Some secrets should remain
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Writer: Mark Pennell
Director: Siri Rodnes
One rainy night a stranger comes to the door of a hilltop mansion. Old money. Old secrets. Alice, beautiful, distant, cold... answers the door. The stranger is familiar with the house, its garden, and its contents. The stranger embraces Alice and calls her ‘mother’...After 15 years of absence, Guy Thomas has returned home. He has returned to the place and the people he ran away from. But now his grandfather is dead and buried. And so, with Shakespearian irony, the man Guy despised, the very reason he left and stayed away, has bequeathed his entire fortune to the long-lost boy. Alice is happy that Guy has returned and does her best to assimilate him back into the fold. Guy takes to the privilege and the lavish trappings of the household like a duck to water. But his every move is being watched by Marta – the housekeeper. Unsure, unnerving, she observes him... One evening she enters Guy’s room. He is asleep on the bed. She approaches. Slowly, quietly. She leans in... And they kiss. We discover that Guy is not who he claims to be. He is an imposter. A fake son, orchestrated by Marta to infiltrate Alice’s world and claim the inheritance. It’s a con. Despite the misgivings of the family lawyer, Guy maintains the charade. He plays the prodigal son perfectly. Mary, the pretty young daughter of Alice’s friend is encouraged to flirt with Guy by her mother. Alice’s friend sees this as an opportunity to grab some of Thomas fortune. Her plan is to marry her daughter off to the young handsome heir. But in a taboo twist, Guy finds himself attracted to Alice. Constantly drawn to her. Seduced by her beauty and cold charm. Marta observes this growing attraction. Finally, it reaches the breaking point. With the plan in danger and her future under threat, Marta confronts Guy. There is a struggle, and a fall, and Martaa is killed. Guy panics and seeks a way out enlisting the help of Mary... Mary, promises to run away with him. So, with a plan in place, Guy returns to the house to gather his things. But Alice is there. She ensnares Guy, like a spider in a web. She drugs him with her tea and lures him to his death. Alice knew all along he was a fake. She played them all at their own con. As Guy takes his last breath, Mary arrives. Alice greets her at the door. She shows her to the living room. They sit at the chess board and begin a new game.... Mary was her accomplice all along.
DIRECTOR - SIRI RODNES
Siri is a fiction director and writer with proclivities towards the genre. From cyberspace to outer space, Siri’s work tends towards the fantastical, yet always endeavors to maintain and convey thoughtful contemporary relevance. A rich fusion of kitchen-sink drama, sci-fi, and personal politics, her films attempt to both present and critique the world from fresh alternative perspectives. Her recent short films include Creative Scotland and SFTN commissioned None of the Above (shot entirely on an iPhone 7+), the BAFTA Scotland nominated Take Your Partners, and the BAFTA Scotland New Talent winning Grimm Street. Festivals include the Berlinale, TIFF Kids, Seattle, Edinburgh, BFI Flare, and BFI London. She has a MA in Directing Fiction from the National Film Camp; Television School, and has participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Labs. In 2016, Siri was mentored by producer Andrew MacDonald (Trainspotting, Ex Machina) through BFI Flare’s LGBT Mentorship program. Other directing credits include 10 hours of broadcast television, including the 2017 and 2018 Christmas episodes of River City, a continuing drama for BBC Scotland.
PRODUCER - DEVIN DIGONNO
Devin DiGonno is an Independent Producer with over 15 years experience in the film industrymost recently working in International Acquisitions at Lakeshore Entertainment. She began her career at ICM in the Literary Department working closely with authors to help adapt their literary visions for film and television. She then moved to Universal Motion Pictures, where she worked on ``Shakespeare in Love``, ``Out of Sight``, and ``Meet Joe Black`` before moving to MGM, where she worked on ``The Thomas Crown Affair`` and ``Flawless``. Devin’s passion for film, the creative process and tenacity to see her projects brought to the screen led her to open her own independent film company in 2002, String and A Can Productions, where she produced her first independent feature, ``Spike``, which was a prizewinner at Edinburgh Film Festival and Screamfest. Her second film, ``Disappearing in America``, debuted at the ``Newport Film Festival``. Currently she has partnered with Shoofly Entertainment, actively developing and financing a robust film and television slate in varying stages of development and pre-production.
CONNIE NIELSEN - ALICE
Danish beauty Connie Nielsen consistently lights up the screen with an eclectic bevy of film roles. She was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to a mother who worked as an insurance clerk, and a father, Bent Nielsen, who was a bus driver. Nielsen began her acting career working alongside her mother on the local revue and variety scene. At 18, she headed to Paris to continue her pursuit of acting, which led her to further work and study in Rome and Milan. In addition to being an accomplished actress, Nielsen is also a trained singer, and dancer and is fluent in English, German, Danish, Swedish, French and Italian. She resides in New York.
However, it was Nielsen's portrayal of "Princess Lucilla", opposite Russell Crowe's Maximus in Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning ``Gladiator`` (2000), which first garnered a mass appeal. She won Best Actress Awards from the ``Danish Academy Awards`` and from the ``San Sebastian Film Festival`` for her role in the ``Danish drama Brothers`` (2004) (aka Brothers), which was released by Focus Features and IFC Films. She then appeared in the World War II epic ``The Great Raid`` (2005) opposite Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, and James Franco for director John Dahl and produced by ``Miramax;`` the dramatic thriller ``Return to Sender`` (2004) directed by ``Bille August``, which premiered at The Toronto Film Festival in 2004; and the black comedy ``The Ice Harvest`` (2005) with John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, and Randy Quaid, directed by Harold Ramis for Focus Features. In 2003, Nielsen starred as an industrial spy in a corporate war in the critically acclaimed suspense thriller ``Demonlover`` (2002), directed by Olivier Assayas and co-starring Chloë Sevigny and Gina Gershon. Her other lead roles range from ``The Hunted`` (2003) by director William Friedkin (with Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro;) to ``Basic`` (2003) by director John McTiernan (opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson); to ``One Hour Photo`` (2002) where she starred opposite Robin Williams; to ``Mission to Mars`` (2000) opposite Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins and Don Cheadle; to ``The Devil's Advocate `1997) starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.
Additionally, Nielsen has received a Best Actress Award from the Empire Awards for her role in ``Gladiator`` (2000), and has given unforgettable performances as a German heroin junkie in ``Permanent Midnight`` (1998) opposite Ben Stiller and as an unmatronly ``Texas mother in Rushmore`` (1998) opposite Bill Murray. Other film credits include ``Innocents`` (2000) (aka The Innocents) opposite Jean-Hugues Anglade and ``Voyage` (1993) with Rutger Hauer and Eric Roberts.
SAM HUNT - GUY
Samuel Caleb Hunt, mainly known as Samuel Hunt, was born on 10th October 1986, hails from America. He is better known for appearing in the television series named ``Chicago Fire’ and Chicago P.D.`` In the series, he played the role of Greg ‘Mouse’ Gerwitz. Also, he acted in the third season of `Empire`` for which he got much praise from the viewers. Also, he starred in the film named ``Unbroken: Path to Redemption`` which was released in the year 2018. However, the heartthrob actor has done various film and television projects for which he got immense popularity in his career life.In 2009, Samuel Hunt started off his acting career with the film named ``The Seven Greatest Bathrooms`` in Los Angeles’ in which he appeared as Mel.
STEF DAWSON - MARY
Stef Dawson is an award winning actress, known most notably for playing 'Annie Cresta' in ``The Hunger Games`` Series, as well at the lead in numerous independent films including ``The Paper Store`` opposite Penn Badgley, for which she won a best actress award at ``Oxford International Film Festival``, as well as the lead in ``Painted Woman``, a female driven western now available on ``STARZ``. Growing up in Australia, she fell in love with an obscure sport called ``Vaulting`` (gymnastics on horseback) and still loves to ride. As well as acting, Stef studied Opera extensively and can sing in many languages, including Vietnamese and Mandarin.
Stef Dawson has a passion for female driven, diverse and complex stories that shine the light on our humanity to find beauty in the broken bits. Selected as one of 8 women for the Australian International Women in Screen Workshop New York, led by female film and television professionals, she has now transitioned to writer and filmmaker as well as acting. Her writing is informed by a career as an actress and a determination to tell vital stories in today's world. She is now a finalist in the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship with her screenplay 'Two Bridges', which tells the story of an isolated opera student who forms a friendship with an elderly Chinese woman living in 'Two Bridges' New York. Penned before and during the pandemic and the loss of her sister, Stef hopes this film will demystify the 'other' and when the world teaches us to build a wall, build a bridge instead.
CORA VANDER BROEK - SUE
Cora Vander Broek (born November 20, 1977) is an American actress. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2020 for her Broadway-debut performance as Jules in ``Linda Vista`` by Tracy Letts. She has appeared on television in ``Grace and Frankie``, ``Chicago Fire``, and ``Law & Order``: SVU. She was born in Orange City, Iowa. She graduated from MOC-Floyd Valley High School and Northwestern College in 2000. In high school, she was active in theatre and speech and debate. She was mentored by Jeff Barker, theatre professor at Northwestern, and his wife Karen during her college years. Vander Broek also performed in plays at the annual ``Orange City Tulip`` Festival.
RON MENZEL - PATRICK
Broadway: ``Les Liaisons Dangereueses`` (Booth Theatre), ``Parisian Woman`` (Hudson Theatre). ``Regional: Guthrie Theatre``: 10 productions, including ``Pericles/Pericles`` and ``Vito Marcantonio/The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism`` with a ``Key to the Scriptures`` (World Premiere), Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, South Coast Rep, Geva Theatre, City Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Huldufolk Theatre.
Film/TV: ``Imprisoned``, ``Cryptos``, ``Anonymous Content``, ``Vernie``, ``Fall into Me``, ``Elementary``, ``Blindspot``, ``Numb3rs``