Midlands Movies

Just wanted to say a massive THANKYOU to the folks over at Midlands Movies for listing Sustain as one of their most anticipated films of 2019! Really means a lot to us all!

No pressure then too! You can read their article at the following address!

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ADVENT Synopsis & Casting Call

It’s always a bit weird to talk Christmas in May time, however, very proud to present this latest on ADVENT! Really excited by this and the stories that are coming your way will be amazing and all very different in tone and style, yet completely Christmas in spirit still!

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ADVENT Synopsis and Casting Call Press Release – More details, please contact Kaushy Patel

PAT THE BULL FILMS in association with LIGHTBEAM PRODUTIONS return to their AWARD WINNING ANTHOLOGY FORMAT of film-making that has previously seen them score BEST FEATURE FILM for both 2014’s CHECKING IN (London Film Awards) and HOUSE OF SCREAMING DEATH (Midlands Movie Awards 2018), this time fixating their movie narrative on everyone’s most wonderful time of the year in ADVENT.

Made up of three substantial yet uniquely identifiable Christmas tales, ADVENT sees 7 specific lives all caught up over the course of December 24th 2020, starting with Matthew Wood’s opening segment story, HO-HO-HOSTAGE, a comedy that follows Mary and David along with their son Dylan. Tucked in bed on Christmas Eve, little Dylan hears footsteps downstairs, and investigating leads him into a burglary situation. With he and his family held hostage by criminals in their living room, it is up to one of Christmas’ original visitors to step in and help out.

Continuing with the spirit of the season, Kaushy Patel presents THREE GHOSTS, chronicling the Wilkinson family, whose continual fighting and arguing tips the balance on Christmas Eve. However, this continual emotional struggle has finally taken its toll on all of them both mentally and physically. Fearing that all hope is lost, they decide to proceed with a devastating course of action. Their only hope? Three Christmas ghosts, who are determined to show each of them how their consequences would have emotional repercussions and that their presence in the world is a blessing and not a hindrance, as they believe. An innovative new take on Dicken’s classic novel, reflecting the strain of modern life on our mental health.

Concluding this new bold anthology is Dave Hastings’s third segment, DOMINIK, which tells the true story of a quiet and gentle stranger, who begins to appear at Midnight Mass every Christmas Eve at a local nearby church. As Susan Wormbourne and her husband, Colin, the vicar, attempt to find out who the young man is, they discover a heart-breaking and tragic past, one that finds him now lost in a country he does not originally come from. An audacious reinforcement of how our many differences can actually bring out our greatest strengths.

As ADVENT concludes, the characters and events help reaffirm that Christmas is not just a time for gift-giving, mince pies and office parties, but also a time when we need to watch out for those in society more vulnerable than ourselves, and to reach out and lend a helping hand in a more complex contemporary time. ADVENT is produced by KAUSH PATEL of Pat The Bull Films, in association with Dave Hastings of Lightbeam Productions. The film is written and directed by Matthew Wood, Kaushy Patel and Dave Hastings.

CASTING CALL
Segment 1 – Ho-Ho-Hostage
DIRECTOR: Matthew Wood
SHOOTING LOCATION: West Midlands
AUDITIONS: Audition Video Based (Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)
KEY DATES: All night shoots, 5 pages a night for 4 nights and one night for exterior pickup shots.

CHARACTER BIOS
[MARY] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 25-35]
Mary has been married to David for 3 years. She is a loving mother to Dylan. She is protective, smart and patient. She works in an office. Under duress, she thinks of others and awaits opportunity. Patient and quick witted. Worked hard for her lot in life.
[DAVID] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 25-35]
David has been married to Mary for 3 years. He is a loving father to Dylan. He is good-hearted, protective and has a great sense of humour. He works in finance but never brings his work home. Beta male personality but rises to the occasion.
[DYLAN] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 5-8] Dylan is an excitable kid who cannot wait for Christmas. He understands danger, but his father in particular encourages his imagination. Asks a lot of questions, loves his family. Dylan believes in Santa without question and has taken a bit of a know-it-all attitude to Christmas this year.
[ANT] [GENDER: MALE] [45-55]
Ant believes himself a victim and is very self-entitled. He sees himself as very smart and in control. When confronted with the truth, he lashes out with a violent tendency. Has no problem hurting people, but smart enough to know he’d get further without. He is the kind of man who holds grudges without stating so. Not particularly physically threatening.
[CRAIG] [GENDER:MALE] [20-30]
Craig is a hired hand for Ant’s plan. Young but having some experience in organised crime. Craig has a good heart but believes what he is told, that he deserves these things. Raised poor, grafter. Brings James along to give him an opportunity. Plays the straight man. Wants to get the job done without harming people.
JAMES [GENDER: MALE] [18-25]
Young and eager to earn money, James is fresh out of school with no future. He takes the offer from Craig because he needs the money. He holds no personal attachment to the scheme. Often distracted and not quite realizing what he’s signed up to. Doesn’t tell jokes, but states what is on his mind openly.
SANTA [GENDER: MALE] [50-70]
Omnipresent, ever happy and with a permanent chuckle. Santa knows all, sees all, but believes there to be good in all. Happily plays along with people because he has all the time in the world. Sees everyone as children. Impenetrable. Magical creature, almost removed from every scene. Would see fake Santa’s as flattering more than anything.

CASTING CALL
Segment 2 – Three Ghosts
DIRECTOR: Kaushy Patel
SHOOTING LOCATION: West Midlands
AUDITIONS: Audition Video Based (Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)
KEY DATES: A mixture of day and night shoot – 7 day shoot.

CHARACTER BIOS:
JACK [GENDER: MALE] [30s/early 40s]
Sharp dresser and financially motivated but also frugal in his needs. He wants to make sure his family are financially secure and happy, but has no time for them.
JESSIE [GENDER: FEMALE] [mid 30s/early 40s]
Jessie is very family orientated and sees Christmas as a sign of joy and happiness. She wants to have the best family Christmas but her only set back is her husband Jack who is not supportive. Very Sarcastic and direct.
AMEY [GENDER: FEMALE] [18-25]
She is aware of her parents fighting and tries not to side with any one of them. But this has affected her deeply. Actress will have a role that is very emotional and distressing.
YOUNG JACK [GENDER: MALE] [20s]
Energetic and full of life.
YOUNG JESSIE [GENDER: FEMALE] [20s]
Vibrant and energetic.
HOMELESS SANTA [GENDER: MALE]
A short scene in the street that requires an actor begging.
GHOST of CHRISTMAS PAST: [GENDER: MALE/FEMALE] [30+]
GHOST of CHRISTMAS PRESENT: [GENDER: MALE/FEMALE] [30+]
GHOST of CHRISTMAS FUTURE: [GENDER: MALE/FEMALE] [30+]
An actor that is 6 feet tall would be ideal, Will be in heavy make-up or mask. This character has no dialogue.
GRANDFATHER: [GENDER: MALE] [50s+]
No dialogue but a short scene around a dinner table.
GRANDMOTHER: [GENDER: FEMALE] [50s+]
No dialogue but a short scene around a dinner table.
EXTRAS:
A family around a dinner table. All ages. No dialogue.

CASTING CALL
Segment 3 – Dominik
DIRECTOR: David Hastings
SHOOTING LOCATION: West Midlands
AUDITIONS: Audition Video Based (Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)
KEY DATES: All night shoots, 5 pages a night for 4 nights and one night for exterior pickup shots.

CHARACTER BIOS:
DOMINIK [GENDER: MALE] [LATE 20s/early 30s]
A young man from Eastern Europe, quiet, gentle with a rugged and harsh exterior and a sincerity to not offend others. He appearance at Midnight Mass reflects an attempt to try and find peace in a world where a tragic past haunts him.
SUSAN WARMBOURNE [GENDER: FEMALE] [50-60s]
A conventional vicar’s housewife and gentle soul. Believes in making the most of life and having faith in people. She becomes interested in Dominik, and uncovers his tragic past that tests her own beliefs in the process.
REVEREND COLIN [GENDER: MALE] [50-60s]
A kind man, has time for everyone and married to Susan. He has a cheeky side for a vicar but takes his role equally just as responsible. As the story unfolds, his worry for Susan as well as Dominik unfold.
MAVIS [GENDER: FEMALE] [50-60s]
Susan’s best friend, who keeps an eye over her while she tries to uncover the secrets of Dominik. Does not take fools lightly, but it a loyal and compassionate volunteer of the church.
AGNUS [GENDER: FEMALE] [50-60s]
Susan’s friend, who can be a little outdated with attitudes as well as quick to judge but an honest and innocent soul. Supporting role with some dialogue.
STELLA [GENDER: FEMALE] [40-50s]
Susan’s friend and volunteer at the church alongside the other girls. Enjoys life and is quick to help/support if needed. Supporting role with some dialogue.
MRS. WELCH [GENDER: FEMALE] [70s]
A regular visitor to the church and deliverer of alcoholic beverages to the Reverend. Supporting role with some dialogue.
PHIL [GENDER: MAKE] [50s]
Mavis’ Husband, a large man and volunteer at the church who is initially asked to watch the back door when Dominik first appears. None speaking part.
EXTRAS
Lots needed to full church location for multiple Midnight Mass scenes (x4 differing changes of clothes and styles)

Interested Applicants are asked to send a self-taped audition of a dramatic scene of their own choosing, yet which they feel reflects the range of the role/roles that they would like to be considered for most. As well as this, a recent head-shot and any showreel material should also be attached with your application. Please send your video auditions via unlisted YouTube link or WeTransfer by MONDAY 24TH JUNE 2019.

ROLES ARE VOLUNTARY BASED BUT TRANSPORT COSTS/EXPENSES WILL BE COVERED. FILMING WILL TAKE PLACE AROUND THE LATTER PART OF 2019 AND EARLY 2020. PLEASE NOTE, ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR FURTHER AUDITION, (WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE WEST MIDLANDS IN AUGUST), WILL BE CONTACTED AFTER THE FACT.

To keep up to date on all the latest developments of this innovative and new festive anthology, please follow the film through Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdventMovie

For further press enquiries please contact producer Kaush Patel at patthebull@gmail.com

Advent has a release date planned for December 2020 and is presented by PAT THE BULL FILMS in association with LIGHTBEAM PRODUCTIONS.

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Petrichor

Recently, I had the amazing honour to be asked by the wonderful Cameron Moon if I’d be interested in directing his short script entitled Petrichor.

Working with Cameron and forming a lifelong friendship with such a loving and creative soul on previous projects, I sprang at the chance to do it and have felt incredibly honoured that Cameron would trust me to help bring his beautiful script to life.

We filmed in Birmingham City Centre this past Sunday, January 27th. It was great because it allowed both myself and Kaushy to work directly behind the cameras again (our GH4s), something we’ve both been wanting to do a lot more of in the coming year, so it was fantastic to play with natural lighting (and planning for any LEDs to employ to light up any other additional areas maybe), and we got some haunting performances from both Cameron (who also starred), as well as Paula Mur, an exceptionally talented actress.

Some of the main inspirations for the film was the opening sequence of Last Tango in Paris, as well as Lost in Translation (which is what attracted and excited me the most initially), albeit with Cameron’s own unique touch thematically.

It also allowed me to play around with framing compositions inspired by my own love of similar ones from Michael Mann, a favourite director of mine, and whose work has influenced me visually in past films such as Sustain and Sunshine, and many more.

On the day also, we were joined by Kevin Totts who took the above images while we were shooting and I’m sure you will agree, they are simply gorgeous. Artwork in the film was offered by the stunningly talented Barbara Witkowska, while the score will be provided by the equally talented Dom Mason.

I hope when it is released after the festival run or if you see it on there somewhere, you will see what were all trying to achieve, something delicate, something full of hope as well as dashing it with a sprinkle of kindness. Something the world seemingly lacks a lot of these days.

Thank you Cameron x

Get Ready for SNARL

Werewolves are just a myth right? 🐺 SNARL is now in preproduction from director L.J Stark Greenwood and stars Jay Podmore, Charlie Clarke, Jack Knight and Troy Dennison. It has been written and will be produced by myself with executive producer duties falling onto Pat The Bull Films and BrumTown Films. 

This past weekend, the cast met up for the first time to go through the script with director L.J. while also doing costume tests as well as other preparation.

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You can also check out the cast talking about the film below in our new promo!

The film is expected late 2019. Keep checking back for updates! Because there are lots more to come before we start filming this Easter 2019!

Jay Podmore joins SNARL

Lots of things going on behind the scenes of this film we’re prepping to shoot early next year and now we can announce a new addition to the cast!

Next up joining the SNARL cast alongside Charlie Clarke and Jack Knight is the equally amazing Jay Podmore, who will be playing Elijah, in this eerie new Werewolf tale from director L. J. Stark Greenwood, which starts shooting in April 2019.

Stark comments; “Jay is a fantastic actor and having seen him already in our previous effort, Sustain and just how commanding he is in that, he was just a natural choice to pursue for the role of Elijah and I cannot wait to see what he does with this highly conflicted character through his stunning on-screen talents as well as how he bounces off Charlie and Jack’s characters! It’s going to be amazing!”

SNARL is being directed by L.J. with a script by Dave Hastings who also produces. Will Bradshaw is director of photography while Kaushy Patel is on executive producer duties with Troy Dennison providing special make up and creature FX with Alex Bourne.

The film is expected late 2019. Keep checking back for updates!

SNARL Synopsis & Cast Announced!

Earlier this past year, I wrote about how I was working with our stunning Art Director L.J. Stark Greenwood on a film idea she wanted to direct. All about Werewolves.

So even though we’ve been working very hard on You Are My Sunshine, this has been busying itself in the background too.

And now we can reveal a few more details as well as the official Synopsis.

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England. 1934. A young man, Elijah, has been captured and accused of being a werewolf by Clyde, a self famed bounty hunter from a nearby village.

As Elijah is brutally tortured in a vain attempt to get him to confess, he suddenly finds himself secretly released by two villagers, Faye and her younger brother Benjamin, who believe he is innocent.

As they attempt to help the young man flee through the woods, all the while pursued by the maniacal Clyde, the night time forest suddenly reveals that some legends are not myth at all.

Starring Jay Podmore (Sustain), and reuniting Charlie Clarke with Jack Knight fresh from Sunshine, the film will be directed by L.J. with special FX by both Troy Dennison and Alex Bourne while Will Bradshaw is back as Director of Photography with Suki Sandhar on camera support. Kaushy Patel is on exec producer duties while I’m in the producing chair as well as writing the script.

We really cannot wait to film this in 2019 and see L.J direct the hell out of this wonderful cast and crew! Until then, here’s the official teaser poster!

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Willem Updates!

Willem is coming along very well and to celebrate the edit getting to this stage, I wanted to showcase the amazing two actors at the heart of this very special story, both Chris Johnson and Thomas Loone who are just absolutely stunning to watch on screen. Bearing in mind that the colour grade below is experimental at the moment, and not what the final film will potentially look like, it is wonderful to see this short film bring to life an unsung hero you’ve probably never heard of. Mr Willem Arondeus.

 

 

 

I really cannot wait to for you all to see these guys in the film. I am over the moon with what they’ve done and the passion and dedication they have brought to the project. Thank you lads.