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News Release: November 23, 2017 — New Zealand-based film production company Morcan Motion Pictures announced this week production of one of the films on its development slate received a boost with the successful international release of the crime-thriller Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes).

 

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Book’s launch a success.

 

Co-authored by father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan, Silent Fear  has attracted critical acclaim since its launch as a paperback and Kindle ebook on Amazon.

Amazon Top 500 reviewer Susan Elliot describes it as “A riveting crime novel.” Elliot writes, “There is so much to like about this book: the plot, the pace and the characters all came together in the most riveting crime novel that I’ve read in a long time.” She warns readers, “Do not read it on a train. You may just miss your station.”

Amazon Australia Top 50 reviewer Todd Simpson describes Silent Fear  as “Simply Splendid.” Simpson writes, “There is so much to love about this entertaining and well written murder mystery…Hands down this is a wonderful book, and well worth a read.”

The Morcans, who are adapting their novel to a feature film screenplay, added Silent Fear  to their production company’s development slate several years ago.

A spokesperson for the company says development of the planned feature film was delayed to accommodate the release of the novel. “That proved to be a wise decision,” he says, “given the interest the book is now generating for the movie.”

Set in a university in London, Silent Fear  was inspired by the true-life murders of students at Gallaudet University, one of the world’s premiere learning institutions for the deaf and hard of hearing, in Washington, D.C. It was written under the guidance of Brent Macpherson, one of the world’s leading deaf storytellers working in film, television and other creative mediums. Macpherson is also co-producer on the film adaptation.

The premise of Silent Fear  sees Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther being assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the deaf in the upmarket Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world. When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.

A sequel is planned with more books in the series a possibility.

James Morcan says interest in the planned movie has already been received from film industry contacts. Speaking from Sydney, Australia, where he is based, he says the novel was crying out to be adapted because the storyline is very suited to the big screen.

“Silent Fear is a multi-genre story that has proven appeal to fans of the crime, mystery, thriller, horror, romance and sci-fi genres,” he says. “It’s exactly what movie-goers are looking for. However, we are under no illusions how difficult it is to greenlight movies so we will be aligning ourselves with a major producer to get it across the line.”

The Morcans invite expressions of interest from experienced producers.

Meanwhile, they have posted a trailer to promote the book and film on YouTube. It can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8bv1vbQxYo

Silent Fear  is the Morcans’ eighth novel to be published under the Sterling Gate Books banner. Their other books include the international thriller series The Orphan Trilogy, and the historical adventures Into the Americas  and White Spirit – both based on true stories – and Fiji.

The Amazon.com link for Silent Fear  is: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HRYTVC/

The Amazon UK link is: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075HRYTVC/

 

Media enquires: Email the publisher at – SterlingGateBooks@gmail.com

 

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Above is a poster for the dystopian adventure movie After Armageddon which I recently finished filming.

Logline: Two men, who are polar opposites, must come to terms with being the last two humans on Earth in a post-Apocalyptic world.

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The film was directed by my long-time collaborator and buddy Stanley Joseph (pictured directing me in a rock-climbing scene ABOVE) and my lead co-star was one of Australia’s great actors Berynn Schwerdt of Wyrmwood fame (pictured BELOW).

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Stanley Joseph’s production company (World Pictures Australia) produced the film which we shot in rural NSW, Australia.

My good friend and versatile actor Gil Ben-Moshe (pictured BELOW far left) also features in the main cast.

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After Armageddon is now in post-production and being edited. It will be released in cinemas later this year.

To create an intense realism, we shot the movie in a spontaneous fashion and about 90% of the dialogue was completely ad-libbed. This free-flow acting approach was partially inspired by Marlon Brando’s groundbreaking improvisational performances of the 1970s including The Godfather, The Last Tango in Paris and Apocalypse Now.

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Stanley Joseph’s style of directing is also very improvisational and he came up with quite a few additional scenes/sequences on set which were not in the original screenplay. Stanley designed the shoot to be an extremely creative storytelling/acting experience – the only problem was this unique style stretched our cinematographer to the absolute limit (see below!)

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Noel Evans (pictured BELOW on the left) was our cinematographer and did an amazing job under pressure. In fact, Noel was probably under the most pressure of any of us and I am in awe of just how hard cinematographers work.

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Here is some random behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot:

Here is the film’s IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4423700/

For all sales/distribution enquiries please contact World Pictures Australia: http://www.wpafilms.com/wpafilms/

Meanwhile, watch this space for the trailer for After Armageddon…

Thanks to everyone for your support!

James Morcan

Twitter: @MorcanJames

https://twitter.com/MorcanJames

 

After Armageddon credits:

Director: Stanley Joseph

Main cast: Berynn Schwerdt, James Morcan, Gil Ben-Moshe, Rachel Stanley

Producer: Stanley Joseph

Writers: James Morcan, Stanley Joseph, Berynn Schwerdt

Cinematographer: Noel Evans

Other Cast: Udonnis StVictor, Bob Sutor, Naomi Bertolotti, Rita Taouk, Farid Taouk, Virginia Bertolotti, Victoria Khoury, Cindy LaTrobe

1st AD: Dwuan LaTrobe

Sound Recordist: Vitaly Zolotarev

First Assistant Camera: Matthew McCracken

Production Manager: Gil Ben-Moshe

Composer: Stanley Joseph

Aboriginal Cultural Advisor: Bob Sutor

Catering: Cindy LaTrobe

Art Director: Dwuan LaTrobe

Runtime: 80 Minutes

Production company: World Pictures Australia

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I’m very pleased to announce that our multicultural, international romantic comedy My Cornerstone (starring Miss India Australia beauty pageant-winner Zenia Starr pictured above) will complete its 2nd week of cinema screenings this evening. There have been over 150 cinema screenings Australia-wide in the first two weeks alone and the feedback we have received from audiences and film critics alike has been overwhelmingly positive. So thank you to all who attended screenings at cinemas in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide during its first week.

Due to public demand in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs we have booked the classy Ritz Cinema (Event Cinemas) at Randwick for daily screenings beginning late October (Friday 31st) until Sunday November 2nd. http://www.ritzcinema.com.au/Movie/My-Cornerstone

Meanwhile the film continues to show in selected Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Beyond Australia, it will then release in selected markets internationally starting with India-wide cinema screenings before the end of this year.

Thank you so much for all your support.

See you at the movies!

James Morcan

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I’m very pleased to announce that our multicultural, international romantic comedy My Cornerstone (starring Miss India Australia beauty pageant-winner Zenia Starr pictured above) has just today begun its 2nd week of cinema screenings! There were 114 cinema screenings Australia-wide in the first week alone and the feedback we have received from audiences and film critics alike has been overwhelmingly positive. So thank you to all who attended screenings at cinemas in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide during its first week.

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The film continues to show in selected Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in its 2nd week at the following cinemas:
Garden City (Brisbane – Event Cinemas) QLD
Sunshine (Melbourne – Village Cinemas) VIC
Burwood (Sydney – Event Cinemas) NSW
Plus, due to public demand in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs we have booked the classy Ritz Cinema (Event Cinemas) at Randwick for daily screenings beginning late October (31st) until early November.
Beyond Australia, it will then release in selected markets internationally starting with India-wide cinema screenings before the end of this year.

Thank you so much for all your support.

See you at the movies!

James Morcan

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Director: Stanley Joseph

Writers: James Morcan (screenplay), Stanley Joseph (story)

Actors: Zenia Starr, Romin Khan, James Morcan, Santosh Verma

Cinematographer: Kent Marcus

Editor: Roy Sherfan

Producer: Stanley Joseph

Executive Producer: Akhil Chaukra

Production Company: World Pictures Australia http://www.wpafilms.com/

Distributor: Reel to Deal Pictures

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IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527256/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyCornerstoneFilm

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cALHYe5iNxY

 

Our multicultural romantic comedy My Cornerstone is in cinemas now and currently screening Australia-wide.

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Screening locations include Morley (Perth) WA, Marion (Adelaide) SA, Garden City (Brisbane) QLD, Sunshine (Melbourne) VIC, Southland (Melbourne) VIC, Liverpool (Sydney) NSW and Burwood (Sydney) NSW.

Here is our new 30 second trailer which is currently screening on TV:

Here are some comments from a few of our key cast members:

Zenia Starr

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“Working on ‘My Cornerstone’ was a truly unique experience for me as an actress; for the first time I had the opportunity to act in a film with both of parents and so our ‘on set family’ truly was family!
The production team, cast and crew collectively put in many long and hard hours of work to get this film shot in record timing. Contrary to our on-screen interactions for the most part of the film, many lovely friendships were made and belly-laughing memories created. I hope that the message of this film will resonate well with those who watch it.”
Romin Khan
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“If the words love, faith and hope resonate with you then ‘My Cornerstone’ is a film not be missed.
I have experienced a lot of love working on set with  ‘My Cornerstone’ team and we all had hopes regarding the faith of this movie to make it to the big screen and our dreams have come true indeed.
So please do come by and join us at the nearest event cinemas near you to celebrate this amazing journey of love, faith and hope called My Cornerstone.”
Gil Ben-Moshe
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“I am a cast member of ‘My Cornerstone’ along with my identical twin brother Oren. Apart from being a cast member I also wore several hats within the crew department. I was the first assistant director as well as the production manager. Working on My Cornerstone was a great experience, as I got to work along some of the most incredible cast and crew I’ve ever worked with. I thank producer/director Stanley Joseph for the wonderful opportunity.”
Aishveryaa Nidhi
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“It was a pleasure to play the part of Heather Pinto in  ‘My Cornerstone’. Film was so well cast that on-screen family actually became a family after the shoot. Whole cast and crew were very professional. Everybody has worked long hours to finish not one but two films in record days, which is a big achievement. Stanley has worked very hard to produce and release the film. Hats off to him!”

And lastly, myself (James Morcan)

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“Filming this ambitious international story was a mammoth undertaking and only achievable due to our highly efficient crew who pulled off untold miracles. Personally speaking, being an actor and screenwriter on the film was a tough dual assignment given the tight deadlines and the improvisational nature of the shoot. But fortunately with Stanley’s constant guidance and a very supportive cast and crew, I managed to deliver what was required.”
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Thank you so much for all your support.

See you at the movies!

James Morcan

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Director: Stanley Joseph

Writers: James Morcan (screenplay), Stanley Joseph (story)

Actors: Zenia Starr, Romin Khan, James Morcan, Santosh Verma

Cinematographer: Kent Marcus

Editor: Roy Sherfan

Producer: Stanley Joseph

Executive Producer: Akhil Chaukra

Production Company: World Pictures Australia http://www.wpafilms.com/

Distributor: Reel to Deal Pictures

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IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527256/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyCornerstoneFilm

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cALHYe5iNxY

Our international romantic comedy My Cornerstone debuts in cinemas this Thursday Oct 9th Australia-wide. There will be over 100 cinema screenings in the first week alone.
Please spread the word far and wide!
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Screening locations include Morley (Perth) WA, Marion (Adelaide) SA, Garden City (Brisbane) QLD, Sunshine (Melbourne) VIC, Southland (Melbourne) VIC, Liverpool (Sydney) NSW and Burwood (Sydney) NSW.
Thursday October 9
Burwood (Event Cinemas) 8.30PM
Liverpool (Event Cinemas) 8.45PM
Garden City (Event Cinemas) 1.30PM, 5PM, 9PM
Marion (Event Cinemas) 9.10PM
Morley (Event Cinemas) 9.10PM
Sunshine (Village Cinemas) No screening
Southland (Village Cinemas) 3.30PM, 6PM, 8.30PM
Friday October 10
Burwood (Event Cinemas) 3PM, 6PM, 9PM
Liverpool (Event Cinemas) 2.30PM, 5.30PM, 8.30PM
Garden City (Event Cinemas) 1.30PM, 5PM, 9PM
Marion (Event Cinemas) 6PM, 9.10PM
Morley (Event Cinemas) 9.10PM
Sunshine (Village Cinemas) 6.30PM, 9.15PM
Southland (Village Cinemas) 3.30PM, 6PM, 8.30PM
Saturday October 11
Burwood (Event Cinemas) 3PM, 6PM, 9PM
Liverpool (Event Cinemas) 2.30PM, 5.30PM, 8.30PM
Garden City (Event Cinemas) 1.30PM, 6PM, 9.10PM
Marion (Event Cinemas) 6PM, 9.15PM
Morley (Event Cinemas) 9.10PM
Sunshine (Village Cinemas) 12.45PM, 3.45PM, 6.30PM, 9.15PM
Southland (Village Cinemas) 3.30PM, 6PM, 8.30PM
Sunday October 12
Burwood (Event Cinemas) 3PM, 6PM, 9PM
Liverpool (Event Cinemas) 2.30PM, 5.30PM, 8.30PM
Garden City (Event Cinemas) 1.30PM, 5PM, 9PM
Marion (Event Cinemas) 6PM, 9.15PM
Morley (Event Cinemas) 9.10PM
Sunshine (Village Cinemas) 12.45PM, 3.45PM, 6.30PM, 9.15PM
Southland (Village Cinemas) 3.30PM, 6PM, 8.30PM
Monday October 13
Burwood (Event Cinemas) 3PM, 6PM, 9PM
Liverpool (Event Cinemas) 2.30PM, 5.30PM, 8.30PM
Garden City (Event Cinemas) 1.30PM, 5PM, 9PM
Marion (Event Cinemas) 6PM, 9.10PM
Morley (Event Cinemas) 9.10PM
Sunshine (Village Cinemas) 12.45PM, 3.45PM, 6.30PM, 9.15PM
Southland (Village Cinemas) 3.30PM, 6PM, 8.30PM
Tuesday October 14
Burwood (Event Cinemas) 3PM, 6PM, 9PM
Liverpool (Event Cinemas) 2.30PM, 5.30PM, 8.30PM
Garden City (Event Cinemas) 1.30PM, 5PM, 9PM
Marion (Event Cinemas) 6PM, 9.10PM
Morley (Event Cinemas) 9.10PM
Sunshine (Village Cinemas) 12.45PM, 3.45PM, 6.30PM, 9.15PM
Southland (Village Cinemas) 3.30PM, 6PM, 8.30PM
Wednesday October 15
Burwood (Event Cinemas) 3PM, 6PM, 9PM
Liverpool (Event Cinemas) 2.30PM, 5.30PM, 8.30PM
Garden City (Event Cinemas) 1.30PM, 5PM, 9PM
Marion (Event Cinemas) 6PM, 9.10PM
Morley (Event Cinemas) 9.10PM
Sunshine (Village Cinemas) 12.45PM, 3.45PM, 6.30PM, 9.15PM
Southland (Village Cinemas) 3.30PM, 6PM, 8.30PM
 
Check out our film’s trailer:

Thank you so much for all your support.

See you at the movies!

James Morcan

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Director: Stanley Joseph

Writers: James Morcan (screenplay), Stanley Joseph (story)

Actors: Zenia Starr, Romin Khan, James Morcan, Santosh Verma

Cinematographer: Kent Marcus

Editor: Roy Sherfan

Producer: Stanley Joseph

Executive Producer: Akhil Chaukra

Production Company: World Pictures Australia http://www.wpafilms.com/

Distributor: Reel to Deal Pictures

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IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527256/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyCornerstoneFilm

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cALHYe5iNxY

MY CORNERSTONE is an international romantic comedy filmed at various locations all over Sydney and greater NSW as well as in Mumbai, India. The story, which is a dynamic blend of East and West, covers contemporary issues in both Australian society and Indian communities in a fun and sexy fashion.

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The film debuts in cinemas (Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas) this Thursday Oct 9th Australia-wide. Screening locations include Morley (Perth) WA, Marion (Adelaide) SA, Garden City (Brisbane) QLD, Sunshine (Melbourne) VIC, Southland (Melbourne) VIC, Liverpool (Sydney) NSW and Burwood (Sydney) NSW. More cinemas are likely to be added soon due to public demand in certain areas.

Later this year the film, which is the first Indian-Aussie cross-over movie in cinema history, will also screen in cinemas in various countries worldwide, followed by an eventual international DVD release.

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The film’s multicultural cast includes some of the brightest up-and-coming actors from Australia and India. My Cornerstone’s lead actress, 24 year-old Indian-Australian Zenia Starr, was recently crowned Miss India Australia and was a contestant in the 2013 Miss India Worldwide beauty pageant. As a result of her role in My Cornerstone and other productions including the recent Australian indie film Backyard Ashes, Zenia is becoming a renowned name in both the Bollywood and Australasian film industries.

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“Like other successful cross-cultural films such as Bride and Prejudice and Bend It Like Beckham, My Cornerstone has the potential to become a mainstream crowd-pleaser with both traditional Australian audiences and ex-pat Indian cinemagoers alike.” -Don Groves, Inside Film (IF)

Here’s a recent article on the film in Indie Film World: http://www.indiefilmworld.tv/#!Cinema-Release-of-New-AustralianIndian-Feature-Film-My-Cornerstone/c1aod/441C5C22-BC23-42B4-B345-74071DBD11F5

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Check out our film’s trailer:

Thank you so much for all your support.

See you at the movies!

James Morcan

CREDITS:

Director: Stanley Joseph

Writers: James Morcan (screenplay), Stanley Joseph (story)

Actors: Zenia Starr, Romin Khan, James Morcan, Santosh Verma

Cinematographer: Kent Marcus

Editor: Roy Sherfan

Producer: Stanley Joseph

Executive Producer: Akhil Chaukra

Production Company: World Pictures Australia http://www.wpafilms.com/

Distributor: Reel to Deal Pictures

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IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527256/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyCornerstoneFilm

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cALHYe5iNxY

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