'Crime and Punishment' | Feature
Writer + Director Andrew O'Keefe
Producers Steve Jablonski + Tuuli Forward + Andrew O'Keefe
Production Apocalypse Films + Parachute
'Crime and Punishment' follows the journey of Rodya Raskolnikov, a desperate and disillusioned PhD student who commits premeditated murder in the name of a theory. After committing the crime he finds that his soul can only be saved through the love of a religious prostitute.
But will he confess in time or will the cunning police investigator ruin his chance at salvation?
This startling feature-film adaptation reimagines Dostoevsky’s classic novel in a dystopian society where education is the new currency.
'Crime and Punishment' has picked up seven Best Film awards and three acting awards thus far with more Nominations and Official Selections adding to the list.
On home soil, Melbourne Australia, the film has been embraced by two festivals; the Made in Melbourne Film Festival and the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. These two very popular festivals awarded 'Crime and Punishment' the Best Film award respectively. MUFF also tapped the film for Best Actor (Lee Mason), Best Director (Andrew O’Keefe) and Best Screenplay.
Across the ocean, the 21st Indie Gathering in Ohio, USA, turned out to be a very successful outing for the film, winning the award for Best Crime Drama. Even more impressive is the two acting awards that the film collected; Lee Mason took home the Best Actor award for his menacing yet touching portrayal of the tortured Raskolnikov. Christopher Bunworth was tapped for Best Supporting Actor for his performance of Raskolnikov’s foil, Inspector Porfiry. The two actors are the lynch-pin of the film’s narrative therefore it is fitting that they were acknowledged in this way.
Also in the Unites States, 'Crime and Punishment', won the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles World International Film Festival. The film screened at the lovely Crest Westwood Theatre in Los Angeles.
In Lithuania, the Ramunas Atelier International Film Awards bestowed the Best Film award on 'Crime and Punishment' in early October 2016. The festival takes place annually at the historic village Mickūnai, near capital of Lithuania, Vilnius.
'Crime and Punishment' also received the Platinum Award for Narrative Feature at the International Independent Film Awards in Toronto,