Northern Ireland, June 2014 – The Fyzz Facility is delighted to announce that dystopian thriller THE SURVIVALIST commenced principal photography on 9th June 2014.
The film stars Martin McCann (’71,Shadow Dancer,‘The Pacific’, Clash of the Titans), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac, ‘The Tunnel’), Olwen Fouere (This Must be the Place) and Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall). The film will be produced by The Fyzz Facility, Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI, in association with Goldcrest Post Production.
Written and directed by 2013 Screen Star of Tomorrow, Stephen Fingleton (Magpie, SLR, Shirin), the script was developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme and has since featured on the 2012 Hollywood Black List, topped the 2013 Brit List and is produced by Wayne Marc Godfrey (Silence, Cake, X Moor), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Babylon) and David Gilbery (Shelby, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead).
In February 2014, The Fyzz Facility produced the short film MAGPIE, starring Martin McCann, Mia Goth and Olivia Williams. MAGPIE was created as an introduction into the world of THE SURVIVALIST, providing a glimpse of the brutal and harsh post-apocalyptic future created by Fingleton. The short was developed and produced in association with Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI. MAGPIE is now online and can be viewed at: www.magpieshort.com
THE SURVIVALIST is the story of a man in a time of starvation, living off the grid since before the grid went down. Growing food on a small farm hidden deep in a forest, he protects his land from thieves and foragers with man traps and a shotgun. But the long years alone have taken their toll on him, and he is beginning to lose his grip on reality. His isolation is broken by two visitors; Kathryn and her teenage daughter, Milja. They are starving and desperate for food. Initially reluctant to share any, he relents when they offer a night with Milja.
The exchange becomes an uneasy ongoing arrangement; as Kathryn schemes to take control of the farm, and the Survivalist finds his feelings growing for her daughter. When the farm comes under attack from outsiders, they find they must work together to survive, developing loyalties which will be tested when food runs short.
Writer/Director Stephen Fingleton is delighted to be shooting his first feature, stating: “THE SURVIVALIST is a very special project to me and my producers Wayne and Robert have given me the opportunity to make it with the right team, right cast in particular. I am thrilled to introduce a wider audience to the work of Martin McCann in a role worthy of his extraordinary talent.”
Northern Ireland Screen’s Head of Production, Andrew Reid, commented that: “We are delighted to welcome Stephen home to Northern Ireland to shoot his first feature film using a host of indigenous talent both in front of and behind the cameras. We have been long-standing supporters of Stephen; he received the Bill Miskelly Award in 2007, this grant supported his MA in Screenwriting. We supported his recent short film MAGPIE and THE SURVIVALIST was developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme. By partnering with Wayne and Robert at The Fyzz Facility we can show the world what this exciting new filmmaker has to offer.”
Producer Wayne Marc Godfrey, who has nurtured a relationship with Fingleton since 2008 commented: “I have known and worked with Stephen since the inception of the The Fyzz six years ago and am delighted to now be working with him, producing his first feature film. Featuring on the Blacklist and then the UK Brit List last year was integral to the validity of the film and the wonderful support the project has had from Northern Ireland Screen and more recently from the BFI has only continued to enhance this. We have a wonderfully talented cast with Mia Goth, Olwen Fouere, Barry Ward and Martin McCann the perfect choice to play the title role – fresh faced for audiences but with the pedigree of being cast by Richard Attenborough and Stephen Spielberg in leading roles.”