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Modern Noir ‘Trench’ Follows Private Eyes and Comedians Through Melbourne

"The time feels right for a stylish comedy/noir about awesome women pushing back at the forces that suppress them on an everyday basis."

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Logline: Reclusive writer Becky Holt is being stalked in her high-rise apartment, so Samantha Slade, failed stand-up comedian turned fledgling private eye, comes to her aid… for a fee, of course. But will her first case be the death of them?

Elevator Pitch:

“Trench” is a girl-powered modern-day detective comedy/thriller, shot like a 1940s Film Noir and set in the city of Melbourne, Australia. When reclusive writer Becky Holt experiences strange phenomena in her apartment, her online call for help is answered only by Sam Slade — a stand-up comic on the skids who needs cash and fancies herself a private eye. Together, they investigate an arrogant pick-up artist, a abrasive, sexist comedian, an ambitious right-wing politician and more in their efforts to unmask the stalker… if they don’t get themselves killed before that happens.

Production Team:

Director/Screenwriter/Cinematographer/Editor/Co-Producer/Co-Story – Paul Anthony Nelson
Actress/Co-Producer/Co-Story – Perri Cummings

Samantha Hill
Scott Major
Perri Cummings
Dave Lamb
Cate Wolfe
Lulu McClatchy

About the Film:

I always wanted my first feature to celebrate genre, Melbourne — how I always saw it, in black and white — and, increasingly, women. My partner Perri Cummings and I wanted to create female leads who were clever, messy, active, flawed, funny and troubled: just like most women we knew! I’ve always loved the idea of real world behaviour smashing its way into genre trappings, and “Trench” seemed the ideal story for all of this. The time feels right for a stylish comedy/noir about awesome women pushing back at the forces that suppress them on an everyday basis.

Current Status: Principal photography completed, now editing and crowdfunding for post-production.

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