PRIMARY

By Ross FERGUSON

DELFONIC FILM COMPANY - as PROD

Thriller - Completed 2014

An ambitious insurance executive whose world is crumbling apart attempts to live a moral life but is conned and left penniless by a friend. When he decides to take back his assets, beyond morality, he will discover his own true nature.

Festivals
& Awards

Shanghai International Film Festival 2014
Focus Canada (Opening Film)
Montreal World Film Festival 2014
Focus on World Cinema
Cinefest Sudbury 2014
Indie-Can
Edmonton International Film Festival 2014
Competition - Rising Star Award (Triple Threat), Writer/Director/Producer
Houston Worldfest 2014
Dramatic/Suspense Features - Bronze Remi
Guadalajara FICG 2015
International Feature
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Thriller, Drama, First film
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 91 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ross FERGUSON
    • Writer(s)
    • Ross FERGUSON
    • Producer(s)
    • Vince PROKOP (Deeply Scarred Productions), Ross FERGUSON (Delfonic Film Company), Dustin MILLIGAN
    • Synopsis
    • PRIMARY is a provocative story about a man who sets out to find morality in the world but, instead, finds his own true nature.

      A murder-mystery-puzzle that simultaneously follows the protagonist in the present when he has everything, and in the future when he has nothing--and uses the current socio-economic debate of the 1% vs. the 99% as a backdrop to explore competition and morality.

      NICHOLAS GRAY (Dustin Milligan) a competitive, over-achiever is up for a promotion that would ensure his future at Jaspar Insurance Corp. He also plans to marry the boss’ daughter, SARA. Equally interested in both of these prizes is Nicholas’ best friend/archrival MITCHELL (Andrew Francis). When Nicholas learns that Mitchell has been cheating clients in order to make his bottom-line look good - including an elderly woman left penniless after a fire - Nicholas secretly alerts the clients, causing a revolt.

      Mitchell is admonished and Nicholas wins the promotion over him. But the firm soon suspects a whistle-blower and when found out, Nicholas will surely be fired. Then Nicholas’ marriage proposal to Sara is turned down and his world begins spinning out of control. He meets a charismatic drifter, HARRY (Michael Eklund), who suggests that Nicholas could win back Sara if he evolved into a more worldly, “moral” person. Using formal philosophical notions as a guide, Nicholas begins questioning the darker side of society.

      In FLASH-FORWARD, Nicholas—now bearded and longhaired—is released from prison after serving a year for an unknown crime. Entering society again, he sets out to live a stridently moral life, despite being penniless and homeless.

      Back in PRESENT DAY, Nicholas’ attempts to win back Sara fail. He then learns that Harry has been engaging in Robin-Hood-like acts of theft and “wealth redistribution”. Nicholas, seeking a way to feel above Sara, Mitchell and Jaspar Insurance escapes into Harry’s world and begins participating in the thefts. He also begins a relationship with ANDREA (Katharine Isabelle), an altruistic soul despite her place at the bottom of society’s economic ladder. After Mitchell taunts Nicholas with news that he has started a relationship with Sara, the boss’ daughter, Nicholas and Harry hatch a plan to defraud Jaspar Insurance.

      In FLASH-FORWARD, Nicholas’ life on the street ends with him beaten, humiliated and unable to shake his competitive drive. Then a murder is carried out with both the victim and murderer unidentified. It is suggested that Mitchell has killed Nicholas or Nicholas has killed Mitchell. Police begin an investigation.

      Back in PRESENT DAY, the attempted fraud does not go as planned and it is Nicholas who gets duped and loses everything.

      As the fractured timelines meet and the story unravels to conclusion, no one is what he seemed to be and what emerges is a provocative portrait of one man’s character.
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