Award-winning film “Retribution” is making its way to Hollywood  

Photo credits: Mike O'Neill Photography  DOP: Yiannis Manolopoulos
Photo credits: Mike O’Neill Photography DOP: Yiannis Manolopoulos

Another film which proves that diversity in the film industry is the key to success
“Retribution” is a short film, with a big impact.  It was the brainchild of its lead actor
Daniel Stisen; a former bodybuilder, with an Arnold Schwarzenegger mentality, who is
now appearing in Hollywood action films.  The film was directed by photographer Nick
Wall, whose work includes portraits of David Bowie, Alec Baldwin, Will Smith, Martin
Scorsese and many other celebrities in the world of film and television.  He also notably
worked as the set photographer of “Florence Foster Jenkins”, “The Woman In Black”,
“The Infiltrator” and many other significant Hollywood films.  Together with an amazing
cast and crew, Daniel and Nick created the short film “Retribution” as a pilot for a full-
feature version, which is planned to cast Hollywood royalty.

Global success
Over the past few months, “Retribution” has stormed film festivals and won The
Audience Award + Best Editor at TMFF in Edinburgh, as well as Best Action + Best Fight
at Oniros Film Festival in Italy and Merit in Los Angeles.  It has also been awarded in the
Norwegian film magazine with a 5 Star / Dish 5 out of 6, which is the same
rating given to “Ready Player One”.  The film has also been a prequel movie on several
“Ready Player One” premiere screenings.  It has received 10 nominations and has been
nominated at every festival it’s been submitted to, with more expected over the coming
months.  Hollywood has opened its eyes to Daniel Stisen, who plays the lead role of the
Hobo in “Retribution”.

People like watching revenge stories
“Punishment, revenge, vendetta are very popular genres on Netflix, Amazon Prime and
other platforms,” says Daniel Stisen.  “It’s simple.  It sells, just like its opposite, ‘love’
does.  We went down the same line as other popular comic and action films, such as
Marvel’s “Punisher”, “Daredevil” and Keanu Reeves’ “John Wick”…but just a little more
extreme and darker than they did.  We could simply do it, because we are independent
filmmakers.  The reason why we choose to make a film is simply; it’s very primitive
instinct in us human beings and my team and I are very good at making action.  I think
humans like to watch things we cannot do in the real life.  We want to see the bad
person who is unjust get punishment and instinctually by violence from the caveman
inside us, even if we are more civilised in the modern world.  It’s still in us and I think
that’s why it’s a popular genre for people to watch.  It makes sense for the caveman, we
all are, deep inside.”

The diverse International team makes the success
The short film had a very diverse international team involved and Stisen said, “The
reason behind it was…random, but I think it’s because London is a melting pot of the
most talented filmmakers, film crew and actors from Britain and all across Europe.  Just
like me, I was born in Norway, I came to London, with nothing, because I wanted to work

with the best and become among the best.  To contribute and build my production
company HQ here.”

An idea
In Daniel Stisen’s own words, “Retribution started with the idea back in 2016, of making
something cool.  A dark action, with good fight scenes and punchy, catchy lines and a
film that we think people would like to watch. From there, we made the short in
2016/17.  It has very good success on festivals and feedback so far and that has opened
doors.  We are now in talks with investors, Hollywood Studios and Stars, to make a full-
scale feature “Retribution” action film and potentially more.  We also decided to release
the short film, because we want as many to as people to watch it and I really hope the
audience out there like to watch “Retribution” and enjoy it.”

Photo credits: Mike O’Neill Photography –
DOP: Yiannis Manolopoulos