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'Rescue Me' explores the human side of the European Economic Crisis through the eyes of one of its victims.

Rescue Me is a film about experiencing loss. It is inspired by the true story of a man who committed suicide just before the police arrived at his home to evict him. Visually, it is a symbolic film told from the point of view of this man's daughter, Laura, who is in London chasing after her own dreams. There is a dance sequence at the core of the story and both the music and the dancing play an important part in the symbolism of the film.

Rescue Me
Rescue Me

Synopsis:

Laura and Elena are two young girls working in menial jobs in London, while trying to improve their English. Its Monday morning rush hour and the girls are distributing free newspapers to commuters in the City. As they walk around, they come across a group of dancers rehearsing in the open air. For Laura and Elena, tired of working non-stop, looking at the ballerinas is like watching a live show for free. They are entranced. It feels dreamy and otherworldly. In a way, they wish they could be them. But everything is about to change,all it takes is a phone call from Spain. Suddenly, the innocent dancers mutate into a group of greedy and powerful speculators who benefit from the social crisis affecting thousands of vulnerable people around the world. Laura's dad is one of them. 

Why do we want to make the film?

This is the first film made by an European filmmaker about the E.U crisis. It is an important story which is happening as we speak. In many parts of Europe, people are being evicted from their homes daily. We are on their side and that is why we have decided to make this film, as a homage to those who are already gone because of their struggle when they lost everything. 

Team

We put a great team together, people who are passionate and dedicated to the project:

Amancay Tapia: Director/Screenwriter

Director/ Screenwriter, Amancay Tapia at the Cannes Film Festival
Director/ Screenwriter, Amancay Tapia at the Cannes Film Festival

Amancay is the director of the feature film "Campo de batalla" (Battlefield) which was commercially released in Bolivia, Colombia and Spain. She has directed over five short films as well as commercial promos which have travelled to international film festivals worldwide such as Berlin and San Sebastian. 

Maggie Gogler: Producer 

Producer, Maggie Gogler at the 56th BFI London Film Festival
Producer, Maggie Gogler at the 56th BFI London Film Festival

Maggie is a Freelance Independent Film Producer/ Associate Producer. She is passionate about films and theatre. Maggie particularly supports independent films. She runs a blog www.viewofthearts.com dedicated to films, theatre, literature and art. She thinks that it is paramount to relay the importance of the upcoming short film and show people that we care. 

Phil Moreton: Cinematographer 

Phil Moreton, Cinematographer
Phil Moreton, Cinematographer

Phil's experience in the film industry started at a young age as runner on Oliver Stone’s “Alexander”. He then began work as a freelance assistant editor. Later he worked as a research cameraman for various Soho production companies. His passion led him to take a degree in the moving image, eventually specializing in Cinematography and graduating from the NFTS (National Film & Television School). Credits as a cinematographer include shooting a documentary out in Malawi with Duncan Bannatyne of BBC’s Dragon’s Den and a commercial with director Oliver Stone for a leading video hosting company called Vzaar.Phil is committed to creating the right aesthetic quality for a film, dependent on the individual vision of a director. http://www.philmoreton.09productions.com/index.html#

Austin Staton: Choreographer

Choreographer Austin Staton
Choreographer Austin Staton

Austin Staton is a Choreographer whose work has featured in the BBC "Let's Dance" for Sport Relief amongst others. He trained as a dancer/choreographer at the prestigious Cambridge Performing Arts at Bodyworks Company. He works predominately in acting and choreography and has worked in a variety of productions in film,television, commercials, music videos and stage. Austin has a great understanding of filmmaking and he is working closely with the director in creating a very challenging choreography inspired in the works of Pina Bausch. He has a very challenging task ahead of him but a great talent too.

Jack Goodenday: Composer 

Composer, Jack Goodenday
Composer, Jack Goodenday

Jack is a young composer whose passion for creating the best music for Films, TV and Commercial has no limits. His most recent success includes involvement as a programmer of music for the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Wrath of the Titans'. He also worked alongside music composers such as Jody Jenkins and Javier Navarrete (Oscar nominee 2007). We are delighted to welcome Jack into our team http://www.jackgoodenday.com/

CASTING

Tallulah Sheffield: Lead Actress (Laura)

Tallulah Sheffield
Tallulah Sheffield

Tallulah's film credits include "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" based on Oscar Wilde's novel, starring Ben Barnes, Colin Firth and Fiona Shaw. In 2006 Sheffield was chosen to be in Coca- Cola ‘Lift’ commercial. Marking the return of TV’s Diet Coke Break ‘hunk’ ads after a six-year absence from our screens. In 2007 she made her Television debut in BBC’s Jekyll with James Nesbitt. Her next TV project was Plus One, for Channel 4, alongside Nigel Harmon, Daniel Mays and Duncan James.

Tallulah trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The New York Film Academy.
LAMDA Examinations 1997 - 2001: Grades 3-8 (Honours), Bronze Medal, Silver Medal (Distinction)

Daniel Uppal: Dancer/Performer 

Daniel began training professionally when he won the UK under 18 freestyle dance championships in 2004. His impressive credits as a dancer include the London West End Productions of Flashdance,Thriller and Aladdin. He was also a Recording Artist in Rihanna Gone Bad UK tour.

Amanda Truman: Dancer/Performer

Theatre credits: Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, I Have a Dream Television includes: Neon ‘Pricey’ music video. David Van Day, ‘Rich and Famous’ music video, Sky1 Ident, ‘Strictly Ballroom,’ Viral Ident 'Saffire HD. Film: Seven Dancing Princess’s, ROM.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Sophie Ellwood: Casting Director 

Casting Director, Sophie Ellwood
Casting Director, Sophie Ellwood

Sophie first discovered her love for casting when she was put in charge of finding an actress for the lead role in a short film. Since then, she has worked on casting extras for a short film directed by David Leon, and assisted the casting director of an exciting feature film due to be released in 2014. Outside of casting, Sophie also works as a production assistant and as a writer. 

Jo Gewirtz: Production Manager 

Production Manager, Jo Gewirtz
Production Manager, Jo Gewirtz

Jo built a successful theatre company ‘Schmucks Theatre’. She also owns the production company ‘Schmucks Pictures’. She worked as a Production Assistant, Editor, 1st AD, Producer and Videographer. She currently works for Unusuality Productions as a PR and social media intern, and promotes the company’s slate of film projects and inaugural London Let’s All Be Free Film Festival. She also graduated from the New York Film Academy in 2009.

Roxy Simons: Assistant 

Assistant, Roxy  Simons at the 32nd London Critics' Film Awards with Jean Dujardin
Assistant, Roxy Simons at the 32nd London Critics' Film Awards with Jean Dujardin

Roxy is a criminology student whose film knowledge is very impressive. She is an expert on silent cinema, Charlie Chaplin especially. She is an editor and reviewer for View of the Arts.

What we will do with your hard earned money:

We would like to let you know that the cast and most of the crew will be working for free on the film. The money we raise will go towards the production and post-production costs.This includes permits, insurance, renting of equipment,renting of space for dancers and choreographer to rehearse,  transport and hiring of studio to do our sound mix. We want to make the best short possible and to do that we need your help and generous contribution.

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We are hoping to start shooting the film in late February/early March 2013. We are working very hard organizing the shooting, finding the right locations, sorting out the permits and insurance as well as putting together the best team possible. Dealing with paperwork and people behind desks may cause delays in filming as well as the English weather.

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