British SciFi thriller The Call Up has been chosen to close the SciFi London Film Festival on Friday 6th May 2016 ahead of its theatrical release on 20th May 2016 and DVD/On Demand release on 23rd May 2016.
Written and Directed by Charles Barker, The Call Up is produced by Matthew James Wilkinson (Gateway 6, SLR, Kaleidoscope) of Stigma Films, John Giwa-Amu (The Machine, The Silent Storm, Little White Lies) of Red & Black Films and executive produced by Alan Martin (The Machine, Stone of Destiny, Darklands).
Max Deacon (Into the Storm, Hatfields & McCoys) leads the cast, joined by Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Madame Bovary, A Poet in New York), Ali Cook (Kajaki, The Anomaly, The Messenger), Parker Sawyers (Zero Dark Thirty, Parkside With You, Monsters: Dark Continent), Tom Benedict Knight (Dracula Untold, Houdini), Boris Ler (Death in Sarajevo, In the Land of Blood and Honey), Christopher Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counsellor) newcomer Douggie McMeekin and Adriana Randall.
Other executive producers include Richard Holmes (Eden Lake) and Marzipan Productions, Isabelle Georgeaux (Resistance, Jadoo and Keeping Rosy) of Pont Neuf Productions acts as Co-Producer and is part-funded through Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund.
The Call Up follows a group of elite online gamers when they each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game. It’s a dream come true and impossible to resist.
Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism. At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience. But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology quickly takes a turn for the sinister.
Writer/Director Charles Barker said, “I’ve always been fascinated by the potential for technology to create worlds as real and powerful as our own. But as VR becomes ever more developed, more accessible I also have a fear. How dangerous could this be in the wrong hands?”