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Daniel Cormack - Actaeon Films 

Actaeon Films is a London-based production company incorporated in July 2004 by director Daniel Cormack to produce feature-length theatrical motion pictures. 

Our focus is on producing British films with international appeal across a range of budgets, that use elements of established cinematic genres in fresh and innovative ways that will entertain and challenge a broad range of audiences. 

Our films use striking narratives - which combine contemporary resonance with deeper universal and timeless themes - first-rate screenwriting and a singular cinematic vision to attract the best actors, technicians and production and distribution partners. 

Our short form work includes the Tiscali Award-winning 35mm melodrama Amelia and Michael (2007) starring Anthony Head, the UK Film Council-completion funded A Fitting Tribute (2007) and the micro-short comedy Nightwalking (2008).

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Amelia and Michael

Film
Film
Language: 
English
Production country: 
United Kingdom
Running time (In minutes): 
11
Theme: 
Art-house films
Category/Format: 
Short films
Poster: 
Daniel Cormack Actaeon Films Amelia Michael Anthony Head Natasha Powell
Production year: 
August, 2007
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Daniel Cormack - Actaeon Films

Daniel Cormack was born in Lewisham, south-east London and was educated at Thomas Tallis Comprehensive School and Oxford University where he was awarded an Academic Scholarship to read English.

Daniel then worked at the BFI London Film Festival and at Notting Hill's Electric Cinema. In 2004, he established Actaeon Films - www.actaeonfilms.com - to produce feature-length theatrical motion pictures.

In 2007, he directed and produced three multi-award winning shorts which screened at major international film festivals and garnered critical acclaim in publications such as Hotdog and Time Out: his directorial debut Amelia and Michael (2007) starring Anthony Head which won the Tiscali Award at the Raindance Film Festival; A Fitting Tribute (2007) starring Sally Bretton which won a UK Film Council Completion Fund Award and premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival; and Nightwalking (2008) starring Raquel Cassidy.

Also in 2007, Daniel made his broadcast and documentary debut for Channel 4 with Make Me a Tory (2007) which led the trade paper Broadcast to name him a "Hot Shot 2008" in the directing category.

Daniel is on the board of the Directors Guild of Great Britain is a former board member of the New Producers Alliance and the Writers, Producers and Directors Branch of the union BECTU.

Film director: 
Daniel Cormack
Producer: 
Actaeon Films limited
About the Producer: 
Actaeon Films is a London-based production company incorporated in July 2004 by director Daniel Cormack to produce feature-length theatrical motion pictures. Our focus is on producing British films with international appeal across a range of budgets, that use elements of established cinematic genres in fresh and innovative ways that will entertain and challenge a broad range of audiences. Our films use striking narratives – which combine contemporary resonance with deeper universal and timeless themes – first-rate screenwriting and a singular cinematic vision to attract the best actors, technicians and production and distribution partners. Our short form work includes the Tiscali Award-winning 35mm melodrama Amelia and Michael (2007) starring Anthony Head, the UK Film Council-completion funded A Fitting Tribute (2007) and the micro-short comedy Nightwalking (2008).
Screenplay: 
Stephen Betts
Editing: 
Gareth Davies
Film photographer: 
Merritt Gold
Sound: 
Nick Loe
Music: 
Nick Loe
Cast 1: 
Anthony Head
Cast 2: 
Natasha Powell
Cast 3: 
Julian Lee
Cast 4: 
Naomi Martin
Cast 5: 
Mac Elsey
Film synopsis: 
A married couple appear to have all the trappings of wealth, success and happiness, but both Amelia and Michael have secrets from each other. Michael drops off Amelia for lunch, but once the car is out of sight, Amelia removes her wedding ring and travels to an alternative destination. Michael, however, appears the perfect husband, organising a romantic dinner. But things are not always as they first appear. Amelia goes again to her secret destination: a hospital, where she is visiting a Lover who has been paralysed in a motorbike accident. Michael’s dinner is with a Call-Girl. After she has left his hotel room, he tries to sleep but can’t and is disturbed by a phone call from his work colleague Francis who has discovered his whereabouts. Amelia uncovers evidence of Michael’s duplicity, but before she can act, the phone rings. She rushes to the hospital, but arrives to find her Lover has already died. Amelia returns to find Michael in the kitchen, who mistakenly assumes his infidelity is the cause of Amelia’s distress. He tries to explain but she silences him. Amelia and Michael sit in the car in silence. A motorbike stops next to them; an incidental detail of the opening scene which now acquires a poignant and arresting meaning - representing the lost vitality of youth and love. AMELIA AND MICHAEL addresses the discrete, multi-faceted and often contradictory personas people present to each other and asks whether it is possible to truly know another person or even yourself.
Budget
Budget Range: 
Under $10 000
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
35 mm
Format Ratio: 
1:2.39 (Cinemascope)
Film Sound: 
Dolby SR
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Video Type: 
HDCAM / Digibeta
Number of reels: 
1
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Festival selections: 

*31st Montreal World Film
*11th Los Angeles Short Film
*15th Raindance Film Festival T
*8th X’08 International Disability Film Festival
*2nd Shooting People Split Focus at the BFI
*14th Bradford Film Festival
*6th Wood Green International Short Film Festival
*5th End of the Pier International Film Festival
*8th Nickel Independent Film Festival
*6th Super Shorts International Film Festival
*13th 1 Reel Film Festival
*13th Portobello Film Festival
*4th Berwick Festival Film & Media Arts Festival
*7th Notting Hill Film Festival
*3rd Limelight Film & Arts Awards

Awards received: 
• WINNER: Tiscali Short Film Award (Best Debut Short), Raindance Film Festival • WINNER: Best Screenplay (Stephen Betts), End of the Pier International Film Festival • WINNER: Emerging Filmmaker Award (Daniel Cormack), Nickel Independent Film Festival • NOMINATED: Best Visual, Limelight Film & Arts Awards • NOMINATED: Best British & Irish Short, Wood Green International Short Film Festival • NOMINATED: Best Drama Short, End of the Pier International Film Festival • NOMINATED: Best Director (Daniel Cormack), End of the Pier Film Festival • NOMINATED: Best Drama Performance (Anthony Head), End of the Pier Film Festival • NOMINATED: Best Drama Performance (Natasha Powell), End of the Pier Film Festival • NOMINATED: Best Director of Photography (Merritt Gold), End of the Pier Film Festival • SHORTLISTED: BAFTA Award for Best Short Film • SHORTLISTED: British Independent Film Award for Best British Short • SHORTLISTED: Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Competition
Film reviews: 
“This short is beautifully shot, gently taking its time to unfold, and the presence of professional actors like stage and screen veteran Anthony Head really raises the bar a notch: on this evidence, Daniel Cormack is a young director to watch.” Greg Hilditch, Hotdog, Issue 83 “Anthony Head packs an emotional punch in this pacey drama about a wealthy spouse exploring the matrimonial big guns of infidelity, guilt and remorse from directorial debutant Daniel Cormack...the direction succinctly navigates the twists of the plot - which has little dialogue - to a gratifyingly ambiguous conclusion.” Abigail Lelliott, Time Out (London), Issue 1956, 13-19 February 2008 “"Amelia and Michael" is an infidelity drama that benefits from fine acting and first-rate production values.” Jeff Shannon, The Seattle Times, 28th August 2008 “These little shorts are often a delight, and, in this case, intriguing…Nicely observed by director Daniel Cormack, both Powell and Head are super here, and the drama leaves you wanting a lot more, which is terrific. Highly recommended.” PICK OF THE DAY Paul Strange, DigiGuide “[T]his is quality stuff, great performances, a script that doesn't go too far, beautiful photography and a real sense of cinema. It felt very European, like one of those films in which Daniel Auteil and Juliette Binoche fall in love and break up, one of those films that somehow, as a rule, we can't do in this country. With this well cast, well acted, well made film Daniel Cormack seems therefore to be breaking all the rules without breaking sweat or showing off.” Ben Blaine Ben’s Blog, Shooting People
Film distribution
Theatre: 
Open
TV: 
Open
Video: 
Open
International: 
Open
Internet: 
Open
Sales/distribution name: 
Network Ireland Television
Address: 
23 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, IRELAND T: +353 (0)1 670 7309 F: +353 (0)1 670 8493 M: +353 (0)86 223 9545 http://www.network-irl-tv.com/156.html
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Daniel Cormack
publicity address: 
Actaeon Films Limited 50 Gracefield Gardens, London, SW16 2ST UNITED KINGDOM T: +44 (0)208 769 3339 F: +44 (0)870 134 7980 M: +44 (0)7855 859 546 http://www.actaeonfilms.com/filmsaam.html
Publicity contact email: 
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