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The opening 4 minutes of The Knife That Killed Me movie #TKTKM

29 Sep

Here is the opening 4 minutes of our new movie – written and directed by Marcus Romer and Kit Monkman – for Greenscreen productions in association with Pilot Theatre and  Premiere – with UK distribution by Universal Pictures

The Knife That Killed Me – based on the novel by Anthony McGowan

Two separate projects both opened on the same night #PilotAntigone #TKTKM

27 Sep

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So, September 22nd 2014 turned out to be pretty important date for Pilot Theatre. We had press night for new co-production ‘Antigone’ at Derby Theatre – We are heading out on tour and will be bringing the show to Stratford East London for a month next February. Here is the trailer.

And our new feature film – ‘The Knife That Killed Me’ had a public screening in London in Soho at the Century Cinema. We also had a good review in Empire magazine, and we are going to be in competition as part of the Rome Film Festival Oct 16 -21st. The movie will launch at the end of October – with UK distribution by Universal Pictures. Here is the trailer.

Both of these projects have been over two years in the planning to get them to this point. We shot the movie back in April 2012, and we commissioned Antigone from Roy Williams back in 2012 too.

Needless to say we have more commissions in the pipeline for Pilot,  and I am working on a new screenplay. It is only once projects launch that you can refocus your mind onto future projects. Prior to that you time and energy is quite rightly spent on the delivery of the work in hand.

I am immensely proud of both of these pieces of work and the teams behind them. The whole Pilot team and the Greenscreen company have been very creative and supportive work partners. I would like to thank both Derby Theatre and Stratford East too, for enabling the Antigone project to take flight.

Here is the link to the Alice in the City programme in Rome for #TKTKM

And for the movie website with the artwork and quotes on is here TheKnifeThatKilledMeMovie.com

and the Huffington Post review is here

‘Reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, this tale of gang wars and one young protagonist’s love for his fellow student is mesmerising. Imagine a mix of Kes and Sin City and you get the idea behind this clever and inventive movie.Easily one of the best films of the year’

And for Antigone – A  5 ***** review here

‘The audience atmosphere in the theatre throughout is tangible. It seems at times that one hardly dare breathe as the story unfolds. It sucks you in…”

Here is the link to the tour schedule for #PilotAntigone

 

Thankyou

Marcus Romer – Artistic Director – Pilot Theatre – 27/9/2014

Looking back / Going forward 13/14 #blogpost

30 Dec

This year was full of stuff – some great things and some less so. I don’t want to dwell on the crap bits or over expound the positives. I want to rather put a list together, with some pictures of things that have been important to me over the year. I am looking forward to 2014 with a renewed vigour and I am looking forward to creating interesting work with interesting people, and to spending more time with my family and friends who are so important to me. At times it felt as if several things were pulling me in different directions – but not quite as hard as the dog walker I managed to get a picture of in Buenos Aires…

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So, in no particular order

1. Blood + Chocolate – was the most extraordinary project ever. It was the culmination of two years of planning and an intense nine months of preparation and pre-production, resulting in a truly great project – my thanks go to all the people of York who came on the journey with us and to the hard work of all the teams who made this possible – so a big up to Pilot and SlungLow for making it happen.

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The full webcast video of the whole production is available on demand here to watch again Blood + Chocolate webcast

2. The Knife That Killed Me – This year we finalised the edit and did the test screenings at Universal Pictures and I am very much looking forward to this being in cinemas in 2014 as we move towards the release date. This has been the culmination of 5 years work since I first pressed ‘send’ on the first draft of the screenplay to the producers. I am incredibly proud of the work that the whole team put into this, to make this completely new feature film happen

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The quality of each of the frames is amazing – considering that there are 137,000 of them – and each has been hand finished and has hand drawn artwork on each one…

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Great hand drawn artwork from Stu Ord on all these frames and screengrabs

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3. TED Conference 2013 – I had an amazing time in Los Angeles in February at the annual TED conference. Some standout talks and great moments and new friends made…Like here ‘California Dreaming’ in front of the Hollywood sign

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One of the talks by Spoken Word Poet Shane Kocyzan is well worth a moment of your time.

4. Our house – the sale fell through after 6 months of messing about. Shift Happens, I know… I have now moved back in. I love this house. We may sell it this year, we may not. Either way I am not going to stress about it as we realise how fortunate and lucky we are.

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5. Shift Happens V – again we ran this in York and a big thanks to the fantastic line up of speakers – a couple of stand out moments for me were the fabulous Jenny Sealey from Graeae…

and to Matt Mason VP of  BitTorrent who came over from San Francisco to join us in York

the brilliant Julia Unwin, CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

and of course Elliot Barnes-Worrell

6. Twitter stuff – now whilst this is not really a big deal it has been one of the stranger moments this year – I read a post by a facebook friend which I adapted, thanked and tweeted. Turns out someone had done this earlier in the year too and I hadn’t seen it or was even aware of it. By that time it was too late – it went viral. I thanked all parties and then sat back and tried to fend off the 30k email notifications of each RT or favourite. I now know how to turn of those notifications btw…

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7. A proud dad moment as our son Christy Romer graduated with a 2:1 from LSE.

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8. And a finger selfie from Porto in Portugal as we crossed over the bridge to the old town was part of a great summer break too

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9. Where both Christy and Mills agreed to pose for their one annual picture for us, which was offley good of them…

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10. As proud moments go – this one of Susie on the BBC news – which was the first of her many live TV interviews in the course of her high profile job made me a very proud husband indeed

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11. So as I head towards our next programme of work which includes the No Boundaries Conference in February and then Pilot’s co-production with the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal of a new version of Antigone adapted by Roy Williams, I feel very excited and privileged to be making this work…so watch this space for more updates and…

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12. Onwards and Upwards my friends…

BBFC Certificate 15 for ‘The Knife That Killed Me’ #TKTKM (very strong language, strong sex references, strong violence, drug use)

30 Aug

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BBFC film description and certification here

BBFCINSIGHT very strong language, strong sex references, strong violence, drug use

GENRE(S) Drama

DIRECTOR(S) Marcus Romer,Kit Monkman

CAST INCLUDES Jack McMullen,  Reece Dinsdale,  Jamie Shelton,  Oliver Lee,  Haruka Abe

SUMMARY THE KNIFE THAT KILLED ME is a British drama about teenage gang conflict and the pressures faced by a young man starting at a new school.

CUT All known versions of this work passed uncut.

Here you go – all the strong words in the film in one clump – passed uncut

BLOODY, SH*T, F*CKED UP, CHRIST ALMIGHTY, CR*P, F*CKING, C*CK, W*NKER, SH*T, MEATHEAD GOBSH*TES, C*CK, P*SS, W*NKER, T*SSER, SL*G, W*NKER, LOSER, PAUL FARTERMAN, FILTHY DOG, SH*T, FILTHY DOG, YOU’RE DEAD, RED SCUM, MAKE IM SH*T IMSEN, RED SCUM, B*TTY BOY, MORON, MENTALIST, OLD B*TCH, *RSEWIPE, LITTLE P*FF, CRETIN, SH*T, WEASLY LITTLE TW*T, APE MAN, P*SSY, TW*T, F*CK, SH*T, WHAT THE HELL, B*TTY B*TTY BOY, BLOODY MORON, P*SSY, F*CK OFF, B*TCH, APESH*T, B*LL*CKS, GUT ROT, COKE HEAD, FOR GOD’S SAKE, SUCKS C*CK, SUCKS C*CK, W*NKER, SH*T, KICKED THE SH*T OUT OF ME, FINGER UP HIS *RSE, DOG SH*GGERS, T*SSER, I COULDN’T GIVE A SH*T, D*CK, D*CKHEADS, LOSER, LANKY TW*AT, CHIEF B*MMER, FEISTY B*TCH, B*TCH, CROGGY DOG, THICK TW*T, CHICKEN SH*T, DOG SN*GGER, DOG D*CK SUCKER, SH*T STICKS, WHINY LITTLE SH*T, HE SH*T HIMSELF, SH*T STAINED DAD, CHICKEN SH*T DAD, GUTS ROTTING, YOU LIKE SUCKING YOUR DAD’S C*CK, BAST*RDS, SH*TTING TW*TTING C*CKING AR*EHOLE BAST*RDS,, PSYCHO TW*T, F*CKING STICK IT, SH*T WORK, STINKING F*CKING HANDS, WA*KER, SH*T, SH*GGING, TW*T, SH*T SH*T SH*T, SH*T, P*SSING RAIN, F*CKING SH*T, SHUT THE F*CK UP, SH*T OFF, LOAD OF CR*P, WHAT SH*TTING DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE, F*CKING, I HEARD YOU SH*T YOURSELF, F*CKING, PATHETIC TW*T, BAS*TRD, F*CK, F*CKING C*NT, LITTLE SH*TE, F*CKING DEAD, P*SSIES, SH*T EMSELVES, PR*CK, BLEEDING CHRISTMAS, CHICKEN SH*TS, P**FS, SL*T, DIRTY WH*RE, B*TCH, SPINELESS W*NKER, SL*G, SH*T, B*LLOCKS, TAKING THE P*SS, YOU’RE TOO FAT TO BE A FREAK, P*SS OFF, SH*T, P*SS OFF, TRACK RATS, APE MAN, C*CK LOVER, YOU DON’T F*CKING GET IT, PATHETIC W*NKER, LOAD OF SH*T, PATHETIC *RSEHOLE BULLY, W*NKER, B*STARDS, SH*T, TOO F*CKING LATE, F*CKING ANIMAL, CHRIST.

The Knife That Killed Me – #Cannes #TKTKM

14 May

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This is the film adaptation of the Anthony McGowan novel, which will be screened to International buyers at the film market attached to the Cannes International Film Festival on Wednesday May 15th. This has been a very exciting project to work on, and since Pilot Theatre got the rights back in 2008 – which seems a lifetime ago – we have all been working to bring this feature film to the big screen.

I have have been part of the process as writer and director alongside co-director Kit Monkman and Producer Thomas Mattinson for the last four years. Together with Green Screen Productions, we have made something that looks and sounds quite extraordinary, and tomorrow it will be screened to International buyers from all over the world. We still have a few frames to finalise before we can screen this publicly, in terms of credits and titles as well as a few minor sound amends to run over both these and the playout credits.

But in terms of the project – we are, as we say – very nearly there. It is almost exactly 12 months since we wrapped on the shoot in the Green Screen Studios in Bubwith in Yorkshire. Here we lived and worked for 6 weeks and shot the whole film in the studio against a full 270 degree green screen. It was an intense and full on schedule where we managed to get all the coverage we needed for the 96 minute movie.

A big thanks of course go to the cast and crew for this, who were amazing in their openness and willingness to work with all three of us in the room on this new project. It would be unfair of me not to give a special word of thanks to actor, Jack McMullen who spent the entire shoot with us playing the leading role of Paul Varderman, brilliantly. But as ever, the ensemble nature of the entire team from our rehearsal period through to the wrap that made this project feel very special indeed.

The other main thanks must go to the extraordinarily talented post production team who worked at Heslington Studios at TFTV as partners to the project. Here working for 12 months in a darkened room where the 3D builds, compositing, Maya and Nuke skills brought the story to life under the care of the three of us and the attention to detail of Tom Wexler and John Mateer. A special word of thanks must go to the skills of the illustrator and artist, Stuart Ord who alongside Kit Monkman has created the beautiful painterly images to the film as a key part of the design.

I will keep you posted about the developments of the film, and of course the screenings, after completion of this part of the process, in due course. In the meantime here is the IMDb link to the movie with full cast and crew credits. You can follow the project on twitter @tktkmfilm or via the hashtag #TKTKM