A seemingly innocent waitress is told to keep an eye on two thugs hiding out in her cafe, but her own motives get in the way of her professionalism.
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Ariella Notts TV Appearance
Two lowlife criminals arrange to meet in an empty late night bar for the first time since burgling a house a couple of nights before. For one of them, it seems like a catch-up, but for the other, it’s an excuse to keep an eye on his counterpart, under strict instructions from the owner of the house they burgled, who is revealed to be the terrifying gangster, Big Wicked. Big Wicked delegates his most trusted employee; Ariella, to supervise the sit down, and ensure that everything runs smoothly, but her personal motives start to get in the way of her professionalism.
Ariella | Hannaj Bang Bendz
Professional and motivated, Ariella is the right hand woman to gangster Big Wicked and his most trusted employee. When his house gets robbed while his daughter sleeps upstairs, Ariella is called upon to ensure that those responsible are punished accordingly. But Ariella’s affections for his daughter complicate matters and make it personal.
Hannaj recently won Best Female Actress at LA Film Festival for her performance in The Man up The Stairs. She starred in Black Ops 2: Fire Magic, a 50 minute drama-documentary seen on Netflix America for which she played the lead role. Hannaj gained a degree in Scriptwriting from the University of Bournemouth which helped her land her first professional theatre production (Dorian Grey) in 2013, allowing this to snowball into a career of shorts, music videos and features.
Bob | Johann Myers
Content with a life of committing what he considers to be ‘relatively victimless crimes’, Bob fuels his longstanding heroin addiction by stealing electronic goods from cars and flats. A long history of short term imprisonments has rendered Bob useless in the world of employment and so he finds himself associating himself with the likes of Man, with whom he now has a short hand when working together. But when Bob finds himself in a tricky ultimatum, he knows he must use his instinct to get out on top.
Johann has an impressive resume to his name. Playing a vast variety of characters in several high profile BBC dramas such as Luther, Black Mirror and Murder, he has graced audiences with his chameleonic abilities for over 20 years. You can catch him most recently in Crackle’s TV series Snatch and The Lost City of Z alongside Charlie Hunnam.
Man | Dominic Wolf
Our unnamed narrator considers himself a professional criminal; his history of illegal activities that has not resulted in incarceration has led him to believe that he can do what he wants. He is cocky, narcissistic and confident, but mainly because of his friendship with Bob, whom he uses to feel better about himself and as an accomplice in his unlawful exploits robbing from student flats and corner shops. When it transpires that he and Bob have robbed Big Wicked’s house, he takes a while to come to terms with the fact that Bob, who he has always seen as stupid and nonthreatening, may actually have more to him than meets the eye.
After graduating from Oxford School of Drama, Dominic has gone onto appear in a number of critically acclaimed short films, including NFTS’s Group B, alongside Michael Smiley and Richard Madden. Dominic has truly impressive range and is steadily becoming a reliable, exciting character actor.
Big Wicked | James Graeme
White, middle aged, average height and an affable smile, Big Wicked is a good neighbour, a loving father and an underworld crime boss. His skill and instinct for reading people is what has gotten him this far and has allowed him to assume the character of an upstanding citizen. The break-in on his home initially angers him more because it ruined a good streak- he’d not had anything directly affect him for a long time, but once he composes himself, he deals with it simply by delegating and outsourcing. After all, he’s dealt with much worse in his life than the likes of Man and Bob.
James Graeme boasts top billing performances on the West End, including as THE Phantom of the Opera under Andrew Lloyd Webber. A graduate of Royal Manchester College of Music, Jim was also in Jesus Christ Superstar and Whistle Down the Wind, before heading into a career in front of the camera, since which he has appeared in several award winning short films.
Daughter | Tiger Cohen Towell
Big Wicked’s daughter is starting to become aware of her father’s profession and resents him for it. But his idea of what a daughter should be gets in the way of how Daughter wants to express herself and so she rebels and begins an affair with Ariella; someone he trusts implicitly. But when Ariella vows to kill the man who stole her necklace, Daughter realises she’s in too deep and her teenage rebellion may have sparked a series of events that could lead to someone’s death.
Tiger Cohen Towell is currently studying at Nottingham’s famous TV Workshop. An extremely talented singer, she has appeared on BBC Introducing and was in the iShorts funded short film Wash Club.
Michael & Jack Jobling | Writer/Directors
Before it was a screenplay, Ariella started its life as a short story, written by Jack Jobling. During its long road to development, Michael Jobling studied and graduated from Confetti Institute before making his final year film Anoesis, which has received extremely positive critical acclaim from its audiences and an RTS Student Award. Jack then went on to direct his documentary Bombshell, which focuses on the negative impacts of models in the fashion industry. With a few projects under their belts, Michael and Jack felt it was time to dust off Ariella and go full steam ahead.
"Anoesis, by Nottingham filmmaker Michael Jobling. Of all the short films I’ve seen at Short Stack since its inception, this is one of the finest. A beguilingly simple concept executed with stunning detail and exquisite cinematography, matched with an acute attention to detail with the sound design combined to create a hugely impressive film that I cannot wait to watch again." - Ashley Carter of Left Lion Magazine 2016
Ryan Harvey | Producer
Ryan has been involved with the independent film industry both in front and behind the camera since 2011. Starting in small acting roles in short films like Future Hope and Top Floor by Tom Fegredo, he quickly picked up a pen to begin creating his own stories and later studied Film Production at Confetti in Nottingham. Over the years he's been involved in creating the Notts TV show Sketch Up, producing other Them Pesky Kids projects Bombshell and The Chestnut Effect, continuing his acting career in everything from westerns to comedy, and his directional debut won the Best Student Fiction award at the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival. Still accepting roles from Runner to AD, he is using his extensive knowledge of the film making process to ensure the success of Ariella.
Jack Booth | Director of Photography
He first picked up a camera at 14, shot his first film at 17 and has gradually become a Cinematographer since then, working in corporate video (AppleJack Creative), music videos (City Bird by Bud), and short films (Tuesday Afternoon, Bombshell, Once Upon a Time in Winchester to name a few). As a director, Jack values the importance of storytelling and character over anything else, and so it is this understanding that helps Jack's cinematography 'capture the moment'. He believes that cameras and lighting are important tools that allow the cinematographer to actualize the director's emotional and creative vision.
Have a watch of Jack Booth's showreel
The Rest of the Team
The remainder of the Production Team and Art Department for Ariella are comprised of some of NTU and Confetti’s finest graduates to create a strong and close-knit crew. Gemma Rowe graduated from Confetti in 2015 and has worked with Notts TV ever since and is joining us as Assistant Producer; Amy Thompson will be leading the Art Department and graduates Design for Film and TV this summer having just worked on Disney’s The Beauty and The Beast as a set dresser; Saffron Bramley-Astle recently had her Costume Design graduating piece (a Bowie/Ziggy costume made out of straws) highlighted by the Nottingham Post for its ingenuity and beauty; and Makeup Artist Ellesia Burton joins us having just won a Pierre Rene award for Best Fantasy Makeup with her graduating project for Specialist Hair and Media Makeup! Over the next few weeks we’ll be going into more detail of the great team we’ve assembled over the past few months and the skills they’re bringing to the table for Ariella.
Ariella is the latest project from Nottingham film collective Them Pesky Kids. Formed of Ryan Harvey, Michael Jobling, Oliver Blair and Jack Booth, their aim is to produce unique, challenging and diverse pieces of work, while championing their local art scene, supporting fellow filmmakers, musicians, artists along the way.
THEM PESKY KIDS 2017 SHOWREEL
With your help, however big or small, we can make a film that a lot of people are already involved in because of how much they believe in it. Our aim is to create a film that not only provides a genuine cinematic experience, but also that acts as a springboard for everyone's careers. By helping us make Ariella, you are playing a vital part in the exposure and reach that we know this film is capable of, meaning that the incredible work from our dedicated cast and crew is seen by more people around the world. When we say we're grateful, we mean it.
As for when we're on set, the funds raised will go towards paying our professional actors and covering the catering, travel and accommodation costs for everyone involved. Our Art Department are doing some incredible work during the development stage; the money will cover all the props, set design, costume and location hire so that Ariella will look and feel like a professional production.
As for when we're finished filming, the £10,000 has been budgeted to cover post production services, such as studio sound design and festival submissions.
BREAKDOWN OF COSTS
Absolutely none of the costs go to us, all of the money heads towards the costs of production, and the success of the film following. We heavily believe in paying for our talent, so a big chuck goes towards the actors and making sure their food and travel costs are covered. Next to that the biggest investment goes towards the art department, costumes and locations, making sure that money gets put straight to the screen. Finally the rest of the costs go towards the general running of the production from start to end; office costs, festival submissions, and all operations surrounding the production need to be covered. We believe in this project immensely, as do the crew, so we're giving our time for free throughout. The money, will go towards the film, and making sure it can be seen in all the right places.
We have a huge range of rewards for you if you support us. Anywhere from an Ariella pin badge to becoming an Executive Producer with your own IMDb credit. From the bottom of our hearts, we are so thankful for the generosity, support and positivity that comes from crowdfunding and for that reason, we want to give something back. Take a look down the right of the page to see more about our rewards in detail.
We have been posting a series of production vlogs about our experiences on Ariella so far. Filmmaking is something that is done differently on each project and so we don't want to pretend that we know how to do everything. It is a hugely educational experience and so we want to share with you the challenges and the joys of producing a film in the hope that we can share our experiences with you, gain feedback or even just provide all of you with an insight to how we do things round here!
We regularly post our vlogs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so go check them out and enjoy!
Risks and challenges
Like all films that have been in development for as long as Ariella has, it’s scary to push it to the next stage and show the world what you’ve been working on. But the reason we are are launching our campaign now is because we are ready now. The team around us have either been tried and tested, working with us on many previous projects or they have been highly recommended by fellow filmmakers. We pride ourselves on being able to calmly deal with any problems that may arise; and with filmmaking, any problem that can arise generally will.
But that’s part of the magic of filmmaking. It’s exciting, and new and different everyday.
We have given ourselves plenty of time in between raising the funds and shooting (we will be shooting the film in mid September) so that we can carefully and more creatively spend the budget on the things that matter, taking time with what we spend it on, ensuring that we get the best and most cost effective props, costume and everything else that comes with making a film with a limited budget.
The vast majority of Ariella has already gone through a heavy pre-production process and the director's vision is something that we made sure the crew would be familiar with before undertaking the campaign. Many of the risks and challenges that come with making a film of this scale will be eliminated through us raising the funds. With your help, and a successful campaign, we no longer have to wait for the 'permission' to make this film, meaning that during the two months before shooting, we can comfortably prepare and pre-visualise even the most minute of details of the production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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