The Malicious Attack production team made a stop at the Strathroy Community Christian School for some shots that will be a part of the short film Malicious Attack, The films writer and director Matthew Marshall explains, ‘the film was to shot at the school but schedules would not allow it to work out. So I brought the team to the school to film some clips that will be used in the film featuring some of the students at the school” says Marshall. Marshall has made a real effort to involve as many schools and students in the film as possible as he feels the issue of Bullying that makes up the core of the story is one that is very important to talk about and he wishes schools and students have the opportunity to be part of it and share in the message to help stop bullying.
The film is nearing the end of production with just a handful of scenes being all that is left to film. Marshall came off a filming date the day before and has another filming day next Saturday. Then the film will be just a few scenes away from moving into post production.
The dramatic short film is produced under the banner of m & s Marshall Productions, in association with IME Films. The film takes a twist on the traditional bully story line as at its heart it is a ‘good girl gone bad’ due to being bullied. The bully of the story Savannah (Elina Lattanzio) not only bullies “the Good Girl” Naomi but also the “outcast” Raven, the “Pregnant Teen”, Sara and the “immigrant” in Linda. Each of these characters has a different reaction and response to the bullying they experience. Naomi becomes the relentless target of the bullying by Savannah while Naomi’s best friend Macey tries to find ways to help Naomi expose the bullying, but Naomi is unwilling to come forward. The Attacks on Naomi continue till she is pushed to a breaking point.
Marshall offers this on the topic of bullying in the film, “I think we all have seen bullying in some form or another regardless of our ages. Everyone knows someone who has been bullied. It happens every day and it affects everyone. This story gives lots of opportunity to discuss the issue of bullying and the reactions of those that are bullied” says Marshall.
It is Marshall’s hope as well as the hope of the entire cast and crew that the film will teach audiences why bully awareness does not only refer to awareness in the public eye. “ Bullying awareness means awareness of specific incidents to authority figures, awareness of bystanders in their role and awareness of the bullies themselves of the potential gravity of their actions”, says Lattanzio
the cast includes Katie Ostojic, Morgan Flanagan, Elina Lattanzio, Marley Cabral, Helena Rose, Mary Ellen Herder, Corina Leatherdale, Aaliyah Paul, Judy Cormier, Dina Jasim, Max Steinberg, Elizabeth Harden, Tiandra Edwards, Ian James Smith, April Booth, Kayla Hope Felker, Lesley Chapman, Jamie Rainbird, Serena Webber, Brooklyn Pritchard, Kailey Dennis, Mallaidh Pouti, Melissa Ramos, Jerry Ziler, Kyra Ramos, Kendal Cabral, Rob Herder, Tracey Bell, Emma Lee Willsie and Talitha Wood
The film has been shot all over South-western Ontario with most of the locations coming in The St Thomas and London Area. Marshall hopes when the film is done is to get it into schools and teen groups to help open up discussion and dialogue about the issue of bullying.
The film can be found on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6156436/combined
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