120 DAYS - SHORT FILM TRAILER
Some say you only ever make 1 short film in your life and when we wrote this script we knew this was the one for us. In an economic climate where certain professions have no sense of responsibility towards the greater good we wanted to create an awkward and, at times, darkly humorous film that gets our audiences thinking.
In late 2008 whilst in a bar with with friends we found ourselves like a lot of people discussing the financial crisis that had hit the city of London and all the other major financial centres around the world. We certainly had little sympathy for the major banks and the situation they found themselves in.
In a world where moral obligation and social responsibility have become sidelined for the ‘me’ generation should your debt repayment be solely financial or is there also an ethical commitment to business transactions? We discussed how this would impact on everyone in Europe and how in particular Spain seemed to be feeling the impact of the economic situation.
A good friend who was at the bar then told us about a story he had picked up from a newspaper… In Spain, where the construction industry in particular was in ruins, small companies were struggling to secure outstanding debt. Pursuing debt collection through the courts could take anything up to three years to settle an outstanding account. The news report explained how one company had an innovative and unique solution to the problems of securing outstanding debt.
The company was called El Cobrador Del Frac which translated means ‘The debt collector in top hat and tails’.
El Cobrador Del Frac had a system to recoup any outstanding debt: – Humiliate your clients into paying.
Imagine arriving at your favourite restaurant sitting at your favourite table to find somebody playing the bagpipes next to you all through dinner. How about shopping in your local supermarket to find somebody dressed as Bugs Bunny following you around? What if at your local cinema the seat next to you is taken up with somebody dressed as Dracula?
El Cobrador Del Frac sent employees nationwide, dressed as multitude of characters, to shadow, embarrass and doorstep companies into settling their debts.
El Cobrador is still active today, working within the boundaries of the Spanish legal system to successfully and legitimately humiliate companies into paying up.
I loved the premise of this organisation and began creating a short film about a debt collection agency with a difference. As the story progressed, so did the character of the debt collector, who lives on the margins of society.
What if the debt collector had fallen so far that this job became the only way to allow him to regain some dignity and pride? How far would he go to make sure that the debt was repaid and his job was secure? Would it eventually become a necessity that he could not afford to lose?
MUSIC COMPOSED BY
Maria Rodriguez Reina
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
HAIR & MAKE-UP
Nick Olsouzidis - Smoke & Mirrors
120 DAYS - CREDITS
Michalis Anthis - Smoke & Mirrors
Mark Meadows - Smoke & Mirrors
Malcolm Ellison - Thankyou Mam
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
120 DAYS - TITLES
Marc Knapton - The Brewery
Amy J Rankin - Thankyou Mam
Bella - Location Works
Mark - Bar Works
Tine - Whistles
120 DAYS - SHORT FILM
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