A supernatural cyber/thriller/romance where Wuthering Heights meets The Ring – MAGPIE is a tale of grief, love and hope that asks if the only way forward is to stop looking back – and if the very thing we fear is what will ultimately save us.
The story also grapples with the complex yet universal issues surrounding people unable to engage with their fellow humankind during a global lockdown. MAGPIE delivers a powerful message around our need for connection – and that in the end it is loving and being loved – that will save us.
MAGPIE is a story with global market appeal – and offers a rare and unique opportunity to become involved with a finely crafted, beautiful yet chilling feature film.
This project has been developed and will be implemented by a team with a proven track record – having recently produced the supernatural thriller, THE UNLIT. This team is well positioned to produce MAGPIE, and to maximise existing relationships to see the film through distribution and sales – thereby significantly increasing the chances of success.
MAGPIE is due to commence shooting early 2021.
Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the film industry in Victoria has all but shut down. Simultaneously the consumption of content via the online platforms e.g. Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime et al has increased.
Content is being consumed – but not created.
This will create a vacuum that can be filled by film content that is designed to be shot amid restrictions.
“There are opportunities in every sector of the industry. There really is no greater time — wherever you live in the world — to be in film and television. BUT it’s time to innovate and hustle.” – Prepare for the Death and Rebirth of Hollywood, Richard Janes, medium.com, May 1, 2020
Now is the time to make a low budget, beautifully crafted film – inspired by, and set during a lockdown.
A film that will talk to people that have experienced lockdown – and the challenges that has brought.
Donations to MAGPIE will specifically offset costs related to location and equipment including camera, lighting, data storage etc.
MAGPIE is a finely crafted, beautifully told screen story that will resonate with a strong niche audience both here in Australia and across the globe – particularly in the wake of a global pandemic.
Ideally this film will feature in prestigious international film festivals (pending lifting of restrictions during 2021) before going on to cinematic release and to the streaming platforms e.g. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Stan.
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Darren Markey – writer/producer
Kate Whitbread – producer
Lee Mason – lead
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