THE COLLECTORS

By Clement VIRGO

THE MOB FILM COMPANY - as PROD

Thriller - Pre-Production 2010


    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Thriller
    • Countries
    • CANADA, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Clement VIRGO
    • Writer(s)
    • Ann Marie MORAIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Damon D'OLIVEIRA (Conquering Lion Pictures), Clement VIRGO (Conquering Lion Pictures), Andrew BOSWELL (The Mob), Alan MARTIN (The Mob)
    • Synopsis
    • The body drops, the clock starts and the race is on. The "collectors" are the vultures of the journalistic world. Their task – to discover the victim’s identity, track down the next of kin and "collect" a photo of the deceased. For years, Felix Mann (41) has been at the top of his game, but a new challenger, Sean Davis (24), is fast, fearless, morally bankrupt and determined to oust Felix from the top spot.
      His personal life unstable and his career slipping, Felix is desperate to catch the collect that will put him back ahead of his competitor. His chance comes in the form of Nadine Fortenski, a recovering addict whose daughter dies from accidental methadone ingestion. First on the scene but unable to charm or coerce a photo from the distraught mother, Felix crosses the only moral line that the collectors respect. He steals the picture.
      In the light of day, the word of a respected news-paperman wins out over the accusations of an intoxicated addict. The collect of the little girl sends newspapers flying off the stands, and Felix is back in the game. Nadine, however, is crucified in the media and her remaining boy taken into foster care. Felix moves confidently on to the next story, but Nadine is far from finished with him.
      His own daughter is snatched in the dead of night, and Nadine has only one demand – her son’s return for his daughter within 24 hours, and if his daughter makes press it’s all over. Felix tracks his daughter in secret, but when Sean fails to see his chief rival out on the scene, he suspects Felix is on to a bigger story and will stop at nothing to discover it. Racing against time and discovery, Felix finds himself on the other side, fighting desperately to outwit his colleagues at the very game he invented.
    • Partners & financing
    • A UK/Canadian Co-Production with Conquering Lion Pictures; worldwide sales and distribution required
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