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Director/Writer Brian Brightly Sets Cast for the Psychological Thriller Liars All

Matt Lanter (Disaster Movie), Gillian Zinser (90210 TV series), Torrance Coombs (jPod TV series) and Sara Paxton (The Last House on the Left) are set to appear in the psychological thriller Liars All.

The indie feature follows a group of friends decided to start celebrating New Years Eve together in London by playing a crazy provocative game that finally gets terribly out of hand.

British actress Alice Evans (Dangerous Parking), Tiffany Mulheron, who featured on a Disney channel show Pair of King in 2011 and Randy Wayne, most famous for his portrayal of Luke Duke in the movie The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, also seem in a story personified by this deliberately provocative diversion.

The flick will be written and directed by Brian Brightly who recently produced the adventure movie Ironclad that hits theaters this June.

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Dangerous Parking

Dangerous Parking
Tokyo International Film Festival

TOKYO -- One can hardly picture the story of "an alcoholic, drug-abusing arrogant bastard" struggling to survive rehab and severe illness as a heartwarming tragicomedy, but that's what the late Stuart Browne seems to have achieved in his semi-autobiographic novel Dangerous Parking.

In adapting it for the screen, Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors, Laws of Attraction) has made a 180-degree stylistic turn from the chic, effervescent touch of his romantic comedies. His portrayal of cult filmmaker Noah Arkwright is larger than life, in your face and overdoses on wisecracks and technical gimmicks. Some will avoid it like a bad hangover, but if you can stomach Howitt's abrasive performance in the title role, the twists and turns of the protagonist's destiny are a sobering reminder of the dark side of carpe diem.

Howitt's name and the original novel's popularity will boost boxoffice on his British home turf, though the foul language, explicit sex and subject of substance abuse will limit theater entrance to an adult audience. The British humor and wordy dialogue makes translations across non-English-speaking cultures difficult.

The character of Noah (Howitt) is a composite of so many self-destructive artists and celebs, from Jim Morrison to the current crew of Hollywood brats. Self-absorption being the natural calling of many a filmmaker like Arkwright, the whole narrative is represented through his bleary stream of consciousness. Often, we just get a talking head exploding into hallucinations, animation or film-within-films.

The overall shaping of the timeline is not very tightly structured. It requires some thought to decipher when and why things happen. Noah is first seen running out of what looks like a church, uttering profanities. We later find out that it was an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting he was roped into by Kirstin (Rachael Stirling), an ex-boozer whom Noah met and failed to bed in a drunken stupor. Kirstin eventually gets it on with Noah's DP and best mate Ray (Sean Pertwee), who has secretly come clean and wants Noah to do so too. During his adventure in a boutique detox center, Noah has a visitation from his dead mom, who promises to send an angel to his succor. She appears in the form of cellist Claire (Saffron Burrows). Why she eventually marries Noah -- addiction and all -- is surely an act of divine intervention. Their courtship in Morocco certainly provides a much-needed romantic interlude before things get grimmer for Noah and his friends.

Howitt's Noah is a one-man show that is full of bravado but upstages the entire cast. The overwritten script has a lot of scorching one-liners, but many jokes also fall with a dull thud. This is part-and-parcel of the characterization of a egomaniac who is sometimes endearing but often anti-social and annoying.

The film's mood swings between the physical torture and emotional panic of quitting cold turkey and the instant gratification and lingering self-loathing of relapses after each rehab endeavor. Every time Noah goes into a tailspin, so does the film. Most of the time it's as if the principle cast and crew had swallowed a handful of uppers but forgot the downers. So the pace is on a continuous high, leaving the audience barely enough downtime to register the childhood trauma, deep-seated insecurity and emotional vulnerability underneath the brash splenetic. Nevertheless, the flashes of brilliance exert a strong emotional hold.


Flaming Pie Films/Velvet Octopus


Screenwriter-director: Peter Howitt

Based on the novel by: Stuart Browne

Producer: Richard Johns

Director of photography: Zoran Veljkovic

Production designer: Lisa Hall

Music: Andre Barreau

Costume designer: Angela Billows

Editor: David Barrett


Noah Arkwright: Peter Howitt

Claire Matheson: Saffron Burrows

Ray: Sean Pertwee

Kirstin: Rachael Stirling

Doc Baker: Tom Conti

Etta: Alice Evans

Running time -- 109 minutes

No MPAA rating

Investors fund Howitt's 'Dangerous Parking'

Investors fund Howitt's  'Dangerous Parking'
LONDON -- A group of private investors has come together to fund the shooting of Peter Howitt's Dangerous Parking, the filmmakers said Tuesday. The film, an adaptation of the late Stuart Browne's only novel, stars the actor-turned-director alongside Saffron Burrows, Sean Pertwee, Rachael Stirling, Alice Evans, Tom Conti and Dervla Kirwan. Produced by Richard Johns under Howitt and Johns' Flaming Pie Films banner, the movie details the story of a former alcoholic filmmaker who, having been diagnosed with cancer, evaluates his past life of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and his relationship with his musician wife.

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