From indie storyteller Scott McQuaid comes ‘THE HEARTSMITH’ — an unworldly, dark, untold bedtime story, following the simple life and trade of a Heartsmith (played by Aniq Durar), who spends his days mending the broken hearts of people suffering from sadness, brought to him by his associate, The Umbrella Man (Sylvester McCoy — Doctor Who, The Hobbit).
Then, once upon a night, the Heartsmith stumbles upon a girl with a heart of gold, named Sundae (played by Imogen Storm), left for dead in an alley, and his life takes a dramatic turn, for a dangerous hitman, known as Dr. D (portrayed by Bryan Tiang — Space Ninjas), is in pursuit of Sundae for her gold heart to cure his ill-fated client, Mr. Cross (played by Diego Cresta).
The Umbrella Man obtains a map of Jagged Heights, the moving mountain, from an old acquaintance, Inzidor (Mike Edmonds — Time Bandits, Return Of The Jedi), and returns home to show it to the Heartsmith, but in turn, encounters Dr. D. The hired gun learns of the gold at the mountain’s core and decides to claim it with the aid of the dark witch, Dread Black (portrayed by Alexandria Kay).
The Heartsmith and Sundae discover the map and determine the path to the gold, knowing it will heal Sundae’s weakening heart. The two embark into the unknown, encountering spellbound forests, magical wells, and a village haunted by a sinister being, The Judder Man (C.J. Graham — Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives). As they enter the tormented town, the pair are given refuge by the mysterious Babushka Lady (played by Catherine Leyow).
Upon their departure from the village, they stumble upon the Maître D’ (Brian V. Towns — The Shining) of Jagged Heights, and are presented with a guide to the heart of the mountain. Once inside, the couple cross paths with Sid (Ben Goffe — Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), the mountain maintenance guy, who tries to help them. As Sundae’s damaged heart starts to take effect on her, Dr. D is determined to retrieve the gold and cheat death, while the Heartsmith uncovers the most powerful magic of all — love.
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Space Ninjas is a B-movie horror, comedy, sci-fi, martial art movie written and directed by Scott McQuaid.
The scene opens with a stylized television sci-fi show titled Stranger Than Fiction, with its charismatic host Jack Strange played by Dirk Benedict (A-Team, Battlestar Galactica, Bodyslam). This prelude introduces a classified incident that allegedly took place at a high school somewhere in Asia, cue title sequence.
Five high school teenagers, Zack the nerd, Tammy miss popular, Keiko the Japanese exchange student, Omar the jock and leader of the misfits, Stanlei the skater girl, played by Yi Jane, are called for detention on a Saturday night. The deputy head of the school, Mr. Hughes played by Razif Hashim (Best In The World: Asian Food Channel) leads the punishment.
As the night progresses an elite group of Space Ninjas invade the secluded school. After the Space Ninjas kill Mr. Hughes, the students are left to fend for themselves, trapped on the school grounds, fighting for survival.
The five students are being hunted and killed off one by one. The survivors stumble across the eccentric science teacher, Professor Rosencrantz, played by Brian Narelle (Dark Star, The Wizard Of No, 13 Reasons Why).
Together they decipher why this is happening and devise the best plan of escape. As the student number drops in deaths, the Space Ninjas also add the school janitor to their body count. Hong Kong cult B-movie director Godfrey Ho (Ninja Terminator, Ninja Protector, Ninja Squad) plays the short lived Janitor.
Professor Rosencrantz is eventually cut down by the space assassins, but not before unveiling a kung fu master clone that he produced in his lab, played by Filipino TV sensation Jay Mago (Kalokalike – It’s Showtime ABS-CBN).
As the Space Ninjas close in on the last surviving members of the group, an unexpected relationship develops between Zack and Stanlei, but this momentary romance ends with Zack’s demise. As the last man (woman) standing, Stanlei engages in battle with the Space Ninjas.
As night turns to day, the CIA surround the school grounds and the men in black enter the crime scene. The Big Boss is played by Jon T. Benn (Way Of The Dragon, Fearless, Man With The Iron Fists). They sweep through the school campus erasing any evidence of alien activity, making this incident another great episode for the Stranger Than Fiction TV show, asking the viewer – was this fact or fiction?
Worldwide distribution by SMG and MY SPOTLIGHT INDEPENDENT
1 July, 2019 / Amazon Prime Release
Amazon Prime was the first streaming platform to release Space Ninjas worldwide distributed by My Spotlight Independent.
1 December, 2019 / Fandango Now Release
Space Ninjas was released on the US streaming site Fandango Now distributed by SMG.
1 January, 2020 / Avail TV Release
Space Ninjas was released on the US streaming platform Avail TV distributed by SMG.
20 January, 2020 / Google Play Release
Space Ninjas was released on Google Play streaming in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand distributed by My Spotlight Independent.
1 May, 2020 / iTunes and Apple TV Release
Space Ninjas was released on streaming sites iTunes and Apple TV distributed by My Spotlight Independent.
12 March, 2021 / Tubi TV Release
Space Ninjas was released for streaming on Tubi TV distributed by Signature Entertainment.
21 February, 2022 / Dark Matter TV Release
Space Ninjas was released for streaming on Dark Matter TV distributed by SMG.
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20 January, 2019 / Horror-on-Sea Film Festival
Space Ninjas made a test screening at the UK’s Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Sunday, 20 January, 2019. The film received a very positive response from cinema goers.
The lead actress Yi Jane was in attendance with the producer Lawson McQuaid.
13 - 15 July, 2018 / Asia Comic Con
Asia Comic Con are the official sponsors for the upcoming release of Plastic Monkey Films’ Space Ninjas.
The Asia Comic Con event was held at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia from July 13 – 15, 2018.
This event played host for the debut teaser trailer of Space Ninjas, followed by a Q&A session with the cast and director of the movie. The audience reaction was both positive and extremely enthusiastic about the films general release, which is due out later this year.
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Writer and director Scott McQuaid began his career in the film industry volunteering on Hong Kong film sets in the mid-90’s. With a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and MFA in Film Making, he has directed for stage and screen for over two decades.
Directing broadway musicals in Malaysia has earned him various accolades, winning multiple BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, including Best Director, and also receiving a Malaysia Book of Records accreditation for an original musical. Scott’s unique black comedy plays have not only performed across the world to critical acclaim, but they also have been compiled and published in a book.
His short films have screened at various film festivals and collected rave reviews, while his debut feature film Space Ninjas is fast becoming a cult B movie classic. Scott’s small budget indie filmmaking defines his economical storytelling with a mix of reality and the unimaginable.
Filling the role of the producer is Alexandria Kay. She works from each project’s beginnings; all the way from development through to post-production.
With her background in the performing arts as a stage manager, as well as a project and talent manager in the digital marketing industry, she brings to the table her skills in finances, casting, marketing, line producing, and collecting the dailies while managing the film budgets.
Additionally, Alexandria is an actor for stage, screen, and podcast theatre, as well as the producer at the PMF sister company, Pop Up Theatre.
Lawson McQuaid is a newcomer to the industry. As he clearly demonstrated by building a prosperous company in the UK, Phoenix Electrical Installations Ltd, he is a business man with vision and perspicacity.
Always supporting his brother Scott in the performance industry with both moral support and financial backing, he recently decided to step into the producer role. Through public funding, grants and sometimes his own investment, he has managed to help elevate productions for the company that has resulted in fare and quality film production.
His producing credit on Space Ninjas promises to be the first of the many projects for Plastic Monkey Films.
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