The Riot Act is a short dramatic thriller that takes place during the London riots in 2011. Stu, a rookie riot policeman, comes up against Jerome, a protestor looking for revenge whose brother was shot by the police. When Stu is separated from his unit during the chaos and cornered by Jerome, the two face choices that will change the course of their lives forever.
Told through the videos they film on phones, helmet cams, and security cameras, The Riot Act is a visceral, tragic, and moving fragment of the struggle that took place between police and rioters on this intense battleground.
Why is it important to make this film now?
With protests breaking out across the world in recent years, from the Arab Spring to recent events in Baltimore, we feel that it is more relevant than ever to tell a story that gets to the heart of why people riot. Our film deals with issues such as police brutality, the thin lines between right and wrong that both cops and protestors face in these intense situations, and how best to express your anger when you want to change the world.
So not only do we want to craft a heart-pounding, vivid thriller, we want to spark off debate about these important questions.
Who we are.
We are a team of experienced filmmakers who are passionate about telling stories that thrill and challenge you in equal measure. Olly Riley-Smith is a BAFTA Brit to Watch director, who has crafted dozens of shorts, documentaries and commercials through Oscar-nominated collective Dirty Robber. Kyran Speirs, is a seasoned producer, head of Thirty40Studios, who was actually caught up in the riots when they happened. Sam Care (www.samuelcare.co.uk) is an award-winning cinematographer who has worked on features, TV, and numerous shorts.
We were all moved by the events in London, and feel that no one has truly captured the fear, thrill, and insanity of what happened there. We want to go outside the traditional channels to tell a truly independent and shocking story that other companies, channels, or studios might be too afraid to.
In order to get the freedom to do that, we need your help.
How You Can Help
If you feel strongly that something needs to be said about the protests breaking out across the world, join our cause! If you can afford to donate and help bring this film to life, we are eternally grateful, and will treat you as one of the crew.
While we already have cameras and post-production in place, your funds will go towards essential elements such as a top notch cast and crew, securing actual locations where the riots took place, funding special effects such as explosions and broken bottles, and hiring stunt coordinators to recreate the aggression that took place.
In return, we can offer a whole host of incredible rewards, including a signed riot helmet, a weekend in London or L.A. for the premiere, and powerful, stunning framed photographs from the London riots themselves. We are even giving you the chance to be part of the riots on set, filming with your own camera.
'A riot is the language of the unheard.' - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Risks and challenges
We understand that this is a sensitive topic, real problems involving real people from the communities we will be filming in. In order to make sure that we tell this story right, we will be joining up with local drama groups from neighbourhoods where the riots took place to help with casting, and seeking advice and guidance from community organizations in those areas. We hope that our film will bring about some cathartic healing and positive change, raising awareness of issues of policing and racism that happen in neighbourhoods across London and the world.
We know not everyone can contribute financially and that's OK. If you can afford to donate we are eternally grateful. If not, help us expand our audience and share this project with like-minded friends. Our greatest goal is to share this film with as many people as possible, and even a Facebook like will help us reach it.
Thank you for reading, and we look forward to seeing you on the front lines!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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