British Director Richard Raymond’s ‘Souls of Totality’ was filmed during an actual solar eclipse and is uniquely powerful and intense short film about the sacrifices we make for love. The film stars EMMY winner Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Stronger), Tom Cullen (Knightfall, Downtown Abbey) and after a successful New York premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival has the film was selected for Palm Springs and recently won the Grand Jury Prize at Hollyshorts. Now, this must-see film has been nominated for Best UK Short at the Raindance Film Festival.
Lady 18 (Tatiana Maslany) and Guy 3 (Tom Cullen) have a secret. They are members of a cult that believes if they die during a Solar Eclipse their souls will be taken to paradise. But that’s not their secret… They are also profoundly in love.
Director Richard Raymond started his career at Pinewood Studios when he was 15 years old, establishing himself as a regular face there while interning on a variety of movies such as Neil Jordan’s Interview With The Vampire and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. Raymond applied what he’d learned at Pinewood to his own films, working with the crews and their equipment on weekends. In 2015 Richard’s debut film Desert Dancer opened the 30th anniversary Santa Barbara International Film Festival and screened at Lincoln Center, the United States Capitol, the United Nations, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it was the runner-up for the Audience Award. In addition, Desert Dancer won Best Film Choreography at The Fred and Adele Astaire Awards and was nominated for the Golden Frog at Camerimage.
Souls of Totality contains a five-minute single-take sequence shot during a real solar eclipse, a first in cinema history. This topical film was produced by husband and wife team Richard and Nousha Raymond and written by the husband and wife team Kate Trefry (Stranger Things) and Ben Bolea. The cinematography was created by Jarin Blaschke (The Witch).