Lone Wolf – VR Feature to Star Hugo Weaving and Tilda Cobham Hervey
Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) and Tilda Cobham Hervey (Hotel Mumbai) will star in Lone Wolf, a 2D and VR feature adapted by writer/director Jonathan Ogilvie (The Tender Hook, Jet Set, Emulsion) from Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel ‘The Secret Agent’.
The film is set to go into production later this year.
Slated as the world’s first VR dramatic feature, Lone Wolf is set in contemporary Sydney, Australia, in a world of constant surveillance and the imminent threat of terrorism.
An absurdist cautionary tale, Lone Wolf will explore issues of fanaticism in the form of terrorism and anarchy. Winnie (Tilda Cobham-Harvey) lives with her disabled younger brother Stevie and boyfriend Verloc behind a political bookshop.
Verloc, a founding member of an anarchist cell and a police informant, receives a lucrative proposal to commit an act of destruction – an attack on the iconic Sydney Opera House. Hugo Weaving will play the Police Minister who is implicated in the conspiracy.
With the backing of Arts and disability organisation Accessible Arts the production is committed to casting an actor with a disability in the role of Stevie.
“Casting a non-disabled actor in a disabled role may have won Oscars in past but in the quest for diversity and authenticity on screen it is time to identify this practice for what it is – the equivalent of performing in ‘black-face’,” Ogilvie says.
Ogilvie adds that “this is an incredibly timely story. A film shot entirely as surveillance in objective and POV mode – the character of Stevie incessantly films everything on his phone – plays on our conflicted collective concerns regarding surveillance, i.e. the loss of personal privacy vs. the sense of security in having someone watch over us.”
Ogilvie says that this ‘cineveillant’ approach is particularly applicable to the visual and aural possibilities of VR. He plans to simultaneously shoot 2D and VR versions of the film by utilising a ‘nest’ of lens.
Lone Wolf is currently seeking funding and will be distributed in Australia by Label. International Sales will be handled by Level K. Australia’s largest exhibitors Event Cinemas have expressed enthusiasm for showing the film in both VR and 2D versions, as pop-up and special event screenings. Executive Producer is Lee Hubber.
The film’s Australian release is slated for 2019.
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