The Prover

‘A young man captivated by magic, attempts to learn the secrets of an accomplished street magician, known only as Turner. As their partnership flourishes, the young man glimpses the brutal and obsessive truths behind the hidden world of magic, culminating in a fatal illusion that will leave him changed forever.’

  • James Johnston
    7:17, Al Helm
  • James Johnston
    7:17, Al Helm
  • James Johnston
    7:17, Al Helm
  • Denis Halligan
    Key Cast
    An Actor Prepares, The Wait, Nuts & Robbers, Coast, A Belfast Story
  • Chris Kelly
    Key Cast
    Dead On, The Cure, Cerebrationa, Autumn Leave, Channels, 37 Days
  • Mark Corrigan
  • David Faulkner
    Days Gone By
  • Matthew Hamilton
  • Anthony Shortt
    Sound Recordist
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Mystery
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    250 GBP
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  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland, United Kingdom
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Director Biography - James Johnston

I am a writer/director from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

A graduate of Queen's University Belfast, I read for a Master's in Film & Visual Art, graduating with a Distinction in November 2016. I now own my own film and video production business, Foxmere Films.

I have always had a great passion for and fascination with film, and continue to draw inspiration from the great masters of cinema, both past and present.

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Director Statement

Dear Reader,

Thank you for taking the time to consider my film, The Prover.

The Prover takes inspiration from the daring feats of street magicians; mimicking the unfolding story of a magic trick within its narrative.

Production took place across the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, drawing upon the wealth of local talent and enthusiasm for film. The Prover was completed in fulfillment of a Masters Degree in Film & Visual Art at Queen's University Belfast.

It is my hope that audiences will be very entertained by the story, and that there will also be all types of resonances and interesting thoughts provoked by the film.

Kindest regards, James Johnston