Holly Kane (Kirsty Averton) is an attractive 29-year-old experimental psychologist, whose determined research into mind – control techniques is driven by a fear of insanity. In her quest to control her unconscious thoughts, Holly is experimenting with drug-fueled subliminal programming when two very different men come into her life.
She is swept off her feet by Dennis Macintyre (James Rose), a handsome 35-year-old who seems to be impulsive and vulnerable but who conceals a background in military intelligence.
Meanwhile, her career gets a much – needed boost from Marvin Greenslade (Nicky Henson), a celebrated 73-year-old psychologist who uses his power and influence to facilitate the clinical trials that will legitimize Holly’s experiments. But Marvin hasn’t told Holly the complete truth either. When Holly steps up her experiments on herself with more sophisticated equipment and more powerful drugs, she descends into paranoia and madness. To discover the truth about what’s happening to her, Holly must learn to trust something other than her mind.
‘The Holly Kane Experiment’ is a British indie psychological thriller about about a controversial young psychologist who gains funding and research facilities from a respected benefactor but slowly finds herself the subject of her own mind control experiment. Helmed by father/son team Mick Sands (screenwriter) and Tom Sands (director and producer), the film is produced by Substantial Films and stars Kirsty Averton in the eponymous role alongside Nicky Henson, James Rose, Lindsey Campbell and Matthew Neal.
Cast: Kirsty Averton, Nicky Henson, James Rose, Lindsey Campbell, Matthew Neal
Crew: Tom Sands, Mick Sands
Year of production: 2016
Running time: 103 Minutes
Festivals, Awards & Press:
Official Selection –St. Louis International Film Festival, 2016
Official Selection –Anchorage International Film Festival, 2016
Official Selection –Wicked Film Festival, 2016
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Tom Sands – Producer/Director:
Although Tom was a keen student of the theory of film, he quickly realized that film-making is not an academic process. What was needed was a much more hands-on approach. So, in 2010, he dropped out of film school and cut his teeth shooting and editing a series of documentaries filmed in eight different countries. He went on to direct music videos and commercials, and in 2014 produced and directed his first feature film – BACKTRACK – which has so far been distributed in six countries, including the US. In 2015, he produced and directed the psychological thriller THE HOLLY KANE EXPERIMENT, which is just about to begin its festival run at the St Louis International Film Festival. And this year, he produced and directed the comedy-drama THREE ACTS about an actor struggling with dissociative identity disorder. He will direct another psychological thriller called ENACTMENT in February 2017. Tom’s experience has taught him how to balance the commercial and the artistic. If it’s too focused on the commercial, it isn’t interesting; and if it’s too focused on the artistic, it isn’t profitable. Tom passionately believes that commercial films can have depth.
Mick Sands – Writer/Executive Producer:
Mick had a successful career as an advertising copywriter at top London agencies like JWT, DDB and Leagas Delaney, where he wrote more than 60 broadcast TV commercials and won all of the major industry awards, including golds and silvers at D&AD, BTAA and Cannes. He was then commissioned to write the screenplays Millennium Man for Parallel Pictures and The Red King for Warner Bros. He has had screenplays optioned by Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars), David Kennaway (producer of The Rocket Post) and Imaginary Films. Mick wrote the low budget feature film Backtrack, which was released in 2015. He also wrote Three Acts, a black comedy currently in pre-production at Substantial Films with Tom Sands directing.
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