STALLED, 9min, Canada, Thriller/Suspense
Directed by Karen Lam
Alex Macey is getting divorced. In an underground parking garage an emotional call to his wife cuts out. Returning to his car he confronts a would be car jacker. With violent results.
Alex Macey had it all: wife, career, success... and then he didn't. Alex sits in an underground parking garage contemplating his troubles, a last chance job interview and his impending divorce.
Frustrated when an emotional call to his ex-wife is cut short by a signal loss in the concrete maze, Alex returns to his car to find a large hooded figure trying to break in. This is the last straw in his broken world and Alex decides to stand up for himself. Confronting the car-jacker will change his life forever.
Human violence is an important theme that runs through my work: I'm fascinated by what triggers the most extreme forms of human reaction. I tend to focus my writing and directing on female-centric horror and thrillers, but in the case of STALLED, what attracted me to the script was the examination of violence between men. What would push two seemingly ordinary men to the brink? What factors escalate the violence? What goes through the characters' minds when things spiral out of control?
I was also interested in the choreography of a fight sequence. So often in films, the fighting feels effortless, it's almost graceful, and yet what we see on screen seems so far removed from what we witness and experience in real life. I wanted to depict a fight that feels as messy, organic and real as possible, something that really reflected the actions of the characters. For me, action means nothing unless it's rooted in drama.
Writer's Statement - David Lewis
I'm fascinated by perception. How researchers say we instantly scan and assess someone within 10 seconds of meeting them. I find myself intimidated by the brawny tattooed males that seem to be everywhere nowadays, for no other reason than they look dangerous.
As far as locations go I've always felt underground parking garages to be slightly sinister. Concrete pillars. Blind corners. Darkened recesses. The concrete jungle. Combining the two I was interested in seeing how a businessman would handle himself when dropped into this scenario.
PRODUCED WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE UNION OF B.C. PERFORMERS