Dead Money transports us into the dark depths of the underworld, where dodgy and hardened criminals meet to play steely poker games. You lose; you pay up. Fail to settle a debt and someone pays with their life. Forget rules, forget fairness, forget compassion, forget family. The audience is taken on an intense journey with the main character Dwayne as he battles to find a way to pay up what he owes. Only in the penultimate, climactic scenes do the audience begin to realise the enormity of Dwayne's actions. Tragedy or fortune - only the viewer can decide!
Reasons for me wanting to make this film...
I feel there is a desperate lack of deaf black films in this country. I would love to be the catalyst for opening up opportunities for deaf black actors and film-makers. I would relish the opportunity to bring deaf black films in the mainstream circuit.
I want to promote an accurate portrayal of deaf black characters. Previously, mainstream films have often used hearing actors to play deaf characters and this is something I want to avoid and change. I hope to set a benchmark of how to successfully integrate deaf and hearing actors into mainstream films.
My aim was to create an edgy, pacey, thought provoking and challenging film, which will inspire other deaf black film makers to produce more quality films and dramas.
Bim has extensive experience in film and television across a wide range of genres including light entertainment, music, drama and factual programmes. He has worked with several award-winning production companies, including the BBC and Channel 4. He has written, directed and edited a wide range of projects including music videos and award-winning creative dramas.
Bim's most recent film, The Guest (2007) which he co-directed with Pierce Starre, recently won 2 awards at the Remark! awards (Best actor and Best actress) and Best International Film and Best Supporting Actor at the Visuell Film Gala in Sweden, 2008.
Bim also directed the award winning film Skye (2002) - Best International Deaf Film, which was screened at various Film Festivals in the UK and internationally.
After five years away from film making to focus on Deaf Music videos and Broadcasting, Bim now returns with an array of experience, which is ready to be showcased in Dead Money (and hopefully in films of the future!).
"Skye was my first film, it was fun but amateurish, there was no professional crew then, whereas this time, I am working with established professionals such as our Director of Photography, Mark Hammond. This whole experience has been a great opportunity for me".