THE IMMUNDA EXPERIMENT

SETREADY 2021

THE IMMUNDA EXPERIMENT

THE IMMUNDA EXPERIMENT

How far would you go to fit in? Our story follows a naïve, but inquisitive, young addict as she joins The Immunda Experiment, a successful rehabilitation centre run by one Mr Wright. She is quickly exposed to the unorthodox and emotionally destructive nature of the treatment there, and finds herself in a personal conflict between what she thinks is right, and the dysfunctional, yet supportive, ‘family’ into which she has been accepted. It may seem that there is an obvious answer to this dilemma, but it is a choice which most make every day: one between acceptance and individuality.

CAST

Pahirthana Anusriskumar

Pahirthana Anusriskumar

Actor

I am 24 and from London! NYFA has given me the first opportunity to be casted in a short film! I am so excited and I am very passionate about films and acting. I love to try and be in the shoes of different characters and bring the director’s vision to life.

Callum Knight

Callum Knight

Actor

I have participated in many student short films and recently gained acting parts on TV show Outlander. With my skills in electronic music creation, I have designed cinematic music and sound effects for short films. I have skills with video editing and colour grading in film which I have shown through making music videos. I would like to work in film because I have a passion for creating entertainment, I love to embody the life of different characters and I like to channel my own political and social opinions through my art. I have a long term goal of achieving a suitable place in the Sci-Fi realm of film with a dream to be in Doctor Who and Marvel movies. I am from the South side of Glasgow, East Kilbride.

Amelia Pike

Amelia Pike

Actor

This is my first short film project as an actor. Previously, I have worked mostly in theatre, including being part of the Rose Youth Theatre. I am extremely excited to be a part of the NYFA. I want to work in film industry because of how it demonstrates creative collaboration can create something beautiful on screen. As an actor, I am part of that storytelling process, and it would be a privilege to be able to do that professionally. I am based near London.

Benjamin Booth Bennett

Benjamin Booth Bennett

Actor

Given the number of mediums through which one can consume art, I find drama to be the most powerful and influential, and I want to be a part of it.

Myles Murphy

Myles Murphy

Actor

I have no professional experience in film, however I am part of a film company at an acting school, and take film for A level so I have a good understanding of film. I want to work in film as in film I would get the chance to reinvent myself as a different character for every movie or to develop the same character with different storylines in a string of movies, and lastly I am from Haywards Heath.

Matilda Rae

Matilda Rae

Actor

Matilda is an ArtsEd Acting Grad and has recently finished touring with the National Youth Theatre's REP Company. She can't wait to do more screen acting!

Sahan Hiddalarachchi

Sahan Hiddalarachchi

Actor

My experience in film started when I was an extra in The Justice League. I performed in a few short films at university and now, I am casted in a short film in the NYFA community. I am fascinated by films from the The French New Wave to contemporary films. I want to be apart of this industry. I am from Buckinghamshire and based in London.

Louise Piatkowski

Louise Piatkowski

Actor

Louise is an Edinburgh born actress with experience in various theatre productions and some short film work as well. Her ambition is to create gripping film moments that can enchant and captivate an audience through her acting talent.

Andrea Swann-Martinez

Andrea Swann-Martinez

Actor

My name is Andrea Swann-Martinez, and i'm from Oxford. I have recently finished working on a BBC's audio drama 'Burn Your Wishes' which will air later on in the year. Since then, I have been working with the NYFA on the Set Ready 2021 course which has been an amazing process so far! Film is more than whats on the screen, it's about the process and the story and I, as an actor, strive to bring truth and honesty to my characters. Film has become such a big part of what I want to do that I have dedicated my life to developing my technique and craft to entertain an audience. Nothing has ever made me more fulfilled in my life and I have never looked back.

CREW

Louie Evans-Kelly

Louie Evans-Kelly

Producer

Running his own production company, he balances working with industry giants like Universal, Altitude and Netflix whilst simultaneously committed to student films like NYFA & LFS and volunteering for Wolf-Pac's documentary.

Ella Parkinson Mearns

Ella Parkinson Mearns

Crew

Creative and deadline-driven video production assistant with an enthusiasm for making unique content and utilising video to positively impact others. Fascinated with creating documentary shorts, with a varied background in making informational films, short films, and animations.

Flo Husson

Flo Husson

Script Writer

Flo’s experience as a writer mostly comes from writing for the theatre, which she has done both for children’s amateur dramatics groups and at university. However, she has decided to pursue an interest in writing for film as she prefers to work collaboratively to working on her own. She also has experience in film making from her time as head of the Young Journalists’ Association at her secondary school, and from volunteering as a camera operator at a local church. She originally comes from Newark-on-Trent, but is currently studying in Newcastle.

Ryan Rutherford

Ryan Rutherford

Assistant Director

I am a film maker from Edinburgh, Scotland. I have worked on small amateur productions before and I am looking forward to working with NYFA on this years set ready course.

Gabrielle Nowell

Gabrielle Nowell

Crew

I studied media at Kingston University, mainly focusing on Film and TV production. I've always loved acting and screenwriting. I want to work in film as I live storytelling and making a difference. I want to make the film industry more accessible for gender minorities and people who have disabilities. I was born in Abu Dhabi, raised in Cyprus, and now live just outside of Chichester, West Sussex in South England.

Owen Ruthven

Owen Ruthven

Editor

I am based in Romsey, Hampshire and since growing up, I love watching films and television and I always wanted to get involved behind the scenes as it fascinating. I was studying BA Filmmaking; I've worked on about 10 short films at university. At the end of my first year, I discovered my passion in editing, and I love how editing enables editors to shape up a film like “solving a puzzle”. I cannot wait to edit our film when the post-production process starts!

MENTOR

Phil Meheux

Phil Meheux

PHIL MÉHEUX, BSC began his film career with the BBC Television’s prestigious film-training program. Within 3 years Méheux was shooting documentaries and television programmes which brought him to the notice of director, Tony Simmons and Méheux’s first 35mm feature Black Joy, which became the official British entry the Cannes Film Festival in 1977 leading to his freelance career. Since then he has photographed over 50 feature and television productions and numerous commercials including two James Bond films: GOLDENEYE and CASINO ROYALE, the latter winning him the BSC Best Cinematography Award and a BAFTA Nomination.

A member of the British Society of Cinematographers since 1979, he has served as a Governor since 1999 and became one of its longest running presidents between 2002 and 2006. In 2017 he was awarded the ARRI John Alcott Memorial Award for services to the Society.

He is a member of BECTU the UK film Union and IATSE the US International Cinematographers Guild, an honorary member of the Australian Cinematographers Society, an elected member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, and was honoured by the American Society of Cinematographers with their International Award in 2014.

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