/UCW/ KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES, UK – The company is setting out to raise £50,000 on Kickstarter to complete this stage of development and create the foundation for an amazing cinematic experience.
Women are rarely leads in action films, and behind the camera, women direct fewer than 6% of movies in the world. When it comes to action movies, that percentage drops to something minuscule. The team at Enlightenment are looking to change that and bring gender parity both behind the scenes and in front of the camera with a cast of six lead women – diverse, complex and of different ages.
The Artemis Protocol is an all female action film, but it is quite unique in its genre. It is a meaningful, gritty thriller about a group of influential women who run a rogue organisation, using highly-trained female operatives. The story moves from militia camps in West Africa to the slums of Eastern Europe and takes on human trafficking from the perspective of women who will go to extreme lengths to make a real difference. The film’s underlying theme is about trying to remain accountable when no one is watching and finding the courage to live with integrity when integrity might not be popular.
Enlightenment Productions is owned and run by two irrepressible and dynamic women, writer and director Shamim Sarif and producer Hanan Kattan, who together have a reputation for creating movies that champion strong female characters. Taking the road less travelled in an industry that traditionally likes stories and writers and directors to conform to a ‘safe’ movie-making formula. Together, they have released three award winning feature films and one hard-hitting documentary. Their first film, ‘I Can’t Think Straight’, became a cult success and won 11 awards. Their second, ’The World Unseen’, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and went on to garner 23 awards worldwide, including 11 South African Film & TV Awards (SAFTAs). Most recently, Despite The Falling Snow, offering a rare female perspective on the cold war, releases in the UK on April 15th and stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible 5) and Charles Dance. The movie just picked up its first award at Manchester International Festival this past week.
Check out The Artemis Protocol on Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/artemisprotocol/the-artemis-protocol-a-new-type-of-female-action-m or visit the website artemisprotocol.com or follow on social media facebook.com/artemisprotocol
— The Artemis Protocol (@ArtemisProtocol) March 11, 2016