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Plastic Monkey Films

Independent Film Company

About

Plastic Monkey Films was founded by brothers Scott and Lawson McQuaid who had spent most of their childhood watching movies on VHS.

In 2017, they established their own film company with the desire to create original stories, collaborating with influential cult figures in film to create artistic pop cultural genre-defying cinema.

Film

Plastic Monkey Films has produced numerous short award winning films and with the success of their worldwide hit Space Ninjas in 2019, they continue to push the limits of what an independent film company can do.

Space Ninjas

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 – Its 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?

Cast

Yi Jane
Stanlei

Dirk Benedict
Jack Strange

Brian Narelle
Professor Rosencrantz

Razif Hashim
Mr Hughes

Damien Zachary
Zack

Mia Sara Shauki
Tammy

Bryan Tiang
Space Ninja

Jon T Benn
The Big Boss

Afiq Amirul Amri
Omar

Cassie Foo
Keiko

Godfrey Ho
The Janitor

Jay Mago
Mysterious Kung Fu Master

Tan Soo Tze
Tammy's Step Mother

Sudhan Nair
Security Guard

Carlton Wall
Man in Black

Crew

Scott McQuaid
Director

Wayne Crawford
Executive Producer

Firhad Bustaman
Production Manager

Ganesh Venugopal
Director of Photography

Chai Vincent
Gaffer

Philip Schøyen
VFX Artist

Suran Basharati
VFX Artist

Lars Espen Smith
VFX Artist

Brittany Jane Fernandez
Production Assistant

Marissa Duclos
Makeup Artist

On Set

In Production

Plastic Monkey Films is in pre-production for our second feature film, ‘Working Title’, with a shoot date slated for August 2021.

Events

Worldwide Distribution By SMG And MY SPOTLIGHT INDEPENDENT

Worldwide distribution by SMG and MY SPOTLIGHT INDEPENDENT

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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.

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1 January, 2020 / Avail TV Release

Space Ninjas was released on the US streaming platform Avail TV distributed by SMG.

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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.

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1 May, 2020 / iTunes and Apple TV Release

Space Ninjas was released on streaming sites iTunes and Apple TV distributed by My Spotlight Independent.

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Press Publication Links

Horror News

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.

To remain updated with the movies release and promotion dates, please join our instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/spaceninjas_/

Portfolio

Beans

This indie feature film written and directed by Scott McQuaid screened at the Independent New York Film Festival in 2008.

Behind The Scenes of the Social

This is a behind the scenes look at the making of the social commercial with writer and director Scott McQuaid.

Space Ninjas

Space Ninjas is a B-movie parody that pays homage to 70s and 80s genres of horror, comedy, sci-fi and martial art movies.

Stage & Screen

This showreel displays the most recent stage and screen work by director Scott McQuaid.

The Social Commercial

This commercial was written and directed by Scott McQuaid for the restaurant and bar franchise, the Social.

Who's Who

Scott McQuaid - Writer/Director

SCOTT McQUAID

Writer / Director

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. He has won multiple BOH Cameroonian Art Awards for his work, including the best director and receiving the Malaysian Book of Records Award 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 into a book.

His short films have screened at various film festivals collecting 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.

Lawson McQuaid - Producer

LAWSON McQUAID

Producer

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.

Contact Us

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Alternatively, you can also call us on +44 170-259-6049 (UK office) or +60 166-453-435 (Malaysia office).

For traditional mail, please use our UK office address: 6 Plas Newydd, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 3AG.

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