Vertical Sets Release Date For Martial Arts Thriller ‘Life After Fighting’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Vertical and Bren Foster will launch their new martial arts thriller “Life After Fighting” on June 7 in select theaters and on demand. This marks Foster’s feature debut as writer-director and is his first collaboration with producer Navid Bahadori under their newly formed production and distribution company, Spinning Plates.

According to an official logline, “In ‘Life After Fighting,’ the tranquil existence of Alex Faulkner (Foster), a former martial arts world champion, is shattered when the inexplicable vanishing of two young students from his martial arts school culminates in a shocking revelation that strikes close to his heart. As all avenues of hope seem to dwindle, Faulkner’s determination leads to the rescue of the imprisoned girls, revealing an insidious international child-trafficking ring, which ultimately leads to the fight of his life.”

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Other cast members include Luke Ford (“Animal Kingdom”), Cassie Howarth (“NCIS: Sydney”), Anabelle Stephenson (“Tidelands”) and Jake Ryan (“The Great Gatsby”).

Foster and Bahdori hope “Life After Fighting” will bring on a “new era of Australian cinema, focused on the martial arts genre” as they work under Spinning Plates’ mantra of “high action, high drama.”

Foster is a seasoned martial artist with nine world champion titles and black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Hwarang-do and Brallizian jujutsu. His other projects include “Deep Blue Sea 3,” “Alpha Code,” “The Last Ship” and “The Osiris Code.”

“Life After Fighting” will be Vertical’s eighth project of 2024. Vertical’s other films from this year include “The Listener,” “Parallel,” “Somewhere Quiet,” “Beautiful Wedding,” “Cold Copy,” “He Went That Way” and “The Bricklayer.”

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