REAL BUDDY – a dark Sci-Fi End-of-Days satire
Six and a half years in the toughest prison the near future has to offer.
Five million waiting for you when you get out tomorrow.
Too bad the world might end today.
A private fortress-like prison in a deserted landscape of the near future. Heavily armed guards, thick walls, total surveillance. No privacy. No hope. No escape. Outside, the danger of a final, annihilating thermonuclear war dominates humanity’s psyche – and the lurid media exploits this foreboding. Inside the cavernous industrial-style fortress prison, with nowhere to go, the jailbirds seek sanctuary either in faith or in madness. Or both.
But one inmate really couldn’t care less. 5 million in cash – and the possibility of a bright, affluent future in the outside world – awaits his release. After six and a half years of imprisonment, neurotic inmate Morris looks forward to his discharge the next morning, planning to finally gain from the ingenious heist that landed him in this hellhole of a penal colony, surrounded by lunatics and outlaws. Jealously guarding the whereabouts of his loot throughout his captivity, he´s only got one problem: the booty is inside the fortress – and all the other greedy crooks know !
With his physically strong but simple-minded cell-mate Joe, and the affable but shady warden Nathan Hopkins at his side, Morris has been able to withstand all the coercion and misdeeds inflicted by fellow inmates – and even the reprisals of the suspicious guards – all who are desperately trying to force him to disclose his secret. Even Mad Vic – a deranged, maniacal and severely overused tattooist’s sketchpad of a man – has been unable to pry the secret out of him.
Glorying in his ability to withstand the deceptions and misdeeds, and having fooled everyone, Morris is looking forward to his release the next morning. Only a few hours more and he is a free man! But as sirens suddenly begin to wail in the isolated fortress and chaos explodes in the prison´s corridors and cells, things don´t quite go according to plan … and Morris is forced to make his final decision.
Director: Frank Mirbach
As the film’s producer, director, and director of photography, Frank Mirbach is the creative mind behind REAL BUDDY. Influenced by the movies from the 70´s and 80´s, his intention to make a film totally independent with a unique story, high production values and in a fantastic set up became quite a challenge. The production, originally planned as intimate play at the beginning, ended up involving over 300 people and being a part of his life for a long time – offering the opportunity to explore all ups and downs of an independent filmmaker’s live.
The realization of a unique cinematic vision has been the main artistic intention of Mirbach´s work as a filmmaker from the very beginning of his career. Mirbach worked in the music clip field as a freelance camera assistant and assistant director for several production companies before he was accepted at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, where he studied filmmaking and graduated in 1994. Still a student, he founded MINEWORKS FILM in 1992, already working for international television networks. Since then Mirbach has been a sought-after producer, director and cinematographer for international broadcasters, independent productions and commercials, traveling all over the world.
With THE CURSE OF THE INDIAN GOLD, one of 2005´s most successful German drama documentaries, and the 2006 mini series MYSTICA, a four part documentary again incorporating many drama scenes, Mirbach realized his ambition to tell fact-based stories in a visually compelling, highly cinematic way. He continued his work with the successful GEO documentaries B.C. LOGGERS and IRISH COAST GUARDS in 2009 and 2010 for the German/French network ARTE, which were among the first docs to be filmed with the new RED Cinema 4K camera. Among several highly-acclaimed productions, he served as cinematographer for Steve Hudson´s I ALWAYS WANTED, their first collaboration, where his mastery of the cinematographer’s art was crucial to the film’s iconic feel.
His current work as a director and cinematographer includes SNOW WARS, a prime time documentary about British Columbia avalanche techs in their fight against the snow masses for which he was awarded several international film awards and THE MOSAIC OF LIFE, about Holocaust survivor Jack Brauns, where he collaborated with acclaimed cinematographer Rodney Chartes (24, SHAMELESS; DALLAS). His mini series THE PATH OF WISDOM, entirely shot in Japan, is currently in post production and will be aired worldwide this year.