Find out about the very first production of
East Indie Company...
THIS IS THE STORY OF UNLIKELY HEROES.
THEY HAPPEN TO BE WOMEN.
THEY HAPPEN TO BE STUNT FIGHTERS.
THEY HAPPEN TO HAVE A LONGING TO PERFORM IN A SERIOUS WORK OF ART.
THIS FILM HAPPENS TO BE IT.
A group of female stunt performers faces the harsh reality of the day to day struggle for survival. They have a dream and a life and some deluded expectations . Will their moment came and, if it does, will they be able to recognise it?
A FILM BY ERIC SCHACHTER
DIRECTED BY ALESSANDRO LEONARDI
ANSKO PITKANEN AS 'ANGEL'
ANNA ALFIERI AS 'ORPHIE'
MELANIE GAYLE AS 'JAMAICA'
CLAUDIA RONCALLO AS 'SOPHIE'
SAMANTA TAMANG AS 'JOOLZ'
SARAH-JAYNE HOLE AS 'DUTCHIE'
"If anyone cares to check-out my original brilliant script for this film they will find the story of a bunch of women stunt fighters who mutiny on their scuzzy manager and produce a show of their own. Well, things didn't roll according to plan. My cast & crew really did mutiny. They trashed my script and cooked up one of their own. In the middle of the shoot, Alessandro decided that he was The Director. He then split and switched scenes and changed my happy ending for a crock of nihilistic neo-realist shit. Meanwhile, Orphie refused to engage in key dramatic scenes because, "I just don't feel it." Joolz improvised at random and Angel decided to age ten years and perform as if she was knocking at Death's Door. Jamaica jive-assed her merry way through the entire show. Dutchie decided that one take of her only significant scene was perfectly sufficient, thank you. Sophie blew her cool and settled a few scores on set and Jim Spring is still griping about the shaky camera work. To top it off, Mammon, our second-cameraman who is back in Milan, sent us his 29 criticisms of our final edit which Sangye Nyima, our humble publicist, had insisted that he could have edited much better. Only Holly Augustine, our token white English actress, performed as she was paid to do. As for myself, I roll with the punches and take credit for whatever pleases you."
Author Eric Schachter on DOWN TO ONE. London, 2016.