NATION DOWN - A SHORT FILM

DIRECTED BY LIAM HENDRIX HEATH

LOGLINE

On a world locked in a dystopian nightmare, a tyrant combats a sudden eruption of riots and pillages.

SYNOPSIS

On a strange world locked in a dystopian nightmare, an oppressive regime is met with riots and rebellion. Desperate to suppress chaos, the king triggers a perverse manipulative scheme before risking his dominance in a warped bid for companionship.

TRAILER

OUR CERTIFIED WRITERS

GALLERY

Liam Hendrix Heath

DiRECTOR, producer

Born into a family of musicians in London, Liam first picked up a trumpet aged nine and was touted a jazz prodigy at ten. Mentored by British jazz legend Tommy Smith, Liam had modest success throughout his early teens, winning a clutch of awards including the Rotary Young Musician 2005 and reaching the finals of the P E Jazz Competition. During this period he also toured Europe and Canada with Smith’s Youth Orchestra and performed with some of the world’s greatest jazz and classical instrumentalists including John Patitucci, Evelyn Glennie, John Etheridge and renowned beatboxer Shlomo.

 

At thirteen Liam enrolled at the Purcell School of Music in Hertfordshire, where his habit for jazz was eclipsed by a lifelong interest in film. After a year-long spell at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Liam left to work in the film industry and soon began developing Nation Down.

 

This is his first 'fully-fledged' film project.

 

MAIN CAST

Tom Lincoln

THE KING

Tom trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He most recently appeared as 'Matty' in Matchstick Theatre's production of This is Matty, and He is F*cked. Other theatre work includes a UK tour of

Twelfth Night with the Lord Chamberlain's Men, a UK Tour for the Theatre in the Quarter’s Silent Night, the Southwark Playhouse’s East of Berlin and Steven Berkoff’s Religion and Anarchy at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

 

Television credits include Michael Parkinson: Masterclass with Simon Russell Beale. Radio credits include Peer Gynt with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Evelyn Miller

THE GIRL

Evelyn Miller trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include Richard III (Actors from the London Stage, US Tour), Richard II, Henry IV: Parts I and II, Henry V, The Famous Victories of Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican, Stratford, New York and China), Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre), Peer Gynt (The Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra) and The Little Prince (Royal Opera House).

 

CREW

Louis Spanswick O’Brien

cinematographer

A London native, Louis’s early interest in photography and film led him to the Brit School, one of Britain’s renowned creative arts colleges, where he studied media. He then began working as a camera trainee on a range of film, television and commercial shoots, fostering a variety of styles and techniques that enabled a swift ascent up the industry ladder.

 

Recent credits include Camera Assisting on Suffragette and Star Wars: Rogue One.

 

Nation Down is his first project as cinematographer.

 

Sabia Smith

Costume designer

Sabia trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre credits include Exposure: The Musical (St James Theatre), Oil and Boy (The Almeida Theatre), Royal Academy Opera (The Royal Academy of Music), Alice's Adventure Underground (Les Enfants Terribles), and John (DV8 Physical Theatre and The National Theatre), besides work across the S/S Season 2016 and A/W Season 2013 for The English Touring Opera.

 

This is her first Costume Design for film.

 

FULL CREDITS

Anna Driftmier

production designer

An interdisciplinary artist and designer, Anna has worked alongside many esteemed arts organisations including the Barbican Centre and Dash Arts as well as produced designs for English Touring Opera Company, workshOPERA, and across London’s Off West-End and Fringe theatres.

 

Film Design includes Sunburn (Born Wild Productions). Theatre Designs include Trident Moon (Finborough Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Arts Theatre), The Legacy (The Hope Theatre), Transfigured Night (Milton Court Studio), and Uncommon Women and Others (Rooke Theatre).

 

About The Production

Four years in the making, Nation Down started in a college dorm and swelled into a project of significant ambition, attracting elite industry figures and bright new talent on both sides of the camera.

 

Initially developed as a music promo by then 20-year-old jazz trumpet student Liam Heath in mid-2012, the project quickly developed into a longer narrative-driven piece. Pulling together acting, technical theatre and music students from across Liam’s college, the Guildhall School in London, early attempts to begin production were stalled by the project’s towering ambition, insufficient funding and an ever-changing top line crew. In the summer of 2013, after a failed Kickstarter campaign but a surge of interest and support from industry figures like Terry Bamber, producer Joaquim Barreto joined Liam, having read the script through a friend. The production was then split into four gruelling shoots, up to a year apart: the first and last were designated for London, the second was off the coast of North Wales, and the third was a crowd shoot that took sixty volunteers from London to Bamburgh Castle (Northumberland) and Lincoln Cathedral to film riot and protest sequences.

 

The film’s jazz-influenced score was written across the summer of 2016 and recorded in October of that year. David Heath, Liam’s father, recorded the bass flute solos at the last moment.

CONTACT

Joaquim Barreto
Producer
joaquim@barreto.film
+44 7879 117888
 
 
Liam Hendrix Heath
Director, Producer
liamhendrixheath@gmail.com
+44 77940 38190