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A darkly comical short film set in 1920s Soviet Union, inspired by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's short story of the same name.
A darkly comical short film set in 1920s Soviet Union, inspired by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's short story of the same name.
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Summary

Quadraturin is a darkly comical short film set in 1920s Soviet Union. It is an adaptation of a short story by Soviet author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky written in 1926, but not published until 1989 due to its 'dangerous' content - and first translated into English in 2006. We hope our film will help bring Krzhizhanovsky's wonderful works to the knowledge of a wider audience in the English-speaking world and beyond.

We have completed our film shoot and are now raising funds for the post-production (film processing, editing, sound design, music & completion) of the film. The below teaser starring Hollywood actor Jeff Fahey (Miami Vice, Lost, Lawnmower Man) & rising West End star Edward Franklin as Sutulin gives a flavour of the style, mood and ambition of the film.

Synopsis

Sutulin lives in a tiny, cramped room in a communal Soviet apartment. A mysterious stranger knocks on his door and offers him a promotional sample of Quadraturin, a miracle product that promises to enlarge interior spaces. Sutulin takes up the offer, with surprising consequences...

Author

Our short film is a screen adaptation of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's eponymous short story from 1926. Born in 1887, Krzhizhanovsky was a Ukrainian of Polish descent, who moved to Moscow in the 1920s, where he worked as a writer. However, his fantastical imagination was deemed too daring for the times, and he spent most of his life unknown and unpublished. It wasn't until 1989 (more than 30 years after his death) that his works were unearthed from the archives - and 2006 when he was first translated into English. Since the English-language publication of Quadraturin and other short stories by Krzhizhanovsky, his writing has been likened to Kafka and Borges; it's dark, twisted & philosophical, with a pitchblack sense of humour.

Interview with the Director

Screen Anarchy recently sat down with the award-winning director Laura Hypponen to discuss the project - you can read the full interview here.

Cast

We are fortunate to have a wonderful ensemble cast of internationally experienced screen talent onboard the project:

Edward Franklin a rising star of the West End (Shakespeare in Love, Hayfever, Twelve Angry Men) as Sutulin.
Edward Franklin a rising star of the West End (Shakespeare in Love, Hayfever, Twelve Angry Men) as Sutulin.

 

Olga Fedori, known for playing Frieda Petrenko in the BBC medical drama Holby City, as The Girl
Olga Fedori, known for playing Frieda Petrenko in the BBC medical drama Holby City, as The Girl

 

Jeff Fahey, the veteran Hollywood actor (Machete, Lost, Miami Vice) as Grey Man
Jeff Fahey, the veteran Hollywood actor (Machete, Lost, Miami Vice) as Grey Man

 

Branko Tomovic, a multiple award-winning actor (Bourne Ultimatum, Fury, Red) as Inspector
Branko Tomovic, a multiple award-winning actor (Bourne Ultimatum, Fury, Red) as Inspector

 

Jo Cameron Brown, an experience television actress and theater artist, as Landlady
Jo Cameron Brown, an experience television actress and theater artist, as Landlady

 

Josephine Berry, a gifted young actress (best known for her French feature films, 22 Bullets, Moi Cesar) and theater artist (Othello, Anna Karenina) as Young Woman
Josephine Berry, a gifted young actress (best known for her French feature films, 22 Bullets, Moi Cesar) and theater artist (Othello, Anna Karenina) as Young Woman

 

Neil Bell, know for Dead Man's Shoes, Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey, This is England '90 and Coronation Street, as Speculator
Neil Bell, know for Dead Man's Shoes, Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey, This is England '90 and Coronation Street, as Speculator

 

Lucy Christy, known for stage classics such as Oedipus, Ajaz and Macbeth and television appearances including the Bill, as Boss
Lucy Christy, known for stage classics such as Oedipus, Ajaz and Macbeth and television appearances including the Bill, as Boss

Team

Director - Laura Hypponen  

Award-winning Director Laura Hypponen
Award-winning Director Laura Hypponen

 Laura's gritty East London set debut feature Live East Die Young (2012) was nominated Best UK Feature at Raindance and Golden Hitchcock at Dinard. It was sold internationally by Paris-based Reel Suspects and distributed globally by iTunes. Her subsequent ten-part art film series Ten Faces of Anna (2014) premiered as installation at Arts Council England supported by Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston, London, with episode Dolly winning Best Actor at ASVOFF Paris Centre Pompidou. It screened at international film festivals including the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica in York. Laura's teaser for Charlie, a new British crime drama TV series,  recently won Best Trailer award at Los Angeles Film Awards.

Producer - Kasia Skibinska 

Kasia Skibinska (known for short 'Storage' premiered at Venice International Film Festival 2009) comes on board as Producer
Kasia Skibinska (known for short 'Storage' premiered at Venice International Film Festival 2009) comes on board as Producer

 Kasia is an independent producer & owner of Cassiopeia Pictures. Her first short film, Storage, directed by David Lea was funded by Westminster Arts Council and produced in association with Passion Pictures. It premiered at Venice International Film Festival 2009. Kasia’s 60 min. documentary Wojtek - the Bear that Went to War, a UK/Ger/PL co-production enjoyed a world-wide audience of 5 million. Kasia is currently developing four international co-productions.

Producer - Patrick Hart

Entrepreneur & executive Patrick Hart joins the production as Producer
Entrepreneur & executive Patrick Hart joins the production as Producer

An American ex-pat living in London, Patrick is an entrepreneur, country western singer, DJ and film executive. With a background in corporate strategy for leading global companies his experience includes running large, global operations for accenture, Capgemini, IBM and Philips. He brings these skills, as well as those in finance and negotiation, to his work in entertainment and film. He also hosts a streaming online radio show on NTS.

Director of Photography - Luca Rocchini 

Award-winning Director of Photography, Luca Rocchini (Smolt, Small Change, Children of Manila) returns as Hypponen's regular collaborator
Award-winning Director of Photography, Luca Rocchini (Smolt, Small Change, Children of Manila) returns as Hypponen's regular collaborator

Music Composer - Roger Goula 

Music Composer Roger Goula (Next Goal Wins, Shock Head Soul) comes on board to score a chilling soundrack
Music Composer Roger Goula (Next Goal Wins, Shock Head Soul) comes on board to score a chilling soundrack

Journey So Far

Filming Completed: Thanks to £10,000 private equity investment from London and Los Angeles, we have been able to complete seven days of location & studio filming in London, shooting on black & white Super16mm celluloid stock with a professional crew & a first-class ensemble of actors.

Industry Backing: We have been lucky to have the support of Kodak for film stock, and Take2 & Cinelease for camera & lighting equipment for the production. For post-production, we will be working with Onsight, and the film laboratory Cinelab.

Distribution Plans: We have a letter of interest from Pirkanmaa Film Centre, a specialist theatrical distributor in Finland to show the film in cinemas in Finland. We will be submitting the film to international A-list film festivals in 2017 and following the festival circuit, proposing the film to broadcasters and commercial online platforms such as iTunes.

The Road Ahead

We are seeking to raise £4000 to cover the post-production costs of the film:

  • Film negative processing and digitisation 
  • Picture editing
  • Sound design & mix
  • Music composing & recording
  • 2K scan & colour correction
  • Mastering and DVD copies

Our picture edit is scheduled to commence in December 2016, followed by sound design & music composing  in January & delivery of the final film in February 2017. We will then commence festival submissions, with expected festival premiere in Autumn 2017.

Brand New Rewards (added 3 December!)

Glamorous vintage fur coat with silk lining, as worn by Olga Fedori in the film
Glamorous vintage fur coat with silk lining, as worn by Olga Fedori in the film

 

Classical piano recital of Russian & early 20th Century music by the concert pianist Eeva Reetta Laiho
Classical piano recital of Russian & early 20th Century music by the concert pianist Eeva Reetta Laiho

 If you are looking for a unique and memorable experience, this may be it! The classical pianist Eeva Reetta Laiho will give a private concert at your home or another venue of your choice in either London or Helsinki. The date and the exact repertoire of the recital can be agreed with you, but will consist of Russian composers such as Mussorgsky and Rachmaninov, with some early 20th Century composers such as Debussy thrown in. The award winning Eeva Reetta studied classical piano, cembalo and chamber music in her native Finland and Basel, Switzerland, and actively performs internationally including in Helsinki, Basel, London & Berlin. Most recently, she packed a full house for her chamber music recital at the Burgh House in Hampstead, London.

Classic Russian style winter hat, as worn by Branko Tomovic in the film
Classic Russian style winter hat, as worn by Branko Tomovic in the film

 

Reproduction Rodchenko/Vertov movie poster from 1920s, as seen in Sutulin's flat
Reproduction Rodchenko/Vertov movie poster from 1920s, as seen in Sutulin's flat

 

Blue vintage 1960s soup / cereal bowl by Tams England, as seen in Sutulin's room
Blue vintage 1960s soup / cereal bowl by Tams England, as seen in Sutulin's room


Unique Rewards

In addition to DVDs, post cards and posters, we have one-off props and costumes from the film available for supporters of the project.

Sutulin's Art Deco Clock
Sutulin's Art Deco Clock

 

Antique Military Snuff Box with Mirror
Antique Military Snuff Box with Mirror

 

 

Green, Gold & Black Wooden Trinket Box
Green, Gold & Black Wooden Trinket Box

 

Cream, Gold & Green Round Trinket Box
Cream, Gold & Green Round Trinket Box

 

Antique 1930s Silky Table Cloth
Antique 1930s Silky Table Cloth

 

Small Green Vintage Glass Vase
Small Green Vintage Glass Vase

 

Red Shoes of Miss O.
Red Shoes of Miss O.

 

Black Jazz Era Bob-style Wig
Black Jazz Era Bob-style Wig

 

Men's Cream Striped Cotton Waistcoat
Men's Cream Striped Cotton Waistcoat

 

Button Braces
Button Braces

 

Vintage Photograph of "Sutulin's Mother"
Vintage Photograph of "Sutulin's Mother"

 

Picture of "Miss O"
Picture of "Miss O"

 

Vintage Photograph of "Sutulin's Father"
Vintage Photograph of "Sutulin's Father"

 

A tube of Quadraturin
A tube of Quadraturin

 

Quadraturin Musical Experience

London legends Nigel Burch and The Fleapit Orchestra  (featured in Quadraturin) bring their hits The Bottom Of The Pile, The Worst Is Yet To Come, Wee-Wee Into Wine and It’s All Falling To Bits into your own home or party venue of choice. The above music video (directed by Laura Hypponen) helps illustrate the gravitas of this experience. This reward is only available to London based supporters.

All the above rewards, plus DVDs Post Cards & Posters, can be pledged for by clicking on the relevant option on the right hand side column. DVDs will only be available after the film's festival premiere & primary circuit in 2017 - other rewards available in time for Xmas 2016.

Risks and challenges

We have already completed the riskiest phase of any film's production cycle, the principal photography. As we head into post-production our main risks are technical (getting film stock processed at a state-of-the-art laboratory should mitigate against this) and creative (we have a very experienced post-production team onboard to ensure we make the most out of the footage we've shot).

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    Rodchenko / Vertov repro poster

    A reproduction of a 1920s poster designed by Rodchenko for Soviet director Dziga Vertov's movie "Kino Eye". Used as a prop in Quadraturin, it is little bigger than A4 size & would make a stylish house decoration if framed.

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    Post Card Set

    Set of ten professionally designed, black & white post cards created from production stills and behind-the-scenes images.

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    Special Edition DVD of the Film

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    Black "Flapper Girl" Bob Wig

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    Warm Russian style winter hat

    Stay warm in classic Russian style this winter, as demonstrated by Branko Tomovic aka Mr. Karloff in the film. The hat is size 60 and extremely soft & comfortable to wear. This timeless unisex style would make a great gift for Him or Her as the temperatures plummet...

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    Art Deco Table Cloth (genuine 1930s)

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    Glamorous grey vintage fur coat

    Add glamour AND warmth to the winter with this stunning antique fur coat with Chinese themed grey silk lining and wonderful quality details - as worn by Olga Fedori in the film. The coat is size 10-12 (S-M) with loose, extremely flattering fit and is in great condition considering its age. Would make a very special gift for Xmas or Valentine's... PLUS you'll get an invite for 2 to the screening of the film in London.

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    Executive Producer VIP Package

    An Executive Producer credit in the film, a goodie bag with DVD, poster & postcards, and an invite for two to a private screening of the film in London and VIP cocktails with the Director, Producers and Cast Members.

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    Quadraturin Musical Experience

    Private gig by Nigel Burch & the Fleapit Orchestra at your home or other chosen venue. Available for London-based supporters only.

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    Russian themed Classical Piano Recital

    A classical piano recital / matinee at your home or other venue by the concert pianist Eeva Reetta Laiho, with a repertoire consisting of Russian and early 20th Century composers incl. Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Debussy. A truly special and unique experience! This reward is only available to London and Helsinki based backers. The recital date will be set according to your requirements and the availability of Ms Laiho, and will be available from January 2017.

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Funding period

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