Aberdeenshire film production company to screen latest short films

Screen shot of ‘Crush’ with Director Richard Burke, working with ‘Crush’ Director of Photography, Jess Lo, in Vancouver.
Screen shot of ‘Crush’ with Director Richard Burke, working with ‘Crush’ Director of Photography, Jess Lo, in Vancouver.

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Page Break Productions, a film production company based in Banchory, is to showcase three of their films at the Park Inn by Radisson on Friday 4th October with guests from the film industry and UK.

The two latest projects, ‘Crush’ and ‘In Sight’, were filmed in Vancouver last year, and the company is busy raising the investment to shoot the feature version of ‘In Sight’ in Canada next year.  The screening will also show ‘Whistle My Lad’, shot in 2014, which attracted critical acclaim and a BAFTA Scotland nomination.

The first film, ‘Whistle my Lad’, a period drama set in 1911, tells the story of Agnes and Fraser.  Agnes (15) is the daughter of a successful fisherman from the isolated village of Crovie in the North East of Scotland, and Fraser (18), is the son of a rival skipper. The two fathers have been feuding over ‘fishing wars’ and haven’t spoken for many years.

Richard Burke, Writer & Director and co-founder of Page Break Productions, has a follow-on full-length feature screenplay written for ‘Whistle my Lad’, set in 1911 and 1926 on the Banffshire Coast, Oxford and Hudson’s Bay in Canada.

The second film, ‘Crush’, shot in Vancouver, with Canadian talent and crew, is a story about infatuation and temptation. Kirsten has a crush on Sean (her music teacher, whose marriage is going through a difficult patch), and he’s pretending that there’s nothing in it. Until… she invites him to dinner. He should’ve said “No”, but now he’s locked into her agenda – which could lead to a potentially life-wrecking affair.

Finally, ‘In Sight’ is a short, proof of concept film for a feature-length North American psychological thriller set in Seattle, Vancouver and Washington State.

It’s the story of Victoria who, as a teenager, has a wealthy lifestyle founded on the safety and stability of her family. At her college graduation, life is dramatically altered by a bicycle accident that leaves her blind. Recuperating at home on a small island in British Columbia, she narrowly escapes a number of further accidents. Who would want to harm a young, innocent woman? Or is she as innocent as she first appears? A tense thriller and battle of wits ensues.

Burke teamed-up with Michael Silva – an Aberdonian Producer – who was working and living in Vancouver, to make the two films there. Burke is thrilled with the response that Page Break Productions has received for their latest short films: “I am delighted to have the opportunity of hosting the screening here in Aberdeen. Two of the films being screened were shot Vancouver, which has meant my being in Canada for a part of the year, so I am really pleased to have the chance to show our latest productions here in Aberdeen from where it all started. It’s also gratifying to have such positive feedback with ‘Crush’ being screened at the Glasgow Short Film Festival recently and ‘In Sight’ winning an award at the Berlin Flash Film Festival.”

Page Break Productions are on track to develop a number of feature film projects for production and cinema-theatrical release using both emerging and established Scottish/Canadian talent including writers, directors, actors, and co-producers.


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