Decrypted – The First Bitcoin Comedy – The VR Soldier
THE FIRST BITCOIN COMEDY
The Outrageously Dark Comedy Feature DECRYPTED made its world premiere with a UK release on November 1, 2021.
Decrypted is a grim and provocative black comedy that pokes fun at the efforts of the US security services to control cryptocurrencies. It also addresses the issue of prejudice, affecting race, sexuality, gender, economics and politics.
A mismatched NSA team kidnaps Bitcoin’s creator – Satoshi Nakamoto (played by Akie Kotabe) – and attempts to torture him for the information they need to destroy the cryptocurrencies. But nothing goes as planned, and the botched NSA operation brings together a homophobic field agent, a feminist technical advisor, a transgender asylum seeker, a crypto-anarchist, a racist Brexiteer, and an inclusive MI5 agent. Sparks fly when their respective prejudices clash. But when they all succumb to a truth drug, their regained honesty has devastating consequences.
The stars decrypted Sophia Myles (Transformers: Age of Extinction, a discovery of witches), David Hoflin (Z: The beginning of everything, Bosch), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr. Selfridge), Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean, Designated Survivor), Talisa Garcia (Baptiste, the girlfriend experience), Don Gilet (The stranger, the Loch), Clive François (The crown, a clockwork orange), Akie Kotabe (The man from the high castle, Jason Bourne) and Sophie Barker (The Holly Kane experience, in a cage).
See the trailer here: https://youtu.be/Y_4F6Yo6ARE
The film was shot in London and the south-east of England, but was closed due to the pandemic in March of last year with only 70% of the film completed. Filming resumed in September and the last scene was shot just before the next lockdown.
Decrypted is the fifth film from father-son writer-director Mick Sands and Tom Sands, and producer Phil Harris. The team’s previous work includes Rupert, Rupert & Rupert, nominated for Best Comedy at the 2020 National Film Awards.
Writer / Producer Mick Sands said, “The idea that the US government is very interested in the control, if not destruction, of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies seemed like an exciting new setup for a movie. Since blockchain is all about honesty and transparency, I thought it would be fun to explore these themes through the characters.
Tom Sands, Director / Producer, commented, “Mick and I discussed the story at an early stage. I wanted to strip it down and play it in a claustrophobic environment, where the location acted like a pressure cooker and everything supported the performances of the amazing cast we were working with.
Phil Harris, Producer / Editor, added, “I really hope the crypto community supports this film as it champions cryptocurrency and promotes honesty and transparency. I have witnessed an emerging blockchain revolution within the film industry, which I hope will help disrupt the current outdated, bloated and often dishonest status quo. I want us to be part of this new transparent movement and will seek to form partnerships with these emerging blockchain companies. ”
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About substantial films
Led by father-son writer-director Mick Sands and Tom Sands and producer Phil Harris, Substantial Films develops and produces feature films and television series. Since 2013, we’ve produced five films, which have been released in over 20 countries, screened at prestigious, critically acclaimed film festivals, and established Substantial Films as an original entertainment producer that explores compelling themes.
If you would like to check out Decrypt, visit their website for links to watch the movie: https://www.decryptedfilm.com/