When a desperate and disillusioned PhD student commits premeditated murder in the name of a theory, he finds that his soul can only be saved through the love of a religious prostitute. But will he confess in time or will the cunning police investigator ruin his chance at salvation?
Producer/Writer/Director Andrew O’Keefe got hooked on filmmaking after spending a few years overseas traveling and then a further five years with Blockbuster Video at management level. He quit the corporate world and graduated from the prestigious screenwriting and directing course at the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film and Television in Melbourne, Australia in 2001.
Whilst studying at the school, his short screenplays won the Best Screenplay award for three years running and his graduation production Wednesday won the school’s Best Narrative production Award. The film went on to screen in more than thirty festivals worldwide and won prizes at six of them.
In 2002, Andrew formed the production company Apocalypse Films with three film school classmates. They spent seven years building the company and its resources via commercial brand work with the aim of producing feature films.
In 2008, Andrew released his co-written/directed debut feature-length political satire The Independent to critical acclaim. The film screened in over 30 cinemas throughout the country and gained favorable reviews from ABC’s At the Movies, The Herald Sun, In Film, Urban Cinefile, with FilmInk magazine calling it “a rare gem in the Australian comedy landscape”.
Andrew returned to the VCA School of Film and Television as full-time lecturer in the writing/directing stream and continues mentoring students there whilst also producing independent cinema.
Crime & Punishment is his second feature film.