The Profesional

An urban western set in London in a time when being a contract killer is a legal profession, a camera crew film the reclusive, enigmatic hit man, Eli Shepard, as he undertakes one hit.

The deeper both they and the audience delve into Eli's callous and brutal world, the darker things become; as we encounter dangerous psychopaths, surreal relationships and extraordinary characters.

The Profesional, misspelt in connection to its themes of mistakes and the flaws that define us, is an ambitious and innovative zero budget feature film, made for no more than the price of a weeks shopping, that isn't afraid to investigate the most important question of all: in an increasingly detached, apathetic society... how do you feel?

  • Taras Demian Groves
    Director
  • Taras Demian Groves
    Writer
  • Taras Demian Groves
    Producer
  • Adam Dada
    Producer
  • Paul Dewdney
    Producer
  • Adam Honey
    Producer
  • Adam Dada
    Key Cast
  • Adam Honey
    Key Cast
  • Nadia Serantes
    Key Cast
  • James Dobbs
    Key Cast
  • Stuart Robertson
    Key Cast
  • Paul Dewdney
    Key Cast
  • Giovanni Spano
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Urban Western, Psychological, Character study
  • Runtime:
    2 hours
  • Completion Date:
    December 23, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    120 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    AVCHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
    Los Angeles
    Nominated for "Best Ensemble"
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    Los Angeles
    Award of Merit
  • Los Angeles Cinefest
    Los Angeles
    "Official Selection"
  • Miami Independent Film Festival

    "Official Selection"
  • Los Angeles Urban Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    Winner of "Best Original Screenplay"
  • Global Music Awards

    Winner of a "Silver Award" for best composition/ film soundtrack
  • The Indie Gathering International Film Festival

    2nd place in the Crime/Drame Feature Film category
  • Indie Fest Film Awards

    Award of Merit
  • I Filmmaker International Film Festival
    Marbella, Spain
    December 5, 2015
    World Premiere
    Best Horror/Suspense Feature Film
Director Biography - Taras Demian Groves

Taras Demian Groves (born 4th April, 1989) is a British/Ukrainian newly emerging writer-director whose debut feature film, “The Profesional” is a visually arresting, character exploration of a hitman undertaking one hit. A self taught writer – director - cameraman and editor, Taras also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and is a member of Mensa, featuring prominently in an article in the monthly Mensa Magazine about his work. His music video “To Deteriorate”, a darkly comic story of a man who cannot commit suicide no matter how many times he tries, won a Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival and was a critical success, airing at other prestigious festivals such as the London Independent Film Festival. Influenced both by Tarantino and literary genius Dostoevsky, Taras’ work focuses on merging the aesthetically sublime with a keen insight into the human psyche and the psychology behind what it means to be human.

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