Cruel & Unusual will be the feature debut for Vancouver writer and director Merlin Dervisevic. It's a film about a man condemned to relive a crime he believes he didn’t commit. As he navigates his way amid a strange new world, his perception is tested in his search to find the truth. The film stars David Richmond-Peck (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Richard Harmon (Continuum), Michelle Harrison (Altitude), Michael Eklund (The Divide), and newcomer Bernadette Saquibal. The film will be produced by Matthew Cervi, through his production company Mad Samurai Productions (The Colony).
"CFC Features has been a great supporter in Merlin’s vision of the film and partner in the development of the project," said Cervi. "With both Merlin and I being born and raised here, we really wanted to make this a 'Vancouver film'. From the suppliers, to crew, to the unions, it’s a great show of local support for the independent film industry."
The film will feature cinematography by Adam Sliwinski, production design by James Hazell, costume design by Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh and editing by Michael John Bateman. Robert Lee is acting as co-producer and line producer, and will be executive produced by Justine Whyte, Director, CFC Features. Acclaimed genre filmmaker Vincenzo Natali will provide guidance as the film’s Director Mentor, Natali made his directorial debut Cube through CFC Features in 1997, in addition to mentorship from writer Doug Taylor (Splice) and producer Raymond Massey.
"We’re very excited to be marking our first shoot on the West Coast with Cruel & Unusual, " said Justine Whyte, director/executive producer, CFC Features. "We’ve had our eye on this creative team for some time now, and this is the perfect project with several of Vancouver’s key up-and-coming filmmaking talents working behind it."
Slated for release in 2013 by Entertainment One, the shoot is scheduled to continue until November 17 in Vancouver.
Cruel & Unusual is produced through the Canadian Film Centre’s CFC Features program. CFC Features is supported by CityTV and Entertainment One, with development supported by the Government of Ontario. Cruel & Unusual is produced with the participation of Astral’s The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, with distribution of the supported by the Entertainment One Distribution Lab.