Written and Directed by Bafta Nominated Director David Griffith, Timelock tells a very character driven story of a hotel heist gone wrong. The film starts of slowly, centering on hotel manager Mark Kerr (played brilliantly by John C. Gilmour), a man who seems to have lost his way in life, with the only pleasure coming from his gambling addiction, which as you can guess, is also the source of his problems. As the film plays out he gets targeted and duped by Callum Coyne (Alton Milne), a suave, cocky career criminal intent on robbing the hotel safe. But things don’t quite go to plan and he ends up holed up in the hotel, holding Mark hostage as they wait for the timelock on the safe to trigger in the morning.
In the day and age of Big Budget Hollywood Blockbusters where even the simple thrillers can have multi-million dollar budgets, Timelock is a genuine surprise in the world of Micro-Budget Indy Films. With a budget of less than £50,000 and a twelve day shooting schedule, Director David Griffith has created a stylish, tense thriller that beats a lot of the big name films hands down for keeping it’s audience engaged right to the last-minute of the film.
The one thing that shone for me during the film was the varied use of filming styles, sometimes adopting hand-held, other times a first Person P.O.V and the most cunning of all for me, the hotels own cctv to show the characters progress through the hotel, and the story:
TimeLock is available right now to rent on Vimeo:
And you can find out more about the film’s production, including the Directors “screenwriting ‘restrictions’ for writing an ‘ethical’ micro-budget” film which enabled him to pull this fantastic little film off and a full list of cast and crew pn the films own website: