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.
EXODUS documents the journey of Syrian refugees as they cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece. In the winter of 2015, over three thousand refugees attempted this treacherous crossing everyday, all in hope of seeking asylum in the European Union. It’s a life and death gamble that they are willing to take, all for a chance at a new life away from their war-torn homeland.
FREAK OUT: Matan, a soldier in the IDF, sets off for a week of patrolling in a remote base in the north of Israel with three soldiers whom he doesn’t know. As the week progresses, the soldiers begin to question whether they will come out of this experience alive.
THE HOLLY KANE EXPERIMENT: An obsessive psychologist attempts to reprogramme her subconscious mind, but when her actions become increasingly uncharacteristic she fears her experiment is dangerously out of control.
THE BEAT OF THE BAT is a full-length documentary that tells the story of the music of the 1966 “Batman” Television Series and how composers Neal Hefti, Nelson Riddle & Billy May gave Batman his first real musical identity- and one that has remained inexorably tied to the character for over 50 years!
In fact, if you saw the just released “Lego Batman Movie” you might have noticed the numerous references to the music of the TV series.
And face it, you can go up to anyone, anywhere in the world and sing “Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na!” and they will instantly know what you are talking about!
The music was as important to the show as the bright colors, campy dialogue and tongue-in-cheek performances. Yet, strangely, the story of how it came to be has never been told… Until now.
AMERICAN TRIAL seeks to discover what a trial in the Eric Garner case might have taught us. How is our legal system designed to handle cases such as Garner’s? What verdict may have been returned after all the evidence was presented? More importantly, what conversations, perspectives and emotions went unexamined because of the grand jury’s decision?
Similarly to fiction courtroom dramas, the lead characters of this documentary will be the attorneys leading the prosecution and the defense. Our camera will capture them as they develop their public arguments and individual positions. How do they decide which witnesses to summon? How do they prepare for their court appearance? Are there any discrepancies between their systemic role and their true feelings regarding the case?
The film will also follow a news crews covering the trial and reporting on race relations in America within the context of the trial and the movement for black lives. They will travel across America to discover what public figures, intellectuals and activists think about the Eric Garner case, as well as other similar cases through the prism of racial relations in the United States.
COLD LOVE – Cold Love highlights three expeditions spanning many years of Lonnie Dupre’s career — the first non-motorized circumnavigation of Greenland, the first summer expedition to the North Pole, and the first attempt of a solo January ascent of Denali. The film’s powerful footage reveals up-close the beauty and life-giving forces of these icy realms. And in seeing, we can’t help but be inspired to love and protect our earth’s frozen places. Not only are they beautiful and fragile, but they are the global engine that regulates the climate and provides a stable environment for all life on the planet.
IT’S NOT MY FAULT AND I DON’T CARE ANYWAY – A rich and famous self-help guru’s controversial philosophy of extreme selfishness is put to the ultimate test when his only daughter is kidnapped and held for ransom (featuring the late Alan Thicke)
VALLEY OF DITCHES – A young woman bound in the front seat of a parked car watches helpless as her captor methodically digs a grave in the desert ground. The bloody lifeless body of her boyfriend lies framed in the rear-view mirror, a fate she will fight at all costs to avoid for herself. But this is only the beginning of a brutal struggle where survival could be worse than death.