RED IS A SHORT DARK THRILLER SET IN THE UNDERGROUND WORLD OF ILLEGAL ORGAN SMUGGLING, THE SO-CALLED RED MARKET.
RED IS A SHORT DARK THRILLER SET IN THE UNDERGROUND WORLD OF ILLEGAL ORGAN SMUGGLING, THE SO-CALLED RED MARKET. Read more
About this project
Niklas, a surgeon who lives a solitude life and is tormented by self hatred, performs regular illegal surgeries for the red market. He works together with Mia, a young prostitute who lures her clients in and drugs them. Niklas is looking for a way out of this dark world, but owes his life to their violent crime boss Ed, who would rather kill him then let him go.
The film highlights the dark and brutal world of the illegal organ trade. It shines a light on the people involved in such operations. It's a character study of a damaged and guilt-ridden man who fell victim to the red market but desperately wants to leave all this behind him.
Shooting over three days in London, the film will have a final duration of around 15 minutes.
We want the film to have a rich cinematic look and are using the films of Nicolas Winding Refn and David Lynch, as well the artwork of Edward Hopper as visual cues.
The film has a large city setting that helps convey a certain sense of loneliness and isolation that one can often times experience when they inhabit a world they feel disconnected from.
The money we raise will go directly towards the production of this film. This means paying for locations, equipment hire, post production, distributions costs and very importantly feeding our cast and crew (many of whom are working for very little money or free). We have raised some of the money ourselves, and have pulled in as many favours as possible but we still need to raise £5,000 to get this over the line.
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NIKLAS - played by Branko Tomovic (24: Live Another Day, Fury, Entity, The Bourne Ultimatum) is a troubled character with a complicated past. Unknown origin, 30’s, leads a life in the shadows, a loner, doesn’t say much, only when he needs to. Likes to keep to himself. An existence like a hitman. He performs his job duties with precision but hates his life and himself, wants a way out of this dark world.
MIA - played by Francesca Fowler (Doctor Who, Rome, Closure) is a young prostitute hardened by life. British, late 20’s, has somehow gotten off the tracks as a younger girl, still kept a sense of naivety and innocence about her but is actually stone cold inside and does what needs to be done to keep her alive. Seems like she is always a bit drunk or drugged just to avoid living in reality, a lost innocent young girl living this damaged existence.
ED - is the violent crime boss, the scariest person you’ll ever meet. Very intelligent and charismatic, a very important high-ranking figure in the organ trade. The puppet master who controls the fate of many lives. Very powerful with a sadistic streak.
We have strong interest from Branka Katic (Public Enemies, Black Cat, White Cat, In July, Big Love, Entourage) and are currently in talks with her agent.
BRANKO TOMOVIC - director
Branko Tomovic has been an actor for over 10 years. He studied acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York and was first seen on the big screen in the lead role of the award winning American Film Institute/Sundance drama 'Remote Control' for which he received the OmU-Award at the Potsdam Film Festival. Branko's first film won many international awards, including a nomination for a Student Academy Award.
He is based in London and has worked with internationally respected film directors as Ken Loach, Paul Greengrass, Soenke Wortmann, David Ayer and Pete Travis to name a few. Recent screen credits include '24: Live Another Day', 'Fury', 'City of Tiny Lights', 'Entity' and 'The Bourne Ultimatum'. He has been named One to watch by Moviescope Magazine and chosen by leading international men's fashion magazine Icon as one of five rising stars. He was honored by The British Filmmakers Alliance as Best International Actor and won numerous awards and nominations on the international film festival circuit, including London Independent Film Festival, British Horror Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Festival and Philadelphia Film Festival.
Red will be Branko's debut as a film director. He is represented by United Agents in London, one of the leading and most respected literary and talent agencies.
ADRIAN CARSWELL - producer
Adrian Carswell is a London based freelance Producer and Production Manager who has worked in the industry since 2008.
A graduate of the New Zealand Film and Television School where he was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Production, Adrian has gone on to work on acclaimed films both in New Zealand and the UK. Highlights include 'The Six Dollar Fifty Man' (Special Distinction - 62nd Festival De Cannes, Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking - Sundance Film Festival, Special Mention - 60th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin) and 'Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder' (2012 Grierson Award Nominee).
Adrian's recent work includes the BBC3 observational documentary series 'Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia' and is currently working on projects for BBC and Channel 4 which are slated to broadcast in April 2016.
DINA VICKERMANN - producerDina Vickermann is a producer who has just completed her second short film production 'Stolen', following 'Way Out' in 2013. Both films tackle controversial and emotional subjects that are extremely relevant in critiquing modern social issues, with her latest film 'Stolen' focusing on human sex trafficking in the context of Asia.
Collaborations that have been formed through previous work and project interest:
Cinematographer: Ed Christmas
Sound Designer: Mark Ashworth (aka Z.No)
Makeup Designer: Ala Pangracova
Stills Photographer: Laura Radford
Publicity: Marcus Agar
Publicity: Jerome Morrow, JM PR
Screenwriter: Paul D. Clancy
Artwork: Andreea Sticlea
Risks and challenges
No film is without its risks. There are many unforeseen problems that may cause delays to the schedule costing both time and money. These can include anything from equipment failure, the weather, to key personnel falling ill. However through our collective experience working on many films and television productions, we feel our team is well equipped to deal with any unexpected problems that the film may throw up at us.
Just as we will make sure all channels of communication are open for our cast and crew when making RED, we will ensure that all lines are kept open with you. With your backing you are as much of a part of this film as we are so we will treat you with the respect that you deserve. Regular updates will be made to keep you up to date and involved with where we are in the process of the sending this film out into the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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