FROM SHORT TO FEATURE: RAIN CATCHER'S STORY
The success of the internationally acclaimed short film 'Rain Catcher' served as the stepping stone from which writers Filippo Polesel and Michele Fiascaris started developing the namesake feature film with Michele at the helm and Filippo producing. After an extensive festival run with numerous Oscar and Bafta-qualifying selections, Rain Catcher landed a distribution deal with HBO Europe and later with Amazon Prime Video on all territories.
Do you ever feel watched?
When a voyeuristic photographer falls victim to a mysterious stalker, he descends into an infernal journey to uncover her identity before she shatters his life into pieces.
Rain Catcher is a neo-noir thriller about a young and troubled voyeuristic photographer on a quest to uncover the identity of a vindictive stalker, a woman who's sabotaging his life bit by bit. Armed with his excellent photography skills and aided by his magnetic, can-do neighbour, he will embark on a relentless investigation to crack the puzzle leading to his chaser's identity, clue after clue, one shutter-click after another. With his career, freedom and life at stake, he will unearth the mysterious woman’s motive for revenge: an unforgivable mistake he made in his past - an error that he cannot allow himself to commit again, or else he'll lose the only person he cares for. Rain Catcher will explore the themes of revenge, redemption, privacy and mental health.
In a rainy and nocturnal London, we follow Miles: a nighthawk, a loner and a voyeuristic photographer for hire.
We get a taste of Miles' shady line of work when, with the complicity of his partner-in-crime Cassandra, he frames a repugnant music mogul, capturing his abusive and sexist advances on camera, using Cassandra as bait.
A year later, Miles' talent at snapping people in intimate and often compromising vulnerability has turned him into a popular yet secretive Instagrammer, known only as ‘Rain Catcher’. Behind closed doors, however, unpaid bills and rent arrears are piling up, Cassandra is ghosting him, and recurrent nightmares and migraines have bound him to therapy. Hoping for some human connection, Miles spends his evenings behind the window of his high-rise flat, spying on a new muse: his magnetic neighbour Yumi.
Determined to salvage his career, Miles seizes an opportunity to compete for the prestigious “Urban Photography Awards”, where a fat cash prize would spare him from the imminent eviction notice.
It is at this point that Miles spots a mysterious woman appearing in his pictures. Blending in with the crowd or peeping from a distant window, this shady ‘Watcher’ seems to be following Miles everywhere, observing him from afar. Strange occurrences start taking place in Miles' life: his social media account gets hacked and a series of apparent defamations start to unfold around him, all set to publicly depict him as a “Peeping Tom”. Is the ‘Watcher’ behind all this?
Miles' suspicions are confirmed when he discovers she’s even been spying on him at home for longer than he ever realised, photographing him from a neighbouring tower. In an ironic twist of fate, Miles has fallen victim to a malicious stalker - the voyeur is getting a taste of his own medicine. As the Watcher’s spiteful sabotage attempts escalate, every cornerstone of Miles' existence gradually starts to crumble: his online persona, his public image, his new career prospects… How far will the Watcher go?
Once the Watcher’s machinations eventually cause blood to be spilled, what seemed a sordid game turns into Miles' worst nightmare. The young photographer finds himself faced with a merciless countdown to unveil the Watcher's identity and her goal before he sees his whole world fall apart.
On his pursuit for the truth, Miles finds a valuable ally in Yumi, whose wits and gung-ho attitude become a life-saver in his Dantesque journey. As they follow the trail left behind by the devious stalker, clue by clue, picture by picture, their bond grows tighter… and so does the Watcher’s stranglehold on them. Inevitably, the further Miles ventures down the Watcher’s rabbit hole, the deeper he digs into the darkest corners of his own past.
In a world of paranoia, deception and resurfacing memories, the stakes are at their highest when Miles finally discovers what really happened, or shouldn't have happened the night he framed the music mogul, and how that long-ago incident links to the Watcher.
Once Miles has finally uncovered the Watcher’s identity, will he be able to stop her final assault before everything and everyone turns against him?
THE ANTI HERO : RAIN CATCHER
The protagonist, Miles, exists within a constant dichotomy. He is a loner who spies on his neighbour at night, but longs for human connection. He works as a voyeuristic photographer for hire, but dreams of being a renowned artist. He’s not afraid of tightrope-walking the limits of the law, but in his nightmares his unconscious crawls with anxiety and guilt. What keeps Miles awake at night?
The past will come knocking on his door in the form of the Watcher: the keeper of Miles' darkest secret. Miles’ morals are not entirely exemplary. Used to surviving on his own, he’s always put his own goals before others, especially when it comes to his voyeuristic obsession, which has become both his strength and his weakness. Like an addict, he's attracted to the very same thing that will end up destroying him: spying on people, looking into their lives, capturing them on camera.
Despite his vulnerabilities, Miles’ stubborn boldness and fervid curiosity will propel him during his mission to stop “The Watcher”. Little does he suspect that by the end of his investigation he will have learned more about himself than about his nemesis, a twist that will throw all his old values into doubt.
SHORT FILM TRAILER
WATCH THE SHORT FILM
DIRECTOR: MICHELE FIASCARIS
Michele is an award-winning writer director. A London Film Academy 2010 graduate, he haswritten and directed numerous short films, commercials, documentaries, and the feature film“Fat Cat”. His works have been distributed by networks such as HBO, Amazon Prime Video and A&E, andhave featured on publications such as Empire Magazine and La Repubblica. Michele has directed content for BBC and BAFTA TV and for brands such as Nike, Lamborghini,P&G, Kiehl’s, FIAT, Barilla and numerous others, including the United Nations. His latest thriller short film “Rain Catcher” has been selected by several Oscar-Qualifying andBAFTA-Qualifying festivals, has won the prestigious 'Silver Melies' awards and has beennominated for the ‘Golden Melies’ for Best European Short of Fantastic Genre of 2020 at SitgesFilm Festival.The short is available on HBO and Amazon Prime Video. “Rain Catcher” is currently being developed into a feature film. Since 2014, Michele is also co-director of Shorts On Tap, one of London's leading short film events,with a history of hundreds of sold-out screening in some of the capital's most prestigious venues,such as the BFI Southbank, Regent Street Cinema and Rich Mix. Shorts On Tap's collaborationshave included partners such as TimeOut, Samsung, the BFI and LFA.
PRODUCER: FILIPPO POLESEL
Venice-born Filippo is an award-winning writer and producer of commercials, short films and documentaries. He graduated from the University of West London with a BA in Advertising and Video Production in 2005. His advertising portfolio includes brands such as Fiat, Sony, P&G and Campbell's amongst others. He has produced content for TV networks such as HBO, A&E and RAI. Filippo's productions have been selected in several Oscar-Qualifying festivals, including HollyShorts and the world's foremost genre film festival, Sitges Film Festival. Filippo is currently developing his first feature film, 'Rain Catcher', based on the namesake short, which was the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious 'Silver Melies' in 2019. Filippo is the founder of award-winning short film festival Shorts On Tap, which he led to become the fastest-growing short film showcase in London with sold-out events and extensive media coverage. Shorts On Tap has been awarded the prestigious Film London Boost Award in 2015, and is now an international showcase with events planned in Berlin, and Tokyo. Shorts On Tap's collaborations include the London Film Academy, The British Film Institute, Samsung, TimeOut and Bagri Foundation.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: HENRIK KÄLLSSON
Henrik Källsson, born in Lidköping, Sweden in 1981, Henrik studied Graphic Design and Photography at Svalövs Folkhögskola (Folk High School) and continued with studies in economics at Lund's University. After his studies it became clear for Henrik that his future was with the family business and he joined Erik Thun AB as 3rd generation ship owner. In 2013 he was appointed deputy managing director of the Thun Group. Film has always been a keen interest and the entertainment industry is alluring so he joined forces with Filippo and Michele to produce the coming feature movie Rain Catcher. He is also partner in the award winning Restaurant Riket in Malmö.
Yellow Pill is an award winning production company specialised in films, documentaries, commercials and music video production. Yellow Pill's films have been nominated in Oscar-Qualifying and BAFTA-Qualifying Film Festivals, and have achieved critical acclaim on publishings of the caliber of Empire Magazine and leading European newspapers, including La Repubblica. We have produced content for channels such as HBO, BBC, RAI and A&E Our portfolio of clients includes Nike, P&G, Sony Music, Kiehl's, FIAT, Campell's, the United Nations and many more. Our videos have hit millions of viewers, made national news and collected prizes worldwide. We have produced content for TVs such as BBC, RAI and A&E. Our latest noir film Rain Catcher, distributed by HBO and sponsored by Nike, stars rising talent Dudley O'Shaughnessy (Rihanna's “We Found Love” music video) and Jo Hartley (This is England, Eddie the Eagle). The film has won the prestigious Silver Melies and will compete for the Golden Melies 2020, the highest recognition for a film of fantastic genre. Rain Catcher has premiered in the world's leading film fantastic film festivals, including Sitges Film Festival (Oscar-Qualifying), Brussels Fantastic Film Festival, HollyShorts in Hollywood (CA), BIFAN in South Korea, Leeds Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, and Screamfest LA, America's largest horror festival.
+44 (0) 2079711385
Yellow Pill, Kemp House, 152 - 160 City Road, EC1V 2NX, London UK