British Thriller Releases Artwork

British Thriller Releases Artwork

London / Loughborough, Leicestershire. United Kingdom

Raya Films present the first poster for their debut feature film, Do Something, Jake. Described as a ‘Brooding British Thriller’, the striking design courtesy of Sean Strong is setting a high standard for publicity and marketing to follow. Do Something, Jake is currently in post-production and will be marketed to sales agents at the Marché du film at Cannes this May.

With an atmospheric mix of noir, criminal menace and simmering romantic desire, Do Something, Jake tells the story of an introvert, struggling to learn to write and find employment. Underestimated and disregarded by most as an oddball, Jake is, in fact, intelligent and clever—strengths he uses to secretly record the daily activities of his neighbour, the woman he loves, Alice. But Alice lives with her boyfriend, Guy, a small-time criminal and drug pusher. Events escalate when Jake crosses the line from Alice’s voyeur to hands-on manipulation of Guy’s illicit dealings, causing a chain of events that motivate Jake to right the wrongs in Alice’s world in his own ingenious, yet ultimately dangerous, way.

Directed by James Smith, and produced by Caroline Spence, both of Raya Films (Writing) in London, Do Something, Jake was born of the desire to produce a British movie that stands out from the crowd in the UK indie film scene. “We were invited to the press screening of a French movie, the Palm d’Or winner, Dheepan, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015,” explains Caroline, who developed the screenplay from an original idea by James Smith. “At that time, ‘Jake’ was a mere embryonic treatment, but after the screening, we agreed Dheepan held striking similarities with ‘Jake’. Both lead characters are portrayed as fish-out-of-water, both are misunderstood, and both use hidden skills and knowledge in their fight to overcome adversity. The way Dheepan was shot also appealed to James: dark and gritty, yet rich in atmosphere, with a strong thread of humour. Then there’s the emotionally complex ‘bad guys’ and an underlying love story. Despite those similarities, though, ‘Jake’ is unique in its own right, and for a British film, it should certainly break the mould!”

Do Something, Jake is an experimental, comedy thriller, shot in the Midlands, UK (Leicestershire) in November 2015. By sourcing a mix of skilled and enthusiastic university graduates, professional film-makers, key on-screen talent, and with the support of local businesses and organisations, Do Something, Jake enjoyed a successful production phase, boding well for the current post-production activities—online editing (sound design, music, visual effects, and grading). An international boost to the project came with award-winning New York actor, Ed Bergtold, who gives a brilliantly intense performance. “Ed was great to work with and he brought a touch of ‘Soprano’ glamour to our quirky English production. Some crew members compared him to De Niro or Pacino, but for me, when he spoke, all I could hear was Michael Douglas … not a bad combination!”

Do Something, Jake: https://www.slated.com/films/186225

Raya Films: www.rayafilms.com

Twitter: @rayafilms

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4856996

Directed by James Smith @jsmithwriter http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3705090

Produced by Caroline Spence @cspenceproducer http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3609912

Starring JAMIE ALDERSON http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4521481 @jimmyaldy

ED BERGTOLD http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2406682 @EdBergtold

TOM LOONE http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7270450 @TomSLoone

MIA MILLS http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7608710

SIMON CRUDGINGTON http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5792730

NENAA-JO URAIH http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6998018

IMOGEN HARTLEY http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4593997 @actressssertca

JOHN SAVAGE http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3145738 @ActingSavagely

DIEDRE QUEMBY http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0703191 @DeeQuemby

M J SIMPSON http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2383220 @mjsimpsonfilms

LILY PORTMAN http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6958710 @lilyportman

SUE MOORE http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7753759

ALEXANDER DODDY http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5968967 @Alex_Doddy

DOMINIC RUSSO http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7757225

Cinematography by: James Smith Jonathan Hawes: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7258984 @jonathanhawes94

Josh Penlington: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7564701

Production Manager: Joe Langham: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6557956 @JoeLang92

Action Coordinator: Kevin Smith: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4622507

Make-Up: Rachel Goodger: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7722088

Stills/BTS: Michael Mafrici: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7767205

David Ward: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7645373

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