Trick is a short film by Shooting Incident Productions (UK and Germany), based on an original screenplay by Des Nnochiri.

The story of Trick hinges on an encounter with the beautiful but dangerous Sophia – a lady with more than a few surprises up her sleeve.

Sophia is played by actress Jade Hespin.

Actress Jade Hespin, star of the movie "Trick"

Here’s a little of Jade’s story, in her own words:

Q: Tell us about yourself:
A: My name is Jade Hespin and I am a passionate and enthusiastic 22
year old. I live in North Yorkshire and have a cute cocker spaniel
called Cleo, short for Cleopatra – not the car! My passion is acting by
portraying different characters’ personalities in a psychological way.
I like to get behind the skin of the characters. The world would be a
boring place with no creativity!

Q: How did you get into acting?
A: As soon as I was old enough to realize that the people on the TV
are only pretending, I was immediately intrigued. I also decided I
wanted to entertain when I was about 5; wrapping my towel on my head,
pretending it was hair, and that I was a princess! Since then I have
just believed, and worked hard with opportunities that have arrived.

Q: How did you get involved in the movie Trick?
A: Basically I have been doing acting classes with Jay Spencer –
developing skills – and was lucky enough to get the opportunity to get

Q: Tell us about your character:
A: Ok. My character’s name is Sophia, and she is in her early 20s. She
can be seen as a prostitute at the beginning of the film, as well as a
lost wandering girl. However the reality is that she is a strong and
streetwise killer who gets her victims by using her flirtatious side.
She will lead her victims on, but does not sleep with them. Sophia’s
character is very fun to play and I have really enjoyed it!

Actress Jade Hespin, in character, on the set of the movie "Trick"

Q: Any noteworthy events on set?
A: Just that everybody involved worked really hard. It has been great
experience working with such talented individuals – including the writer
of course!

Q: Are there any upcoming projects we should know about?
A: There are films Shooting Incident will be doing in the future, and I
would love to be involved again. But we shall see what happens.
Thank you, very much.

Q: And thank you, Jade.  For your time, and  for your dedication to this project.

Jade’s right. In the movies, a clever and resourcefull killer is always fun to watch.

But in the reel world of cinema, female serial killers are rare. They’re rarer still, in real life.

In their 1998 book, “Murder Most Rare: The Female Serial Killer”, co-authors Michael and C.L. Kelleher created several categories, to describe these individuals:

* Black widow
* Angel of death
* Sexual predator
* Revenge
* Profit or crime
* Team killer
* Question of sanity
* Unexplained
* Unsolved

Black widow. Angel of death. Team killer.

Those sound like movie titles. Some of them are, in fact.

Black Widow (1987) stars Theresa Russell as Catherine Petersen – a calculating seductress who poisons her way through several rich husbands before being discovered by Federal investigator Alex Barnes (played by Debra Winger).

Angel of Death (2009) stars Quentin Tarantino’s favorite stunt woman, Zoe Bell, as Eva – a stone-cold killer driven to the point of quitting by a crisis of conscience, and some potentially fatal errors. The film’s tag line: “People die… Get over it.” pretty much says it all.

Team Killer: The Movie hasn’t been made – yet. But Lonely Hearts (2006) clearly fits the bill.
Lonely Hearts tells the true story of Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez – the notorious “Lonely Hearts Killers” of 1940s America.
Beck and Fernandez preyed on lovelorn widows, enticed through the Personal ads of local newspapers. “Preyed on” in this case meaning “swindled for every available penny, then brutally killed.”
In the movie, Salma Hayek plays Martha Beck, opposite Jared Leto, as her partner in crime.

Revenge is at the heart of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, the 1992 film starring Rebecca De Mornay as Peyton Flanders – the vindictive psycho nanny from Hell.

In Poison Ivy (1992), Drew Barrymore raises a serious question of sanity as Ivy – the seductive teen who’ll do anything to acquire the perfect family.

And the zany comedy The Man With Two Brains (1983) features Kathleen Turner as the predator Dolores Benedict – a woman who sexually frustrates several rich and fragile husbands to death, before meeting Steve Martin’s Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr. She also says the immortal line: “Guess I’ll have to find me a new man, to torture.”

Torture? Maybe. But we accept it, willingly. Because of who’s doing the torturing.

We’re taken in, by what we see. The fascinating. The beautiful.

It’s what we don’t see – the deception, and the danger – that proves fatal.

And don’t we just love it?

The movie world would be a poorer place, without the deadly allure of the femme fatale.
And Trick just wouldn’t work, without Sophia.

Hmm. Deadly Allure. That’s not a bad title, actually.
Maybe I should… Sorry; distracted.


Every trick has two aspects: the player, and the played.

In the next part of this series, we’ll be meeting up with the other star of Trick.
He plays a character named John.

Take care, till then.