DEAD END picked up 33 awards at film festivals around the globe.
When Scottish BAFTA-winning actor Bryan Larkin was cast as corrupt police chief Ernest Hunt in the Donnie Yen/Andy Lau movie CHASING THE DRAGON (2017), he had no idea it would inspire him to create a franchise of short films, and the ultimate goal of a linked feature film.
Bryan’s film-maker’s eye was excited by cinematic Hong Kong street-life and he joined up with fellow 'Chasing the Dragon' cast member Julian Gaertner and local photographer Thomas Sandfield to start creating his own short film. Carter Ferguson flew out from Glasgow to direct the film, which returned to Scotland for post-production.
DEAD END was winning 33 awards at film festivals around the globe, work had begun on DEAD END II.
With its great acting, breath-taking cinematography, soul-moving sound and high production values, DEAD END was like no other British short film. The immediate reaction from early viewers made a follow-up essential, and while DEAD END was winning 33 awards at film festivals around the globe, work had begun on DEAD END II. Then, even before the second film started principal photography, work began on the script for DEAD END III.
In DEAD END II - A JUSTIFIED KILL we see two hitmen trying to stop a Hong Kong trafficking operation.
In DEAD END II - A JUSTIFIED KILL, brutal action by two hitmen to end a human trafficking operation in Hong Kong ensnares a young Chinese girl, living off the proceeds of petty crime, so twisting and blurring the boundary between innocence and evil, compulsion and freewill.
DEAD END II was completed at the end of July 2019, at which point DEAD END III was well into the edit process.
DEAD END II was completed at the end of July 2019, at which point DEAD END III was well into the edit process. Completion of the third film is expected around September or October. And the feature? It’s all in the works.
Armed with a phone, drone and a DSLR and the change in his pocket, Larkin has created a series of short films that have the plot potential for an entire TV series.
DEAD END II - A JUSTIFIED KILL is written and directed by Bryan Larkin and co-directed by Carter Ferguson, and starring Bryan Larkin, (Chasing The Dragon, London Has Fallen, Outlander) Julian Gartner (Chasing The Dragon, The Longest Shot) and Chloe Chan.