DUELO is an emotional yet aggressive rites-of-passage story set in present day London about Cole, a conflicted young man, who after witnessing the death of his best friend, attempts to find closure on the day of his best fiend funeral but is met with a chain of violent reactions.
Arriving at the funeral home to farewell his life long best friend, Stephen, before the burial procession, Cole is aggressively confronted by his best friend’s grieving brother, Tristan, who believes Cole was responsible for the death.
Leaving the funeral home in anger and frustration, Cole, soul searching, goes on a journey of forgiveness in the gritty London streets tasting the bitterness, indifference and injustice of the world... and in the process, he is going astray.
Inspired by real life event, DUELO follows the tradition of the Greek tragedy aiming to portray the universal theme of Man VS Self through a symbolic, exaggerated and romanticised exploration of the grieving process through a character exploration focused on the ways we deal with trauma and how we overcome it through both physical and emotional pain.
This project, instead of focusing on one aspect of the grieving process, aims to follow the stages of grief in its dramatic structure and work as a love letter to those who have lost someone and have struggled to come to terms with the loss and find inner peace and acceptance.
This way aiming to present this film as a tale with a strong social commentary with a positive message exploring the themes of:
1. Youth violence that is so relevant in today's society.
2. The experience of dealing with trauma after experiencing a traumatic event.
3. The importance of finding self acceptance and empathy during the grieving process.
Through this story, the project aims to comment on and highlight the futility of the both violence and self-inflicted violence and the importance of finding forgiveness and empathy in our society and in ourselves.
This is explored through a character that finds himself mourning a loss stuck in the middle of both the chaos of the outside world and within him.
ECO FRIENDLY PRODUCTION:
This project aims to serve as an example of how film sets can be eco-friendly. According to the UK Government in London alone it is calculated that the audiovisual industry generates the same amount of carbon dioxide as a city with 20,000 inhabitants.
"The screen production industry in London produces around 125,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year - 125,000 tonnes is equivalent to a this excludes distribution and exhibition of films and programmes, or production office travel."
In addition, part of our goal with this production is to reduce our environmental impact and still be able to tell the story we envisioned.
To do this, we have decided to reduce all plastic, products/brands that might have impact on environment and wildlife, and non-recyclable props, costumes, make up, etc. Encouraging reusable materials such as wardrobe, props, water bottles, cups, containers, cutlery.
Similarly, we are aiming to source everything locally, this way aiming to help the local and independent businesses of Norwich for our catering and set design department.
Furthermore, we are aiming to donate 10% of our crowdfunder goal money towards the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. This way, giving back to our environment and contributing to keeping it intact and healthy!
Photo: Norfolk Wildlife Trust
JOIN THE TEAM:
We won't be able to achieve this project without your support and we'd love for you to be part of this journey with us!
With your support we will be able to not only fund this project but also make a positive impact in our environment!
Any donations we will receive will be used for crucial aspects of production and 10% of the earnings will be donated to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust as our way to say thank you to Mother Nature!
The money will have an impact in the production by aiding:
- A fair payment of actors to allow them to execute their jobs in the most professional way.
- Transportation of cast, crew and equipment.
- Catering for cast and crew.
- Props, costumes and set design
- Relevant film festival entry fees where your support will be shown on a big screen!
Should we achieve our initial target of £1500, we hope donate to a noble charitable environmental cause!
Thank you for your time!
- The Crew of DUELO.