- Elf 2017
Eirian Cohen, David Zezulka (executive) for Northern Star Acting
directed by Cameron Prudames
starring Rachel Brownstein, Jack Gunner, Chris Calvert, Mark Cowling, Oliver O'Donnell, Leon Child, Sebastian Roberts, Ben Szymanski
written by Rachel Brownstein, Jack Gunner, Chris Calvert, Mark Cowling, Oliver O'Donnell, Leon Child, Sebastian Roberts, Ben Szymanski
It should have been such an easy job: Mark (Mark Cowling) and Ben (Ben
Szymanski) were to relieve Sebastian (Sebastian Roberts), businessman with
a bit of a gambling habit, of a bag of money by promising him a big deal
... but nothing's for granted in the world of gangsters, as rival crime
kingpin Leon (Leon Child) has set a snitch on them, Brooks (Chris
Calvert), and Brooks is quick to sell all the information he has to D.C.
Larkin (Rachel Brownstein), who has been wanting to take down Mark and Ben
for long now, and she doesn't care much about "following the
rules" anymore - much to the dismay of her partner (Jack Gunner),
whom she blackmails into submission though. Seems like Leon gets what he
wants ... but there's that youth (Oliver O'Donnell), whom Leon has lured
into a life of crime just to have someone to bully - but eventually, that
young man has been bullied beyond breaking point, and he violently demands
his share of that "respect" everybody in gangsterdom is vying
As mentioned, nothing's for granted in the world of gangsters -
and everyone's packing a gun ...
Written by the actors
themselves as part of their Northern Star Acting for Film &
Television course under the guidance of their tutor (and the film's
executive producer) David Zezulka, the short The Deal emerges as an
amazingly solid piece of gangster cinema. Sure, the production values in
this were comparatively low (though they never let down the story), and
don't expect any action setpieces ... but the dialogue is sharp and
precise throughout and does really hold the very complex story together
(complex seeing that the movie's only about 12 minutes long), and the
acting of all of the involved is really first rate, giving the audience a
real feel of the tensity of the story.
Totally worth your while.