28th Oct2014

British sci-fi flick ‘The Call Up’ enters production

by Phil Wheat

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Stigma Films, Red & Black Films, Creative England, The Regional Growth Fund, Marzipan Productions, Pont Neuf Productions and Altitude Film Sales have announced principal photography will commence on the 10th November 2014 in Birmingham on action sci-fi The Call Up, set in the cutting edge future-now world of computer gaming technology. The movie is the debut featurefrom director Charles Barker – whose script for the film topped the Brit List (British Black List) in 2011 as the best unproduced screenplay of that year. His previous credits include award-winning campaigns for international brands such as Vodafone, Nokia and Wella as well as FX short, (Indecision), which was accepted into more than 60 film festivals all over the world.

When a group of elite online gamers each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game, it’s a dream come true and impossible to resist.

Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism. At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience.  But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology, quickly takes a turn for the sinister.

Once the group are attacked by enemy combatants, they soon realize this is no game after all.  Make a mistake here and you pay with your life.  Now these masters of the shoot‘em up will have to fight for survival within a game gone bad, but this time it’s for real.

The film is set to star Max Deacon (Into the Storm, Hatfields & McCoys) who takes the lead role, joined by an ensemble of up-and-coming talent, including Morfydd Clark (Madame Bovary, A Poet in New York), Ali Cook (The Anomaly, The Messenger), Parker Sawyers (Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold, Houdini), Boris Ler (In the Land of Blood and Honey) and newcomers Douggie McMeekin and Adriana Randall.

The Call Up will be released by eOne in a number of major international territories, including Germany, France and Scandinavia.

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