Racy New Webseries ‘Swerve’ Premieres


BREAKING NEWS: After receiving an exciting new distribution deal, the YouTube® premiere has been put on hold!

The zany new action/comedy ‘Swerve’ from UBC film graduate Pasha Eshghi is a 6 x 12min webseries premiering on YouTube Thursday, February 25, 2016. The R-rated show stars the hot Alexander Ludwig of ‘Vikings’ and ‘Hunger Games’ fame alongside Louis Dupuis and Al Dales

‘Swerve’ follows the never-ending disasters of Eshghi’s lead character Reuben (Dupuis), a doltish chauffeur who ‘loses’ a bag of the mob’s money after they flag down his limousine as a get-a-way car. In retribution for his loss, mob boss Hermann (Dales) ‘convinces’ Reuben to become his driver, and after witnessing what happens to people who cross the boss, Reuben heartily agrees to his new assignment. The relationship soon sours when Reuben gets on a roll of accidentally murdering people as the series progresses and chaos and calamity erupts everywhere they swerve.

Above: Swerve Trailer (Alexander Ludwig)

Known for his difficult dramatic roles on ‘Vikings’ and ‘Hunger Games’, Ludwig spoke on set about how much he enjoyed playing comedy with Eshghi and Dupuis, best friends of his since high school. “My character Dr. Delucchi is psychotic, the irony being that he is a psychiatrist. He is this eccentric personality who doesn’t follow the rules and takes what he wants. He is an absolute nut job.”

Dr. Delucchi is, of course, poor Reuben’s shrink thus adding great velocity to the downward spiral the young man’s life has taken since he ‘lost’ mob money and later accidentally murdered a mob member.  “I enjoyed everything about working on this series with Alexander and Pasha and I couldn’t imagine doing this with any other director,” says Dupuis. “But the writing process was my favourite part of the process because of the lack of boundaries. We are the type of people to start out with the extremes and dial it back a bit so as not to offend too many people which I like a lot ’cause I’m pretty over the top and don’t have much of a filter.” 

(l) Alexander Ludwig and Sydney Maler

(r) Alexander Ludwig and  Louis Dupuis

“Hermann is a career criminal but he has a good heart as far as homicidal hard-asses go,” says Dales of his mob boss character. “He has a soft spot for his pet limo driver since Reuben saved his life. It’s the same kind of affection that someone might have for a goofy puppy that lasts right up until the 47th time the puppy pees on your favourite suede shoes, only Reuben ain’t peein’ on shoes, he’s accidentally killing my boys.”

The driving force behind all of this frivolity is Eshghi who says that after doing a few short films he was ready to do something bigger. “The web series format of storytelling is a rapidly expanding avenue of filmmaking, but it is still one that is full of untapped potential and so it’s an exciting medium to be a part of.”

Top: Al Dales      Bottom: Alexander Ludwig   photos: Geoff Lister

(l) Pasha Eshghi  (r) Alexander Ludwig   photo: Geoff Lister

Eshghi and Dupuis started writing scripts in September 2014 before going into prep at the end of January 2015. They shot for a total of 18 days but split it into 4-5 day chunks over the course of a few months. “This project would not have been possible had it not been for many friends volunteering countless hours and helping on set, they really did an amazing job,” says a grateful Eshghi. The total budget for the production was $76K, $60K of which was raised privately and an additional $16K was raised through a successful Kickstarter campaign.