Deadly Virtues was the first film from the newly relaunched Raw Talent – the production arm of the Raindance Film Festival.
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Late Friday night. A mysterious Man silently enters a couple’s house using a clandestine key. He finds the couple in their bedroom, overpowers the them and binds them in intricate Japanese inspired bondage knots. The husband, Tom is then dragged into the bathroom where he is systematically tortured.
The wife, Alison, is too frightened to resist the Man. She’s terrified the Man will murder her husband and sexually abuse her.
The Man is in no hurry. He has time on his side – all weekend.
The Man plays a series of mind games – each one bringing the husband and wife closer together, united and paralysed in fear. Or are they? The Man forces them to cross moral barriers and strips them bare.
The Man confronts the couple with their sordid secrets. Husband Tom has had a real hold over his wife. He has been subjected Alison to a series of sexual rituals against her will. He is also holding his own dark secret – a secret the mysterious man knows.
The question is who will Alison side with? And to what extent do we, the audience believe in justice?
Director Ate de Jong: “The script was so scary and haunting, I couldn’t stop reading. And after I finished I changed the locks on my door. Then I looked in the mirror and wondered, how much in me is Tom, how much the intruder?
Deadly Virtues Now Available to Rent or Buy!
Deadly Virtues launched to buy or rent on September 28, 2015. It can be purchased at your local Asda or Tesco as a DVD, or if online is more your thing, you can order it from Amazon. It’s also available as a digital download from iTunes. If you’d prefer to rent you can do that to – it’ll cost you just £3.49 from the iTunes store. Bargain!
The stellar cast who brought the characters to life:
Edward Akrout was born in Paris, from a Franco-British Mother and a Tunisian Father. He grew up in France and then lived in different countries, including Romania and throughout Latin America . After training in theatre at Le Cours Florent and studying philosophy at The Sorbonne in Paris he moved to London where he studied acting at LAMDA. Since graduating in 2008, Edward has worked regularly in theatre, film and television. He has worked everywhere from the West-End, to the BBC and HBO, along with many independent and Hollywood films. He is the grandson of Air Commodore Anthony Norman Davis DSO DFC a British Royal Air Force officer who served as a pilot during the Second World War.
Matt Barber graduated from the Bristol Old Vic theatre school in 2007. By 2008 he was playing a leading role in Peter Hall’s Pygmalion, both at the Old Vic and on the International Tour. He has since gone on to have a consistently busy stage and screen career, including starring roles in Jonathan Kent’s The Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne and The Other Wife for ZDF in 2012, the title role in Edward II at the Rose Theatre in 2011. He has also been a part of Being Human and Bert and Dickie for the BBC and the upcoming NBC/ Sky Drama Dracula as well as a number of other film, television and theatre projects.
Megan Maczko graduated from the University of Michigan and the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Following her graduation, American actress Megan made her feature film debut in Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles. She played the leading role in the feature The Ninth Cloud opposite Michael Madsen & Jean-Hugues Anglade, which played numerous film festivals in the U.S. and Europe. She also appeared in London’s West End in The Misanthrope.
The behind the scenes team without whom Deadly Virtues would never have happened:
Ate de Jong: Director
Ate studied at the Filmacademy of Amsterdam from 1970 to 1974. He also studied philosophy. From 1976 to 1986 he directed 6 feature films in The Netherlands including A Flight of Rainbirds, Burning Love and Shadow of Victory.
In 1986 Ate de Jong moved to Hollywood. His first directing assignment was an episode of Miami Vice. He directed two US feature films: Highway to Hell (starring Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Gilbert Gotfried and Ben Stiller) and the cult classic Drop Dead Fred (starring Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Carrie Fisher, Marsha Mason and Bridget Fonda).
Since 1994 he has been working out of London. Most notably he directed the European co-production All Men Are Mortal (starring Stephen Rea) based on the book of Simone de Beauvoir and more recently the sexy thriller Fogbound (starring Luke Perry and Ben Daniels). He is an experienced producer with several international pictures under his belt including Left Luggage with Isabella Rossellini and Maximilian Schell, The Discovery Of Heaven (Stephen Fry) and ENIGMA starring Kate Winslet, co-produced with Mick Jagger.
In 2008 Ate de Jong moved back to Amsterdam. He became Intendant at the Dutch Filmfund and acting director of The Binger Filmlab. Since Sept 2010 Ate has returned to producing and directing and is one of the Benelux’s most exciting cult directors and is known for his work with actors and screenwriters.
Ate de Jong brings to Deadly Virtues a rare combination of directing and producing experience to this project. His work as a director in the 1990’s earned him kudos as well as the status of cult director ranking as one of Europe’s finest.
Mark Rogers: Screenwriter
Elliot Grove: Producer
Elliot Grove is widely acknowledged as having launched truly independent filmmaking in the UK. He founded the Raindance Film Festival in 1993 and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films.
He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. He has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writer’s Lab 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), Raindance Producer’s Lab (Focal Press 2004) and 130 Projects To Get You Into Filmmaking Barrons 2009). His novel Bandit Queen is due to be published soon.
He was awarded a PhD in 2009 and launched the Raindance postgraduate independent film degree.
Elisar Cabrera: Producer
Elisar has over 20 years in the film and television industry. He has produced three feature length films, directed television entertainment and was instrumental in bringing British wrestling back to British TV screens. He has experience in home video distribution and has over 17 years experience in the international sales of feature films and TV dramas. He sat on the Board of Directors of the New Producers Alliance in the 1990s and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Film Export UK, an industry body representing the UK international sales sector.
Elisar also has taught feature film marketing and selling at Raindance, London Film Festival and the National Film and TV School. He currently heads Raindance Film Festival’s new feature film production and distribution division.
Elisar possesses a unique blend of production and marketing experience and brings these skills to Deadly Virtues. He is also an expert in social media and possesses a little black book filled with an impressive insider list of the top distributors in the world. A useful blend and a terrific can-do attitude make Elisar an exciting producer to work with.
Zoran Veljkovic: Director of Photography
Zoran was classically trained in Eastern Europe where he studied the art and craft of cinematography with leading European filmmakers.
A DP since 1985, Zoran has assembled a serious body of work . His feature films have won BAFTA, Raindance and EMI nominations as well as prestigious festival awards in America, the UK, Italy, Spain, Japan, Holland and Yugoslavia.
Zoran’s rigorous early training enables him to push the envelope of modern technologies. He is constantly in demand and easily moves between the worlds of features, dramas, commercials, and TV series. Since 1991 Zoran has lived in London. When Zoran agreed to work on Deadly Virtues. for nothing, a whoop went around the office. Zoran is known internationally for his creative and scientific approach to cinematography, his innovative techniques and his ability to inspire his co-collaborators.
Jason Rayment: Editor
Jason runs his own boutique Post Production facilities in SE London, Aurora Digital Post offering complete post-production services for independent feature productions. As such Jason now has been attached to edit three feature films and two TV series.
He cut his teeth at the deep end of film production by way of his own first feature that went on to be nominated no less than 4 times in one festival pitted against George Clooney’s Playground. His second feature as editor, British indie horror Community, went on to gain distribution deals around the world first appearing at Film 4 Frightfest.
Jason’s academic background is steeped in the creative arts, from attaining a 1st with Honours for a BA in Digital Art & Animation he brought a sense of cinematic storytelling and wonderment to animation where two pieces of work was covered separately out of a total of four entries in the same issue of Dazed & Confused Arts Magazine having been anonymously selected from a pool of the top 6000 graduation students in the field.
Between graduating and starting his scholarship for an MA in Film Production Jason worked in a boutique production studio in Ealing where he was quickly offered a creative partnership. Deciding to further his education Jason instead went on to graduate his MA course with a submission of a short feature film that subsequently turned into his first feature.
Jason brings a rare blend of creativity, craftsmanship and commercial sensibility to Deadly Virtues.
Lara Doree: Line Producer
We’re so proud of how Deadly Virtues came together. Led by the creative and inspiring Ate de Jong, the performances of Edward, Matt and Megan came together wonderfully with Mark’s script and the fantastic efforts of the entire technical team to create a film that has provoked discussion among those who’ve seen it.
Ain’t it Cool News thought it was “a horribly and finely nuanced examination of hurt, anger and love“
Scream Horror Magazine felt “this sexually charged genre mash-up will keep you bound and restrained, and maybe even begging for more“
Twitch Film called it “lean, mean and surprising“