RackaRacka brothers Danny and Michael Philippou get ready for their first Talk to Me movie

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Danny and Michael Philippou have become international YouTube stars, now they want to conquer Hollywood and the big screen.

The 28-year-old Adelaide-based twins are working on the final details of their debut movie Talk To Me, which will begin filming in Adelaide in February.

“The scariest movie of all time is what they call it,” Danny laughed on a Zoom call from Los Angeles.

The film is a collaboration with Sydney-based Causeway Films with producer Samantha Jennings forming a relationship with the brothers who began on the set of horror film The Babadook, as well as Cargo, which starred Martin Freeman.

“We’ve known them, their work and their online presence for years,” Ms. Jennings said.

“We were really interested in what they do, we realize that they are super talented and also that they are filmmakers at heart.”

The Philippou brothers’ YouTube channel, RackaRacka, has 6.5 million subscribers and regularly posts videos like the Harry Potter vs Star Wars music video, which has over 32 million views.

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But can this YouTube success translate to the big screen?

“That’s the question everyone is asking; we can do it for five minutes and entertain the audience, but can we do it in 90 to 100 minutes with a feature film, with a proper story, appropriate characters and this is what we are ‘trying to do,’ admitted Philippou.

Mrs. Jennings has no doubts.

“We are very optimistic that it will reach a cinema audience. We want to make sure that the film has the appeal of bringing that fan base to the cinema and will be something that you will want to see on the big screen,” he said. she declared. .

Talk To Me centers around a lonely teenage girl who finds a balmy hand and discovers that you can conjure a spirit to enter your body if you talk to her.

However, you have to shut down the spirit within 90 seconds or it will stay inside you.

“She lets the 90 seconds pass and after that all hell breaks loose in terms of haunting the supernatural element and the way they are trying to control and manipulate her,” Jennings explained.

Actress Sophie Wilde will play a major role in Talk to Me.

Emerging Sydney actress Sophie Wilde will star, having been involved in the thriller Eden on Stan, as well as the movie The Portable Door, which will be set in Queensland next year.

While Causeway Films is well established, the world of cinema is a huge bridge for the Philippou brothers to cross and involves a steep learning curve.

“For the RackaRacka stuff, we never really scripted anything, it’s mostly improvised and it’s just fun poking around, when it’s a lot more serious,” Danny said.

Their YouTube videos got them in trouble at times, including the time they filled a car with water and drove it to the local bottle store.

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They avoided conviction after reaching a deal, but the court case garnered a lot of media attention.

“They called me a prankster; I don’t think I’m a prankster, that’s the only thing that really upset me,” Michael said, laughing out loud.

When they sat down for this interview, Danny Phillipou was in Tinseltown finishing another script and having meetings, while Michael was in Battle Creek Michigan working on other scripts and YouTube projects.

Sam Jennings is looking at the camera smiling into a head shot
Producer Samantha Jennings was convinced that the brother’s first feature film would be a success.

They will soon be returning to Australia and self-quarantining before filming begins in early 2022, with a strong possibility of cameos for the brothers in the film.

“We always want to do stuff on YouTube, but film and television have always been our goals,” said Michael.

“God willing, it’s working fine and we can go back to back, because we have about 15 other projects, movies, TV shows we’re developing.”

Ms. Jennings believes the couple will be a vital part of the next generation of filmmakers.

“This young international audience has really exciting potential for us in terms of keeping the future of cinema alive,” she said.

Talk To Me is supported by Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival and KOJO Studios, with plans to hit theaters around the world in 2023.


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