Patron is a social horror in the vein of Stepford Wives and Get Out that builds to a wild, abstract and Lynchian climax.
The film follows Vickie Black (Devora Wilde), a young and hungry woman who, though working as a maid in London, has her sights set much higher.
After securing an interview for a prestigious job at an age-old, unscrupulous organisation, it looks as though Vickie is on the verge of hitting the big time.
Vickie goes into the interview with a positive attitude, but the questions from her faceless male interviewer (Jamie Lee-Hill) soon become predatory and the atmosphere becomes awkward and uncomfortable.
Her dream job just became her worst nightmare…
As the interview takes its toll, Vickie reaches breaking point. If her spirit is to survive this encounter she must undergo an abstract and radical physical transformation…
Last year, a wide-ranging culture of sexual harassment against men and women was exposed to the public. It came as both a shock and a relief as survivors’ stories were finally heard.
Patron is a female-centric film with a female lead and female-led crew, including co-director, producer and cinematographer.
To truly engage the audience, Patron’s aim is to tell a topical tale but in a unique style. This is a genre piece with an emphasis on innovative visual design; invoking a dreamlike intensity.
The lighting and cinematography will take their inspiration from surrealist paintings, bringing an otherworldly nature to the shots, enhancing the emotional and nightmarish qualities.
Haigh and Young are also pushing the envelope with VFX and are working with a visual effects artist to digitally manipulate the film’s subject to amplify the story’s tension and themes.
Patron will add an important and original voice to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, keeping these social issues at the forefront of the public’s mind.