Interview with Solis director, Carl Strathie, Part 1

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solisTo celebrate the UK VOD release of sci-fi thriller SOLIS, I spoke with writer and director Carl Strathie about the trials and tribulations he went through making his debut feature film.

When Troy Holloway (Steven Ogg) wakes up to find himself trapped aboard a drifting escape pod shooting towards the Sun he quickly realises the true terror of his situation. With rapid oxygen depletion and a burn- up rate of 90 minutes, Commander Roberts (Alice Rowe) leads a rescue party to save Holloway before time runs out.

Having recently lost his son and now confronted by his immediate end, Holloway feels less enthusiastic about survival. But Roberts, speaking to him only through a weak radio transmission, is determined to save his life, and both soon learn that the lives they have both lived influence each other in unexpected ways.

This is part 1 of our conversation…
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Solis review

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solisSolis is a 2018 Sci-Fi thriller written and directed by Carl Strathie and starring Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead) and Alice Lowe (Prevenge).

“When Troy Holloway (Ogg) wakes up to find himself trapped aboard a drifting escape pod shooting towards the Sun he quickly realises the true terror of his situation. With rapid oxygen depletion and a burn- up rate of 90 minutes, Commander Roberts (Lowe) leads a rescue party to save Holloway before time runs out.”

It’s worth mentioning right here at the start that Solis is very similar to the 2010 thriller Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy, a truck driver working in Iraq who wakes up buried alive in a coffin with only a lighter and a mobile phone.

On the one hand, Holloway has a lot more to do than Conroy in Buried which leads to a far more proactive lead character. He is also able to explore the immediate outside of his entrapment which is far more than we ever see in Buried.
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Welcome Home review

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welcomehome.jpgWelcome Home is a 2018 thriller directed by George Ratliff and starring Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Riccardo Scamarcio (John Wick: Chapter 2).

“Cassie (Ratajkowski) and Bryan (Paul) spend a weekend at a vacation rental home in the Italian countryside in an attempt to repair their relationship, but soon become victims of the homeowner’s (Scamarcio) sinister plans.”

Simplicity is the name of the game with Welcome Home as the main characters are the only ones we’ll be dealing with for 95% of the run-time. The movie really is as simple as a troubled couple being terrorised by a third party, whose intentions aren’t always clear or consistent. And whilst a larger plot is hinted in the final moments, it has little bearing over the actual events of the film and the re-contextualisation somewhat weakens the threat of the main villain.

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Aaron Paul & Emily Ratajkowski to star in tense psychological thriller Welcome Home

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JP1A8802.JPGThe Movie Partnership have announced that the tense psychological thriller, Welcome Home, will be available on VOD from 12th November. The film stars Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, Gone Girl actress Emily Ratajkowski, and the promising talent of Riccardo Scamarcio (The Woman in White, Master of None & John Wick: Chapter 2).

Desperate to reignite the spark in their once passionate relationship, Bryan (Aaron Paul) and Cassie (Emily Ratajkowski) rent a secluded villa in the Italian countryside.

However, their romantic weekend is immediately threatened when Cassie befriends a handsome local stranger, Federico, filling Bryan with jealousy. As Federico gets closer to Cassie, he begins to take advantage of the young couple’s growing mistrust, turning them against each other.

Soon Bryan and Cassie find themselves caught in a deadly and voyeuristic game of cat and mouse, discovering that the person you love the most may be the person you can trust the least.

Welcome Home will be available on VOD from 12th November