THE HUNTERS CLUB
Mike, a thirty something military dropout, spends his spare time practicing martial arts, skateboarding and playing video games. His fiancée Sarah is a yoga instructor that works out of town over the weekends. Normally he’s a bit bored without her but that all changes when he accidently runs into his best friend from the past - Ed. They’re both taken by surprise, especially Mike as Ed was reported killed in action almost ten years ago!
When Mike reinserts himself into Ed’s life he quickly realises why Ed had kept himself hidden for so long. Ed’s an assassin. Mike is then pulled into a world of gangs, drugs and guns where, unsure of what to do, he puts the two of them in jeopardy time and time again.
It’s up to Ed to use his wits and skill to clear up Mike’s mistakes, but when Sarah comes home a day early and gets taken by a rogue assassin, the boys go on the offensive. It’s time to play by Mike’s rules as he and Ed take on The Hunters Club.
“The Hunters Club” is a gun toting, fist fighting, skateboarding, Australian action feature film, shot exclusively in Queensland, around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
One of the unique aspects of this production is that it showcases the lesser known sport of Longboarding for some of the action/stunt sequences. Longboarding is an offshoot of street skating, with riders using a much longer board. With the right setup, a longboard can give the feeling of surfing on hard surfaces and even allow the rider to achieve speeds exceeding 100kph (60mph).
This is entirely independent production, and as with many independent productions, we were working with the constraints of a very low budget - probably better to say micro budget given that the whole film was shot and finished for less that $100,000 AU.
Given that the budget was so low for an action feature, we have done everything we can to make sure the final product will have the look and feel of something with a much larger budget. With the help of Donnie Vaughn, a stunt co-ordinator with over 20 years experience, as well as the skills of longboarding legend Stephen Daddow, we believe it really has helped to lift this above the usual look associated with ‘low-budget action’
The film was shot on the RED Epic (the same camera Peter Jackson used for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ as well as many current big budget Hollywood features) Also, to help give the film a truly cinematic quality, a selection of Lomo Anamorphic lenses were used. All visual effects were done in house to keep the cost down and the final film has been mastered at 2K - the standard for any cinema print.