17 items from 2015
Content Media has hired industry veteran Tom Butterfield as the film division’s head of production.
Prior to joining Content, Butterfield founded and ran independent production outfit Culmination Productions where he produced “Life at These Speeds,” starring Billy Crudup and Tim Roth and “London Town,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He also executive produced films “Welcome to Me,” starring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell; “47 Meters Down,” staring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt; and “Wild Oates,” starring Shirley Maclaine and Jessica Lange.
Previously, Butterfield worked for Zide/Perry Productions in Los Angeles, where he was involved with the “American Pie” trilogy as well as the “Final Destination” series. Butterfield also worked for the UK Film Council in the New Cinema Fund.
Content’s current slate includes Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced “Higher Power”; “Janis: Little Girl Blue”, directed by Amy Berg; Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir detective thriller “Too Late,” starring John Hawkes; Joel David Moore »
- Dave McNary
Currently underway in Wales is production on Don’t Knock Twice, the Katee Sackhoff-starring witch film from director Caradog James (The Machine). Variety reports actors Lucy Boynton and Nick Moran (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) have joined. In Don’t Knock Twice, said to be based on an urban legend, Sackhoff stars as a guilt-ridden mother who wants to…
The post Don’t Knock Twice: Boynton, Moran Join Witch Film appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Principal Photography begins this week in Cardiff, Wales, on the story of a guilt-ridden mother who must encounter the truth behind the legend of a vengeful witch in order to reconnect with the estranged daughter she placed into care.
Altara, Ffilm Cymru Wales and the Media Investment Budget, partnered with Pinewood »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
London — Lucy Boynton (“Miss Potter,” “Ballet Shoes,” “Mo”) and Nick Moran (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” both “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” movies) will join Katee Sackhoff (“Oculus,” “Riddick,” “Battlestar Galactica”) in the supernatural horror film “Don’t Knock Twice,” which is being directed by Caradog James, and begins shooting this week in Cardiff, Wales.
“Don’t Knock Twice” follows a guilt-ridden mother (Sackhoff) who wants to reconnect with the daughter (Boynton) she was forced to place into care. To save her estranged daughter, she has to uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of a vengeful, demonic witch.
Content Media is handling worldwide sales rights. »
- Leo Barraclough
Set against the backdrop of the gritty streets of London and Marbella’s hedonistic glamour on Spain’s seductive Costa Del Sol, Gunned Down is billed as an uber violent stylish revenge thriller along the lines of “Point Blank” meets “Heat”. Boom!
Gunned Down is directed by Mark McQueen (Devil’s Playground) and Stars Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier, The Outsider), Mem Ferda (Devil's Double, Pusher), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) mong others.
Jack Cregan, career criminal, family man and vicious armed robber, is on a mission for revenge. When Jack’s father Alfie Cregan is brutally murdered and their money from the Heathrow airport heist stolen, Jack, his cousin Sammy and other gang members Eddie [Continued ...] »
Stars: Martin Kemp, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Tony Denham, Phil Davis, Lucy Pinder, Donna Air, April Pearson, Dani Dyer, Bruce Payne, Patrick Bergin, Nick Moran, Chris Brazier, Anouska Mond | Written by Simon Cluett | Directed by Neil Jones
When it comes to low-budget British movies one of the easiest to create seems to be the gangster movie and I’ll admit it that when I got Age of Kill to watch that is exactly what I expected. Thankfully what I found instead was an action movie that takes the subject of terrorism in London and adds a little twist.
Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) is a black ops sniper who finds himself blackmailed into killing six seemingly random people in six hours. If he fails this or tries to contact the police or his bosses his daughter will be killed. As he performs the kills with the police in close pursuit the »
- Paul Metcalf
This naff remake of Nick of Time is blessed with an obvious plot, ear-scraping dialogue and some toilet stranglings
“These Asian geezers from across the water – proper naughty they are!” And we’re back. From the bargain-basement-Bond titles with which it opens to the “2-for-a-fiver” DVD shelf to which it is heading, this geezer-tastic schlocker “from the makers of Vendetta” will disappoint even the most undiscerning viewer. Phil Davis is the gruff special-ops commander who leads Martin Kemp’s sniper through an opening shoot-to-kill mishap. Next thing, Kemp finds himself in a naff remake of Nick of Time (the trailer prefers “24 meets Taken”) – ordered to execute six people in six hours by an anonymous caller whose identity is so clear it took me some time to realise I wasn’t meant to know it. Shootings, bombings and toilet stranglings ensue, while people pretending to be policemen tackle dialogue so ear-scraping »
- Mark Kermode
Director: Neil Jones.
Running Time: 85 minutes.
Synopsis: Age Of Kill is an action thriller about an ex-sniper who is instructed by an unidentified caller to kill six people over the course of one day, in order to save his daughter.
Age Of Kill is the latest in a long line of action thrillers from Jonathan Sothcott‘s Richwater Films stable, and follows the successful Vendetta, starring Danny Dyer, and last year’s We Still Kill The Old Way, which featured Ian Ogilvy, Alison Doody and Steven Berkoff. We’re in familiar territory here with Spandau Ballet bassist and actor Martin Kemp leading the way as special-ops sniper Sam Blake, who after discovering that his teenage daughter (played by Dani Dyer), has been kidnapped by a crazed gunman. »
- Paul Heath
British action stars Craig Fairbrass and Mem Ferda are set to square up in the ultra-violent crime flick Gunned Down, which is set to be directed by Mark McQueen and is described as “classic British crime meets hard hitting cinematic swagger.”
Gunned Down takes places in the sun-kissed city of Marbella and the shadowy streets of London’s dark underworld and follows career criminal Jack Cregan (Fairbrass), who embarks on a vendetta to solve the mystery of his father’s murder and reclaim a stash of stolen heist money. Soon Cregan, his cousin Sammy and fellow gang members Eddie and Frank start to suspect that there is more to the mystery than originally thought. As Cregan starts to dig he must face the fact that his life is changed forever. Brains, brawn and firearms collide as the men take on a gritty world of gangland criminals, corrupt police and vindictive cover ups. »
- Gary Collinson
In an exclusive trailer for Digital Spy, the former EastEnders star plays disgraced special ops sniper Sam Blake who is forced to work for terrorists after they kidnap his daughter.
Danny Dyer's daughter Dani plays the role of Sam's daughter in the British action flick.
Spandau Ballet's Kemp said of his new film: "I am very excited to have had the opportunity to play this role and hope audiences enjoy it as much as I did."
Vincent O’Connell returns as the writer for the hooligan drama, which is currently filming in Hull.
Filming begins in April on this crime thriller, marking Adam Stephen Kelly’s feature film directorial debut.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Monica Mendoza)
Exclusive: Mark McQueen’s heist thriller is continuing its five-week shoot in London after wrapping on location filming in Marbella, Spain.
Gunned Down has started shooting in London after wrapping its location filming in Marbella, Spain.
Worldwide sales (excluding the UK) are being handled by Cinema Management Group, who will commence sales in Cannes with a promo reel for buyers.
Producer Luke Fairbrass commented: “It’s a very powerful and hard hitting revenge thriller with that perfect blend of gripping action, realistic violence and powerful drama delivering what international buyers and genre fans the world over are after.”
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Actors Mem Ferda (Pusher) and Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier) will square off in the upcoming Gunned Down. This action yarn takes place in a seedy London underworld and in Spain's vibrant south. The film also stars James Cosmo ("Game of Thrones"), Steven Berkoff (Octopussy), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barels), Nathalie Cox (Kingdom of Heaven) and James Woods. As well, the film is being directed by Mark McQueen. In the film, Fairbrass plays Jack Gregan. He is a career criminal and armed robberies are his specialty. Cregan has a mystery to solve, after his father is murdered and his money is stolen. But, everyone is a threat in the criminal underworld. Actor Mem Ferda has commented on his role and the screenplay. He has stated: "Craig has written a powerful, no nonsense screenplay here." On his role: "a lot of recent action movies are contrived, but »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
British Action film stars Craig Fairbrass and Mem Ferda square up in uber-violent feature Gunned Down. British film stars Craig Fairbrass and Mem Ferda have signed on to come face-toface in the much anticipated, uber-violent action thriller Gunned Down, to be directed by Mark McQueen.
Gunned Down stars Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier) as a career criminal and armed robber Jack Cregan, who seeks to discover the truth behind his father’s murder and his stolen heist money. As Jack battles to unravel the mystery, he endangers his own life at every step.
Set in Spain’s vibrant southern city of Marbella contrasted with London’s dark underworld, Gunned Down is a thriller with brains as well as bruises. Mem Ferda (Pusher, Plastic) commented ‘ I’m elated to be back on screen with Craig, he’s a wonderful actor an real gentleman. Craig has written a powerful, no nonsense screenplay here. »
Jason Durr’s sex-toy selling exec is given months to live and change his ways in this raggedy mess
One of the three credited writers for Down Dog is Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye, and there’s an obvious overlap between that show and this only mildly amusing feature about a hard-partying sex-toy executive (Jason Durr) who changes his ways when he’s tricked into thinking he has a terminal disease. It may be an “original” plot, but it feels like a remake, perhaps of some lost German or Dutch comedy that was a lot funnier, dirtier and crueller than this raggedy, eventually soppy mess. There is one energetic, well-timed comic highlight, when our hero and his slimy boss (Nick Moran) chuck vibrators and dildos at each other in anger, and it’s sort of a cute idea that all the major women in the lead’s life are »
- Leslie Felperin
In another Thn exclusive, here’s a look at the very first poster for the upcoming British action film Age Of Kill. The film stars Martin Kemp, Nick Moran, Patrick Bergin, Dexter Fletcher, Phil Davis, Bruce Payne and Dani Dyer. Quite the cast.
Here’s the intriguing plot.
Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) is running out of time. Living in the shadow of a botched mission that claimed an innocent victim, the disgraced special ops sniper is plunged into a world of darkness when his daughter (Dani Dyer) is taken hostage by a mysterious terrorist. Out of options and with no one to turn to, Blake is forced to carry out their evil bidding and must assassinate six seemingly random targets within six hours on the streets of London. As chaos reigns and the body count rises, the city’s fragile political climate is threatened. If shattered, the consequences would be catastrophic. »
- Paul Heath
Stars: Jason Durr, Nick Moran, Orla O’Rourke, Tom Goodman-Hill, Dylan Llewellyn, Naomi Battrick, Poppy Drayton, Chetna Pandya, Neil Toon | Written by Andres Dussan, Simon Nye, Lawrence Tallis | Directed by Andres Dussan
Frank Clayton, a high flying business man in the sex toy industry, a ladies man and a sex addict neglects his family to party all night and live a life of luxury. That is until he receives the worst news possible, he is dying and only has one year left to live. As he faces his inevitable demise, he decides to right the wrongs he has made and turn his life around. But as he tries to connect with his son, he soon learns that in his life, nothing is what it seems.
Down Dog is a film which could have gone in many directions. Starting with so much crude, sexual humour, I saw it turning into a light hearted, »
- Richard Axtell
17 items from 2015
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