ALL POWER COMES AT A PRICE: Kaufman’s Game – Independent Micro Budget Film Available NOW on DVD, Blu-ray + Digital
Kaufman's Game is the first independent micro budget student movie to be released by mainstream cinemas, Savoy, Odeon and Picturehouse, now released on DVD, Blu-ray, and View-On-Demand
Kaufman’s Game follows Stanley, a driven young man with a passion for boxing, who is determined to improve his strength and stamina. When a shady stranger approaches him with the offer of a specially produced steroid, Stanley is drawn into the ever more violent operations of a powerful organisation, unwittingly entering into a series of tests designed to prove his mettle.
This is a film about power, determination and being your own worst enemy. It celebrates the archetypes of classic Film Noir, and the dark, conspiratorial storytelling technique of Franz Kafka, but with a contemporary minimalist aesthetic.
"I made it as a calling card, but also to prove to myself that low budget genre movies don't have to be Slasher/Horror films, and London/Gangster movies don't have to copy Guy Ritchie's 'guns and geezers' direction.
It was all born out of my becoming very obsessed with classic Film Noir in my late teens; which I was starting to realise was the old fashion phrase for what we today call a Gangster and/or Thriller movie. Then my girlfriend at the time put me onto Franz Kafka's books, and I became very interested, not only in the ingeniously conspired stories Kafka penned, but also how their suspense and archetypal set up had influenced Film Noir, and countless other artistic styles years and years later... And I wanted to take the London/Gangster movie genre back to that if I could.
I love the set up of an everyman archetype being drawn into deeper water. The basic Kafka/Noir set up. I find it really compelling in general.
I think the dialogue of Harold Pinter's plays played a big part in how I wrote the script and directed the actors. I didn't want them to feel loud or overtly animated like in a Tarantino movie; there had to be an understated sense of menace to the piece; it felt far truer to Kafka this way... My love of Stanley Kubrick's shot composition also played a big part!" said Helier Bissell-Thomas.
Starring Jye Frasca as Stanley, Amy Pemberton as The Girl, Tor Andreas Fagerland as Kaufman, Rupert Shelbourne as Jaeger, Toby Osmond as Fader, Jonny Lessani - The Assistant with Jo Diamond as The Driver and David K. Whiting as Man on Tube, Kaufman's Game was conceived as Helier Bissell-Thomas' university student project; an attempt to marry Film Noir archetypes and Franz Kafka's storytelling with the London Gangster/Thriller aesthetic.
This no budget feature film production against all odds grew wings on the international festival circuit, winning awards, before being bought up by Hollywood distributor Gravitas Ventures and premiering at Comic Con.
Kaufman’s Game is the first student movie in history to receive mainstream cinema release and is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD.
And last but by no means least Prime Video link available now in the US, Canada, UK and soon to be Australia, Belize, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden as well.