SHORT FILM – FAITHLESS
About this project
FAITHLESS is a dark thriller that explores the tough subjects of; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), suicide, and the lengths a parent will travel to get redemption for the death of their child.
This campaign is to help us shoot a proof of concept, although it will be a short film in it’s own right, it’s intention will be to show the industry it’s potential as a feature film. This is how some of our favourite feature films were born, films such as ‘300’, ‘Sin City’, and ‘District 9’. A powerful set of scenes are chosen from the main body of the script and shot to demonstrate to future investors that the film has a place in the market. Which we believe it has.
It’s an intense character driven thriller combining traditional thriller elements interwoven with a noir feel to accentuate the starkness. Think along the lines of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Mystic River, Prisoners, Chinatown, The Third Man and you’re in the realms of possibility.
And just like those great films, Faithless is an original story with great characters that are instantly recognisable but also intriguing and mysterious, allowing us to enjoy the journey.
The film has been written by Steve McCarten a producer of several shorts and corporate projects and an actor from stage and screen with several feature film and television credits to his name and James Dwyer a screenwriter and a Blog Awards Winner.
Steve’s dream has always been to direct feature films and now he’s going to make that happen. To help achieve this, he has been mentored by the BAFTA-nominated and accomplished film maker in his own right, Tim Clague. Tim recently celebrated the release of his own feature film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg which premiered at the British Film Institute sponsored London Film Festival. Steve is further being mentored by the astute Suki Singh director of high profile television commercials and award winning feature films ‘Emulsion’ and ‘Olive Green’.
Furthermore, the script for Faithless has undergone intense scrutiny from the wonderful Danny Stack. Alongside his own writing/directing career, Danny Stack is a script consultant, and has previously worked as a script reader for a variety of film companies including Working Title, Pathe, Miramax (Harvey Weinstein era) and the UK Film Council, to name but a few. He was development script editor for the British film, The Man Inside, starring Peter Mullan (2012), and he script edited the Irish-language feature film Kings starring Colm Meaney (2007).
Having already had a hugely successful kickstarter campaign (thanks guys!) (kickstarter.com/projects/1253032189/faithless-a-steve-mccarten-film) we need your help again. With the length of our short film changing from having a running time of under 10 minutes to now being 20 minutes – the cost of production (5 shoot days) and post production will sadly rise and we need your help, in whatever form that may be, to make this production happen.
We are now seeking the production funding to shoot the film in September 2016. We have locked in our shooting dates 11th – 15th September 2016 and now just need the last bit of funding to secure the filming goes as planned to keep it at the level that the industry expects.
With your help this can be a film every single one of us can be proud to be a part of.
Donations of course are the most direct way to help us out, but there’s another way you can help us: Just by Spreading the Word! Tell your friends about the Kickstarter by sharing the link below. Tell your family! Tell your neighbours, hell, tell your neighbours dog!
Show them that you’ve pledged your support and we’ll do the same! From £5 to £1,000, we’ve got a perk to fit your comfort level. Your pledge is greatly appreciated and we cannot thank you enough for helping us make this fantastic film!
If you own a business and would like to become a sponsor, we have perks for that, too!!
With a combination of our own money, existing resources, generosity of the crew (and the Kickstarter funds), we can meet the required budget.
For the past few months the Faithless team has been slaving away. Securing locations, crew and most importantly attaching an amazing cast.
We can now confirm we have:
Sean Gilder – Det. McIlveny
Starring Sean Gilder as Det McIlveny. Sean has been a stage and screen actor for over 30 years. Recent projects include: The new series of Our Girl, The Last Kingdom, Penny Dreadful and the title role in the multi award winning film The Selfish Giant. Favourite others include a year performing in Chemirica, the mulit award winning play by Lucy Kirkwood, another award winning series for the BBC, The Shadowline by Hugo Blick, a very memorable cameo in Doctor Who Xmas Special as the Sycorax Leader and to many he will always be associated with his Paddy Maguire in Shameless. He begins shooting on Poldark this Autumn. Sean will bring an immense level of knowledge and professionalism to the production that demands it will be filmed to the highest of standards.
Television Credits Include:
Poldark (upcoming), Our Girl, Penny Dreadful 3, Jericho, Vera, The Last Kingdom, Sons of Liberty, Silent Witness, Them From That Thing, Monroe, Kidnap and Ransom, Inspector George Gently, Treasure Island, The Shadow Line, Shameless, Life on Mars, New Tricks, Doctor Who Xmas Special, Hornblower plus many more.
Film Credits Include:
The Selfish Giant, The Fall, Rabbit on the Moon, King Arthur, AKA, Gangs of New York, Honest, Dual Balls, Clancy’s Kitchen, The Innocent Sleep, plus many more.
Theatre Credits Include:
The Duchess of Malfi (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Chimerica (Almeida Theatre and West End), Enemies (Almedia Theatre), The Earthly Paradise (Almedia Theatre) , A Midsummer Night’s Dream (U.S. Tour), Little Malcolm and his Struggle against the Eunuchs (Hampstead & Comedy Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Exchange Theatre), Our Boys (Cockpit & Donmar Theatre), Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Coriolanus & A Winters Tale (English Shakespeare Co: West End / World Tour) plus many more.
Jake Davies – OLIVER
Jake recently won the Evening Standard Rising Star Award and is one of the UK’s hottest young talents. We are absolutely stoked to have him on board.
Jake Davies trained at The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Theatre includes Barbarians (West End); Yen (Manchester Royal Exchange); Friend or Foe (Mercury Theatre Colchester), The Jungle Book (Glasgow Citz), The Good Person Of Szechuan (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Beautiful Thing (West End and UK Tour), London Wall (The Finborough), Something for the Winter (Southwark Playhouse), Foster (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Overkill (The Warehouse Theatre), After the Storm (Fairfield Halls and Bloomsbury Theatre), Peter Pan (The Churchill Theatre), Guys and Dolls, Animal Farm, The Vackees (The Bob Hope Theatre).
Television includes The Missing II (BBC/Starz); Silent Witness (BBC); Cyber Bully (Channel 4) alongside Maisie Williams of Game Of Thrones, A Mother’s Son, Bad Education, Holby City and Call the Midwife.
Film includes X+Y, Leave to Remain, Charlie Says and Volume.
Jack Gordon – GEORGE
Jack trained at RADA.
Theatre credits include: COSMIC FEAR OR THE DAY BRAD PITT GOT PARANOIA (Empty Deck/INCOMING Festival: New Diorama Theatre/Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016); ANT STREET (Arcola Theatre); ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE (Cheek By Jowl/Barbican/World Tour); TENDER NAPALM (Southwark Playhouse/Supporting Wall); LULU (Gate Theatre); WAR HORSE (National Theatre/West End); DNA (National Theatre); THE MIRACLE (National Theatre); THE CAR CEMETERY (Gate Theatre London); ROMEO AND JULIET (Battersea Arts Centre); TIS’ PITY SHE’S A WHORE (CHEEK BY JOWL) :INCOMPLETE AND RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS (RADA); RABBIT (RADA); SCENES FROM THE BIG PICTURE (RADA); THE DOUBLE DEALER (RADA); CARMEN 1936 (RADA); THARK (RADA); THE DUCHESS OF MALFI (RADA); THROUGH THE SHADOWS WITH O’HENRY (RADA); ODYSSEUS (RADA); AS YOU LIKE IT (RADA); A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (RADA).
Film credits include: THE HAND OF THE CREATOR (Nothing But Fiction Films); KIVITOQ (Fischer Film); A ROYAL NIGHT OUT (Ecosse Films); ARTIFICIAL HORIZON (Megatopia Films); THE RULES OF THE GAME (Lex Filmed Entertainment); THE BODY (Ten Cent Adventures); LOVE ME DO (Island Peak Films); NORTHERN SOUL (Stubborn Heart Productions); TRUTH OR DIE (Corona Pictures); LIFE JUST IS (Life Just Is Ltd); PANIC BUTTON (All2gethr Ltd); CAPTAIN AMERICA (Vita Ray Productions UK Ltd); THE DEVIL’S BUSINESS (SHH Films); IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE (Bend It Films/Hanway Films); FISH TANK (Kasander Productions); HEARTLESS (Starlight Places/Crossday Productions); WRONG TURN 3: LEFT FOR DEAD (20th Century Fox).
Television credits include: NEW BLOOD (Eleventh Hour Films/BBC); THE CRIMSON FIELD (BBC); THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (BBC); THE CURFEW Online (Littleloud/Channel 4); LAW AND ORDER – UK (Kudos/ITV); EASTENDERS (BBC); THE BILL (ITV); PRIMEVAL Series 3 (Impossible Pictures); LEWIS Series 2: AND THE MOONBEAMS KISS THE SEA (ITV).
Jack is a seasoned pro with substantial Theatre, Film & TV credits to his name, especially for such a young actor. He will bring hard work and dedication to the role of GEORGE, the older brother to OLIVER.
Thanks for your continued support and for stopping by. Remember to share, share, share.
From everyone on the team, a massive thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Risks and challenges
Of course with any project, risks and challenges can appear, however, with the industry professionals and the 3 month preproduction period we’ve had to schedule and organise the shoot, we are fully confident of delivering a solid project that everyone will be proud to be a part of.