Banchory film production company announces launch of its latest film

Banchory-basded Page Break Productions is celebrating the completion of their latest short film, 'The Treasurer'.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 25th February 2021, 7:52 am
Updated Thursday, 25th February 2021, 8:09 am
Richard on set
Richard on set

The thriller, written by Richard Burke, was shot under COVID-19 restrictions on location in Scotland in August last year.

‘The Treasurer’ is set in the 1970s and tells of Gerry, an innocuous Scottish bank manager, who was blackmailed into managing the finances of an Irish dissident paramilitary organisation. He carries out his duties for several years but then, in an act of 'taking out insurance' he begins to keep detailed ledgers of the organisation's financial activities. '

The story originated from Richard's interest with the ‘70s era. Richard moved from Wales to Scotland during the early 1970s, and he recalls the regular TV and radio news coverage of the time.

He said: “I vividly remember the horrific events stemming from Irish sectarianism, in the 1970s and broadly used that backdrop for this story of pure fiction. I deliberately kept ‘the organisation’ unrelated to either side of the divide, as I wanted to keep the story ‘neutral’. I set out to tell a cracking story and I hope we’ve succeeded”.

For any small production company, getting a short film off the ground can prove costly, and 2020 had the added complexities created by COVID-19. To add to their problems, producing a period thriller requires additional funding, so filming on a tight budget, coupled with COVID lockdown, brought many challenges.

All three actors in the film started out rehearsing virtually, on-line. Daniel Campbell, chosen for Gerry's role, lives in London, so all his rehearsals were via virtual calls. Carrie Dodds, who played Martha, Gerry's wife, is based in Glasgow and could meet in person for early solo rehearsals, as could Austyn Robb who played the antagonist.

The company recruited several talented young crew members from across Scotland, resulting in a production team who were passionate about the project.

Michael Silva, Producer, said: “The whole team understood the difficulties that we faced during this time, but everyone showed great passion in working together to create this film, whether it was in person or virtually. It shows that there’s a lot of hungry, creative film talent in Scotland”.