Tolfa Short Film Festival

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SOPHIE'S FORTUNE



The new release from Genesis Flux and Divided Productions has lush jungle landscapes, sprawling Aztec ruins, cinematic blockbuster special effects and scenes of action-packed mayhem. The story follows  Brendan who gets involved in a 'Fathers only' treasure hunt for the sake of his 7 year old niece Sophie.

But what Brendan begins to realise is that the parents imagination may have gotten the better of them and it might not be so easy bringing home Sophie's Fortune. This film can be described as "Indiana Jones" meets "The Goonies" with it's fun and fantastical take on action and excitement. A film directed by the award-winning filmmaker Chris Cronin who's previous film "Ante" has been described as a "blacked-hearted little gem".

In less than 24 hours, the trailer for the action/adventure short film “Sophie’s Fortune: The Treasure of Quetzalcoatl” generated thousands of online hits and created serious internet buzz. Capturing the cinematic style of a summer blockbuster, the film follows a father’s treasure hunt at a children’s birthday party where imagination takes over, transforming it into an epic Indiana Jones style adventure, harking back to fun classics like ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Hook’.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Chris Cronin, a rapidly rising talent in the North, Sophie’s Fortune looks set to cement his position as one of the most talented directors in UK independent film. His previous short, ‘Ante’ took Manchester by storm and received a barrage of critical accolades.

The film brings together almost a hundred talented people and stars Simon Hardwick, Donald Standen of Highlander (1997) and Captain America (1990), Steve McTigue of Dragon Crusaders (2011), David Edward-Robertson of Shameless and Emmerdale, Cameron Prudames, Adam Baroni, Christopher Faith, and a host of other talented actors. It was produced by Phil Meachem with assistant producer Cheryl Hughes and shot by skilled cinematographer Sam Cronin.

The “Sophie’s Fortune: The Treasure of Quetzalcoatl” trailer can be viewed on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoC-TMSvSNQ
Official Website - www.sophiesfortune.com

DIRECTOR'S NOTES
The idea for Sophie's Fortune came from the fact that I had to scratch the action itch left by the feature "Shoot Out" which has been put on hold and "Sophie's Fortune" could bring a lot of the 80's action stuff that I truly loved into an original modern film. I first decided to make a big no budget UK action/adventure in part because I realized no-one was doing anything like that (fan films aside) and it would be so cool to watch one. I looked at a stills photographer's work of local abandoned locations and they looked straight out of an Indiana Jones movie just sitting there and a fight scene in the vein of Indiana Jones I imagined blew up into a massive ensemble cast-based adventure. I hoped the actors I'd been following for a while or had worked with before would be excited about doing something that not many short films had tried i.e. making a big budget concept with no budget. That was my goal. Making a film that a lot of people in the industry said I shouldn't make and couldn't pull off. That's what made all the 15 hour shoots with 30 extras plus actors more exciting and manageable. In the end it was simple as pitching it to my Producer and running with it.

Chris Cronin