SHADOW BOXER was shot to look like one take in just 30 minutes in front a live boxing audience at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.
Deadline Films UK’s have just completed their latest film SHADOW BOXER and its been their biggest challenge yet. This short ﬁlm went from an idea to a fully made short in less than 5 months. The screenplay for Shadow Boxer was written by Craig McDonald-Kelly with the story coming from lead actor Chris ‘The Flash’ Evangelou, upcoming star of Guy Ritchie’s new ﬁlm 'The Gentlemen’. The ﬁlm also stars the legendary James Cosmo from Game Of Thrones and Braveheart, and was directed by Ross McGowan.
Director Ross McGowan comments:
“This short was borne from the limitations of having only 30 minutes to shoot in front of a live audience. That left us with a logic problem: how do you make a 10 minute short in 30 minutes? The answer is, one take, or at least so it appears as one take. We took our biggest weakness and inverted it to become the USP of the project” McGowan put the cast and crew through their paces for 5 weeks of rehearsals. “As ﬁlmmakers we don't get to do anything 'live', with this we did. Live directing a crowd of 800 people was a huge rush. We managed to ﬁnd a new and unique way to shoot something, one that beneﬁts the performers and the style hugely. None of us could be any happier with the end product.”
“The night we shot the ﬁlm was insane. We had some huge mountains to climb.” Says Craig McDonald-Kelly, writer/producer of Shadow Boxer “I’m a huge fan of the Rocky ﬁlms and jumped at the chance to write a boxing ﬁlm for an actual professional boxer, Chris ‘The Flash’ Evangelou.”
SHADOW BOXER is about one man’s ﬁght to get out of his fathers shadow.
SHADOW BOXER is about one man’s ﬁght to get out of his fathers shadow. Evangelou plays Mason Mendoza - the underdog in round 9 of a world boxing championship ﬁght. This isn’t just about one ﬁght, it’s about ﬁghting for your life. Mason has been chasing the middleweight title, chasing success, but more than that he’s been chasing his father’s approval. (Mason’s father is played by the amazing James Cosmo) This ﬁlm looks at how men can feel abandoned and often put themselves through hell for no good reason. SHADOW BOXER is inspired by true events from Evangelou’s life and career, looking at men’s mental health and teaching the audience a new way to win that ﬁght
Eddy Royce played by the Scottish legend James Cosmo who’s career spans 50+ years said: “It’s brilliant what these guys are doing. I’ve never worked on anything like this before.”
Deadline Films UK are an independent productions company who began in 2017. Winning multiple awards and being accepted into festivals worldwide. Founded by Craig McDonald-Kelly & David Hepburn then joined by Ross McGowan in 2018 all as Co-directors of the company.
SHADOW BOXER will be hitting festivals worldwide towards the end of 2019.