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


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.”

Congratulations to @retributionmovie cast, crew & supporters for winning the award "BEST ACTION FILM" at @onirosfilmawards in Italy ?? Retribution Directed by Nick Wall @nickwallphotography starring: Daniel Stisen @danielstisenofficial produced by: @danielstisenproductions. For this award, we want to special mention the action team behind Retribution, but thanks to everyone involved it's teamwork! ???#retribution #movie #action #actionfilm #behindthescene #nickwall #danielstisen #vengeance #stunts #fight #martialarts #bodybuilding #muscle #superhero #villain #webseries #actionhero #casting #actor #actress #london #hollywood #danielstisenproductions #filmmaking #filmproduction #tvseries #shortfilm #gritty #revenge #retribute

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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.”

Congratulation to @retributionmovie and it's Cast, Crew & Supporters for winning "Best Fight Choreography" at @onirosfilmawards in Italy today for the fight scene between "The Hobo" @danielstisenofficial & "The Goth" @grantstevensma . I want to special mention @grantstevensma for his contribution with his amazing world class martial arts skills in this scene. Retribution Directed by @nickwallphotography produced by @danielstisenproductions #retribution #movie #action #actionfilm #behindthescene #nickwall #danielstisen #vengeance #stunts #fight #martialarts #bodybuilding #muscle #superhero #villain #webseries #actionhero #casting #actor #actress #london #hollywood #danielstisenproductions #filmmaking #filmproduction #tvseries #shortfilm #gritty #revenge #retribute

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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 credit: Mike O’Neill Photography