Monday 11 May 2009

Down Terrace: shoot wraps and press release

We've wrapped shooting on our new movie...Down Terrace.... and very fine it's going to be too.... here's the first teaser poster and press release blurb to give you more of an idea of where we're heading with this one.....

Press Release - please feel free to distribute!

Mondo Macabro Movies announce new original feature – kitchen sink slasher “Down Terrace”

Mondo Macabro Movies – the feature film wing of cult dvd label Mondo Macabro have announced the follow up to their acclaimed debut movie – Pakistani slasher “Zibahkhana” – with a project based closer to home.

“Down Terrace” is the debut feature from the UK’s Ben Wheatley and is described as a “kitchen sink slasher film – with lots of tea & solpedine. Sort of Mike Leigh directing a re-write of Performance by Joe Orton…. with tea and solpedine” Created with long time collaborator Robin Hill, who also stars in the movie, the film draws a dirty black line under Ben’s web based creations of the last ten years and is a dark, disturbing and very funny black comedy telling the story of the disintegration and demise of a family of small time drug dealers. The New Wave of Kitchen Sink starts here….

Says Wheatley: “The idea was to write as bleak a screenplay as possible, and then make it with a load of comedians!” The cast features many of the UK’s finest new comedy & dramatic talent, including Julia Deakin (Shaun of the Dead, Spaced), Dave Schaal (The Office), Tony Way (Extras, Titty Bang Bang) and Michael Smiley (Outpost, Wrong Door).

Ben has won numerous awards, including Gold and Bronze Lions at Cannes Advertising Festival, for his viral and TV ads. Wheatley is an established comedy director with two series of acclaimed show Modern Toss and the latest season of the Johnny Vegas Sick-Com “Ideal”, under his belt. He has written for sketch shows (including Armando Iannucci’s Time Trumpet), and has been nominated for a UK Bafta award for his UK BBC3 hit comedy show The Wrong Door.

Apart from his directing skills, Ben has a deep knowledge of animation and cgi effects production. He has spent the last ten years honing his darkly comic creations and comedy writing in the bear pit of the internet. His MrandMrsWheatley branded animations, films, and virals have an international audience and have been seen by over 20 million people.

MM’s Andy Starke says “We’ve known Ben for over twenty years and it was only a matter of time before we worked together officially – his dark, warped sense of humour fits the Mondo Macabro world view perfectly…”

The film is now in post production and will be released in 2010 following festival screenings.

Bill and Karl have just got out of jail free but all is not well at Down Terrace. The family business just isn't working out and Karl's had more than he can take of his old man's philosophising and preaching. Karl's girlfriend is pregnant - by him? Who knows... But its definitely time for a spring clean. By any means necessary.

A dark, disturbing and deeply funny family saga.

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