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Dead Bolt Dead

Synopsis

A dark, character-driven thriller with a sense of humour, Dead Bolt Dead is set in the sharp-suited, brutal world of London's organised crime. The story, which takes place over the course of one night, charts what happens after one gang tries to take out its rivals - and fails.



The result is two separate hostage situations, which become increasingly claustrophobic and desperate as the night wears on. The tension is leavened with dark humour and a splash of country and western music.



The film is the debut feature from a precocious duo: 19-year-old producer Paul de Villiers, who also wrote the screenplay, and director James Rogan, who is just 18. "I think I'm the youngest film director in the country," says Rogan, who learned his craft through the Children's Film Unit, working on four features for television over four years.



Despite their youth, the pair managed to get French distributor Filmsdistribution on board to handle international sales when they took to film to Cannes in May. The cast includes British television regulars James Laurenson and Neil Stuke, who can also be seen in Rob Walker's Circus. Rogan and de Villiers also managed to persuade Neneh Cherry and GUM to contribute two original songs to Edmund Butt's moody soundtrack.



Rogan and de Villiers are not hanging around to see how their first theatrical feature goes down. They already have their next two films in pre-production, Presence Of Mind for Mosca Film and Club 18-30 for Turnwheel Films. The movies are scheduled to shoot back to back starting in October.

Details

Year
2000
Type of film
Features
Director
James Rogan
Music
Edmund Butt.
Dir
James Rogan.
Prod
Paul de Villiers.
Co-prod
Staffan Tollgard.
Scr
de Villiers.
DoP
Tom Wright.
Prod des
Francesco Sonnati.
Ed
Colette Hodges.
Main cast
Ariyon Bakare, Monique de Villiers, James Laurenson, Ronnie McCann, Neil Stuke.
Funding
Private sources.

Genre

Production Company

IT’S ALRIGHT MA PRODUCTIONS
22 Bolton Gardens
London SW5 0AQ
Tel: (33) 1 53 10 33 99
Fax: (33) 1 53 10 33 99
Email: info@filmsdistribution.co

Sales
Company

Films Distribution
(33) 1 53 10 33 99
Territories sold:
French-speaking territories (excluding Canada).