Tag Archives: Sam Barrett

Esoterica reviewed by Scary Minds

30 Jan

Those twisted guys at Scary Minds have given the almighty thumbs up to Esoterica, awarding the film an 8/10 rating.  The comprehensive and thoughtful analysis ends by proclaiming that Esoterica is the sort of movie that reminds us what cinema is all about”.

Their reviews are insightful and always entertaining.  Check out the full review here and be sure to have a look at the many other reviews on their site.  The Aussie section is a real standout.

Exclusive Sneak Peek: The music of Sororal “Escaping Sosa”

19 Jan

Here is an exclusive sneak peek at a track for the upcoming giallo infused thriller Sororal.  The track is entitled “Escaping Sosa” and appears over a particularly pulse pounding moment in the film in which our hero Cassie is attacked by someone thought to be her friend.

This track is probably the best indication of the world we have constructed for Sororal.  It is brimming with energy and imagination and even without the accompanying imagery it sends your mind racing.  I’m also excited to say that it isn’t even the wildest track in the film.

Director Sam Barrett

 “Escaping Sosa” is my attempt at writing the ultimate villain theme. Not only is it terrifying it’s uptempo and exciting as well. The excitement is built around a slightly distorted synth sequence in 7/8. The music builds, with the inclusion of the two interlocking drum kits to a climax and concludes with a sweeping synth filter that puts the audience further on edge. Escaping Sosa is a favorite cue of mine, it always leaves me wanting more.

Composer Christopher de Groot

The mind-blowing score for Sororal is currently in the recording phase.  There will be more exclusive sneak peeks of the music so check back regularly.

Sororal has begun

7 Feb

Today marked the first day of principal photography on Nakatomi Pictures third feature Sororal.  Over the next six weeks an increasingly pale looking cast and crew will travel all around Perth, at very unsociable hours, in order to bring the latest Nakatomi thriller to the world.  The film is a strange, ‘giallo’ inspired nightmare that follows a tormented and troubled young artist named Cassie, who is plagued by visions of murder and mayhem.  Her world is turned upside down when she discovers that her hallucinations are in fact real murders with real victims.  To say any more would only spoil the fun.  Sororal is projected for completion by the end of 2011 and is sure to be the most audacious work yet from Nakatomi Pictures.  Pictures and video of the action packed shoot are on their way.

Check out the ‘Esoterica’ trailer

17 Aug

If you haven’t already done so then you must check out the trailer for Nakatomi Pictures’ upcoming neo noir thriller ‘Esoterica’.  Don’t be alarmed if your browser is cropping the video.  Simply click on the red headline of this post to go to a dedicated page.

Nakatomi+Brains?=this post

9 Aug

Ruslan Kulski runs Brains?, which features news about filmmaking in the world’s most isolated city, Perth.  The delightful Mr Kulski took time out on a Saturday to meet with us and grill us about our sophomore feature ‘Esoterica’.  This week the site will feature several of our pithy responses on a range of topics.  Below is the first video in the series where we were asked a seemingly simple question; “What is Esoterica?”. Check out the site and don’t forget to subscribe!

ESOTERICA is coming!

21 May

Dear reader(s),

A two and a half year journey is coming to a close.  As the title of this post suggests, ‘Esoterica’ is coming…well just what the hell is that?  Is it contagious, you ask?  We hope so.  Esoterica is the much anticipated second feature from Nakatomi Pictures.  Strictly speaking, it is a neo-noir thriller produced in the city of Perth, Western Australia.  The film follows sleazebag photographer Will Sutherland and his hooker and ex-flame, Nancy as they are drawn into a terrifying mystery of epic and nightmarish proportions.

It took me 20 minutes to write that last sentence, which must mean that I don’t want to give too much away OR that the film is more complex than that OR I have no idea what brevity means.  The film takes place in an indeterminate time and place (Mckee would hate that…so much).  A place filled with shadows, femmes fatale and all manner of noir archetypes.  Beyond the emotional story of the characters, it is our love letter to a genre that we hold very close to our hearts.

Esoterica is a film made from the dedication and passion of many people whose tireless efforts span the last 2 and a half years.  The film was shot all around our quiet city for five weeks in January of 2008.  A focused group of young filmmakers bounced around Perth leaving dried blood and several coke cans in their wake, all for the love of telling a rollicking screen yarn.

Once shooting was complete, so began a mammoth post process filled with more ups and downs than the craziest rollercoaster you’ve been on.  I won’t go into the process blow by blow because even at its most stressful, it was a pleasure and a joy.  Whenever things seemed hopeless I always said “I love this job OORAH!”…and that one is for my Jarhead peeps.  We are in the process of putting the finishing touches on the film and I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to all the cast, crew, supporters, family and friends who made this film a possibility.  I am in your debt.

So what is ‘Esoterica’?

Wouldn’t you like to know.

Sam Barrett

Director, Esoterica