Produced - Hostage to Fate

 

Hostage to Fate
Hostage to Fate
Running time: 88min
Date of release: 2004

 

Synopsis
Young Dave is on a collision course with Fate: His visionary grandmother, Maritsa, has prophesised that he’s going to kill his father and have sex with his aunt!

Can we escape our fate? Are our lives programmed so that no matter what we do, every second of our existence is mapped out for us?

A warehouse is robbed and security guard falls into a coma. Rumour has it the goods stolen were a banned anti-aging drug, labelled "dangerous" because of inadequate testing.

Even so there’s no shortage of buyers prepared to pay big bucks on the black market for the “fountain of youth”.

Here's a news story screaming to be investigated. Enter local hero Dave, investigative reporter at a popular community TV station. Dave is passionate about getting to the truth but is "Truth" worth pursuing at any cost?

But it sees our hero isn’t the only one chasing the truth. There are skeletons in the Dave’s family closet and they're rattling loudly. Dave’s mum, Elli, has always told him that he was a result of a one-night stand in Greece. So who is the father Dave has never known?

Not that Dave has much time to think about it just yet because Evelyn enters his life. Evelyn’s an ambitious actor playing the lead role in a major play which Dave is told to cover by his mentor and station manager, Boyle.

The station’s owner, Nic - a businessman with fingers in many pies - is keen to have the play publicised to the hilt and what better reporter to do it than Dave whose program Moment Of Truth has a large following.

Unbeknown to Dave, Nic is Evelyn’s father, keen to see his daughter realise her dream of being a serious actor. But as the relationship between Dave and Evelyn develops, we find that Evelyn’s parentage appears to be as dubious as Dave’s.

The young lovers are fated to undertake a journey of discovery about themselves and the history underpinning their relatives.

"Truth" is finally within reach and the stage is set - in more ways than one - for a dramatic date with destiny.

Hostage to Fate - War Story
This baby was a tall order: 12 day shoot; 7 ½ minutes of screen-time per day; shooting ratio 5:1; heavily weather- dependent due to shooting in a makeshift sound-studio with a tin roof; in post-production for 3 ½ years.

This is a movie about Gods pulling the strings of we mere mortals. Sometimes it felt like they insisted that art imitate life!

But hey, we prayed and made the Gods an offer they couldn’t confuse. Guess what? They smiled upon us!

The Gods are merciful after all and probably enjoy a good movie too.

Cast
Dave
Nic
Evelyn
Mr. Boyle
Elli
Maritsa
Georgina
Bunny
Jim
Brian
Bernie
Chris
Sotos
"Jason"
Mrs. Boyle
Chorus of Corinthian Women









"Pigeon" Man
Security Guard
Creon's Daughter
Café Patrons:





"Pooch"

DAMIEN FOTIOU
NICK CARRAFA
GABRIELLA MASELLI
TERRY NORRIS
MARIE-LOUISE WALKER
JAN FRIEDL
LAURA LATTUADA
BRUCE KERR
ROBERT RATTI
DREW TINGWELL
ARIANNA BOSI
PETER STEFANOU
JIM KOUTSOUKOS
MICK RAFFERTY
ALETHEA McGRATH
ANTOINETTA SIRENE
CORINNA CAPPE'
ENZA DI GIORGIO
HELEN LAFFIN
KATRINA PAVONE
MARIA ANG
NATASHA CHERNISHOVA SIMOES
ORIETTA COLLES
SUSAN MANTON
ADRIENNE CABINI
POL McMAHON
TERRY MANIKAS
RITA BATTAGLIN
PIETRO CHIESI
GAETTANO RAVIDA
ETTORE SIRACUSA
LIBBY McKINNON
PAMELA MACKLIN
TONY FRYER
VILLI
Crew
Executive Producer
Producer
Writer and Director
Director of Photography
Editor
Art Director
Production Designer
Sound Designer
Original Score
Sound Recordist
First Assistant Director
Production Manager
Continuity
Boom Operator
Focus Puller
Production Assistant / Camera Assistant
Gaffer / Grip
Second Assistant Director
Stand-by Props
Make-up Artist
Assistant Make-up Artist
Hair
Best Boy/Grip
Production Secretary
Runner
Assistants to the Art Director:

Assistant Stand-by Props
Wardrobe
"Medea" Original Score
Artists - Original Works:

Casting
Script Editor
Script Consultants:



Assistant to the Director
Caterer, Helping Hand
Stills Photographers:


Safety Officer
Armourer
Set Builder & Set Painters



Legals Services
Picture Editing Facilities
Sound Editing Facilities
Production Office
Equipment Hire and Video Transfers
Film Stock
Credits designer
Lab Liaison
Production Accountant
Insurance

DENNIS VOSSOS
MICHAEL AGAR
ANGELO SALAMANCA
CON FILIPPIDIS
KEN SALLOWS
TINA CARTER
RUTH LYON
PAUL SHANAHAN
BON NARDELLA
TIM SYMONDS
NADIA COSSICH
ALANNA FORD
DOROTHY ELLER
JOAN KELLY
SUNNY WILDING
PAUL TREADWELL
CHRIS LOVEDAY
DENNIS HOSKING
JULIE COOPER
YOSETTE SAUNDERS
REBECCA ING
NARELLE GRAVINA
ANDREW LOCK
KAZ YOUNG
BARBARA AGAR
GLEN JOHNSON
BRAD BETTS
ELLEN MacLENNON
RITA BATTAGLIN
AARON SYMONDS
RALPH EBERLIN
NINA BURSIAN
The AUSTRALIAN CINEMA ENSEMBLE
ARIANNA BOSI
ALISON TILSON
BILL MOUSOULIS
PIERO COLLI
ROSA COLOSIMO
LELLA CARIDDI
RITA BATTAGLIN
SABINA MASELLI
KURT MEDENBACH
SANDRA MIDDLETON
PETER CULPAN
JOHN FOX
JOHNNY AUSTIN
STAN ANSON
JOCELYN LYON
CHRISTINA PEDDER
ROTH WARREN SOLICITORS
THE JOINERY
SOUNDWORX
MELBOURNE'S LIVING MUSEUM of the WEST Pty Ltd
LEMAC
KODAK 7294 200T
MARCUS HERRICK
IAN ANDERSON (Cinevex)
MICHAEL AGAR
BRIAN HOLLAND (Holland Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd)
About the Writer / Director:
Angelo Salamanca graduated with distinction from Swinburne Film and Television School, in 1991 where his graduate film, “Urban Myth”, was picked up for distribution by the Australian Film Institute and received a Certificate of Merit from the Nimes Film Festival, France.

Angelo has been professionally active in film and video production for 20 years with experience in many disciplines including directing, screenwriting, casting and production assisting.

His first efforts at screenwriting included co-writing “Hungry Heart” (Edinburgh Film Festival; Montreal Film Festival; GTV 9) directed by Luigi Acquisto and writing “Closer and Closer Apart” (screened on GTV 9; FOXTEL) described by David Stratton in Variety as “ well-written script ”.

He was a member of Melbourne Film Festival features and documentary pre-selection panel for 11 years, and served twice on the AFI Awards panel for shorts and animation.

Angelo first feature film, Hostage to Fate, was screened at The Home Brewed International Film Festival in New South Wales.

His latest projects in development: “A Changing Sky”, has received script development funding from Film Victoria.

“Slow Burn” is in an advanced stage of script development to be produced by Kate Whitbread.

Angelo’s second feature film as director, “Zyco Rock” – a futuristic teen movie – is currently in pre-production and will commence shooting in January, 2008.

A brief overview of Angelo’s drama narrative work as writer, director and writer/director may viewed at innersense/mif