Local distributor, Bonsai Films and International Sales Agent, Raven Banner sign on for one killer night with David Barker’s debut feature psycho-drama, Pimped.
Starring Ella Scott Lynch (Love Child, Underbelly, The Code) and Benedict Samuel (Walking Dead, Gotham, The Beautiful Lie), the story centres around a mysterious and conﬂicted women who is caught in a sick and twisted sexual game by two men.
Michael Paszt, Managing Partner from Toronto based Raven Banner, who will introduce the ﬁlm at Cannes this week, had this to say about the Aussie transgressive thriller, “David Barker is a strong new voice in Australian ﬁlmmaking and we’re thrilled to be part of this impressive feature debut”.
Genre ﬁlms are a tough to sell in Australia, due to limited success stories, and generally fair better internationally. However, in a recent survey from Screen Australia, out of the ten “top ﬁnancial performers” from mid 2008 to mid ’17, which Screen Australia has invested in, half of those were genre ﬁlms.
“Seeing Pimped start to gain traction both here and overseas is pleasant reward for the past three years of grind. We’ve invested much into this ﬁlm, cash-ﬂowing from savings, along with some generous other folk. Plus, we’re extremely fortunate to have such talented people involved in bringing this story to life. The cast is a knockout. When you ﬁnally begin to see the creation gaining allies, being released into the stratosphere, it’s brilliant. And somewhat of a relief.” says Barker.
Jonathan Page, Bonsai Films owner, whose taste has brought some memorable and hard-hitting ﬁlms to Australian cinema-goers, most notably, The Tribe and Scare Campaign added, “We’re looking at a late 2018/early 2019 local release and I’m excited to be partnering with Playground Films to bring the ﬁlm to Australian audiences who are moved by innovative genre pieces”.
Pimped, which was shot entirely in New South Wales last October, is now in the ﬁnal stages of post-production with major investor, Cutting Edge. And is being produced by Playground Films, Barker’s production company, alongside Annie Kinnane.