A chilling short London thriller set within the vice industry of Soho
Starring Stephen Moore, Frank Harper & Alice Henley
Cinematography Alex Ryle, Editing Nigel Galt
15 mins, 16mm, shot in London
Released from prison after a 30-year stretch for a brutal murder, Dennis isn’t your typical middle-aged ex-con. He may be a free man, but he’s being watched by someone even more dangerous than himself.
London is a different city from the place Dennis left behind. The people, the places – everything has changed. Even his home is not his own any more. But some things remain the same: the girls working the streets at the seedy heart of the capital. Starved of female company for three decades, can Dennis be trusted – or will the violent killer who lurks within him reappear during his next encounter?
What Dennis doesn’t know is that a menacing stranger with a score to settle is following him. Exhausted and twisted with grief, Davey is convinced there is only one way to finally find the peace he so desperately craves: by tracking down the man responsible for the violent death of his sweetheart.
While Davey plots his revenge, Dennis plans a meeting with Vicki: a young prostitute struggling to survive in London’s cold and sleazy sex industry. Will Vicki become Dennis’s latest victim? Or will Dennis become Davey’s first?
I wanted to create something unflinchingly voyeuristic around these 3 characters. Looking at this seemingly sweet old man, could he really be all that bad? What grimy lengths some people go through in their everyday lives. I wanted to play with perceptions. All within a London at its seediest, away from what everybody sees on the surface, journeying into a darker capital that exists somewhere below our noses, if you look hard enough.