by Cara Nash | March 05, 2010 17:20 | Edited March 05, 2010 17:21
A new revenge flick shot in Sydney has called it a wrap!
Currently in the final stages of post-production is a new action film shot in Sydney, The Devil's 6 Commandments, which revolves around six revenge stories that intertwine with one another.
At the centre of the film is the character of Nina who after being brutally raped by thugs is persuaded by her step brother to track the perpetrators down and torture them. During their revenge mission, Nina and her brother encounter a rogue cop who helps their cause, a homophobic multi-millionaire and a priest with a dark past.
Despite its dark and brutal themes, director Dicky Tanuwidjaya says his first feature film is actually a very personal story. "I adapt my life experience into the movie world by exaggerating the characters, changing some of the events, using metaphors through moving images and adding entertainment layers on top."
Lead actress Gianna Pattison who plays the role of Nina says shooting the film was an intense experience. "The director was continually challenged to find new ways to kill people. I remember a particular day in filming, I had to kill about ten people! Over and over again!"
However Pattison found the action scenes to be the most enjoyable part of the process. "I'm pretty adventurous and I've trained in martial arts for 14 years now and also had special training in weapons so that I could be skilled in the film... My friends joke around with me calling me the new Lara Croft," the actress laughs.
Shot on a budget of $55,000, funding for the film largely came from the director's own savings. "I didn't apply for government funding for this one, because I didn't want to spend months filling out application forms and compiling documents. You can only call yourself a filmmaker if you make films, instead of filling out forms and compiling documents," Tanuwidjaya says.
Apart from budgeting constraints, the director encountered myriad other challenges including a camera man pulling out at the last minute, as well as a "fickle actress." Tanuwidjaya recalls, "There's an actress who was supposed to play a supporting role who pulled out ten days before we started filming. Just days before shooting began, she rang me to say that she was bothered by the film's ending because it was against her religious beliefs."
Indeed the film may prove challenging for some viewers with its dark and sadistic themes but Tanuwidjaya says audiences who enjoy entertaining movies won't be disappointed. "There is plenty of action, dark humour and poignant moments in the film to keep audiences entertained. If people see it as pure entertainment, I'm happy. If they try to dig deeper and if the film makes them think, then it's a bonus."
To find out more about The Devil's 6 Commandments, visit the film's website.
Posted on Urban Cinefile Nov 2010
DEVIL'S 6 COMMANDMENTS, THE
On the verge of committing suicide after being brutally raped by thugs, martial arts student Nina (Gianna Pattison) is persuaded by her step brother, Ares (Felino Dolloso), to track down the thugs and torture them. During their revenge mission, Nina and Ares encounter Trevor Moretti (Manino de Aruanda), a rogue cop who helps their cause; Albert Pike (Robert Luxford), a homophobic multi millionaire; and Freddie Ramone (Robin Queree), a priest with dark past.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Made with a certain panache and wit, this revenge thriller is a great calling card for the intriguingly named Dicky Tanuwidjaya. Stylish opening credits alert us to a genre sensibility that could go far.
Driven by a charismatic performance by Felino Dolloso as the half brother whose killer instincts are buoyed by wry wit, the film takes a standard story line about a raped woman seeking revenge and turns it into a feisty rampage. In part this is its weakness, since the revenge killings lead seamlessly to other killings and we are left wondering where the storyline is. Or isn't; fun as it is, it doesn't quite compute as a story.
But it's half rescued by its bravura. "God takes too long to make things right," Nina (Gianna Pattison, excellent) tells Father Ramone (an eerie performance by Robin Queree); and touches like the 3rd Commandment, which is, Thous shalt not kill the wrong victim.
Singlet and braces makes for a wardrobe statement and character stamp for Trevor Moretti (Manino de Aruanda) and stylised jump cut editing and picture inserts make a cinematic statement for Tanuwidjaya.
Rico Banderas is memorable as Morgan the Morgue, the sleepy eyed restaurateur with a specials menu that sometimes includes human flesh, Nathan Bowen is marvellously dislikeable as the rapist, Lucinda Booth is striking as the forensic investigator working with Captain Jerry Thorn, played with bristling threat by Rob Sheens. Robert Luxford is another standout as millionaire shyster Albert Pike.
Cinematic and engaging, though its garbled storyline lets it down a bit; all the same, a worthy and interesting debut that works on several levels.