About the film
London in fifteen years. The poor are being relocated to the outer suburbs to make room for the elites. On the Eden Estate, Fflur is trying to hold it together- supporting her husband, paying the rent, all on a dwindling wage.
When Fflur's husband is killed, she uncovers a conspiracy to intimidate the residents of Eden, forcing them from their homes so that the estate can be redeveloped for the wealthy.
When a riot breaks out, Fflur finds herself trapped in the estate with the Mayor of London and she's forced to protect the very person responsible for her husband's murder...
From the director
"Brutal is an action thriller based in the near future, with a social relevance. It explores the dangers of regeneration and highlights the effects of dislocating established low-income communities from high-net-worth areas.
The social commentary is wrapped up in an exciting, action-led movie, at the heart of which are two extraordinary female characters; one from the estate, the other from the high echelons of political power. These characters, forced together during a riot, are dragged into a game of cat and mouse that will make them question their own and each other's perception of loss, survival and love."
Meet the team
Directors Jon Shaikh and Scott Rawsthorne
Jon and Scott have been working as a directing duo for the last eight years. During this time, they have created a slew of award winning short films, innovative digital projects and television commercials for a host of international clients. Most recently they won acclaim for their episode of the BBC mini series Our World War. This episode, screened exclusively online, was heralded for being the first time the BBC have created online interactive content using the same production values as its television counterpart. Their latest short film, Cowboy Ben, is currently playing at festivals around the world.
Writer Ed Aldridge
Ed graduated with First Class Honours in Film from the University of Westminster in 2002, having studied screenwriting under Tony Grisoni. He wrote and directed his first feature, Tan Lines (2007), about gay surfers in small town Australia. The film sold to all major territories and is distributed in the UK by Peccadillo Pictures. He is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and, in 2009, was commissioned by Berlin-based UFA Cinema to write the teen comedy, Spring Break. He has a feature in development with SUMS and an original TV series with Duchess Street Productions. Ed is represented by Ian Benson and Emily Hickman at The Agency.
Producer Amyra Bunyard
An award winning short-form producer, and recently director too, Amyra studied at Central School of Speech and Drama and Falmouth University, graduating in 2000, since when Amyra has worked for such diverse companies as The Walt Disney Company, Fox, HSI, ShowStudio. To better serve her love of narrative storytelling Amyra established Lock and Loru productions in 2007, from which she has worked to develop a slate of narrative fiction and documentary projects. This development includes the documentary The Way to Dusty Death and her first screenplay, co-writing the film adaptation of Tibor Fischer's cult novel The Collector Collector.
Watch the trailer for Cowboy Ben