The film is '…a perfect mix of Hitchcock and Lubitsch' said Hungarian actor and director Laslo Szabo, who was one of the jurors at the 24th Avignon Film Festival where the film was screened in June 2007.
‘Medium Rare’ is the first (short) film of Finger Store Films, a production company set up by Debbie Young and Stefan Stuckert,
the producer / director team that made Channel 4's award winning ‘Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind’.
Based on ‘Zwei bei Tisch’, a short story by German cult author Hans Herbst, the script attracted private funding and caught the attention of Hubbard Casting (‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘King Kong’) who managed to engage Steve Furst (Orange Ads & ‘Little Britain’) & Sara Stewart (‘Sugar Rush’, ‘Batman Begins’) on the project. ‘Medium Rare’ also features Gordon Alexander and Derren Brown in his first ever acting role.
The film has already created some controversy. In June it was selected for Shanghai International Film Festival 2007, but was later withdrawn by the Chinese Government due to strict censorship.
‘Medium Rare’ had its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in August 2007.
Stefan Stuckert has worked extensively in British TV, including Channel 4’s award-winning series Peep Show and Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind.
Before becoming a director Stefan worked as an editor. He has won several international editing awards and was voted twice among the UK’s top 5 editors by Televisual magazine.
Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind, 2004 - 2006, 18 TV episodes
Derren Brown: Seance, 2004, TV
Derren Brown: Russian Roulette, 2003, TV
The Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe…Ever, 2003, 6 TV episodes
Monkey Magic, 2003, 7 TV episodes
Upstairs, 2001, Short film
The Queue, 1999, short film
Danger, lust and fear combine in an erotic game. Carl (Steve Furst) is on the run from a gang intent on killing him. In desperation, he seeks refuge in a restaurant where a beautiful woman (Sara Stewart) is dining alone. Cornered, he knows one false move from either of them will cost him his life. But desire is about to lay its own subtle trap…
Medium Rare…What’s at steak?
Publicist Greg Day has joined the Team
British Council has Accepted Medium Rare
24th Avignon Film Festival, June 2007
Imaginaria International Film Festival, July 2007
Aye Aye, France, August 2007
Screening dates in Edinburgh are on 17th (Industry screening), 18th and 22nd August.
Montreal World Film Festival in September.