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Writer:
James Moran (written by)
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Release Date:
10 September 2012 (Greece) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
twelve tenants. one sniper. no escape. See more »
Plot:
Several months after witnessing a murder, residents of Tower Block 31 find themselves being picked off by a sniper, pitting those lucky enough to be alive into a battle for survival. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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In a well-worn genre, a classic trapped ensemble piece that exceeds expectations See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Sheridan Smith ... Becky

Ralph Brown ... Neville

Russell Tovey ... Paul

Jack O'Connell ... Kurtis

Jill Baker ... Violet
Julie Graham ... Carol

Christopher Fulford ... Kevin (as Chris Fulford)
Kane Robinson ... Mark
Nabil Elouahabi ... Gary

Harry McEntire ... Daniel

Montserrat Lombard ... Jenny
Ralph Laurila ... Jimmy
Tony Jayawardena ... Eddie

Michael Legge ... Jeff

Jamie Thomas King ... Ryan

Steven Cree ... DC Devlin
Loui Batley ... Amy (as Loui Anne Batley)

James Weber Brown ... Brian

Jordan Long ... Ormond
Ceyda Mustafa ... Little girl
Edward Baker ... Little boy
Vinny Banton ... Police officer
Lee Carroll ... Police officer
John Benton ... Paramedic
Sophie Nunn ... Paramedic
Caroline Artiss ... Liz
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Nunn ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
James Nunn 
Ronnie Thompson 
 
Writing credits
James Moran (written by)

Produced by
Simon Crowe .... executive producer
Suki Dulai .... producer
Patrick Fischer .... co-producer
Kate Glover .... line producer
James Harris .... producer
Matthias Hoene .... co-producer
Alex Joseph .... associate producer
Richard Kondal .... associate producer
Mark Lane .... producer
James Moran .... co-producer
Ronnie Thompson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Owen Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Ben Moulden 
 
Film Editing by
Kate Coggins 
 
Casting by
Colin Jones 
Gail Stevens 
 
Production Design by
Kajsa Soderlund 
 
Art Direction by
Dave Tincombe 
 
Set Decoration by
Chloe James 
 
Costume Design by
Matthew Price 
 
Makeup Department
Elle Baird .... makeup designer
Stuart Conran .... prosthetics artist
Lynn Doron .... makeup artist
Robbie Drake .... prosthetic artist
Cecilia Herlin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clare Finnegan .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brashna Agha .... third assistant director
Louise Caruana Galizia .... second assistant director
Alexander Holt .... first assistant director
Dylan Fox Kearney .... additional assistant director
 
Art Department
Nick Ashby .... carpenter
Peter Bennett .... carpenter
Sam Chafer .... art department runner
James Hamilton .... carpenter
Ashley Murray-Fowler .... head carpenter
Kate O'Sullivan .... art department assistant
Luke Reece .... art department runner
Kate E. Sullivan .... art department assistant
Ollie Tiong .... set designer
Simon Walker .... stand-by art director
 
Sound Department
Frank Barlow .... sound trainee
Merlin Bonning .... sound maintenance engineer
Merlin Bonning .... sound maintenance
Louise Brown .... foley editor
Ed Coltman .... dialogue editor
Naomi Dandridge .... adr mixer
Paul Hanks .... foley artist
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Joseph .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Joseph .... supervising sound designer
Richard Kondal .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Kondal .... supervising dialogue editor
Ashok Kumar Kumar .... sound recordist
Akash Kumar .... sound runner
John MacDonald .... sound trainee
Xan Márquez Caneda .... sound trainee (dailies)
Daniel Tudor Owen .... boom operator (dailies)
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator
Simon Trundle .... foley mixer
Julian Willson .... sound mixer: dailies
 
Special Effects by
Stuart Conran .... prosthetics artist
Robbie Drake .... prosthetics artist
Paul Hyett .... prosthetics
Scott McIntyre .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Rodrigo Echevarría .... digital compositor
Richard Frazer .... visual effects supervisor
Sascha Fromeyer .... visual effects producer
Caroline Pires .... digital compositor
Andrew Savchenko .... compositor: lenscarefx
 
Stunts
Jason White .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicholas Britt .... electrician: dailies
Liam Butler .... camera trainee dailies
Dan Cloake .... electrician: dailies
Marc Covington .... a camera operator
Marc Covington .... steadicam
Jason Cuddy .... second assistant camera
Craig Davis .... gaffer
Andy Dorwart .... grip
Salvador Gomez-Lopez .... electrician
Scott Heapy .... best boy
Trevor Henen .... first assistant camera
Raz Kahmesefhi .... electrician
Theo Milford .... additional gaffer
Ian Ogden .... grip trainee
Simon Olney .... electrician: dailies
Jonathan Spencer .... gaffer
Scott Sullivan .... camera trainee
Iain Thomson .... second assistant camera: dailies
Sophie Wilson .... first assistant camera: dailies
 
Casting Department
Darren Baba .... extras casting assistant
Johnny Lynch .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Toria Hunt .... costume assistant
Eloise Park .... standby costume
Hannah Wood .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Riccardo Bacigalupo .... assistant editor
Pat Wintersgill .... colorist
 
Other crew
Monique Brown .... production assistant
Sean Connolly .... runner
Mark Corden .... runner
Roxanne Cuenca .... script supervisor
George French .... runner
Daniel Len Frost .... medic
Ben Galster .... epk director
Paul Hillier .... insurance
Christopher Hutchins .... location manager
Tom Kissock .... floor runner: dailies
Adán Latonda .... dubbing director: spanish version (2014)
Kasia Malipan .... production coordinator
Geoffrey Morgan .... floor runner
Matthew Riley .... epk cameraman
Daisy Rooke .... runner
Mark Rowan .... health & safety advisor recce
Joe Sharp .... edit trainee
Lloyd Stonard .... runner
Derek Warman .... fire officer
Russell Webber .... international sales & distribution: SC Films International
Mark Yeshin .... dit
 
Thanks
Joe Bowman .... special thanks
Richard George .... thanks
James Player .... thanks
 

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90 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In an earlier draft of the script the sniper was the father of the kid who gets killed at the start of the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the killer gets his gun back Sheridans bra strap moves from halfway down her arm to her shoulder.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Cockneys vs Zombies (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
LuckySee more »

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19 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
In a well-worn genre, a classic trapped ensemble piece that exceeds expectations, 7 October 2012
Author: larry-411 from United States

The "tower block" drama has become a sci-fi/horror subgenre in itself. Known as high-rise apartment buildings in the West, they are especially ubiquitous in Europe where they provided cheap postwar housing in countries which didn't have the large tracts of land or economic and political hubris that "allowed" us to build highways and expansive suburbs on this side of the pond. In America, they were primarily constructed in cities as public housing for low income residents displaced by interstate highway construction and leveling of aging dilapidated neighborhoods in the name of "urban renewal." Many of these large projects were built in Eastern Europe by the Soviet regime and have begun to fall apart and be abandoned, mirroring the actions of their government overseers. But everywhere, including Western Bloc countries like the UK, they've fallen into disrepair and are rife with rampant crime and crippling poverty. This is fertile ground for writers of mystery, sci-fi, and horror -- hence the proliferation of films set in these often enigmatic structures.

"Tower Block," the first feature for UK co-directors James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson, focuses on the last remaining residents of the ironically-named Serenity House, a rundown building which is slated for demolition and has been abandoned save for its top floor. Eviction is on the horizon, no authorities are present to ensure anyone's safety, and a boy is brutally attacked with impunity. What happens next will challenge everyone's sanity and sense of moral judgment.

Nunn is an industry veteran, serving as First Assistant Director on two dozen titles prior to this directorial debut. Writer James Moran scripted "Severance," which I saw at my first Toronto Film Festival in 2006 after an auspicious Cannes debut. It was one of the biggest hits on the 2006-07 festival circuit. He also penned "Cockneys vs. Zombies" which played here at Fantastic Fest immediately following my "Tower Block" screening.

Every actor gets kudos for the movie's emotional punch, making it hard to single anyone out. But, as Kurtis, Jack O'Connell provides much of the heart and soul of the film, as well as its dry wit and comic relief. He was clearly the audience favorite here. Sheridan Smith, Jill Baker, Ralph Brown, Loui Batley, Russell Tovey, Steven Cree...all are affecting and outstanding.

Cinematographer Ben Moulden's appropriate reliance on hand-held camera with extreme closeups is crucial in capturing the dangerous confines in which the protagonists attempt to survive. Rapidfire action sequences are ratcheted up by the astute, sharp editing of Kate Coggins.

Lighting serves the narrative perfectly. The typical look of these buildings is cold, with a color palette that pushes the blue and pulls life out of the towers' public spaces, and "Tower Block" doesn't disappoint. Hallway lighting is dim and subdued with shadowy cold spots that often frame the actors in silhouette, almost giving the film a black and white appearance. Apartment interiors are warm with an amber glow, safe spaces where the innocent can find solace, at least for awhile.

Certain genres demand a soundtrack that helps build tension and enhance the desperation of the characters. Owen Morris' original score accomplishes this admirably. Sound design is spectacular and creates a character unto itself. Rarely have sound effects been used so effectively as a plot device in ways the viewer will discover.

This is a classic trapped group in peril piece, set in the narrow, claustrophobic hallways that define the titular tower block. As a familiar subgenre film, we have a general idea where the narrative will take us, so the key to the story lies in the ability of its ensemble cast to arouse audience empathy. Whether old or young, male or female, rough or sweet, mean or compassionate, including parents and children, victors and victims, and those who inevitably transform via dramatically satisfying arcs, there are sympathetic characters for every viewer. We can all relate to one or more of the residents, making palpable their fear and confusion. We become invested in who survives or not, and one thing I can guarantee: you will not be able to predict the outcome. In the end, that's why "Tower Block" exceeds expectations.

What makes the high-rise building fodder for freaky films? Perhaps it's simply the sight of these structures, haunting hulks of concrete and steel that beg the question, "What goes on behind those hundreds of windows?" "Tower Block's" answer? Don't go in. You may never get out.

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