The Final Chapter of Madness
A washed-up journalist desperate for a meaty scoop, secures a killer interview with a murderer of questionable taste. Now he's worried he's bitten off more than he can chew.
The Final Chapter of Madness
Washed-up Courtney Piggott fancies himself as the pinnacle of investigative journalism. Having broken the story on killer Compton Graves, he is granted an interview which he hopes will reveal further victims. But Compton's ability to anticipate his interviewer’s every manoeuvre puts him in control from the get-go, much to his adversary’s frustration.
It is a tale of revenge that explores a value in lacking remorse and renouncing redemption; and examines what it means to be, and who is, truly innocent or guilty.
We are seeking to raise £5000 to cover the cost of the location, cast & crew, equipment, props & wardrobe, travel, accommodation & food, post-production and film festival submissions.
So, we are reaching out to you; inviting you to be a part of our phenomenal team. We are working our hardest to make this dream become a reality, but we simply cannot do it without your help. Your contribution counts, so browse the list to see how much you can really make a difference.
The story takes place in a criminal ayslum in the city of LaPorte.
LaPorte exists in a retro-futuristic dystopia; a world created from fusion, anchored in the early-Edwardian era, littered with anachronisms. The populace live under an authoritarian government, within which corruption runs deep, and the exploitation of the people is rife.
While this outside world will not be realised in the film, it matters to its tone and style and to the telling of the story.
Due to the loss of our original location, we are now looking for something similar - a cell, a dungeon, a basement or vault. If anyone can help or knows anyone who may be able to provide this at a reasonable cost, we would be delighted to hear form you.
Below is a video of the original location and a couple of reference pictures.
The look, colour and feel of the film will be designed to flow in tandem with the journey of the the story's primary protagonist, Courtney Piggott. Beginning with a warmth to resemble Courtney's comfort in achieving his objective, then melting into a cooler green as that confidence fades, turning to hope, and ending in a frosty blue when nothing else for him remains.
The film will feel just old enough to capture the essence of steampunk, even harking back the the black & white world of film noir or the Ealing comedies.
Our amazing team has a wealth of experience behind them; and their passion, focus and dedication will drive this film to its rightful success. Meet the Final Chapter's beating heart...
Stuart has been a professional actor for 22 years, starring in 80 commercials worldwide, theatre, TV (Casualty, Doctors, Red Cap) and in independent films. He has written 3 plays, all produced in London theatres, and a handful of screenplays at various stages of production. With his wife, Sophia, they established RADAR SCREEN, as a means to produce those films.
Howy is a multiple award-winning actor and writer. He graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BA Hons in Drama with English Literature and graduated from the International School of Screen Acting with a diploma in Screen Acting. Howy joined forces with his long-time friend, Peter Morrell, to create PARTY HARD FILMS.
Passionate. Ethical. Dedicated. Peter is an award-winning British director with over a decade of commercials, music videos and promos behind him. He is passionate about collaborating on ethical projects and dedicated to being part of the change that makes our world a better place for all. When it comes to exploring narrative work, he collaborates with Howy Bratherton under the banner PARTY HARD FILMS.
Sophia has been an actress & voice artist for over a decade. From a lead role in The Zombie Diaries to voicing a sweet character in Luc Besson's animated feature film, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, Sophia has gained experience across the mediums, and continues to learn from the best talent in the business. In addition acting, Sophia has turned her hand to producing films with RADAR SCREEN.
Grant is formerly a professional actor, writer and now turned producer with a wealth of experience, who trained at Harrogate College of Arts and Technology and Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama from which he graduated with a BA (Hons) Acting. He looks forward to collaborating with his long-time friend Stuart Mackie Ellis and RADAR SCREEN / PARTY HARD FILMS.
Dann is a London-based DOP who has shot a wide variety of Commercials for top brands such as Thomas Cook, Odeon, BT/EE and Dyson; award winning short films; episodic television for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV; and most recently feature film "Manfish". Dann is a DOP with a unique breadth of experience and talent and throws his all into every project he’s involved in. Dann is represented by Screen Talent Agency.
Matthew a musician, sound designer and audio-visual artist. He developed his own unique style using a wide palette of sounds and experimenting with studio techniques and vintage synthesisers. He played in rock bands as a teenager before discovering the possibilities of using the recording studio as a tool for creating his own music.
Alex is a sound designer and musician and started recording sound on his parents reel-to-reel machine at the age of six. He spent over 10 years as a Sound Consultant to the film industry, providing services for over 200 feature films and commercials, including The Beach, High Fidelity, 28 Days Later and Shaun Of The Dead. In 2016 he won Best Sound for his work on the first season of a hit web series and was nominated for Best Sound in the same year by the Royal Television Society. In 2020 he won Best Sound for his work on a London-based short film dealing with mental health issues. he's not working on film projects he enjoys writing, music, and exploring.
Radar Screen was established by Stuart and Sophia Mackie Ellis as a means to produce new and exciting films. [Official Site]
Founded by Howy Bratherton and Peter Morrell, the award-winning Party Hard Films is behind some amazing work including The Job and Buzz, Buzz, Buzz. [Official Site]
This is the first co-production between the two.
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Elaine Ridealgh-Bradshaw, Jim & Irene Mackie, Chris & Carolyn Hendry, Amy & Daniel Harrison, Bobby & Jean Mackie, Lynne & Dan MacInnes, Claire Newby, Lorna Wong, Giles Alderson, Chris Stock, Katy Holt, Karen & Jeremy Morton Morton, Lee Bailes, Lydia & Andy Taylor, Claire Borropw, Val & George Murphy, Joey Jex, Margaret Anderson, Charles & Lorna Docherty, Heath Woodward, Nance Turner, Chris & Marce Ellis, Craig & Leigh Mackie, David & Stephanie Mackie, Kyle Sparks and Dan Wills.