Struggling movie producer Katelin Ballantyne badly needs an investor, but when the search for one leads her into Dublin’s criminal underworld she is forced to complete a botched contract kill by a ruthless drug boss. Katelin is then blackmailed into continuing to kill and over two years keeps her identity a secret until a fatal mistake exposes her, and disrupts her boss’s plan. Suddenly, Katelin is cut loose, the body of her first kill is discovered and with her family now under threat she must adapt to survive what will surely be the fight of her life.
I’m Kevin de la Isla O’Neill, director of THE HIT PRODUCER, an Irish crime thriller, which will be my debut feature film.
I’ve been involved in film since 1996, and, after studying at Coláiste Dhulaigh and the University of Wolverhampton, I’ve worked as director, camera operator, editor and assistant producer for Ned Kelly Pictures, Telwell, RTÉ, TV3, Setanta and various film and music video productions.
My short films Lesson 101, The Wacky Diary of a Pick Up Artist and A King’s Tradition won a combined total of twelve awards at NYC Midnight in 2005 and 2006 - both were awarded Best Director – and in 2010 and 2011 I won the Irish leg of Empire magazine’s ‘Done in 60 Seconds’ competition with versions of “The Departed” and “Shadow of the Vampire”.
Most recently I was a finalist in Ford’s ‘8 minutes in Cobh, Co. Cork’ short film competition with: “Hope”
The Hit Producer is a story I’ve been developing over the last three years with our screenwriter Niall Queenan, and together we’ve come up with a great story full of twists and turns and a very memorable cast of characters.
Michelle Doherty will play Katelin Ballantyne, the lead character. Michelle’s career started in modelling and she is best known for her work at Phantom 105.2 where she was voted Best Irish Radio DJ in 2009 and 2010. This will be her feature film debut.
Right now we’re filming as much of the script as is possible but need your support to help us complete it. We need to raise €18,000 to pay for equipment hire, location hire, special effects, makeup, catering for cast and crew and an armourer who will supply guns and safety equipment for the action scenes.
This money will also cover the 6-8 weeks of post-production, during which time the film will be edited and made ready for its cinema release.
We’ve set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account where you can keep in touch with us and stay up to date with our progress, as well as look at photos from the set, concept poster work and read articles published about the movie.
We have great rewards to offer in return for your contribution, fully detailed below.
I’d personally like to thank you sincerely for your support and please feel free to join or contact us at: www.facebook.com/thehitproducer or twitter.com/hitproducerfilm