Based on a True Story is a short comedy/drama written and directed by Peter Davies, produced by Katie Sales and edited by Zoe Dun. It was completed as their graduation piece for their master’s degree from Bournemouth University in 2009.
It is to have its UK premiere at the Swansea Film Festival in May 2010, where it was nominated for Best International Short – Under 35 Minutes. It is also under consideration at various other film festivals around the country.
Synopsis of film:
After witnessing the massacre of his family and the destruction of his village, Yaroslav Garkusha is invited by filmmakers to come to England to make a film based on these terrible events. Eager to tell his story to the world, Yaroslav accepts – entrusting his tale wholeheartedly to a producer, director and screenwriter all too keen to make his tale appeal to a ‘wider audience’.
We follow Yaroslav through each stage of the films production. Facing compromises, inflated egos, the filmmakers’ obsession with profits, and constant rewrites, we watch as he struggles to keep the details of his story intact.
FISHBEAST PRODUCTIONS and INNER INK PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
A PETER DAVIES FILM
‘BASED ON A TRUE STORY’
STARRING ROBERT HIDER TREVOR NORMAN MARK SAVAGE CHRIS MANNING NATASHA COX ERICA THOMAS LOWE and DAVE SHARPE
COSTUME AND SET DESIGN BY YOSEPH HAMMAD
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY DAWID PIETKIEWICZ
STORY BY NICK WHEATLEY and PETER DAVIES
EDITED BY ZOE DUN
SOUND DESIGN BY NICO METTEN
MUSIC BY MICHAEL ATKINSON
PRODUCED BY KATIE MEAGAN SALES
WRITTEN AND DIRECED BY PETER DAVIES