British Science Fiction Thriller Feature Film
A young woman suffering from amnesia is urged by her husband to stay at home. But as she pieces together her memory, she discovers he isn’t who he says he is, and neither she.
Trophy Wife is a British science fiction thriller feature film written, directed and produced by Eric Garson
A young woman suffering from amnesia is urged by her husband to stay at home. But as she pieces together her memory, she discovers he isn’t who he says he is, and neither is she
The film explores ideas of marriage, coercion, domestic abuse, love and betrayal. The film takes inspiration from Vertigo, Blade Runner, Minority Report and Sleeping With The Enemy
The film features six actors Paola Ceseracciu, Michael Hoad, Tanya Beckett, Emily Jack, Tony Deufemia and Spencer Allum
The crew is an experienced team including Sophie Marchant (Sound Recordist and Sound Editor), Krzysztof Rodzik (DIT), Rod Ramsey & Psyona Williams (Stills Photographer), Florence Gibson, Michael Coe, Kara Lovejoy (2nd AC), David Gregory (VFX Supervisor & Gimbal Operator), Nativit Khlongmekhun (Composer), Soner Metin (Spark) Conor Tychowski (Assistant Colourist) Eric Garson & Michael Hoad (Producers) Andrew D. Dobson & Peter J. Owen (Executive Producers) and Eric Garson (Writer, Director & Producer)
Thank you to Ivor Powell, Amanda Graham, James Caley, Eithne Pearson, Barry Sawers, Thomas Biddle, Ryan Morris, Roger Harlow, Sonja Clarke, Joshua Callis-Smith, Andy Hudson of Cinelab London, Chaima Zaine of Superhire
In Memory of John Shrapnel
The film was shot over nine days, featuring four shooting locations in Reading and Oxfordshire
The film is completed.
The film has been selected for the Spotlight International Film Festival 2024
Paola Ceseracciu as "Ava"
Paola Ceseracciu discovered her passion for acting when performing musicals in her local theatre back home in Italy, during her teenage years. But it is only when she moved to the UK, that she decided to take her passion seriously and start focusing on screen acting.
Since her first acting classes in Manchester she's been building and developing her craft and moved to London where she had her first on set experience in the short film "The gift".
During an acting class she meet Tony Deufemia who introduced her to Eric Garson leading to Trophy Wife. This is her first lead role.
Ava's character is a captivating role to play, it's so far away from Paola herself and probably from the majority of roles she's come across, but at the same time so approachable.
This is the main reason the challenge was so exciting to take on.
Ava's ethereal and flawless soul faces a journey of discoveries in her life and relationship that opens up a conflict between her so perfect existence and her human sides.
Michael Hoad as "Frank"
Michael is an actor, director, award winning action director and life long martial artist.
He has worked as an Action Director on a number of feature films with Proportion Productions. Including the Lionsgate Entertainment film "The Gardener" starring action legend Gary Daniels and Robert Bronzi.
He has played lead role of Van Helsing in Jagged Edge Production's "Wrath of Van Helsing". Also he played the lead character Carl in Jagged Edge Production's "Easter Bunny Massacre".
He has performed as a Stunt performer alongside Bollywood superstar Tiger Shroff on "Heropanti 2" and worked as an Actor and Special Action Performer in numerous Blockbuster titles such as 'Mission Impossible 7', 'Jurassic World', 'Transformers: The Last Knight' and 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'.
His career started when he played a Londinium Fighter on Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur: Legend of The Sword'.
He is a life-long martial artist, and started martial arts in 1998 in kickboxing and quickly became the youngest black belt in his school's history at the age of 18.
He currently studies Hapkido (Korean Military Martial Arts) under Master Daeman Sung (7th Dan Hapkido, former Korean Special Forces as a military intelligence officer).
He studied Directing at London Film School and is also the founder of Lost Boys Films, a film production company that specializes in martial arts action cinema and cinematic commercials.
Tanya Beckett as "Holly"
Tanya has worked in broadcasting and the media for over twenty years. She started out at the FT, then went to work for CNBC, Sky News, CNN and since 1998, the BBC.
She has worked on a variety of programmes on BBCWorldNews, the BBC Newschannel, Radio 4 and BBC1 and BBC2 including The Inquiry, Our World, Working Lunch, Today, World Business report, Newsnight and World Business Report. She also spent 3 years living in and reporting from New York for the BBC.
Tanya has also worked with the European Investment Bank, World Bank, Chatham House, the Somali Government and the British Foreign Office in matters relating to trade and communication.
Tanya has a degree from Oxford University in Metallurgy and Materials Science and spent 5 years as an investment banker in Frankfurt and London. She speaks fluent German, good French and some Spanish.
Emily Jack as "Rhea"
I started acting when I moved to Vancouver from my hometown in Canada around 2012.
Watching films and television was something that connected me in profound ways to the people that I loved growing up and was always something I knew I wanted to do from a very young age. It’s a way for me to express myself fully and freely. It’s my art.
I’ve worked with amazing like-minded creatives but am especially grateful for the directors I’ve worked with such as Daniel J. Brant, Sara Jordan, Frank Hammond and of course, Eric Garson. Between both theatre and film, I seem to gravitate towards characters who are vastly different to me in one way or another, which is a wonderful challenge. Whether it’s been a psychological thriller, a romantic drama or an action packed horror- it’s been so much fun! And I love the whole process of taking on a different perspective and being curious about something I’ve never personally been through or experienced before and finding the synchronicities to then bring something new to life.
The first time I met Eric was somewhere on Southbank in London where we met for his film ‘Diva’ and we had our first table read with the other cast members and some crew- the rest is history. Through all the films we’ve worked on and all the conversations had, I love working with Eric because we seem to have such a beautiful blind faith and belief in each other. He has always encouraged me to run wild and take up more space. And I value that so much because when you’re in that kind of energy flow and it’s reciprocated, it allows a space of endless possibility to open up. And we find what works and what doesn’t but it’s never taken personally. It’s just discovering and becomes the birthplace of those gorgeous, couldn’t write it, unscripted, magic moments.
Well, I’m from a dusty little logging town in northern British Columbia where I grew up. It was during my final year in high school, playing ‘Scout Finch’ in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, for my drama class play, that fully solidified and ignited my passion for acting. Even though it was hard to leave my family and friends, even though I was terrified, I knew I wouldn’t get anywhere if I stayed in my hometown. So I packed my dreams and the $500 I had in my pocket and began my new journey at a film school in Vancouver. And then in 2016 an opportunity came up to live in England where I’ve always wanted to be. It quickly became home and ever since, I’ve immersed myself in everything it has to offer and base my work out of London.
I play ‘Rhea’ in the film, who is a fiery force of swirling mystery and seduction. After finding herself in a twisted web of betrayal with Frank, she creates her own path to seek the truth, despite everything standing in her way.
Tony Deufemia as "Victor"
Tony Deufemia got into acting in 2018. He's wanted to be an actor since childhood, but circumstances didn't align until he began taking a series of acting courses before taking his first steps into the industry.
Tony got his first lead role in a short film called "Post Heist" in 2019, where he first met and worked with Eric. They've worked together on a few projects since and he jumped at the chance to work with him again on Trophy Wife.
Spencer Allum as "Seb"
Spencer has been acting for the past five years. Eric and Spencer have worked on four previous projects together. Spencer is a hard working and talented actor.
Spencer has previously acted in shorts films "Find The Light," "Ryderz" and "Path to Ecstasy" and a supporting artist role in "1917."
Whilst having roles in World's Most Evil Killers and Our Town.
Spencer plays the role of "Seb" who's insight and knowledge about Frank has a great impact on Ava.