Five days, twelve hostages and one feature film

Christopher Hunter holds Jonathan Coote at gunpoint
Christopher Hunter holds Jonathan Coote at gunpoint
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ALTON, England - Dec. 14, 2017 - PRLog -- Hampshire based, Australian Director, James Whitehill's debut feature film, The 12, was written in two months, produced in six weeks, and shot in five days. Evidently, James didn't get the memo that filmmaking is already hard enough. The film's minuscule budget and risqué premise - a suicide bomber taking a local church hostage – is sure to set some tongues wagging, hopefully for all the right reasons.

It certainly caught the attention of renowned British Filmmaker Femi Oyeniran (Kidulthood, The Intent), who joined as Producer to help bring the film to life. Starring Christopher Hunter and Jonathan Coote, 'The 12' debuts a range of fresh, emerging British talent, all sharing the screen as their characters fight for their lives, while questioning the very fabric of their faith.

At its core, this film isn't about politics or religion. It's a character-driven drama using the medium to expose humanity at its rawest. "We didn't set out to produce a controversial faith film," James said. "Instead, we aimed to craft something that people could relate to and draw their own conclusions, at a time when religion and politics are at the forefront of daily news."

James drew on his extensive advertising experience to plan and execute a five-day shoot at St Luke's in Linch. It also helps that the scriptwriter is his wife, Jessica. Her background in writing for stage perfectly positioned the duo to create a one-location drama and let the characters do all the work.

"We could not have made this film without the support of the community and our local pub," said Jessica. "Many of our friends from Worldham's Three Horseshoes were involved from catering to production staff. It really felt like a big family event."

To help secure a sales agent, James enlisted the help of Canadian Producer Gianna Isabella. Gianna has produced a variety of different films including the short film Balance, starring Stephen Baldwin and Jason Marsden and the creature feature Prairie Dog, which has played in film festivals worldwide. Her influence and contacts at the American Film Market this year led to The 12 being picked up by Pittsburgh based Turn Key Films. They will be acting as the sales agent for The 12 with world wide rights.





Seven Scope Films is a family owned, independent film production company, based in Hampshire, UK, and is dedicated to delivering high quality, marketable feature films at a practicable budget level.

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