Straight Edge

by mishavertkin in Exeter

Straight Edge
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On 8th June 2015 we successfully raised £5,520 with 11 supporters in 28 days

A BFI and Creative England funded short film set in the world of Straight-Edge-Pop-Punks, which is as ridiculous as it sounds.

by mishavertkin in Exeter

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The Project

Straight Edge is BFI/Creative England funded short dramedy set in the picturesque hills of Devon about the not-so-picturesque Pop Punk movement. Think Larry Clarke's Kids meets This Is England with a non-stop energy that doesn't let up.

The film follows Dan and his best friend, Louisa, who blindly follow their idol, Craig, into dangerous terroritory that will only end in tears.

I wrote this film for all the people who have been sucked into a sub-culture and spat out the other side, clinging onto their battered identity as it's spun around by a swarm of contradications. When you're growing up and have no idea who you are, the punks/goths/greebos/chavs/emos/hipsters/etc seem really inviting. I want to celebrate them, yet also explore the pitfalls in what is, ultimately, the most perfect training ground for self-discovery.

"Ambitious, smart and even a little bit scary"

Henry Barnes, The Guardian (on the director's previous work)

The Team

We're fortunate enough to be working with an incredibly talented team who are 100% committed to making the best (only) Straight-Edge-Pop-Punk film that has ever been made. Here's a sneak preview at all of their wonderful credentials:

Misha Vertkin

Misha has won awards for his directing and producing work from the BFI (Best Fiction Film) and Encounters Film Festival (Emerging Talent), as well as being named in The Guardian as one of 'Five To Watch' by Henry Barnes. His first feature film is currently in post-production.

Jack Sidey (Producer)

Jack has worked at Working Title Films for the past six years where he is now the Production Supervisor across their slate of movies. Recent credits include: Hail Casar, Legend, Everest, Trash and The Theory of Everything. He has also produced musiv videos, comedy sketched for FunnyorDie, infomercials for the World Health Organisation and, most recently, two short films: Caroline Harvey's Emily; and Ben Ockrent and Jake Russell's Winds of Change, currently in post-production.

Nick Hatton (Producer)

Nick is the Production Executive at Big Talk Pictures and has most recently overseen the production of Sacha Baron Cohen's latest project Grimsby. He has worked both in-house and as a freelancer for companies and projects in the UK and the US. These include Working Title Films, Disney-ABC Television, Les Miserables, Anna Karenina, Lost and Desperate Housewives.

Emily Leach (Line Producer)

Emily has spent the past 3 years working as a director's assistant on films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Spectre.

Patrick Jonsson (Composer)

Patrick scored the Oscar-nominated Virunga, which was executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as films that have premiered at Cannes as part of Un Certain Regard.

What will your money will buy?

We're really not asking for much, but anything you can give will go towards any number of the following:

  • Kit
  • Cast
  • Crew
  • Locations
  • Logistics
  • Accommodation
  • Tattoos (and lots of them!)
  • Catering
  • And all the little bits and pieces you forget along the way (mainly lots of gaffer tape)

Thank you for sticking around!

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