Last night at USC, there was a double screening of the movies Broken Kingdom and Kingdom Come. The latter is a documentary about the cast and crew of Broken Kingdom, as well as some other famous faces who have been apart of indie films. The two stars of both movies were Daniel Gillies and his stunning wife, Rachael Leigh Cook. You can watch the trailer for the fantastic film above!
Gillies is best known for his roles as Original vampire, Elijah Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries, and cocky, hotshot surgeon Dr. Joel Goran on Saving Hope. Cook was in 90′s hit, She’s All That, Josie and the Pussycats, and presently stars in TNT’s show Perception. This project was something they worked on together. It’s such a masterpiece. I don’t think I’ve been that impressed with a movie in such a long time!
Most documentaries, in my opinion, are such a bore. This one really captured my complete attention. Gillies went through so many hardships when it came to directing and producing his film. He did everything for it, but had difficulty raising the money to fund it. Many people don’t realize what it takes to produce an independent film. His documentary really shows the struggles he went through. So many obstacles stood in his way, but somehow he persevered and overcame each and every one of them.
In order to fund the movie, he had to put up some of his own money, and then proceed to search for the rest. The original budget was $900,000, but decreased significantly when they couldn’t get the money. He even had to borrow $100,000 from his in-laws, which he hated to do! Since then, he has paid back all his loans and has done at least 40 television show episodes!
Other stars made an appearance in the documentary. Some of my favorites were Selma Blair, Alan Cumming, Mark Ruffalo, and Ron Perlman. They talked about their various experiences that could relate very closely to what Gillies and his wife had to go through. Seeing the struggle was heartbreaking. I found myself tearing up and feeling so awful for this kind-hearted, amazing man. This was his project, his baby, and no one really believed it could be done.
This is what the synopsis of Broken Kingdom says on their website:
Two stories weave their way from the harrowing slums of Bogotá to the hills of Hollywood. A 14-year-old street girl and an American writer discover an uncommon union, while a day-care teacher in Los Angeles does everything she can to fight the weight of a tragic secret.
Cook plays the daycare teacher and Gillies portrays the writer. Seeing how the two worlds parallel and differentiate is amazing. The colors of both scenes were so vibrant and wonderful. Both characters appear to be so in control of themselves, but we learn that really isn’t the case. Not everything is what it seems.
It wasn’t until the credits were rolling that everything hit me and a wave of intense emotions hit me. Daniel’s strategy for telling the story was just so unique and powerful. The road for him as been treacherous, but one day people are going to look back and he is going to be one of those legendary storytellers.
If you’re a person that loves to really feel the movie you’re watching, I really implore you to check this out. Daniel told me that his goal is to inspire kids to make their own movie. He wants everyone to see that it is possible to create something like this.
You can preorder both movies at their website here. They’ll be released October 2nd. Watch them both…you won’t regret it!