The Pact

A Film by Natalie Medlock

Synopsis

Betty and Frank attend a seminar about euthanasia. Eddie is a doctor who advocates and facilitates people’s right to choose death. During the seminar, Betty reveals she has Alzheimers. Frank, however, appears physically and mentally fit. At home, Betty and Frank’s family are gathered. It is the eve of their suicide pact. It’s sad but the family has been briefed: this is a celebration of life! But when one of their children show up, devastated, and berate their parents’ decision, the cold reality hits home. Eddie arrives with the nitrogen tanks. Isla puts on the couple’s favourite song and together Betty and Frank inhale the noxious gas. But as unconsciousness takes hold, Frank rips his mask off. He tries to remove Betty’s but she clings to it – her decision made.

Director

  • Picture of Natalie Medlock © Dean O’Gorman

    Natalie Medlock

    Natalie is a writer, actor, director and graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. In June 2018, Natalie's feature film 'There is no I in Threesome' was greenlit for production. Prior to making her short film 'The Pact', she wrote and directed 'Goodness Grows Here', set against the backdrop of the devastating PSA disease on Te Puke’s kiwifruit industry. For TV, Natalie has worked as a story producer, storyliner and scriptwriter in both New Zealand and Australia for a variety of drama and comedy series, and she also co-created and starred in the webseries 'Yeti'. Natalie has written, directed and performed in numerous stage productions. Her acting work is extensive. Visit http://johnsonlaird.com/our-actors/Natalie_Medlock for more information.

Awards + Festivals

  • 25th OLDENBURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oldenburg, Germany)September 15, 2018
  • 38th ANNUAL BRECKENRIDGE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Breckenridge, Colorado, United States)September 21, 2018
  • 16th CONCOURS DE COURTS (Official Selection, Toulouse, Germany)April 2, 2019
  • 2nd LE PRINCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Caracas, Venezuela)April 5, 2019
  • HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - SPRING SEASON (Finalist, Carson, CA, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 51st FOTOGRAMMA D'ORO SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Messina, ME, Italy)May 22, 2019
  • *BEST DIRECTOR*
    2nd SA INDIE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Cape Town, South Africa)May 24, 2019
  • *DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD*
    3rd INDIEFLICKS MONTHLY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, UK)June 3, 2019
  • 2nd UNKNOWN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Russia)June 8, 2019
  • OLBIA FILM NETWORK (Film Market Professional Video Library, Olbia, Italy)June 19, 2019
  • 7th SNAKE ALLEY FESTIVAL OF FILM (Official Selection, Burlington, USA)June 20, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
  • ANABELLE MUNRO’S MOST IMPORTANT FILMS (Official Selection, Las Vegas, USA)July 26, 2019
  • 4th REGINA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Regina, Canada)August 13, 2019
  • 7th FILM FESTIVAL KITZBÜHEL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)August 18, 2019
  • 10th AUSTRIAN INDEPENDENT FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)August 27, 2019
  • 5th SOUTH TEXAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Edinburg, TX, USA)September 4, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019
  • 4th ADIRONDACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Glens Falls, New York, USA)October 17, 2019
  • AARETALER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Trimstein, Switzerland)November 15, 2019
  • *AWARD OF MERIT: WOMEN FILMMAKERS" for Natalie Medlock*
    BEST SHORTS COMPETITION 2018

Trailer

Crew

Director
Natalie Medlock
Screenplay
Natalie Medlock
Producer
Tamar Münch
Director of Photography
Dave Cameron NZCS ACS
Art Direction
Robbie Magasiva
Costume Design
Maza White
Sound
Andrew Lusk
Editor
Luca Cappelli
Sound Design
Andrew Lusk

Cast

Betty
Kate Harcourt
Frank
Desmond Kelly
Eddie
Cameron Rhodes
Isla
Bronwyn Bradley
Bob
Neill Rea
Sandra
Alison Bruce
Annabelle
Stephanie Wilkin
Sasha
Jamie McDermott
Gaz
Elliot Wrightson
Captain
Feleti Fane
Baby Tasha
Awen Price

Details

Running Time
12:52 min
Shooting Format
2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1: 1.85
Sound
5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR

Natalie Medlock

+64 27 418 0611

natalie.medlock@gmail.com

www.instagram.com/nataliemedlock
www.facebook.com/thepactshortfilm

ACTORS

Dame Kate Harcourt https://www.facebook.com/kate.harcourt.16

Cameron Rhodes
https://www.instagram.com/camrhodes67/

Jaime McDermott
https://www.instagram.com/jaime.mcdermott/