Brokenhead follows the final working days of Stefan, the last lighthouse keeper. He is content with his solitary life, living alone on his island like a hermit answerable to no-one. But the impending move back to the mainland and society is manifesting itself into uncertainty in his mind. The reason he chose this solitary existence in the first place starts to come to the surface and the night before he is due to leave the lighthouse his past comes knocking on his door.
Themes around mental health issues
Whilst the story of Brokenhead follows the development of a thriller, it also touches on how the human mind deals with issolation and loneliness.
Rainbow's first two fetaure films also dealt with issues of the mind. NFA (2012) addressed the plight of a homeless man, who has amnesia and schizophrenia. iWitness (2015) looks at paranoia brought about by over use of screens and the misinterpretation they can cause.
Both films recieved critical aclaim and screened at international film festivals.
Brokenhead stars Sean Connolly who is best known for his voice over work in Doctor Who and the Oscar winning Shawn the Sheep. He is also known for playing Keith Horrobin in BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Archers.
Sean’s credits on TV include 'Doctor Who' (BBC), ‘No Angels’ (Channel 4) and ‘The Bill’ (ITV). On the big screen he has appeared opposite ‘The Avengers’ actor Stellan Skarsgard and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ star Chris Penn in ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’, as well as teen flick ‘We Are The Freaks’ for award-winning director Justin Edgar.
In Brokenhead his character Stefan reveals his dark past by use of a radio play that Stefan is part of and so Sean's experience and gravitas with the voice was essential for the part.
Andy Garbi’s cutting edge voice and music opened the Louis Vuitton 2015 Paris fashion show and he has also headlined major stages around Europe including Glastonbury, Big Chill, Trans Musicale and the Oerol festival.
Fascinated with ‘spirit of place’, his haunting style has been featured on BBC R3 Late Junction, Classic fm, Chill fm and RTE Lyric fm. The launch of his 2008 debut solo album ‘The Sound Of One’ attracted global critical acclaim leading to a composition residency at Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. Andy selected several tracks from 'The Sound of One' and scored original tracks for Brokenhead.
“An ambassador for British new music” Classic FM magazine
“Inspirational…Garbi’s extraordinary, multi-octave vocal range dazzles” Metro
“Garbi creates an eerie collection of sounds – the kind of music that could aptly soundtrack a David Lynch or Darren Aronofsky film.” Muso
Marketing & Distribution
Brokenhead is the first feature film to utilise students from the Birmingham City University film marketing and distribution MA course in it journey to a wider audience.
Taking the lead for the promotion and screenings of Brokenhead
is Harriet Gilholm, Head of Marketing and Distributions at
RainbowFilms.co.uk and The Birmingham Film Company.
I'd never seen a film shot on Spurn Point before so I knew this would be a first. As soon as I went there and experienced it for myself saw I knew the location was perfect to juxtapose against the clostraphopia of the inside of the lighthouse.
The lead characters back story is complex, but I didn't want to tell it to the audience in the traditional way, so I came up with the idea of him being in a radio play and the play slowy reviles his past and ultimatly why he has chosen to live on an island. Again, I haven't seen this done before.
We knew we were pushing to boundaries of film making when a
prominent member of the Producers Forum asked to see the some of the cast and we slapped a yellow Post-It! pad down in front of him with doodles on it and said "Take your pick."
We needed a boat to land on a deserted beach and someone to sail it there but the budget wouldn't allow such a thing so we built one, got it transported over to the island on a huge army truck, then we carried it over the sand dunes onto the beach. We were (inadvertently) recreating the famous boat moving scene from 'Fitzcarraldo'.
Oh...I nearly forgot...the shoot was also haunted by the ghost in the lighthouse!