Two brothers reconcile their differences through the beauty and magic of Bali.
Nick Best is living the good life on a beach in Bali – thousands of miles from the expectations laid on him by his billionaire father – when his brother Eddie shows up to bring him home. But Eddie is soon seduced by Bali, and by Shakti, a beautiful apprentice to a mysterious shaman. As Eddie becomes obsessed with ritual magic, Nick must try to save his brother from madness, and save Bali from the cataclysmic disaster revealed in Eddie’s dark visions. In doing so, Nick finds the courage to accept real love, find his place in the world, and fulfill his destiny.
The film is a sibling rivalry drama with supernatural elements set in the exotic landscapes of Bali. The film will appeal to a young audience (18-35) who want to find themselves through adventure.
The footage was shot several years ago to give a sense of Bali, the settings, music, etc. These actors will NOT appear in the actual film.
“Nick” – PHILLIP BARANTINI (Ten Days To War, Band of Brothers, Ned Kelly)
“Eddie” – LEO GREGORY (Goal III, Cass, Daylight Robbery, Stoned, Tristan + Isolde)
“Shakti” – REBECCA GRANT (BBC’s Holby City, The Other Boleyn Girl)
“Nigel Ward” role – anthropologist and mentor – a well-known star will be announced soon.
Nick Best is living the good life on the beach in Bali – thousands of miles from the expectations and
responsibilities laid on him by his billionaire father in America. Then one day, his brother Eddie shows up, sent by his family to bring him back to a life that has been planned for Nick since birth.
However instead of retrieving his brother, Eddie also gets seduced by the magic of Bali, and he and Nick reignite their conflicted relationship. While competing to see who can ride the biggest wave, Nick suffers a serious head injury, and is taken to the only medical care available – a local Shaman and his beautiful apprentice Shakti.
Shakti is an orphan whose family and home were destroyed in a mysterious fire. Outcast by the villagers who are suspicious and frightened of her magical powers, Shakti has been “adopted” by Nigel, an anthropologist who was a friend of her father. Nigel is deep into writing a book on ritual magic.
Now, the brothers’ old wounds are quickly opened up when both men fall in love with Shakti. And while Nigel is initially drawn to Nick and Eddie, and begins educating them in Balinese trance and ritual, he is increasingly dismayed by their attraction to Shakti. Unable to let go of his protective attachment to her, and unwilling to let her make her own choices, he begins challenging the boys as lose themselves in Bali magic.
In spite of Nigel’s warnings, Shakti feels a growing connection to Eddie. As Eddie goes deeper into the spirit world and binges on arak – a potent local brew – supplied by his teacher, the fake priest Ota.
At the same time, Nick’s world begins crumbling around him: Shakti has rejected his advances and the medical clinic Nick built for the villager mysteriously burns to the ground. Feeling lost and alone, Nick goes on a spiritual quest of his own, almost losing his life on a pilgrimage to the volcano Gunung Agung. He returns to the village to find hundreds of villagers plagued with nausea and headaches. Omens portending disaster begin appearing – nesting herons have departed, leaving the surrounding jungle silent, and Eddie has become obsessed with painting his dark visions of impending cataclysm and death.
Realizing that his brother’s bizarre predictions are true, Nick must try to save Eddie from madness and rescue the village from a fast approaching tsunami. And in doing so, he must take on the responsibility he’s been running from, and find the courage to accept real love, find his place in the world, and fulfill his destiny.
The Script & Direction
Michael Wiese will direct from a script he co-authored.
Lacy Waltzman wrote the final draft, based on scripts by Matthew Bishop and Wiese’s novel.
- The above film clip was shot in Bali during a research trip.
- Budget is £1.7 million (US $2.5). Seven week shooting schedule.
Credit Block (non contractual)
MERMAID FILMS LTD. PRESENTS BALI BROTHERS Starring PHIL BARANTINI, LEO GREGORY and REBECCA GRANT Screenplay LACY WALTZMAN, MATTHEW BISHOP and MICHEL WIESE. Based on the Novel “On the Edge of A Dream: Magic and Madness in Bali” Cinematography DAVID HIGGS, Special Effects SCOTT BILLUPS, Casting DAN HUBBARD Music STEVE DANCZ, Production Manager B. A. SCHOEMAKER Producers JONATHAN TAMMUZ, MICHAEL WIESE and JORDAN FOLEY, Co-Producer MARK TRAVIS, Director MICHAEL WIESE
- An 18 to 35 year old demographic will be attracted to the genre and it young British stars. The buddy adventure and supernatural elements will appeal to males. The romantic triangle will appeal to females.
- Baby-boomer audience will be attracted by the story and a well-known British actor in the “Nigel” role.
- Both audiences will want to see Bali’s extraordinary exotic settings and landscapes.
- A cracking good story of two brothers’ reconciliation.
- Suspense, mystery, and the supernatural in Bali.
- The young cast appeals to the largest segment of the movie-going audience.
- Exotic locations, beautiful photography, powerful music
- Love triangle – two brothers and a mysterious woman
- An adventure on a paradise island
- Self-discovery and a spiritual theme
- The film qualifies as a British Film with mostly a British cast and crew.
- A final draft script, shooting schedule, and budget have been prepared.
- The film is ready for production as soon as financing is secured.
A Great Time to Be Making This Movie
Slumdog Millionaire – which was made for $15 million and generated $260 million at the box office – demonstrates that audiences will respond to original films with little known actors and great stories set in exotic locales. BALI BROTHERS is all that and much more.
Further Information and a Prospectus
Michael Wiese at firstname.lastname@example.org or in England at +44 (0)1736 810 001.
Location stills may be seen on Michael Wiese’s Facebook