon, with a team of real time technology specialists, who operate at the frontier of video game and movie production.


Finally, a dedicated team is now focusing on distribution strategies for immersive content.

Atlas V


No Ghost is an interactive and experiential development studio, based in London, UK. 

Since 2015, No Ghost has been innovating in the XR industry, creating original interactive experiences and installations. 

Combining striking visuals, high quality animation and compelling narratives, No Ghost works with a wide range of clients from multinational brands all the way to local independent artists. 

With a diverse team of technical brains and artistic wizards, No Ghost aims to be the prime conduit between the worlds of art and technology.

No Ghost