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Five Seconds to Spare

Synopsis

Based on Jonathan Coe's novel Dwarves Of Death, Five Seconds To Spare is the story of William (Max Beesley), a young aspiring musician who arrives in London in search of success and romance, only to find himself the sole witness to a bizarre murder.



The film marks the feature film debut of award-winning commercials director Tom Connolly and is produced by Amanda Posey, who says she optioned the rights to the book in 1995, because of its "vividly cinematic premise". Coe wrote a number of drafts for Five Seconds To Spare before Connolly, also a screenwriter, came on board as director and re-wrote the final draft.



"Tom had a very strong, coherent and complete vision of both what he wanted to do with the script to give it a visual vibrancy, and how that translated into shooting it as a director," says Posey.



Despite his experience as a musician, Beesley, who hit the spotlight with his performance as the BBC's Tom Jones, was not at first an obvious choice for the part of William. "Max is magnetic and confident, in complete contrast to the character of William," says Posey. "But he worked because he counteracted any possibility of William seeming drippy."



Music plays an integral part in the film, which boasts an original score by Ben Pope and even features a cameo by Radio One DJ John Peel.



Five Seconds To Spare premiered at the Greenwich Film Festival in June.

Details

Year
2000
Type of film
Features
Director
Tom Connolly
Music
Ben Pope.
Dir
Tom Connolly.
Exec prods
Nik Powell, Stephen Woolley, Peter Fudakowski.
Prod
Amanda Posey.
Scr
Jonathan Coe, Tom Connolly.
DoP
Ashley Rowe.
Prod des
Mark Tildesley.
Ed
Caroline Biggerstaff.
Main cast
Max Beesley, Ray Winstone, Anastasia Hille, Valentina Cervi, Andy Serkis.
Budget
$5m.
Funding
Matrix Films, Arts Council of England, Advanced, BBC, WavePictures.

Genre

Production Company

SCALA/WILDGAZE FILMS
15 Frith Street
London W1V 5TS
Tel: (44) 20 7734 7060
Fax: (44) 20 7437 3248.

Sales
Company

Winchester Films
(44) 20 7851 6500
Territories sold: Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, South Africa.