The surreal thought of British secret agent Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) meeting Pete and Dud (Peter Cook & Dudley Moore) in a train station and what hilarious nonsense could unfold, is what inspired award winning comedy writer/director Gavin Irvine to create 2:40 to London.
It has gripping suspense, trains, espionage, brainwashing, beards, lumberjack shirts, teeth, a man with a compulsive fixation on derrières, and all set in epic locations played out over a Bond-esque rousing musical score.
Two desperate looking men, Alf and Terry, wait at St Pancras train station for a mysterious man to turn up with the merchandise. Their discussion effortlessly encompasses the weighty matters of our time, but unfortunately this is not true - it's totally banal!
The handsome, sharped dressed, mysterious man leaves a brooding sassy older woman and takes the 2:40 train to London. Once at St Pancras he is put into a trance by Alf, and hands over a holdall containing the goods. Happy with the merchandise, Alf brings the mysterious man around and he casually walks away.
Who are all these men? Spies, British Secret Service, gangsters, or just plain opportunist tramps with a penchant for the dark arts? Why is the older sassy woman so grumpy? Is she with SPECTRE? What's in the holdall? And what is the merchandise? A nuclear device? A first edition of "Induction of Psychoneuroses by Conditioned Reflex under Stress": IPCRESS!! Or Harry Palmer's mum's homemade chilli?
Questions, questions, questions - but all will be revealed if you pledge your support and help us make our film become a reality - well most of it will be, it is only a 7 minute film after all!
And here's the film's official website link: www.240tolondon.com
MEET THE TEAM
Gavin Irvine - Producer/writer/director
Click on the link at the top of the page on the right hand side to read Gavin's biography.
Aaron Barschak - playing Alf
Aaron styles himself as a "comedy terrorist" and fringe UK politician. In 2003, he attracted media attention by surreptitiously joining Prince William's 21st birthday party. He has had his own show at the Edinburgh Fringe, appeared on the James Whale Show, TalkSport radio, Chunky Mark's satirical cult YouTube blog, and acted in both music videos and short films.
Sebastian Lister - playing Terry
Sebastian trained with the Russian drama teacher, Sam Kogan (GITIS, Moscow), before acting in numerous stage roles including, Soliony in Three Sisters at the Moscow Arts Theatre, Albert in Pinter's A Night Out at the Edinburgh Festival, and Jack in Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Camden People's Theatre. His TV work includes Engaged Tone for the BBC, Final Arrangement for Sky, and the forthcoming Praze & Beeble, produced by Space Custard. He recently starred in World War Z for Paramount, and was cast by Gavin in the lead role of Dealer in the award winning comedy short, Pig Wormer.
Antti Hakala - playing the mysterious man
Antti has been appearing in films and commercials, performing on stage, and writing comedy around the globe since 2006. Following The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The Adelaide Fringe, disturbingly blond "Anti" has settled to live and work in London. His recent acting credits include roles in the feature films, Mortdecai (2015), Rush (2013) and Mercanaries (2011).
Tamara Barschak - musical composer
Tamara trained as a classical pianist at the Montreuil Conservatoire in Paris before studying jazz and latin piano at Goldsmith University. She has composed for film, radio, animation, adverts, theatre and other visual mediums. Her style is expansive including classical scores, jazz, choral music and ethnic soundtracks for Italian art house films.
Christian Testa - director of photography
Christian discovered a love of photography, art and drama at an early age, and after graduating from Ravensbourne Collage in 1996, specializing as a cameraman/director of photography, he went on to hone his craft travelling the world with every major UK broadcaster working on music, light entertainment, sports, documentary, drama and current affairs programmes. He is an avid cinephile and adores new wave television drama. 2:40 to London will see him collaborate with Gavin for the first time.
As one of our rewards we are offering you this fantastic poster design by Shaz at Middle of Grey.
THE TOP SECRET PLANS
We have already started organising our pre-production, loosely storyboarding certain pages of the script and working out precise camera angles. Though none of the film's actors/characters are shown here, the people who kindly gave us permission to photograph them help give us a rough guide of how things might work.
THE DEPARTMENTAL BRIEFING
Why Kickstarter? Well it gives us the opportunity to connect with a wider network, a wider audience, which can help us push our comedy to its final destinations - film festivals, independent cinemas, events and various other platforms for exhibition.
We are not making this film for profit, so a grass-roots movement like Kickstarter allows us to achieve our goals while keeping 100% creative control. It is the perfect way for us to make new friends, new contacts, and ultimately finance our film.
We would now like to invite you to join our band of experienced international operatives working out in the field and make the film go global - whether that's by directly backing it or by spreading the word to your friends, family, neighbours, double agents, colleagues, and social networks. So what to do now? … A word in your shell-like ear, please ...
'Now listen to me - listen to me - PLEDGE, PLEDGE, PLEDGE!'
Risks and challenges
2:40 to London, though only a 7 minute film, is an ambitious project, with 5 locations and 11 cast and crew.
We have the 'green light' to shoot at St Pancras International train station - our main location - which has taken us 5 months to achieve and is extremely difficult to get, but we still have to fulfil some rules and regulations before we can film there, and these include insurance, health and safety, and sound equipment issues, plus naturally, we have the hire charge of the station - which is expensive!
As we will have only 2 hours in which to film at the station we will be well rehearsed and walk through all the difficulties that may arise well in advance of the shoot. As you can see, we have already started to map out camera set-ups and storyboard the script. The station is also quietest early on a Sunday morning, so this is when we will shoot.
Why film at St Pancras if it will gobble-up a large percentage of our budget and the regulations are so stringent? Well, to answer that question simply - Gavin recced quite a few other train stations in and around London but none were as stunning and perfect for out needs as St Pancras. It will add a sense of grandeur, scale and gravitas to our small comedy spy film - which is just perfect.
All our other locations are outside London - or on the outskirts - so we have transport, props, lights, hair and make-up, and wardrobe costs all to factor in.
Christian, our DOP, is supplying his superb Blackmagic camera gratis, but we still need to hire in other kit, including cine lens, a monitor and a GoPro, plus, we need to hire a professional sound man with a mixer, radio mics, boom and rifle mic.
Though the film will be edited by Gavin, we do have post-production costs that need to cover the grading/colouring of the film. It is extremely important that we achieve the right look - that of a mid 60s British spy movie, and by this we mean The Ipcress File. We want it to appear gritty and industrial, and this will take time, care and attention in production, but especially in post.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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