“Once upon a time there a man called Bob” and so begins Torbay filmmaking dynamo John Tomkins trailer for his latest Bay-based flick A Dark Tale.
Inspired by the Gothic fantasy comedy stylings of Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam, there’s something oddly prescient about the story that sees Bob Diablo (played by James Cotter) unable to keep any of his previous 199 jobs.
The film also used Paignton’s Oldway Mansion, former home to Singer sewing machine magnate, in one of the building’s last outing as it made its way from public to private ownership.
A Dark Tale looks to have drawn on the rich supply of South Devon film talent, both in the acting and production departments.
John said: “The sequence filmed at Oldway required a massive team of cast and crew from across Devon, working voluntarily, plus an awesome make-up department headed by Sarah Hartley and Sally Morley.
“The shoot required a cast of nearly 30 to be made to look like they had died in different ways.”
Before shooting began on this latest of his flicks, John told D&CFilm: ‘I’ve always been a fan of Tim Burton and wanted to make a short film inspired by him.’
‘On They’re Coming I met an actor called James Cotter. And I fashioned a movie around him called A Dark Tale about the day in the life of Bob Diablo who has shunned his dad’s firm of undertaking and beauty therapy, and is looking for another job. On the way to an interview something deadly happens’
A Dark Tale will be realised in May, 2013, but you can enjoy the trailer in the meantime.