(DRAMA) It is 1919. A young boxer has returned from WW1 and must fight in a match he must win at all costs.
Awards: FICTS Milan: Mention d’Honneur; ; East End Film Festival: Shortlisted Best UK Short Film; British Independent Film Festival: Nominated Best Short & Best Cinematography; Underwire London: Nominated Best Producers; Bornshorts Denmark: Nominated Best Narrative Short Film; Hollyshorts Los Angeles: US premiere; Chelsea Film Festival: New York premiere; Portland Film Festival Oregon; FICTS: Azerbaijan and Bergamo.
Writer/Director/Producer: Alexandra Boyd
Cinematographer – Kit Fraser
Music by – James Seymour Brett
Edited by – Matthew McKinnon
Art Direction – John Mackie
Makeup/Hair – Melanie Lenihan
Wardrobe – Gabriella Kovago
Matt Casey – BOXER
Peter Law – REF
Stuart Ryan – OPPONENT
Jim McDonnell – COACH
Alexandra crowdfunded the short film through Indiegogo and every supporter (all 161 – whether they gave £10 or £500) was invited to the premiere screening at BAFTA HQ in Piccadilly in London. Those not able to be there were able to watch the event that streamed live online around the world.
The film stands alone as a short and to date, has been in ten international film festivals.
Interesting info about the making of the film:
The film is shot on the Red EPIC. The camerawork was done on an OMEGA AR rig operated by one of only three guys in the UK able to do it – Simon Wood.
Alexandra wanted to experiment with extreme slow motion, fight choreography (by top stunt co-ordinator Derek Lea) and create a visual tone poem and trailer for her feature length screenplay (The Wilderness) based on the true story of two-time Olympic champion boxer Harry Mallin who one gold in 1920 and 1924.
Matt Casey (Boxer) so committed to his role that when it came to shooting his ‘primal scream’ at the very end of the day, he screamed and cut off the blood supply to his brain for a moment. He passed out and fell back on the canvas, narrowly missing hitting his head on the corner of the ring. It was all caught on super slo motion HD film.