DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH IS AT FIRST GLANCE A SMART, SEXY AND COOL HEIST FILM, BUT DIG JUST BELOW THE SURFACE AND YOU REALIZE THE HEART AND SOUL OF THIS STORY REVOLVES AROUND THE COMPLICATED DYNAMICS THAT ARISE FROM INFATUATION, SEX, MANIPULATION AND GREED.
Colin and Aubrey are the willing victims of this twisted game where the familiar structure of films like My Fair Lady, gets turned upside down and shaken violently.
Inspired by films like Notorious, Out of Sight and La Femme Nikita,the vision is to play out the romance and danger of Aubrey and Colin’s adventure against the backdrop of exotic and mysterious Singapore. In this unfamiliar world, the dynamics of sex and power become the focus of intense attraction, emotion, and transformation.
Unlike other films that focus on a teacher / student relationship, Aubrey’s re-education is not what allows her to prevail in the end. Instead it is her indomitable spirit and sense of self that allows her to overcome a variety of emotional and physical challenges. She defies the assumption that we are slaves to our past, or limited by our upbringing.
Colin on the other hand, has to get past his own charm and steely confidence to realize he’s been profoundly affected by Aubrey, in spite of the fact he is carefully manipulating her. It is Aubrey’s stubborn unwillingness to abandon her instincts that ultimately pulls his heart in her direction, sacrificing not only his mission, but potentially his life.
Diamond in the Rough will make you wonder ‘who’s manipulating whom?’. But ultimately, it will be the film that is manipulating the audience into a series of twists and turns designed to surprise and entertain.
Writer/Director: Simon Barry
Producer(s): Christine Haebler, Trish Dolman
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Budget: $10 Million
Foreign Sales: International Sales and Finance by Highland Film Group