Experiencing Interruptions?


A twisting thriller of two worthy and misguided protesters who conspire to carry out an extreme act of protest while inadvertently broadcasting their plans to an audience of unsuspecting listeners.

Two young anarchists, Tom and Katya, meet and fall in love both physically and ideologically at the 2012 London Occupy Protest. Disillusioned by what they consider the inactivity and hypocrisy of their fellow protestors they forge a pact to make a ‘real’ difference, whatever the cost.

Both are too proud, stubborn and trapped within a whirlpool of conflicting emotions to escape the forces that propel them towards committing an act of pointless violence.

Separated by geography, united by common purpose they use Katya’s father’s old amateur radio sets for communication in an attempt to evade the authorities. Meeting on air every day at midnight they plan to murder Mackenzie, the new head of economics at Oxford University, and ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs during the global banking crisis. His new role as educator of the world’s future financial leaders is objectionable to the point of murder for Katya.

Tom realizes too late that his infatuation with Katya has blinded him to the reality of the situation. He has a daughter, just like Mackenzie, he can’t go through with it.
However, Tom has unwittingly set up his radio incorrectly meaning their secret conversation is being broadcast on a local late night music only radio station. As their dramatic planning progresses their unintended audience revels in this deeply personal new ‘radio drama’; unfortunately, for Tom and Katya so too do the authorities.

But Katya is both smarter and more determined; she realizes they are under police surveillance but chooses not to confide in Tom. Their love has gone cold and his commitment is evidently wavering; she resolves to use him as a distraction. Tom is manipulated to commit the murder by promises of a loving shared future with her.

Before he gets the chance to kill he is arrested outside Mackenzie family home with Katya nowhere to be seen. Unimpressed with Toms shambling behaviour and the absence of Katya, Mackenzie decides to attend his inauguration ceremony in Oxford irrespective of the continued risk. The police are reluctant but he insists; as he cycles from his home to the train station he is followed by plain clothes officers in their unmarked car.

As he turns into a blind bend on a quiet country road Katya slams her borrowed car into Mackenzie killing him instantly. She sits behind the wheel too shocked to respond to the police officers demands that she unlock the door.

The officer is forced to smash the window to open the vehicle and drag her out

Both Tom and Katya are detained under the Terrorism Act 2006 to undergo interrogation as the police attempt to establish the motivations and forces that propelled the troubled pair to commit such an atrocious act.

  • Martin Mills
  • Rob Davies
  • Martin Mills
  • Rob Davies
  • Martin Mills
  • Rob Davies
  • Robine Landi
    Key Cast
  • James Richards
    Key Cast
  • Geoff Timblick
    Key Cast
  • Rob Davies
    Key Cast
  • Jeremy Radburn
    Key Cast
  • Alex Morley
  • Tom Nowell
  • Bruce McLaren
  • Peter Mallet
    1st AC
  • Laura Shacham
    2nd AC
  • Chris Shaw
  • Fergal O'Mahony
    Original Music
  • Joe Murgatroyd
    Original Score
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  • Genres:
    Thriller, Drama, Crime, Romance
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Norfolk Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    July 29, 2017
    UK Premiere
  • Short To The Point

  • Four Seasons Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    February 4, 2018
  • Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 1, 2017
Director Biography - Martin Mills, Rob Davies

Rob Davies graduated from University College London in 2007 with a master’s degree in primatology. Since then he has been contemplating the significance of monkeys within nineteenth century cinema in a shack in the Sri Lankan rainforest. Upon his return he met Martin Mills who coincidently had been living on a trading estate in Brackley, Northamptonshire, attempting to design the world’s first prototype for a Virtual Reality Mandrill (VRM). Eventually they realized they could pool their collective talent and interests and thus Interference was born. This is their first collaboration as Writer/Directors although they have previously both appeared in the ‘Help Musicians UK’ funded film ‘Dreamworld’ written and produced for the group ‘The Elliot Galvin Trio’. It premiered at the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate in 2014 before being edited for release in 2016 as the music video for the Elliot Galvin Trio song ‘Cozy’. This spurred them on to write their own film and they are currently writing and filming new material.

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Director Statement

Ever increasing disparities in wealth, ownership and access to basic resources should be of concern to everyone in our increasingly globalized world. It affects us all in different ways, but for some of us it instills a desire to impose order, often more for personal than political reasons, upon a nebulous system. This easily results in reductionism as a situation becomes black or white, good or bad or right and wrong. ‘Interference’ explores how ‘doing the right thing’ is more often than not a subjective statement that polarizes more than it unites. You are either with us or against us, as both George W. Bush and the anarchist group Anonymous demand.

This film explores the consequences of adopting a singular, simplistic, viewpoint to the exclusion of all others. The desire to do ‘good’ is commendable but it is a powerful force with often unintended consequences. Like love and the desire to be loved it has a strong, mostly beautiful, but sometimes incredibly destructive influence over our behaviour. In this film, both protagonists have their own complex reasoning and justifications for their actions. It is up to the audience, ultimately, to decide for themselves who, if anyone, can lay claim to the moral high ground in the complex and nuanced world we inhabit.

Hence the use of radio sets by the two protagonists. On one level it simply allows them to do their planning in presumed secrecy. However, their accidental hijacking of a local radio station and broadcast of their scheme to a wider audience serves a more fundamental purpose. Aside from introducing an element of levity and thus breathing space for the audience it is designed to bring us closer to the characters; to see ourselves in the story, to put ourselves in the picture, to question what would, and should, we do in the characters position?