First-time filmmaker David Richards fulfills a dream with ‘The Knockoffs’

Isaac Smith as Buff Space Cadet in ‘The Knockoffs.’

David Richards is proving you don’t need formal training or to have made a short film or web series to write, produce and direct a feature film.

A former basketball coach and banker, Richards is shooting The Knockoffs, a family comedy/parody, in the Newcastle/Port Stephens region of Nsw.

The plot follows the World Toy Federation whose profits and dwindling, prompting its leaders to hatch an evil plan to restore fiscal viability to large toy companies.

After discovering a portal to a parallel dimension, the federation’s Supreme Toy leader (Paul J. Mailath) draws all the poorly made, non-commercial knockoff action figures into this toy world and sends in his highly trained toy agents to destroy them.

First he must eliminate a vintage figure, the first knockoff ever made. However he underestimates the knockoffs’ fierce desire to survive and
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