If you’re in the mood for some high seas horror, you might be interested in director James Kermack’s new short film Bucking Hell, which has sailed onto Amazon Video.
From the Press Release:
Ahead of the release of JAMES KERMACK’S debut feature, “HI-LO JOE” comes “BUCKING HELL”
Set on a sinking ship, a cast of four; DAVID SCHAAL (The Office, The Inbetweeners, Down Terrace), GEOFF BRETON (The Rotters Club, Secret Diary of A Call Girl), NICKY EVANS (Shameless, Before Dawn) and WARREN MAHON, play a deadly game to decide who gets the last lifejacket.
James Kermack on the origins of Bucking Hell: “My inspirations were simple. Since the age of 5, when I first saw Ben Gardeners eyeless socket bob beneath that boat, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) has stayed with me. Not just for the scares but for the human moments, like Brodie playing copycat with his son or in this instance, the moment our three protagonists drunkenly share stories, forgetting the deathly situation they finds themselves in momentarily, whilst Amity’s swim reaper waits outside.
The switch in Bucking Hell is that there is no killer shark outside; the greatest killer of them all is inside the room with them. Man. One of them is not who they say they are — a great white, hovering beneath the tension, waiting for the moment to slice the sea with his fin and show himself to his prey.”
James’s debut feature HI-LO JOE is released in UK cinemas on November 24th 2017. The psychological drama features Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones – HBO, Aquarius – NBC), Tom Bateman (Murder On The Orient Express with Kenneth Branagh, Snatched with Amy Schumer), Thaila Zucchi (Shameless – Ch4), Joe Dixon (Rise of The Footsoldier, The Mummy Returns) and introduces breakout star Matthew Stathers as the title character Joe.
It was selected to be part of Film London Breakthrough, playing at the 2016 BFI Film Festival. It made its World Premiere at the prestigious 27th Dinard British Film Festival (2016) and has continued to be selected for festivals worldwide since.
His second feature KNUCKLEDUST is a UK/French/Estonian co-production. A dark action thriller produced by Featuristic Films and The Project. Shooting is set for early 2018, with Oscar nominated director Sergei Bodrov (Mongol, The Seventh Son) attached as Executive Producer.
In this clip, James Kermack discusses the casting of Bucking Hell:
Bucking Hell Teaser Trailer:
BUCKING HELL is released exclusively through 24 FOOT SQUARE – SHORT SUBJECTS via Amazon in the UK and US. The film hasn’t been submitted for festival screenings and this is the first and only way to see the film.