Thriller ‘Containment’ from Bright Cold Day Films / Patchwork Productions commences principle photography.
New British thriller CONTAINMENT starring Lee Ross, Sheila Reid, Andrew Leung, Gabriel Senior, William Postlethwaite, Louise Brealey and Pippa Nixon, has entered production.
Principle photography has commenced on new independent thriller ‘Containment’ on location in Southampton. The film marks the debut feature for Pete Smyth and Casey Herbert of Bright Cold Day Films, who are teaming with Patchwork Productions’ Christine Hartland (‘WMD’, ‘Life Just Is’ and ‘Verity’s Summer’).
The film is financed by Bandoola Productions, an ambitious new financing and production vehicle established by former Government Intelligence Analyst and entrepreneur Simon Sole. ‘Containment’ marks its first feature film venture.
‘Containment’ begins when Mark (ROSS), a failed artist estranged from his wife and son, wakes to find the doors and windows of his flat sealed shut. At first, he assumes it’s a sick joke. Then he sees mysterious figures outside wearing protective suits – ‘Hazmats’. They claim it’s for his safety but, as the day wears on and the ‘Hazmats’ infiltrate the building and begin snatching residents, tempers fray and fear takes over. Together with his neighbours, Mark soon discovers that the real dangers are already sealed in there with them
‘Containment’ features a British ensemble cast with LEE ROSS (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Locke, Southcliffe,) SHEILA REID (Benidorm, Doctor Who) ANDREW LEUNG (Lilting, The List), Gabriel Senior (Desert Dancer), WILLIAM POSTLETHWAITE (The Suspicions of Mister Whicher, Midsomer Murders), LOUISE BREALEY (Frankenstein, Sherlock) and PIPPA NIXON (Panic, John Carter). The film will be directed by debut feature director Neil West, whose short film ‘Undertow’ was described by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as ‘gutsy…inhabits the short film space with panache.’ West relishes the prospect of directing his first feature saying “‘Containment’ is a thriller that explores vital themes about what it is that makes us human, the conflict between our savage and social instincts, but it’s also the story of a man struggling to be a father. I’m delighted to be directing such a long-cherished and personal project.”
David Lemon (screenwriter of ‘Faintheart’ starring Eddie Marsan and Ewan Bremner) has written the screenplay from a story he co-wrote with director West.
Bright Cold Day Films was established by NFTS Producing graduates Casey Herbert and Pete Smyth, who have brought on a team of NFTS alumni, including cinematographer Arthur Mulhern, Production Designer Eleonore Cremonese, Editor Arttu Salmi and Sound Designer Jens Peterson.
The Producers are attending the Cannes Film Festival to continue discussions with sales agents and distributors.
Notes for editors
- Bright Cold Day Films is a London-based film and TV production company run by producers Casey Herbert and Pete Smyth. Casey and Pete have both won awards individually for their short films, including the 2012 BIFA for Best Short for ‘Volume’. Together they are building a slate of projects, including ‘Heists’, a 13-part television series in development with Norwegian television network TV2, and the debut feature of Screen Star of Tomorrow Mahalia Belo, which is in development with Film4.
- Patchwork Productions was founded in 2004 by independent producer Christine Hartland, who has over fifteen years experience in corporate film and event production. Features include the political thriller ‘WMD’, directed by David Holroyd, which had its simultaneous UK theatrical and iTunes release in Autumn 2009, and was one of the first British films to follow a reverse distribution strategy; ‘Life Just Is’ (2012), directed by Alex Barrett; and ‘Verity’s Summer’ (2013), directed by Palme d’Or nominee Ben Crowe.
- Bandoola Productions is a new production company founded by Simon Sole, who until recently was CEO of Exclusive Analysis and then Senior Intelligence Advisor at IHS. The company’s major current project is ‘Turning Point’, a documentary about the 1944 Battle of Imphal, during which the Japanese were prevented from invading India. The film is fully funded and is based on new and unique access to those involved and their ancestors. Drawing on Sole’s former experience, Bandoola Productions’ niche is challenging, hard-to-research, international documentaries.