The autumn of terror has just begun and agitation is starting to spread among the unfortunates in Whitechapel. One of them is Mary Jane Kelly, who goes by the name of Ginger. Driven by the need to survive in the harsh reality of London in 1888 and her own personal greed, she delves into a world of crime. But her actions have consequences beyond her control; leading to her own death and halting the murders of Jack the Ripper.
This story is based on the real women of the time. Unlike previous Jack the Ripper films, which focus on the murders and the investigation of the police, this film tackles the events from the point of view of those who were affected by them.
Katie Jarvis as Mary Jane "Ginger" Kelly
Image source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3086235, IFC Films - Fish Tank (2009)
Katie Jarvis comes from Dagenham in Essex. She is known for Fish Tank (2009) for which she won the BIFA Most Promising Newcomer award, the EIFF Best British Performance award and the ALFS Young British performer of the Year award 2010. Other credits include 10 Minute Tales (2009) and Suspects (2014).
Danielle Schneider as Julia Venturney
Danielle Schneider attended the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig, Germany. After being a cast member at the "National Theater Weimar" and "Staatstheater Kassel" she moved to Berlin, where she worked as a freelance actress in various theatres. She played in over 60 theatre productions before moving to the UK in 2013, where she is currently running a drama club for children.
Karen Brace as Annie Chapman
Karen trained at Rose Bruford college and has played a range of diverse roles on stage including Ruth the PM in 13 by Mike Bartlett. She most recently appeared as May in Tennessee Williams' The One Exception at Pentameters theatre Hampstead. Annie Chapman in 'Ginger' marks her first film role.
Julie Stark as Eliza Cooper
Julie started her career in We Will Rock You in London’s West End.Other credits include Marion in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (no. 1 UK tour), Florence (lead) in Chess (Aberystwyth), Jenny's Mother in Love Story (Duchess Theatre, London), Good Fairy in Sleeping Beauty (Tunbridge Wells), Les Miserables (25th Anniversary tour), Marge Perley/cover Jane and Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick (no. 1 UK tour), Shirley/cover Vonnie in Shout (no. 1 UK tour) and Oolie/Donna in City of Angels (English Theatre, Frankfurt).She has appeared in several short films, plus the Les Miserables feature film.Other work includes: Soloist at Scott Alan’s debut London concert (Duchess Theatre, London), Les Miserables 25th Anniversary concert (02 Arena, London).She regularly narrates audio books for the RNIB.
Lena Margareta as Elizabeth "Long Liz" Stride
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Lena Margareta debuted in the musical "Huckleberry Finn" at Stockholm's Stadsteater 1989. Working mainly in television, she has written, directed and acted in a number of sketches for UR, the Swedish equivalent of BBC Education. 2012 she did her first UK appearance in the TED talk "How to build a house without money". Lena Margareta is also a trained jazz singer, plays the trumpet and does stand up comedy.
Tracy Gardener as Catherine Eddowes
Tracy recently played the lead in a short psychological horror film called Mum for the university of Creative Arts. She has also appeared in the BBC 2 Twenty Twelve playing a nurse alongside Hugh Bonneville. Tracy is currently enjoying filming a Comedy, called Value Gym, a TV Pilot. Tracy's training background and passion is in Film and Television where she has attended The London Actors workshop and is currently attending weekly workshops at Transatlantic Film in London. Now looking forward to and very excited to be working on the short film Ginger playing the part of Catherine Eddowes.
Sharon Drain as Elizabeth Prater
Sharon Drain graduated from drama school in 2014.
This is her third casting in a graduate film project. Her first feature film lead shoots at the end of March.
In May, she is appearing as the lead in a theatre production at the Brighton Fringe Festival.
Tony Burden as Inspector Frederick Abberline
Tony Burden has a number of screen credits in feature films including the role of Simon Templeton in “Strangers Within”, Professor Kevin Teagle in “Invasion of the not quite dead “and P.C Roberts “Christmas Slay”. His stage credits include a tour of Sussex and Surrey in “Canterbury Tales made modern” playing the Miller and the lead role in the play “You know what you are” in Bournemouth.
James Byron-Daniels as Joseph Barnett
James Byron-Daniels graduated from the Mountview Academy in 2006, going on to perform in a number of fringe theatre shows, short films and developing his own fire-spinning act. After a number of years pursuing other interests James returned to the stage last year in the self-authored play ‘Guys & Sex Dolls’ and is delighted to be back in front of the camera in ‘Ginger’.
This pub is one of the original locations linked to the case of Jack the Ripper. It lies in immediate proximity of the crime scenes and was frequented by many of the victims. We have secured this location for one of our shoot days.
This alley is a branch of Wentworth Street, a high crime area in 1888, in which's surroundings many of the women had to work. We are currently in negotiations with securing this as one of our shooting locations.
Moving Image Studio at Kingston University
For the indoor scenes, we are planning to build a set in the film studio of our university, which we have secured for our shoot days.
We have set the minimum amount we want to raise to £1000 but ideally we are hoping to exceed this amount to enable us to make this film the best it can be.
Selina Sondermann - Writer & Director
Thinking of and writing stories is one of Selina's fondest and earliest memories. She wrote her first play at the age of 11, which was performed in 2005 at the Theater des Kindes in Linz, Austria. In 2010 she discovered her love for turning her stories into films. She has written and directed numerous short films over the past years as part of her BA Filmmaking studies at Kingston University, which she will complete this summer.
Watch some of her work here: https://vimeo.com/user14583058
Philip Reinking - Director of Photography & Editor
Philip came to the UK from Germany two and a half years ago to pursue a degree in filmmaking. He has been editing and making films since he was 12 and a film he made in 2010 was featured on the German release of Saw 7 on DVD and BluRay. Philip is currently in his final year studying Filmmaking at Kingston University, making short films and music videos, and several films he worked on were selected to be screened at the Southbank BFI (British Film Institute).
Watch some of his work here: https://vimeo.com/user14943562
Sapphire Sherbird - Producer & 1st Assistant Director
Sapphire is a London-based film producer and 1st assistant director who has worked on 18 productions within the past year, 3 of which were funded via Kickstarter Campaigns and were very successful. She is in her final year studying BA Filmmaking at Kingston University and hopes to continue assistant directing.
Hannah Simion Malmcrona - Costume Designer
Hannah has been creating costumes and sewing for as long as she can remember. To perfect her craft she went to one of the best sewing schools in Sweden. Additionally she is part of a jury judging costuming competitions in Linköping, Sweden. Hannah is in her final year of studying BA Filmmaking at Kingston University.
You can watch Philip's showreel, which features work from all of us, here:
Music in the project video: Hellenica - Night Creeper
Risks and challenges
We have experienced our fair share of things that can go wrong in all stages of the production of our film. But we know how to work around any obstacles in our way and are fully dedicated to this film.
If any major setbacks arise, we can always turn to our university and tutors for help.
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