Raya Films London Announces US Release For ‘Do Something, Jake’
‘Raya Films London debut feature film Do Something, Jake is set to hit the U.S. market via Meridian Releasing Group (MRG) and is currently on pre-order and will be available from the 6th of August on DVD and Blu-Ray online via Amazon, Walmart and others. VOD follows later this year.
Taken by surprise
“We had no idea if we’d be able to achieve distribution,” Caroline says. “In fact, we were making preparations for self-distribution when we began to receive offers from US-based companies. When MRG said they wanted to take the film on, it was an easy decision to make. MRG are a perfect fit for Do Something, Jake. We’re excited to finally make the film available in various stores and online!”
About the film
With a mix of humour, noir and criminal menace, Do Something, Jakeoffers a fresh angle on the UK crime thriller – a British film that does not feel ‘British’. This helped by Hollywood-inspired screenwriting and bold cinematography, plus the appearance of award-winning New York actor Ed Bergtold (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), and post-production crews from Europe and Los Angeles. Not only is Do Something, Jake the feature film debut for Raya Films but it was also Ed Bergtolds first transatlantic acting gig. The movie stars Jamie Alderson in the title role, Ed Bergtold (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Mia Mills (Black Mirror). Do Something, Jake is a 110-minute film shot with zero-budget, yet utilizing a large international cast and multiple locations. Caroline Spence wrote the screenplay.
Behind the scenes
The fly-on-the-wall mini-documentary of Michael Malfrici who followed the films and its crew journey gives some insights to the making of the film. Listen to the accounts of director James Smith, actors Jamie Alderson, Ed Bergtold, Thomas Loone and Domenic Tiverius Russo.
Director James Smith started his filmmaking career making documentaries, corporate, and music videos. James shot his feature directorial debut the crime thriller, Do Something, Jake, in the East Midlands, U.K.. It follows the story of Jake. Jake is an unemployed introvert, unable to read or write. He draws on brilliant ingenuity when the woman he secretly loves is under threat.
“Do Something, Jake stood out to me because it hit on all the elements that most independent films fall flat on. The performances were solid and believable, the pacing was excellent, and the shot selection really moved the story forward. This struck me as the type of film that would do well with an American audience. It has the look and feel of films that have done very well over here.” says Todd Rodgers, Meridian Releasing Group
“The story behind the production of this film would make a movie in itself,” explains James Smith. “Post production was a long and hard road, and by the time we were ready to screen the film, we didn’t know what we had. So, to get such a positive response from audiences and critics has been amazing.”
Pre-order the film via Amazon
Raya Films is currently crowdfunding for their next feature Surveilled. To get involved follow the link: Surveilled Crowdfunding Campaign