Opus Dei (Feature Film) A Horrific Noir Thriller
Opus Dei (Feature Film) A Horrific Noir Thriller
Based on the award winning short film Opus Dei, this feature length promises to expand on the world created in unprecedented ways.
Based on the award winning short film Opus Dei, this feature length promises to expand on the world created in unprecedented ways. Read more
About this project
Welcome to our campaign for Opus Dei, the debut feature film from Suspiric Noir. As an expansive re-imaging of the award winning 2016 short film, Opus Dei will combine elements of Horror and Film Noir to tell a unique, shocking and thought provoking story of mystery, conspiracy, violence and faith to unleash on audiences in 2018.
Over the last few years Suspiric Noir, spearheaded by myself, George Najdzien (Writer, Director) and Klayton Dean (Director, Cinematographer), as well as many frequent collaborators, has specialised in dark, compelling media, including acclaimed experimental film Feed the Black and the original Opus Dei short.
Now the team is ready to make the leap into the feature film realm, and that's why we are asking for your support to help our project become a reality. Your pledges will help put Opus Dei and Suspiric Noir on to the big screen for the first time.
Read more below to find out all about our project and our range of rewards for your generous pledges!
- George Najdzien, Writer & Director
Opus Dei tell the story of emotionally fractured detective Mason Tucker, who enters the remote, rural town of Newark, in 1960's Britain, hunting for answers behind the disappearance of Eileen Harris after he receives a mysterious letter. His quest sends him down a path of danger and conspiracy, and is one that will challenge his morals, beliefs and his sanity. Mason must uncover the darkness of the seemingly peaceful town and dive into the minds of its inhabitants at any cost to discover the truth.
Through a script built on tense, intriguing dialogue, cinematography resonating to a dark, striking Neo-Noir feel and combining this with disturbing, horrific sequences of extreme violence, our primary goal is to create a thought provoking and brutally shocking film. One that truly has the potential to be unique, yet nostalgic in the homage it pays to its inspirations. An experience that questions the extreme lengths people go to for their beliefs, and how those ideologies can be the catalyst for tragic events. Something that has been extremely relevant throughout history.
*Artwork subject to change
Leaving his home in Chicago, Mason enters Newark seeking answers as to what happened to Eileen. After the death of his wife, Mason has been crippled emotionally and the event has sent him into a viscous downward spiral of grief and paranoid delusions. What he uncovers within the town will push his dwindling sanity to the edge.
In this role, star, Ben, who "relishes playing extreme characters" will embody the struggle and determination of a man on the edge of falling into the abyss.
The seemingly perfect life Eileen and Mason had made in Chicago was struck by tragedy. The truth of Eileen's links to Newark, unbeknownst to Mason, is the dark seed at the heart of Opus Dei.
Harriet is known for roles in The Toymaker and Little Haven.
The face of Newark, Father Ancel presents the path of redemption to Mason, however the congregation conceals the dark secret of the town, under the watchful eye of the Father.
When he is not on stage, Tom Driver is a frequent collaborator with Suspiric Noir, with his powerful performances in the Original Opus Dei and Feed the Black.
Veteran stage actor and cult horror icon, known for his roles in City of the Living Dead (1980) and The Omen (2006), Giovanni will portray Father Wood, an outside force at the heart of the sinister conspiracy of Newark. With the role created with Giovanni in mind we feel incredibly privileged to have such a legendary performer aboard our project. Meeting and soon to be working with Giovanni as an integral part of Opus Dei has been something of a dream come true for Suspiric Noir.
At only 23, George has made waves as a director of great ability, as witnessed with the festival success of the original, award winning short. Najdzien has developed the deceptively concise short into a fully fledged feature that takes the depth and resonance of the short to new, epic proportions. George will return to the helm as director on the project.
Since making his presence on the independent scene known with acclaimed horror project Feed the Black, Dean has continued his work as a cinematographer and director (including shooting the original Opus Dei short) This time focusing purely on cinematography duties for the feature re-imaging, whilst bringing his experience and the resourcefulness that made Feed the Black a success, to the project.
Wallace has been a pupil of the independent film game working on both sides of the Atlantic, with the likes of Drew Bolduc (The Taint, Science Team) and Liam Regan (My Bloody Banjo) as cameraman and self-producing his own short films. Wallace will bring his experience of low-budget ingenuity to the table as part of the camera and production team on Opus Dei.
Known for his incredible make up work and realistic practical effects, Robbie Drake is delighted to be a part of the team, bringing Opus Dei's devastating and grueling effects to life. Drake has worked on a number of successful projects, including Attack the Block (2011), Unknown (2011), and The Woman in Black (2012).
With Opus Dei, our ultimate goal is to seamlessly combine two of our favourite genres together, Horror and Neo-Noir, to create not just an original story, but a unique blend of the visual aesthetics.
Taking inspirations from Noir titles such as The Third Man (1949) and Blade Runner (1982), and integrating these with the horrific brutality of films such as The Wicker Man (1973) and Oldboy (2003), we will utilize these traits to create a beautifully striking and haunting production.
With an extremely imaginative crew with a wide variety of skills sets, from story boarding, set design, to cinematography, we will use the collective creativity of the team to bring this vision to a reality.
Reference for the composition and style for Opus Dei
Taking place in the fictional English town of Newark, the seductive serenity and isolation that masks the underlying mayhem of Newark, will be brought to life as principal photography will take place in the beautiful coastal county of Pembrokeshire, South West Wales. The alluring St Huberts Church in Hampshire, that starred as our wonderfully haunting location in the original short, will also make it's feature length debut.
Risks and challenges
Being our first feature length film at Suspiric Noir, this project presents itself with a great deal of challenges, the biggest of which being the sheer, epic scale of the production. Bigger than any project any of the primary production team has worked on, we are presented with many risks with filming large scenes on location. Handfuls of actors being directed, swiftly combing choreography and cinematography together in the unpredictable nature of being on location. Planning the shoot itself requires full time hours. The list is seemingly endless.
The challenges being said, the reason we have made it this far into production is due to the amazing commitment and valuable experience we have all accumulated over the years, whether through everyday life, or our own education and aspirations in film production.
All having been through education in film production, followed by learning and evolving through just by picking up a camera and making a movie, our level of skill and professionalism is always escalating, and this production is the next step in ascending to the next level.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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