10th Aug2020

New British sci-fi ‘Solitary’ set for release this month!

by Phil Wheat

Inspired Pictures have announced that British sci-fi thriller, Solitary, will be releasing across multi-platforms and in all major retailers on Monday 31 August. Set in a dystopian future, the film is the feature debut from Luke Armstrong, starring Lottie Tolhurst (Mr Selfridge, Harlots) and break-through star Johnny Sachon (Late Shift, Rage: Midsummers Eve, Casualty).

Solitary opens up in the year 2044 with the Earth on the brink of destruction due to its rapidly depleted resources. Prisoner Isaac Havelock (Sachon) wakes up on board a space pod to find out he’s been condemned to life on Earth’s first colony with no way home. As he wakes, he realises he’s not alone, as he’s greeted by the mysterious Alana Skill (Tolhurst), and together they start piecing together what’s happened and try to plot a course back home.

The film is written, directed and produced by Luke Armstrong, a filmmaker with a background in Hollywood visual effects, with credits including the 007 franchise and the Oscar-winning Jungle Book. Using his expert skills and talent, Luke takes Solitary from a modest micro-budget feature to a film that packs a real punch.

Says Armstrong:

This film started life as a short, shot entirely in my living room with a portable green screen, as we wanted to show just what could be achieved on little to no budget. With that mantra in mind, we made the feature in just 14 days on a micro-budget and completed it remotely due to Covid-19. I’m thrilled that we’ve come through all these challenges to gain worldwide distribution, so I can’t wait for the film to get out there and find its audience! I try to write films that are grounded in emotional truth and deliver the spectacle with VFX and craft. I love working with actors – it’s our job as directors to find the truth and magic in a performance and nurture it and It always brings a grin to my face watching actors bringing meaning to a scene.

Shot in a contained setting with stunning cinematography and masterful visual effects, Solitary pushes the boundaries of sci-fi filmmaking on a modest budget. The film is also produced by lead actor Johnny Sachon and Sarah-Anne Grill with music composed by Vince Cox and cinematography by Jack Booth.

Solitary will be released across multi-platforms and available in all major retailers from Monday 31 August.

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