none

BACKGROUND

The UK Government estimated that in 2013 there were between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of human trafficking in Britain.

Other agencies dispute those figures, claiming that the real figure was much higher.

What is not in dispute is that the number has increased since, year on year.

SYNOPSIS

Tina, Maggie and Goldie - three women with one dream.
But dreams don't always come true, and when they don't, lives can be ruined.
A hard hitting true to life docudrama, One Way Traffic follows three women trapped in despicable situations where they are under the complete control of traffickers and variously held captive and forced into the sex trade.

Inspired by the work of the Salvation Army and Riverside Foundation supporting victims, One Way Traffic's storyline is based on real case histories. At times it is harrowing, it is often emotional and always dramatically true to life. With core footage featuring a brilliant international cast imported from OMF's 2014 award winning Tariro allied to new filming in Cyprus in September 2018 and the UK in October 2018, One Way Traffic is a very powerful film.
none
Within three weeks of release we were informed that One Way Traffic had been selected for screening at the prestigious Celebes International Film Festival taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia, where it gained International Silver. On Easter Sunday came the news that One Way Traffic had been awarded Gold in the International Film Awards. Two days later we were advised that One Way Traffic had been selected for the Green Mountain Christian Film Festival in Vermont, USA and we were asked for a screener. In early August, One Way Traffic was officially selected for the Universal Film Festival held in Kansas City, USA.
none

LEADING ROLES

Click an image for details

Stacks Image 147
Zorina (Goldie)
Zuzana Garaiova

The complete film was re-written for Zuzi.
Originally written for victims from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa (Tariro means Hope in an African language) and with the European character already cast, Zuzana's absolutely brilliant audition changed everything.


Then studying drama in London, the Slovakian actress travelled up north for filming and repeated her audition performance week on week.
none
On completion of the movie, her sensitive portrayal enabled a shorter film centred on just her character to also be cut (Zorina), since when Zuzi has returned home to Slovakia and acted in numerous productions before setting up her own theatrical project.

What a talent!
thex Created with Sketch.
Stacks Image 155
Tina
Inna Platonova

Although another stand-out audition performance, Inna was something of a wild card, for being based so far away there was always going to be a risk.

A Ukraine national living in Canada, the only way she could be cast was to also cast an understudy - which we did.

In the event Inna flew from Canada to the UK for a full week of filming and added a real sparkle.
none
An actress with a rare talent, her portrayal of Tina's mood swings - sensitive, gentle and caring for her fellow victims one minute then angry and loud when confronting her captor - brought realism and authenticity to the movie.
thex Created with Sketch.
Stacks Image 163
Magdolna (Maggy)
Julia Papp

Completing the trio of international trafficked victims, at times Julia's skills on-set when portraying sensitive scenes just blew the whole crew away.

Few actors are able to portray crying convincingly - a pet hate of the director - so this was deliberately avoided in the script.

But it needn't have been, for Julia just entered into her character, the tears flowed and her portrayal was fantastic.

Again, the script was re-written so that Maggy originates from Hungary (Julia's home country) making her accent and delivery authentic.
thex Created with Sketch.
Stacks Image 171
Joe
David Lonsdale

Needing no introduction, David was a force behind the scenes as well as a brilliant performer on-set.

A star of BBC's Heartbeat for 16 years, David was a key member of the Tariro/1WT casting panel and a very supportive mine of information and advice in the early stages.

During production David brought realism and quality to the production and was one of the easiest actors to direct.
thex Created with Sketch.
Stacks Image 151
Arthur Benton
Paddy Byrne

Paddy was an unexpected jewel in production.

Originally cast as one of three homeless men, Paddy stepped in to the breach caused when the actor cast for the Arthur Benton role suddenly flew to Hollywood just one week before our filming started.

And what a performance he gave!

A conniving, scheming trafficker hiding behind a mask of business respectability, Paddy brings Benton to life in a most believable way - audiences hate him!


Although he was present at the 2014 Tariro premiere at the Waterloo Plaza cinema, Paddy sadly passed away before release of One Way Traffic.

He will be missed.
thex Created with Sketch.
Stacks Image 159
Elaine Westholme
Sinéad Douglas

Playing a role so diverse at a benefactor to her church, a surgeon at the local hospital and one evil trafficker demands a wide skillset - and Sinéad delivered by the bucketload.
thex Created with Sketch.
Stacks Image 167
Up Market Call Girl
Zara Miller

Since first appearing in Tariro, Zara has become a regular with OMF, her wide skills including presenting as well as pure drama.

For Tariro/1WT Zara played a demanding role, took it by the scruff of the neck and delivered a masterful performance.
none
Playing an up-market call-girl alongside Inna Platanova's Tina trafficked victim, Zara added that touch of class that really gave her scenes total realism.

And when we needed to return to the studio for ADR, Zara came through with the goods.
thex Created with Sketch.
Stacks Image 175
Homeless Man
Mike Keating

How do you portray a homeless man who has delusions of grandeur and thinks that where he is squatting is a Grade 2 stately home?

That's simple - call in Mike Keating.

A veteran of TV programmes such as Peterloo, Mike can turn his hand to anything - and make it believable.


Another good friend of OMF, Mike has also taken the role of presenter on Peak Squadron and Buying Time.
thex Created with Sketch.

MAIN & SUPPORT ROLES

none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none
none