About the film
Hackney, London. Farren Morgan is an odd-jobs man pulling illegal evictions. After a job finds him framed for the murder of local squatter and eccentric Abraham Miller, Farren desperately sets about trying to clear his name. In doing so he is drawn into the underbelly of Hackney; a world full of petty crooks and corrupt property developers. As Farren digs deeper into Hackney’s past, he uncovers the truth of a family tragedy at the heart of the crime, which is much deeper and darker than he ever imagined. Hackney Marsh is a contemporary take on the hardboiled detective genre, set against Hackney’s booming property bubble that speaks to the worst excesses of gentrification and greed.
From the director
"In 2014 I moved from to West London to Hackney’s East End. What I met with was a borough with a distinctly unique sensibility, but with signs of growing pains that could be seen everywhere for those who cared to look. Virtually unregulated free-market capitalism brushed up against advanced austerity measures targeting the working class and making Hackney a quick and easy heist to anyone with the capital to pick at its bones. I want to make a film that addresses these issues while we are experiencing them, while they are still relevant. In years to come there’s no doubt that people will come to reflect on how Hackney’s cultural identity was erased and how the city was brought and sold, but I feel it is important to tell this story now, so that this film stands as a reminder of a city in transition; as a portrait of London at a certain place in time."
Meet the team
Director Ryan Vernava
Ryan Vernava is a graduate from the National Film and Television School, where he studied under the David Lean Scholarship. His short films have screened at major festivals around the world in Seattle, Palm Springs, Atlanta, LA, New York, Tel Aviv, Cannes, Arizona, Chicago, Berlin and Kiev, as well as making it onto British Airways and Emirates in-flight entertainment, Russian and American television, and over 200 cinemas across the UK. In addition to his work as a director, Ryan has created promos and live visuals for various brands and music artists, curated and commissioned content for film festivals around the world, and launched his own online magazine.
Writer Joe Copplestone
Joe Copplestone is a writer from Birmingham. As a teen he started writing short stories and ideas for films and plays. At 14 his short play ‘Wiseguys?’ was serialised as part of the Transmissions Young Writer’s Festival. After graduating from The University Of Westminster, Joe received his first professional commission from Film West Midlands and The UK Film Council for the short film Fifty. Over the past few years between underpaid menial jobs and living in squats, protest camps and on friends' floors, Joe has developed other film ideas as well as publishing poetry, short fiction, and last year, a comic, ‘Sleepstalk’. His work has been featured in 3:AM Magazine and Wordriot among others. He recently finished the first draft of an un-publishable novella about a cult who spend their time watching violent videos (it’s not one hundred per cent autobiographical).
Producer Matthew Hopper
Matthew Hopper has worked as a producer at Blindeye Films for five years. In that time he has worked with the likes of the BBC, ITV and Sky, and has produced commercials for brands such as HSBC, Apple Pay and Lenovo. He has also delved into the world of music, producing promos for artists such as Jack Savoretti, Noel Gallagher and Augustines, to name a few. His main passion and ambition lies with narrative films. Over the last three years he has produced several short films including Teo and Camelot, the latter of which was selected for Cinequest Film Festival in San Francisco. In 2014 he directed his first narrative short film entitled Rumble, which screened at festivals worldwide. Recently he has produced the short film Clean Sheets, which was released online.
Watch the short film Fifty.