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The Last Minute

Synopsis

Stephen Norrington, best known for splashy special effects action movies such as Blade, returns to home soil with The Last Minute, a black comedy about the lure of fame and the price of failure, produced by his regular collaborator Matthew Justice.



Max Beesley, the boyish charmer who became a teen heartthrob in the recent BBC adaptation of Tom Jones, takes the lead as Billy Byrne, a supercool, supertalented young artist who is the toast of the town. But, just as he begins to get used to the heady cocktail of success, his star crash-lands back on earth and he finds himself caught up in a dangerous world of crime and murder.



The film was, says Justice, "a fantastic opportunity to do a movie that does not rely on all the genre trickery of our previous pictures, although naturally, old habits die hard!"



Thanks to Palm Pictures, Justice and Norrington were allowed to make the film exactly as they had always planned, with "a small, young, talented and hungry crew working with a great cast in and around London," explains Justice. Shot last summer in East London and at Three Mills Studios, the film features a supporting cast of new and old faces alongside Beesley, including Jason Isaacs as a sledgehammer-wielding bootboy with a taste for crooning, veteran baddie Udo Kier and newly crowned king of the wideboys, Frank Harper.

Details

Year
2000
Type of film
Features
Director
Stephen Norrington
Music
Paul Rabjohns.
Dir
Stephen Norrington.
Exec prods
Peter Frankfurt, Hooman Majd.
Prod
Matthew Justice.
Scr
Stephen Norrington.
DoP
James Welland.
Prod des
Chris Edwards.
Ed
Elliot Graham.
Main cast
Max Beesley, Emily Corrie, Tom Bell, Ciaran McMenamin, Jason Isaacs, Kate Ashfield, Frank Harper, Udo Kier.
Funding
Palm Pictures.

Genre

Production Company

VENOM ENTERTAINMENT
c/o Palm Pictures
3827 York Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90065, US
Tel: (1) 323 344 0211
Fax: (1) 323 344 1760.

Sales
Company

Palm Pictures
(1) 323 344 0211.