Fedz

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Not to be confused with Feds.
Fedz
Fedz.jpg
Promotional film poster
Directed by Q
Produced by Candice Vetter
Yousaf Uddin
Written by Q
Starring Q
Joseph Marcell
Wil Johnson
Narrated by Q
Music by Alexander Charles Elliot
Dale Sumner
Duncan Bridgeman
Cinematography Sam Brown
Ciro Candia
James Martin
Peter Emery
Martyna Knitter
Boyd Skinner
Edited by Andrew Trotman
Robert Hall
Kant Pan
Peter Hollywood
Production
  company
Top Dog Productions
Distributed by Top Dog
Release date(s)
  • 17 March 2013 (2013-03-17)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Fedz (originally based on a short film titled Fever) is a 2013 British crime thriller film directed by, written by and starring Q.

The film is about a renegade policeman attempting to investigate a terrorist group intending to release an airborne virus in London.

Plot[edit]

Policeman, Mike Jones (Q), is given information by his athlete friend, Joey (Silvio Simac), about a terrorist group testing a virus on people. Whilst undercover, Mike tries to earn the trust of Slick Pete (Bradley Gardner), who is planning a bank robbery heist. Later Joey is murdered by his girlfriend, Ty (Shanika Warren-Markland), after refusing to throw his next martial arts fight at the request of Fast Eddie (Joseph Marcell). After Mike finds Joey dead and he suspects Ty was involved after seeing her with a few gangsters earlier. He pursues her for information, after she disregards him, he and his partner are followed back to his house by Rizzle (Gary McDonald) and Big D (Micheal White). Everyone except Mike is killed in a shootout, Mike suspects he was set up and resigns. Ty then orders Barry (Richie Campbel) and Tyson (Ashley Chin) to kill Mike.

Mike goes on the run to solve the virus case and obtain the virus antibodies. Whilst Mike is being pursued by his old colleagues, he obtains diaries about drugs the virus has been planted in from sports-coach, Coach McKenzie (Martina Laird). After she is murdered, Mike gives the diaries to a journalist, Trevor McBride (Wil Johnson), who is then kidnapped for ransom money in exchange for the antibodies, tortured and murdered by Razor (Andrew Harrison). After Mike tells Pete that he is a policeman, Pete orders Kent (Leon Herbert) to kill Mike.

For help Mike visits Shazz (Maya Sondhi), an ex-scientist who is married to his ex-colleague, Ritchie (David Keyes). Ritchie sends Mike away to Jack Huey (Dermot Keaney) in Brighton to be tortured by Razor (Andrew Harrison). Mike escapes, and kills Jack and Razor. Mike gives Shazz evidence incriminating Ritchie for her to pass onto Brighton police. Ritchie kidnaps Shazz and holds her hostage for ransom money. Mike enlists the help of a swat team, who help him kill Ritchie’s men in a warehouse. Ritchie is then killed by Mike’s former superior Whittaker (Justine Powell).

Mike declines Whittaker’s offer for his old job. Barry and Tyson are killed by Ty for doing a drug deal on the side, Mike then kills Ty and warns Ty’s driver that if Fast Eddie comes back then he will kill him and Fast Eddie, and then employs him as an informant.

Mike plans a holiday to Hawaii and goes back to his flat where he finds Slick Pete and his men, they all point a loaded guns at Mike. The film ends as a gunshot is fired.

Cast[edit]

Original short film poster

Production and release[edit]

Fedz was independently produced.[1] In Summer 2009, a short of the film premiered at a Hollywood film festival. At the time the film was titled Fever, and was used as a test screening on American audiences.[2][3]

The film was not presented to distributors and due to the demise of distributors; HMV, Blockbuster, and Revolver Entertainment, the producers used various online videos to promote a cinema release.[4][5][6]

However due to the shift in retail and distribution, the producers decided to test the distribution market place by releasing the film on video on demand. On 17 March 2013,[1] the film was made available to be streamed on the official website.[7][8] This was in order for the producers to market and give the audience a second screen experience via their smartphones or iPad. The film has been designed to work interactively with the Shazam and SoundHound applications.[9][10]

On 12 April 2013, a live hangout event was streamed via Flavour Magazine on Google, which featured musicians from the film’s soundtrack and guests. A regional cinema tour is being planned in 2014 due to the demand from the video on demand sales.[11]

On 5 November 2013, the film SOLD OUT and premiered at Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel, London, which also included live music, featured personal appearances from musicians from the film’s soundtrack and guests, and was followed by an after-party. The film used a creative social media campaign to sell out the Genesis Cinema, this included videos on YouTube and a twitter campaign. Fedz Movie was pulled down by Vimeo on November 22 due to extremely high sales which they deem to be fraudulent, it is alleged 1000's of people have been stealing credit cards in order to buy the film for 0.99 cents. This is being contested by the Fedz Movie producers, production company and their lawyers. Fedz Movie won the best compilation mixtape at the prestigious and hotly contested official Mixtape awards on November 23.[10][12][13][14][15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2013 Accolade Competition Award of Excellence Q Won
2013 Official Mixtape Awards[16] Best Mixtape Compilation DJ Ames[17] Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Phelan, Zehra (27 March 2013). "Fedz Movie OUT NOW!!! @fedzmovie". Flavour Magazine. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fever 2009". Hollywood Black. 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Award winning Director - Q presents 'FEVER'". Itzcarribean. 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Allen, Annika (24 March 2011). "Q the man behind Deadmeat: "There are many causalities of war in filmmaking, it is a fierce battle"". Flavour Magazine. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (20 June 2012). "Poster/Promo Trailer For Brit Crime Thriller 'FEDZ' (Ashley Walters, Joseph Marcell Co-Star)". IndieWire. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "FEDZ Movie Soundtrack Sampler Hosted By DJ Ames (Feat K Koke, Logic, USG, Akala & Many More) [FREE D/L]". Hip-Hop Life and Times. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Foster, Leonard W (27 March 2013). "Screen shots from Fedz Movie OUT NOW". Flavour Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Hamilton, Davina (1 May 2013). "Black Brits need to support black filmmakers". The Voice Online. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Hamilton, Davina (8 May 2013). "Taking his Q from technology". The Voice Online. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Booth, Nigel (8 November 2013). "Fedz: Red carpet premiere at the Genesis cinema". The Upcoming. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Your Exclusive Invitation to Hangout with FEDZ!". Flavour Magazine. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "FEDZ MOVIE INTERACTIVE CINEMA SCREENING". Tower Hamlets Council. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Chapman, Georgina (22 October 2013). "FEDZ MOVIE INTERACTIVE RED CARPET EVENT". It's A Madness. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Special Events". Genesis Cinema. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "FEDZ MOVIE + AFTER PARTY". Skiddle. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "FEDZ Movie Mixtape Sampler (Hosted By DJ Ames)". Official Mixtape Awards. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Download: FEDZ Movie Official Mixtape Soundtrack". I am So Not Hollywood. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 

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