Brian Barnes has been making films for 28 years. He has spent a large amount of time during his career making corporate videos for various companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Google. Mr Barnes has won the Snippies award for a video made for Intel, and has directed over five hundred hours of TV on Sky (UK) and SABC2 (South Africa). The Urge, an award winning short made by Brian has become the 8th most watched horror film on IndieFlix for over a year.
Brian and his team (Roger Thomas and Matt Aucott) have worked together to bring the world his first ever feature film, The Redeeming.
What is The Redeeming about?
The Redeeming is a psychological thriller about a single mother, Joyce. Joyce has a hidden past, something that she has blocked out of her mind completely. Slowly, she realises that fragments of these 'forgotten' memories are beginning to return. Worried about her state of mind, she takes to a remote and isolated cottage in the hopes of finding peace. When a mysterious stranger turns up and things change.
The Making of The Redeeming
28 years of hard work. That's how long it has taken The Redeeming to come to where it is today. Awaiting release. The cast and crew battled through the stormiest period of weather in the UK in the last twenty years. All of the cast and crew stayed in the cottage that the film was being shot in. Someone sleeping in every room and in the words of Brian Barnes "we all had to climb over Graeme our sound recordist to get into the kitchen for breakfast each morning!"
They shot for nine days in a row, averaging around twelve hours of filming per day. Before they started shooting, Brian had planned a number of scenes that could be dropped if they ran out of time. In the schedule, Brian had planned for ten pages per day, on one day they fell two pages short but made this up the next day. Talking about his experience shooting The Redeeming, Brian said "Despite the intensity, it was the best shooting experience of my career, as we all got on amazingly well and there was plenty of laughter between takes!"
Tracey Ann Wood - Joyce Hadley. Tracey first worked with Brian on a commercial for a car finance company, and he decided she would be perfect for the role of the disturbed single mother. Since The Redeeming, Tracey has since appeared at the National Theatre, the UK's premier stage.
Ryan Wichert - John Simons. Born in Germany, to an English mother and a German Father, Ryan is bilingual and uses that to his advantage by being able to work in both countries. Ryan stars in Germany's WDR TV Series, "Die unwahrscheinlichen Ereignisse im Leben von..."
Robert Blackwood - Doctor Hadley. Blackwood worked with Brian in a car commercial for one of his corporate works, before joining the cast of The Redeeming.
I am extremely excited to see a UK based film. I always am, being from the UK myself it is nice to see them being made. I can not wait for The Redeeming to be released, it looks like modern day horror is finally making its way back into the big leagues. I can see big things for this film in the future. I love to support Independent films and film makers so being able to write a piece like this is fantastic.