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First look at SA made horror feature Talk To Me from Adelaide Youtube sensations RackaRacka

10 May 2022
A photo of a woman behind a sheet of glass holding her hand to the glass and screaming
Photo credit Matthew Thorne

An exciting first-look image has been released for new SAFC supported horror feature Talk to Me, the directorial debut from South Australian YouTube sensation filmmaking twin brothers Danny and Michael Philippou a.k.a. RackaRacka, which has recently wrapped production in Adelaide.

Cast in the lead role is rising Ivorian-Australian star Sophie Wilde (Netflix / BBC drama You Don’t Know Me), who will next be seen in Jim Henson Company’s forthcoming feature The Portable Door alongside Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz and as female lead in ITV / Masterpiece miniseries Tom Jones.

Joining Wilde in the cast will be Miranda Otto (The Thin Red Line, What Lies Beneath, The Lord of the Rings, Homeland), Alexandra Jensen (Amazing Grace, The Letdown and Joe vs. Carole), Marcus Johnson (Power Rangers Ninja Steel, The Very Excellent Mr Dundee), Zoe Terakes (Nine Perfect Strangers, Wentworth, Ellie and Abbie) and Otis Dhanji, best known for his performance as Young Arthur in Aquaman.

The film follows a group of friends who discover how to conjure spirits using an ancient embalmed hand, becoming hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and opens the door to the spirit world. Increasingly haunted by supernatural visions, the friends unwittingly prompt a devastating possession, forcing them to choose who to trust: the dead or the living.

Bankside Films will be showing a promo of the high-concept horror to buyers in Cannes.

A photo of a woman behind a sheet of glass holding her hand to the glass and screaming
The first look image released for Talk to Me, photo credit Matthew Thorne

Best known for their comic horror and action shorts, the Philippou brothers (RackaRacka) have amassed over 1.5 billion views with 6.5+ million subscribers across their social media channels.  RackaRacka were named one of Variety’s FameChangers and ranked fifth on the Australian Financial Review’s Cultural Power List.  The screenplay was written by Danny Philippou alongside regular RackaRacka collaborator Bill Hinzman.

Talk to Me will be produced by Kristina Ceyton and Samantha Jennings of Australian production powerhouse, Causeway Films, who shot to huge success with their first feature film, multi-award winning psychological thriller, The Babadook directed by Jennifer Kent, also filmed in Adelaide, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Further credits include The Nightingale, South Australian filmed horror Cargo and You Won’t Be Alone. Stephen Kelliher and Sophie Green of Bankside Films will serve as Executive Producers. The film has received major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), and financed with support from the Adelaide Film Festival, Hold Standard and KOJO Studios.

Bankside Films will be showing a promo to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival and represent Worldwide sales, except for Australia and New Zealand, which is being handled by Umbrella Entertainment.

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