AMARYLLIS

production

THE TEAM FROM THE UK’S OLDEST WORKING CINEMA MAKE THE FIRST BRITISH SILENT FEATURE FILM SINCE THE 1920’S

Multi-award winning UK production company Electric Flix, sister company to Birmingham’s historic Electric Cinema, is in production with Amaryllis, a ground-breaking and innovative feature-length modern day silent film which will be accompanied by a live electronic score performed by the director at cinemas, festivals and events. It’s the first British silent movie to be made since The Broken Melody and Alley Cats, both made in 1929.

Set on location in Birmingham, Cornwall and the Cotswolds, Amaryllis is the story of a talented teenage skater girl who, in a bid to escape her overbearing alcoholic mother, reaches out to a charismatic drug dealer but his affection isn’t all it seems. The film stars rising British talent Ella McLoughlin and acclaimed actor Adam El Hagar (Peaky Blinders, Tyrant) alongside a host of established UK artists including British soul-singer Omar, Liz May Brice (Black Mirror) and Tanya Myers (Silent Witness, Control).

Amaryllis is the brainchild of Electric Cinema owner, the film director, screenwriter and composer Tom Lawes: “Often when I edit my screenplays, I realise that the reason I can’t repair an awkward line of dialogue is because the core message can often be better communicated by removing the line and using mise-en-scene. Taking this to its logical conclusion, I decided to write and direct an entirely dialogue free screenplay, a modern silent movie. Although elements of the soundtrack will be fixed, I will improvise much of the score live on stage, using state of the art modular synthesisers”

Amaryllis is Electric Flix’s first project in the rapidly emerging Event Cinema genre which has seen a significant growth over the past 5 years and is now worth over £35 million in the UK &Ireland box office alone (figures:Screen Daily 2 June 2016). But whereas most event cinema screenings use exiting films and build events around them, Amaryllis is an event movie from conception.

Amaryllis Producer, Suzie Norton: “Amaryllis is an incredibly exciting project to work on. Whilst we will rigorously maintain our high production values, our commitment to dynamic storytelling and working with best UK talent, Amaryllis is a unique concept with huge potential in a growing market. The film itself itself is conceived as a live performance from the outset, so we are able to adapt the score depending on the venue, taking the film outside the normal confines of cinema to anywhere from club nights in Ibiza to summer music festivals. The film can even be licensed to territories for composers to create their own soundtracks. The new possibilities are endless. ”

 

FILM INFORMATION

STATUS

Post-Production

TERRITORIES SOLD

N/A

RATING

N/A

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2017

DIRECTOR

Tom Lawes

RUNNING TIME

70m (estimated)

STARS

Ella McLoughlin, Adam El Hagar, Liz May Brice