COMPLETED PROJECTS

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KATYA - Katya is a about child trafficking and underage sexual exploitation and slavery. Katya an innocent 14 year old girl from a nice family is groomed and led astray by her friend Penka and her boyfriend Radko in Bulgaria, which is the sex trafficking capitol of Europe. Brought to the UK after a long journey she is placed with Irina, a woman who sells virgins through the internet. Disgusted with this life she rebels and is beaten, only to be sold to a street pimp. Her life would on average last 5 years after entering prostitution as a child (we know this from Home Office statistics)

The film has been accepted so far at 8 festivals and won 12 awards from Best Director, Cinematography, Score, Best Short Film and 2 awards for Best Actress to Polly Hales who plays the lead.


Cast:

Katya - Polly Hales

Penka - Fredrica Targett-Parker

Radko - Barnaby Chambers

Irina - Nicky B

Slave Traders- Ventislav Yankov, Dhvel Patel, Dean Kilbey

Girl Prostitutes - Amy Ryan, Mersey Moore

Customer(John) - Matt Couchman


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THE CON GAME

The Con Game is a Contemporary drama thriller film based on a true story about a band of gypsies who come over from Ireland.
This is a heart stopping, upbeat adventure where adversity is trumped by humanity.

The film was selected for CANNES 2016 and won anaward of excellece at Independent Global Shorts USA 2017, An Elevation Film Award for Best Short, 2017 and was selected at the prestigious Richard Harris International Film Festival 2017 in Ireland.

Synopsis

Flynn has to offload a dead body in the back streets of the city.  One of his workers has died and no trail must lead back to him. Unbeknown to him some homelss men are not so drunk as they seem and witness him offloading the body behind some bins. Galbi and Hatcher Sullivan  have to flee Ireland with Skeeter after Hatcher tries to rig bets at a bare knuckle fight. They join uncle Flynn in the UK and help in his driveway business. They are tasked with collecting homeless men to work, but once back at the farm the homeless men are enslaved , given litttle food or wages and beaten into submission.  Greg, an angry young student is searching for the father that abandoned him as a child.  His investigation leads him to the farm.  Taken in as another worker when he poses as a homeless autistic boy he finds life there very different to how he imagined it.  Can he accept the father he finds and can he lead the men to freedom?

 

Research

We discussed gypsy life with a genuine roma gypsy who provided the vardo or old painted gypsy wagon.  We researched Irish gypsy life and spoke to two Irish gypsies.  Speaking to the homeless on the streets of London, begging at the mainline train stations, selling The Big Issue or sleeping on the streets, was an eye opener. Our Director worked on two outreach programmes for the homeless.

The original story was based in Bedfordshire where 40 homeless people were kept and used as slave labour.  Some were there for fourteen years and were bewildered when finally the police arrested the gypsy family who had captured them.  News clips and information is readily available on youtube.  The tv programme My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding provides an insight in modern gypsy life, but we have come to understand that the Irish gypsies who are mostly portrayed  are very different from the Romas.


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 Visitors- Adina, a young girl from Uganda is tricked into coming to UK with the promise of a better life. Maurice "buys" her from a slave trafficker and she is enslaved, locked in a kitchen for 2 years. At first she's a domestic slave but this soon moves onto rape. One day Maurice is drunk and leaves the keys on the kitchen table and Adina manages to get out of the door and run.


Completed August 2016 initially for the UNCHOSEN film festival. Prize Winner at Unchosen Anti Trafficking Charity Film Competition, Selected for 4 other film festivals, short listed twice for best short film.


Cast :

Adina- Mazviona Evelyn Madzima

Jenny - Mel Sanger

Maurice - Mark Rose

Jide - Abraham Popoola

Oda - Davina Cole

Jo - Sarah May-Griffin


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SQUIDGE - The story of a quirky girl with aspergers who meets 50 yr old agorophobic Louie.  An unlikely friendship forms as he sympathises with Abby -Squidge who expresses her feelings through her anime inspired art.

Director Rebekah Fortune

Produced by Seahorse Films in Association with Lumino Films


Squidge or Abby - Elinor Fortune

Dad - Pete Lloyd

Mum- Claire Cage

Louie - John Draycott

Bullies -  Leile Naruo, Melissa Sanger, Kelsey Williams, Zoe Croft

Head Teacher - Jo Ball

Postman - Barry Lewis

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TWO FUNDED SHORT FILMS now on the festival circuit


CRUSHED  WAS SELECTED FOR CANNES and 3 other festivals


We have cast this film from hundreds of applications DAVID FIELDING CD for BBC, film and stage helped to find us the perfect cast.

We are currently in production and here are some photos from the thrilling and disturbing story:


CRUSHED :

A TALE OF A  SECRET MIDDLE CLASS ALCOHOLIC,  A FAMILY DAMAGED BY ABUSE, BROKEN PROMISES AND DREAMS

Cast:

Emily Pinkerton - Jo Ball

Giles Pinkerton   - Daniel O'Meara

Leah Pinkerton    - Hannah Rae

Tom Riley           - Conor Gordon

Sarah Daniels      - Sharon Lawrence



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CRUSHED TRAILER

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UNCHAINED:

A TALE OF A MENTALLY ILL MOTHER WHO IN HER OWN MIND IS PROTECTING HER DAUGHTERS BUT HER ILLNESS LEAVES HER UNABLE TO COPE,  WITH DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES.


Vanessa - Abigail Harrison

Rosie - Lila Heller

Becca - Georgia Pemberton

PC Blakelock - Alastair Greener

Susan Warren-Meyer - Susan Meyer

 

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LITTLE RED AND THE WOOLFE

SHORT FILM - LITTLE RED - on the festival circuit


Little Red is a modern adult version of Little Red Riding Hood.  Jenny Hood has to visit her Grandma who has alzheimers and Mrs Wolfe the evil social worker has designs on Grandma's money.  She aims to change her will, inherit her money and get the old lady locked away into in a care home.  Along with her accomplice the Nurse she is annoyed by Little Red's appearance and plans to have her removed by her husband Mr Wolfe.  But will Little Red survive, can her mother rescue her in time and will they save Grandma?  Deals with some of the problems of alzheimers.

 

 

 

PHOTOS FROM LITTLE RED - POLLY HALES AS JENNY HOOD,  LIZ MENTE-BISHOP AS MRS HOOD, AUSTIN SYMONDS AS THE WOLFMAN, DONNA COMBE AS MRS WOLFE,

LOUISE GREEN AS NURSE JOY BROWN and APPLE BROOKE AS GRANDMA

 

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BLACKBERRY GIRL - SHORT FILM - A STORY - ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GIRL ADDICTED TO HER PHONE.

This music video was the second film ever made by Lumino Films and received around 120,000 hits on youtube so far. Music by Alex Hope

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