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How to Get Away with it

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How to Get Away with it
Directed byAndrew Dunlop
Produced byAndrew Dunlop
Laura Grande
Sean Marjoram
Jennifer Ouellette
Written byAndrew Dunlop
StarringJon Berrie
John Cianciolo
Kerry Prunskus
Julia Heximer
Music byAndrew Dunlop
CinematographySean Marjoram
Edited byAndrew Dunlop
Production
company
1984
Release date
2018
Running time
101 minutes
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish

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How to Get Away with it is a Canadian independent feature film written and directed by Andrew Dunlop and starring Jon Berrie and John Cianciolo.

The film takes place during an evening counseling session where a patient, Reese, and his psychologist argue about the plausibility of getting away with murder. To prove each other wrong they come up with a plan to kill someone. As they work their way through the plan, Reese patiently convinces his doctor that their plan will work.

"How to Get Away with it" was produced with a budget of $10,000 (CDN) and shot in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The entire film was shot out-of-order and in a single location over 10 non-consecutive days, taking place in real-time, a feat of continuity that proved challenging for the cast and crew.

Plot[edit]

Reese arrives late to an after-hours counseling session with his court-appointed psychologist, an unnamed doctor. The doctor attempts to probe his patient's thoughts through conversation but it is immediately evident that Reese is unwilling to open himself up, claiming that he is under duress.

Their conversation eventually meanders into the subject of murder, after Reese claims he's smart enough to get away with homicide. The doctor begins to feel he is cracking Reese's shell and so he allows their discussion on the topic to continue. After the two men discuss committing a murder in the doctor's office, away from the eyes of witnesses, they produce a list of potential victims, for Reese's entertainment. Reese argues that a pedophile would be the perfect person to kill as no one in society will truly care if someone who targets children is murdered. Using sophisticated technological means to cover their tracks, Reese contacts pedophile Roscoe567 through an online forum, attempting to lure him to the office with the promise of pimping a minor.

Roscoe567 demands to hear the minor on the phone; to the doctor's relief Reese's plan has already fallen apart. However, Reese seizes the opportunity to call his ex-wife, Robyn, asking her to bring his stepson to the doctor's office under the veil of compassion. Robyn agrees to help. Roscoe567 then writes back expressing concern and bails on the transaction.

The doctor begins to get a better picture of his patient. The two men outline a detailed plan, establishing a method and a murder weapon, which happens to be a plastic garbage bag.

Robyn, alone, buzzes up from the lobby and is let in by the doctor, much to Reese's dismay. In the office, she confronts Reese on his mental health problems and inadequacies, forcing the doctor to referee the two former partners. Reese then quietly confides in the doctor that he does not want to hurt his ex-wife, but believes she would fit perfectly into their murder plan. The doctor disagrees and pushes Reese to get Robyn to leave.

After his ex-wife leaves, Reese argues that the perfect victim is actually a prostitute. They use the same secret computer software to look up and call an escort. Reese then takes advantage of the doctor's pool table by starting a game while the doctor takes advantage of the distraction to pry-open his client's deepest, darkest secrets.

Their game is interrupted by the arrival of the escort, Raine. Reese and the doctor ask her a series of questions, matching her answers with what they already determined in the perfect murder model. As Reese attempts to sneak up behind Raine, armed with a plastic bag, she reveals the need to contact her driver who is waiting downstairs. With his plan once again foiled, Reese convinces the escort to leave by frightening her.

The doctor admits to his patient that he has been diagnosing him the entire time, and that his diagnosis is leading him to believe that Reese is a psychopath. Reese jokingly threatens his doctor's life and then concludes that the perfect victim is a pizza delivery guy. After allowing Reese to explain in greater detail, the doctor agrees by calling a local pizza place that does not track orders through a computer system and providing the incorrect suite number for delivery.

Reese and the doctor rehearse their plan, running through the steps and addressing the problem of body disposal. The pizza guy buzzes up for a second time asking why they are not in the suite they indicated when the order was called it. The doctor gives him the correct suite after the ruse demonstrates that the pizza guy has no phone and had to return to the lobby to communicate with them. When the pizza guy knocks at the door, the doctor makes the decision to lure him into the office, grabbing him in a bear-hug. Reese jumps from around a corner, throwing a plastic bag over the pizza guy's head, murdering him.

After Reese and the doctor finish eating the pizza, they realize they forgot to close the office blinds. They quickly begin to hide the corpse in a garbage when a police officer enters the office, having presumably been called by a witness. The officer orders Reese and the doctor to freeze while he contacts dispatch for assistance. Reese is startled to learn that the officer's name and badge number coincide with the pedophile's email from earlier. The officer lowers his weapon and switches his communication equipment off, then demands that the three of them need to get rid of the body. Reese laughs, having successfully established how to get away with murder.

Cast[edit]

  • Jon Berrie as Reese
  • John Cianciolo as Doctor
  • Kerry Prunskus as Robyn
  • Julia Heximer as Raine
  • Justin Greig as Cop
  • Shane Campbell as Pizza Guy

Production[edit]

Principal photography took place over ten days between December 2014 and February 2015. The crew had to set-up and tear-down the production set each day of filming as they were not permitted to leave any props or equipment in the location.

Post-production took two years to complete. Director Andrew Dunlop took it upon himself to edit the film, produce the visual effects, music and sound effects. The final cut of the film was completed in July, 2017.

Recognition & Awards[edit]

  • The Black Stripe - Best Feature Film, Prison City Film Festival, USA, March, 2018
  • Official Selection, Prison City Film Festival, Huntsville, Texas, March, 2018[1]

References[edit]

  1. "Prison City Film Festival schedule". Prison City Film Festival. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

External links[edit]


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