DAILY MAIL READER

DAILY MAIL READER

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Genre: Spoken word - Live action - Music video

Status: Available

 

“I’m no racist... but it’s a well-known fact that French people only ever smile when they see an animal in pain.”

Welcome to the world of the Daily Mail Reader, an archetypal Middle-Englander spouting small-minded delusions like the sprinkler on his immaculate lawn. He's a symbol of our times - in the wake of Brexit and the muck-slinging of the election he represents every Brit who believes everything they read.

In this hilarious mix of satirical spoken word (think The Daily Mash in musical form) and slick visual comedy (think Adam Buxton does the video for The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony) the Daily Mail Reader takes us on a tour of his neighbourhood, directing a stream of ridiculous paranoia at the people around him. His walk to the newsagent (to buy The Daily Mail, naturally) takes him past each of the victims of his vitriol.

Germans, single parents, the blind… everyone is out to get him. He may not be a bad person - who knows? He’s so ill-informed it’s impossible to tell.  

Made Better Media have a track record in producing music videos for clients such as Armada Music, Dreamland Margate and AK/DK

For this music video the Daily Mail Reader will be re-recorded by Brown Bear Audio, Brighton, with new backing music.

Made Better Media own the rights to the song.

Provocative and absurd, Daily Mail Reader is a tongue-in-cheek take on ignorance that’s awkwardly close to the real thing.

 

THE TALENT:

Ruari Barratt is an emerging actor,  versatile spoken word performer and presenter who has appeared in numerous creative and commercial films. As professional in-house talent, his involvement in Made Better Media projects is an excellent way to keep budgets competitive while ensuring maximum awesomeness.  

See Ruari Barratt in a recent Made Better Media project here:

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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Genre: Live action

Status: Available - In Production

 

"Find what you love and let it kill you"

Rupert is an office manager at a digital agency. Years of competing against younger, hungrier, less awkward colleagues has taken its toll on his personal life. Jealous of his girlfriend's efforts as a painter, he works late on the night of her career-making private view.  

Left alone in the office, he discovers someone else is burning the midnight oil... but who?

A unique mix of psychedelic fairy tale and classic horror, Employee of the Month appeals to audiences that found Black Mirror both captivating and terrifyingly close to home. 

 

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DAY OUT WITH DAD

DAY OUT WITH DAD

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"Dad, it's taken me 36 years to say this, but I love you."

Dad didn't say anything. He was in an urn.

Genre: Live action - Silent film

Status: Available

Last December my father chose to die after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. After collecting his ashes from a crematorium in Zurich I spent a day taking him to all our favourite places in our hometown of Brighton. We had a lovely time (talking as much as we always had when he was alive) until one moment of near disaster when I almost left him on a bus. 

This film tells the story of the adventures he might have had if I hadn't realised my mistake just before the bus doors closed.

John MacDonald, Made Better Media

Day Out With Dad is a film in the style of an updated Ealing Comedy. Think Monsieur Hulot's Holiday meets Edgar Wright's Spaced

After a morbidly humourous opening title sequence showing the factory-line process of a cremation, we meet our protagonist Stanley. He's a hapless but likeable everyman picking up his father's ashes. 

Seizing the last chance to bond with his deceased father, Stanley takes the treasured ashes for a whirl on the Gallopers on Brighton seafront... flying a kite together in the park... for a pint in his dad's local... before mistakenly placing the urn on the back of a Deliveroo bike. 

A comical chase ensues with the urn rolling down the near-vertical hills of Hanover, almost ending in a catastrophic finale in the back of a rubbish truck. Instead, the film concludes with a last-minute rescue and a tender farewell. 

Approaching the grieving process with a unique symbolism, Day Out With Dad takes a light-hearted approach to the universal issue of masculine relationships, bringing new technology to old cinema. 

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SATAN ON SOCIAL

SATAN ON SOCIAL

 

Genre: Live action - Animation

Status: Available

 

It's a little known fact that, despite being over 6000 years old, Satan has his dark, scaly finger on the pulse when it comes to Social Media.

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat: He's embraced them all as excellent outlets for humanity’s awfulness.

Here at Made Better Media we struck a deal with Lucifer himself (it involved interns’ souls) to gain exclusive access to the devil’s inbox for a day. In ‘Satan on Social’ we lift the lid on his private life, with video messages from Azrael (Angel of Death), Mahalath the succubus (Satan’s girlfriend), Nigel (Satan’s accountant) and Jesus (Son of God).

With animated backgrounds and creative costume changes, all these characters will be played by the same actor and shot in the same space at the Made Better Media studios. Think Big Train re-booted for the YouTube generation.

The format of the video messages will be familiar to any regular users of social media, though the exact platform is never specified, for copyright reasons.

Satan on Social is based on an audio piece, Satan's Answer Machine. Listen here:

Colourful, creative, this is a modern take on an age-old story perfect for sharing on the very platforms it lampoons.

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SEAGULL MAN

SEAGULL MAN

Genre: Live action

Status: Locked

 

For more information on this or any of the locked projects please contat Made Better Media.

 

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Others throw in the towel and become a seagull.

Lonely forty-something Peter lives in a seaside party town, works in a menial job, and is totally disconnected from the fashion, hedonism and seedy glamour that surround him. Living with his overbearing mother, the closest thing he has to a friend is his neighbour, Karen.

The only time he feels peace and fulfilment is when he’s feeding the local seagulls. For him, they represent freedom, fraternity and self-reliance.

When a chance meeting with Karen’s boyfriend leaves him bruised, shaken and unemployed, Peter withdraws into his own world, crafting an elaborate costume and remaking himself in the image of the brash, cocky birds that he admires.

Taking flight from everything that is ordinary and secure, Peter sees life on the messy streets from a scavenger’s perspective. Leaving the urban environment behind, he sets out for a new life on the white cliffs. Will he find what he’s looking for?  

This unusual tale will look and feel like the love child of Shane Meadows and Roger Deakins. The film will be shot on location around Brighton, making use of Made Better Media’s extensive network of local contacts. The seagull costume will be made by Sussex puppet theatre company Sabotage.  

The only reason not to commission Seagull Man is that after seeing it you may give up everything, run away and become a seagull! 

THE TALENT

Jonny Parlett is a professionally trained actor with experience in both stage and film.

Theatrical roles include Major Courtney (The Ladykillers, 2017), Dennis (Loot, 2016), Hamlet (Hamlet, 2015) and Hedwig (Hedwig And The Angry Inch, 2014).

In short film he has had leads in Enemies (Captain Robert Barrow, OGK Studios, 2017) and Julian (The Coolest Tattoo On Earth, Made Better Media, 2017).

As his CV shows Jonny is a multifaceted performer as at home in drama as in comedy and musical.

Represented by Creative Blast Agency.

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Canvey

Canvey

 

Part two in series - see previously commissioned 'Margate'
The intrepid poet revisits his home town of Canvey Island... 

For more information on this or any of the locked projects please contact Made Better Media.

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Mixtape Hero

Mixtape Hero

 

Understand the pains, tragedies, joys and the hours spent in making a mix tape by a guy when he's in love...

For more information on this or any of the locked projects please contact Made Better Media.

 

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STICK 'N' POKE

STICK 'N' POKE

Genre: Spoken word - Live action

Status: Available - In Production

 

"True tattoos only come from true agony"

For Patrick Bates, modern tattoos are commercialised, often tacky , rarely edgy, and widely available at low cost. More to the point, they don't hurt like they used to. 

Patrick is a traditional stick 'n' poke tattoo artist. Using his 6'7" body as his canvas he’s almost at a point of self-completion, with over 300 tattoos.

As Patrick shares his poem 'Something/Nothing', the voyeuristic camera lingers on the painful process of a stick 'n' poke session. Patrick administers a tattoo onto a willing victim with a very, very large needle, jabbing it into the skin over a thousand times. Conventional tattooing using an electric gun is, by comparison, a relaxing experience. 

The poem ponders the concept of 'peak tattoo'… the point of maximum output before a steep and terminal drop in production.

A mix of spoken word and cinematic visuals, by turns seductive and challenging, Stick 'n' Poke is an exploration of modern tattoos as seen through the eyes of a true believer.

 

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Apricot Bill

Apricot Bill

 

Genre: Utter Random

A family of four are embarking on a day trip, a normal domestic scene can be observed as they ramble off down a road and onto a motorway. Motoring along, Dad’s head drifts away into an imaginary, mildly hallucinatory world where children are not squabbling on the back seat and something magical can occur on a perfectly ordinary, English afternoon, as they rattle off down the road. Apricot Bill is coming! - Look! There’s Apricot Bill!
A shadowy, somehow friendly character is standing on the bridge, on every bridge, a vision of Apricot Bill. Who is he and what does he do all day? There is a buzz in the car as fiction is given life. This short celebrates and reflects on simple family moments. It also explores the idea of how we, as children, totally believe in adults, trust in adults and the imaginary characters they create.

 

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Goodbye Analog

Goodbye Analog

 

It's coming and there's nothing we can do - but calmly walk through the digital take over,
but as we do let's tilt our hat to dear old analog...

This project is currently unavailable for commission. Thanks for your interest though!

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Simon Vs Harding

Simon Vs Harding

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Genre: Live Action

This short follows the ramblings of eccentric extrovert Simon Harding, his witty, flowing vocabulary bounces around his unkempt apartment in a jumble of ranting spoken word with sudden outbreaks of (unexpectedly talented) song. This is infused effortlessly with his minor Tourettes which he uses in a positive way to enhance his dark comedic performance.
Simon explores his bachelor lifestyle and daydreams of something bigger.

 

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