Thus… With a Kiss Gets a Facelift

Back in 2014 we collaborated with our friends Jo Mama to create Thus… With A Kiss, starring excellent local actor, Alfred Loh. This time Fairil (star of The Returning) stayed behind the camera to direct this spooky thriller. 

With Beyond Staffing safely on its way out to the world, we decided to put a fresh coat of paint on this earlier masterpiece, which has benefited greatly from setting the black levels and contrast correctly with the latest tech.

The script was co-written by Paul Russell and a young American talent called Rhonnie Fordham, who has gone on to scripting feature films. We also borrowed some lines from a reputable bard, William Shakespeare.

Music provided by our very talented friend Adison Albert.

So settle in and prepare yourself for a dark, lonely night with our budding thespian, as he finds his rehearsal doesn’t quite go as planned. 

Beyond Staffing Gets a Trailer

Some people might ask “why do a one minute trailer for an 11 minute film?’ 

And you might be justified in asking that too. The answer is ‘because we can’, and it’s probably the best one your’re going to get. 

But at the same time it’s not like we can’t take an opportunity to subvert the genre, is it?

So here we have happy (although rather confused) Mindy attending what she thinks is a job interview, complete with motivational American music. 

After that it all goes downhill. But what else would you expect?

Beyond Staffing is our new existential, dark, sci-fi comedy satire, which we made just to prove how many bases we can cover in 11 minutes. 

If you would like to see it, call or email or even use the contact form for a Secret Squirrel link. 

When Mindy Kelly wakes up in the weirdest recruitment consultancy she’s ever seen, she doesn’t realise exactly how much of a shock she is going to get, nor how life changing her next decision will be.

Beyond Staffing is the most ambitious international collaboration we have done so far. The collaborative team included people from USA, Malaysia, UK. Spain and New Zealand

Not For the Faint Hearted

When Mindy Kelly wakes up in a recruitment agency she is in for a few surprises. 

This is the basic premise of our new short film, Beyond Staffing, which is in the final stages of post production. 

Co-written by Stephen O Reynolds (USA) and Paul Russell (UK/Malaysia), this weird, dark crossover leans heavily on Monty Python and Kurt Vonnegut influences. It’s a dark trip with a twisted sense of humour, definitely not for the faint hearted. 

Kiwi comic Adrianna Aye adds a terrific nuanced performance as the bewildered Mindy, who has to think on her toes if she is to get her next reward.

Once finished, Beyond Staffing will go to selected film festivals for viewing, before becoming publicly available some time in 2020.

 

Crew

Adrianna Aye as Mindy
Maying Sobey as Janet
Paul Michael Connor as Tropy

Paul Russell, Producer, Director, Editor

David Yáñez Barroso, DOP
Rosli Basir, Assistant Camera
The Enigmatic Chloe, Production Assistant/Grip