RAGE IN EDEN 88mins – HD + 5.1 surround sound

SYNOPSIS

‘A journey to find life in death.’

Max lives to explore the world, so when his best friend Jason asks him on a journey up onto the Tibetan Plateau in search of new sources of Yak wool it seems like a slam dunk. But for once Max is reluctant to go away as his wife, Rebecca, is six months pregnant. But with her encouragement he changes his mind and so begins a journey into a ‘heart of darkness’. But Max is never alone. Accompanied by his own demons he attempts to rationalise the world and events around him, but is his internal travelling companion a friend or foe or will he bring happiness or hurt? 

Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. The film was shot over seven years on location in Tibet, China, the Himalayas, Oman, Morocco, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Poland and Northern Ireland. 

It is both an epic physical journey and an intimate mental exploration driven by the idea that the worst troll is the one in your head.

The story has moments of life and death, birth and burial and as such has much in common with the Tibetan book of the dead and the concept of the wheel of life.

Martin is a British Independent Film Award nominated filmmaker his films have played at the Venice Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and on the BBC.

He studied Biology at Oxford University under Richard Dawkins and went on to win a Sloan Scholarship to study for a Masters in Fine Art from the American Film Institute, where he was mentored by Frank Pierson (Oscar winning writer of Dogs Day Afternoon) and DC Fontana (original writing team of Star Trek). At the AFI he was able to experiment with story structure and genre the culmination of this foundation is ‘Rage in Eden.’

Art, photography, travel and exploration has always been a major part of Martin’s life. Prior to moving into the film industry, he served in the Gurkha Rifles and collected stories as a photo-journalist. He has visited the Himalayan region 15 times and has a love of long distance travel with trips including overland and sea from Hong Kong to London, Moscow to Peshawar, from the Atacama to Ushuaia, LA to London by cargo ship. It is the fusion of reality and imagination which drives Martin’s films. 
 

He has screened twice at the Venice Film Festival. His thesis film from the AFI received a US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. On return from LA he was selected for the BFI Guiding Lights scheme where he was mentored by the Oscar winning Director Sam Mendes.

His first narrative feature film, Love/Me/Do, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival and went on to earn 20 nominations and 8 awards including best film, director and script.
 
For several years, he has lectured in the Film & Television Department at the Mountivew Academy of Theatre Arts and the School of English Literature at Newcastle University in addition to reviewing films for BBC Radio 5 Live’s Up all Night, with Dotun Adebayo. In his fee time he leads expeditions for the Royal Geographical Society based charity the British Exploring Society.

FILMOGRAPHY

Empty Quarter, Half Full – 2017 – Experimental documentary shot in Oman. The film won an Indie Spirit Award at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema.

Footprints in Time – 2017 – Short documentary shot in Ladakh, India. Mountain Film Festival Winner for Best Documentary Short Film.

Love/Me/Do – 2015 – Narrative Feature. Nominated for best UK feature at the Raindance Film Festival. Went on to win 8 international awards.

Family Jewels – short film – Premiered at the Venice Film Festival and went on to play the Sundance Film Festival.

What Does Your Daddy Do? – Short film – Premiered at the Venice Film Festival and nominated for a British independent Film Award.

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