Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Returning from the war in Afghanistan, ex-soldier Darren finds himself at odds with a country struggling to find it’s identity. His best friend Paul has moved to university while another friend Gary has joined the extremist National Defence League and spends his days raging against the “threats” of immigrants and multiculturalism. Meanwhile Darren’s ex-girlfriend, Sophie, has grown distant and does want to know him now that he is back from war. His only connection with anyone seems to be with his once estranged grandfather, a man who harbours his own dark past… Five Pillars is a gritty, social realist drama in the vein of films by Shane Meadows and Ken Loach. It asks the question: what is it to be English in the twenty first century?
Written and directed by Jon Rosling and produced by Rob Yeomans and a team that have worked on a numerous short films and videos since 2009, Five Pillars was originally conceived in 2012. Pulling together indie acting talent from around the UK, the film was made for an astonishing £3,500 with cast and crew taking a flat rate expenses fee and a percentage of the film’s profits. Director Jon Rosling says: “I was originally inspired by meeting Canadian director Ingrid Veninger at the Bradford Film Festival in 2012 and how she pulled a small cast and crew together to make one of her films. It was a very different model to the one that most small indie productions were using and what we’ve put on screen looks like something of a much larger scale.”
The film attracted acting talent such as This Is England star George Newton and Braveheart’s Mhairi Calvey, as well as Tom Bott who played a lead role in the 2010 indie cult movie Shank. Producer Rob Yeomans, who has gone on to work on productions such as The Iron Lady and The Selfish Giant, as well as TV’s Jericho and Peaky Blinders, adds: “The film was shot over a 29 day period between December and February. The cast and crew braved all manner of weather conditions from snow and gale force will to brilliant sunshine and driving rain.” “Five Pillars tackles huge issues head and without apology… It is both a warning of and a beacon illuminating the troubles which lie just beneath the weakening veneer of modern Britain.”
Eye Films announced today that it will be releasing it’s debut drama Five Pillars on DVD and VOD on Monday 23rd May 2016. The film will be available to buy, download or rent from the dedicated film website at http://www.fivepillarsmovie.co.uk/
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Official Trailer Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2XlHpxEr5w