‘Scratch on the Surface’: Heist film breaks traditional comedic thriller conventions
A Defect/Grazing/Perfect Score: How ‘Scratch on the Surface’, a locally made heist film is changing the tradition of what makes a conventional
black comedy thriller.
“What we want to do is make a heist film about greed and the human condition; there are 3 protagonists and each one has a physical disability of some type
which effects their mobility, where their plan ends up not being so clean cut as multiple people are seemingly interconnected.” lead actor and co-producerDean Craigexplains.
Writer and Director Philip John along with Dean (who is originally from Penrith and Lower Blue Mountains area) and actress Laura Joy,
have been working together closely on the film for over a year already to flesh out the characters and help co-write the film to make sure it is authentic
Dean continues on, “I have afudgic cerebral palsy, which people in everyday life generally don’t tend to notice. Whereas my character,
John has cerebral palsy, we were all very cautious on how we approached the theme and the criteria. We didn’t want to centre the focus on the disability
for what the characters might have, we wrote the story about the scenario and the heightened action, only the characters involved are afflicted with
Since the film has yet to be filmed in the Inner West and be completed, the crew have made a film pitch trailer and a 5 minute documentary about the film
being made, to which the documentary was submitted and accepted into the ‘Focus On Ability: Short Film Festival’, with the winners to be announced
in September.With that behind them, the filmmakers are looking at getting a funding campaign organised. “This is something we’d like to eventually
have up and running but it will be a little while yet.” Dean mentions.
Until then, the film’s trailer and documentary is available to watch on the film’s primary Facebook page and on Youtube for anyone wanting to know more
and we’ll be updated on the films progress.