Thirty year old Joe Ridley meets Elly, the
woman of his dreams. They should live happily ever after, shouldn't
they? As Joe and Elly's relationship develops, he finds it increasingly
difficult to hide the dark thoughts tormenting his mind. In a refreshing
change of pace, the story presents us with depression from the
"Hi" side as well as the "Lo."
James Kermack writes from personal experience and delves into aspects of depression not previously seen on screen. As the euphoria of love meets the despair of a reconciled past, Hi-Lo Joe explores a man who lives in two worlds - when they finally collide, we can only watch and see which side will emerge at the finish line. Check the teaser below.
Why we are making this Film:
This campaign is important to James Kermack, as having lived with depression himself for 20 years, he has written this script from experience.
Depression and mental health are still not talked about as much as it should be. But the statistics speak for themselves.
a) It's likely we all work with at least one person suffering from a mental health problem.
b) 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
c) 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.
d) People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.
e) 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
By helping fund our film, you will not only contribute to the film's production, you will be a part of the outreach to those who suffer from the effects of depression.
We have been very lucky to have assembled such a fantastic and experienced cast and crew, all of whom have come on board for the most minimal fee, based on the strength of the project.
Check out or website for more information: www.hilojoe2014.com
GETHIN ANTHONY as ALEX
Renly Baratheon in Game Of Thrones (HBO)
AMY BAILEY as SARAH
FILM AND TV INCLUDES: Nine (Dir: Rob Marshall), Alice in Wonderland (Dir: Tim Burton), Vikings (History Channel).
TOM BATEMAN as TONY
FILM INCLUDES: DaVincis Demons (BBC Worldwide/Starz) Dir: David Goyer
RYAN OLIVA as BLACK EYES
FILM CREDITS INCLUDE: Empire Awards Best Horror Film Nominee - The Seasoning House
LIZZIE PHILLIPS as ELLY PARKER
FILM CREDITS INCLUDE: 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH (FILM 4)
WILLIAM POSTLETHWAITE as SHOREDITCH WANKER
TV CREDITS INCLUDE: Midsomer Murders (ITV)
MATTHEW STATHERS as JOE RIDLEY
FILM AND TV INCLUDE: Young High and Dead (Feature), Sink Or Swim (Channel 4)
MIA AUSTEN as ANNA
TV INCLUDES: Call the Midwife (BBC)
DAVID MUSCAT as JAEGER BOMB BARRY
THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: Billy Elliot the Musical (West End).
THE CREATIVE TEAM
JAMES KERMACK – WRITER/DIRECTOR
James started as an actor and went on to write and direct. His credits span through film, theatre, commercials and music videos.
ON SCREEN: Memory Loss (Short film) which he also wrote was nominated for three awards at the Encounters Film Festival in 2012.
THEATRE: James has directed many critically applauded theatre and comedy shows a few of these include: Manor (Soho Theatre, Tristan Bates), Lads - which he also wrote (Old Vic, Edinburgh Festival and Canal Cafe)
MARK HOPKINS - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Mark's first feature as a producer is Kids in Love currently in post-production. Starring Bafta EE Rising Star Winner Will Poulter and Cara Delvegnine. Mark has produced a number of music promos and short films, including That Night (with James Corden, Alexandra Roach - in competition LFF 2013), Training Day and most recently A Plea for Grimsby (with Vicky McClure, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario)
MARK NUTKINS - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Mark has been working in the Film & TV industry for 13 years. His career has allowed him to work with Directors of the likes of David Mamet, Stephen Poliakoff, Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam.
As Director of Photography credits include: Nigel Cole's 'The Wedding Video' (2012) Feature Joint Credit, BFI's Opening Gala Film 'Chance Meeting' (2013) shot on 35mm. Shorts Films 'Babysitting' Holland Park Pictures, 'Training Day' Imperial Pictures, 'Streets in the Sky' BFI's Best of Borough's.
MONIKA CHOWDHARY - ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Graduated in 2010 from Royal Holloway University with a degree in Media Arts, specialising in Directing and Film Aesthetics. Monika has worked in Film and Theatre and helped produce short films for the last five years. Companies include: Chokolate Productions, Prime Focus and Pioneer Productions.
ANN SCHUTTE - ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Previously a commercial litigation solicitor, Ann now works in television documentaries at Pioneer Productions.
BILLIE JADE KERMACK - MAKE UP & SFX
Billie’s experience is immense, her makeup and sfx wrap she includes: Disney Channel, 4OD, Channel 4, Sky, Universal, CBS, ITV4, Living and A&E. She has also lead teams on various magazine covers and events doing make up for people such as Andrew Scott (Sherlock), David Tennant (Dr. Who) and sports stars Dame Kelly Holmes and Jermain Defoe.
WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET
We need your support to raise a micro budget, and shoot an excellent story. Location, equipment, food for our hardworking team, insurance, travel expenses, visual FX, design, post-production and our beautiful arri Alexa Camera (used to film Gravity, The Hunger Games, Life of Pi, Iron Man 3 and Skyfall) are all included.
For a feature film this budget is incredibly small; we're able to keep it small because great deals of skilled people are coming on board to help purely on the strength of the project.
We have a range of exciting perks to being a collaborator with us. From signed scripts and photos, to being in the film, exciting workshops with key members of the team and exclusive cast and crew screenings.
This project has the potential to show the intricacies of depression and start a dialogue. We've already started receiving messages to this affect so let’s keep the momentum going. The story is honest, hopeful, and funny and will be visually beautiful. So join us in making that happen.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
We ask that if you find the project interesting that you share the link, talk to us, and make some noise and help us get the word out to other potential Hi-Lo Joe supporters. You can do this by using the Indiegogo share tools!
Thank you for taking the time to look through Hi-Lo Joe, and we look forward to working with you.