SINGER SONGWRITER KIDNAPPER to Premiere at Galway Film Fleadh
A new feature film starring two of Ireland's leading actresses is to premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh on Friday - with actors and director in attendance.
SINGER SONGWRITER KIDNAPPER is the debut feature film of award-winning writer/director Douglas Ray, who worked as Ken Loach's assistant and has built up a reputation for his quirky short films featuring actors such as Tom Hardy, Rafe Spall and Ruth Wilson.
Singer Songwriter Kidnapper also stars Paul Hilton and acclaimed comedian Matt Berry. The film follows hapless has-been musician Mark, who finds out his wife has been cheating on him with a woman and embarks on a poorly executed kidnap in revenge.
The wife, Karen, is played by Bray native Eva Birthistle - who has won multiple awards and recently starred in RTE hit Amber. Known as the lead in Ken Loach's Ae Fond Kiss, she has starred in numerous TV and film dramas, winning London Film Critics Circle Actress of the Year Award in 2004 and twice named IFTA Best Actress in a Leading Role (Film) award.
Karen's lover Jamie is played by Northern Ireland's Antonia Campbell-Hughes, star of Irish feature film The Other Side of Sleep, for which she was named as a Star of Tomorrow by Screen International. She has appeared in an array of TV series, including Spooks, Lewis and the sitcom Lead Balloon to great press acclaim.
Mark, the kidnapping husband, is played by Paul Hilton, an Olivier Award winning British stage actor who's had key roles in critically acclaimed BBC drama series Silk and Twenty Twelve.
Matt Berry is a well-known UK comedy actor who played Douglas on Channel 4's The IT Crowd, co-wrote and stars in Channel 4's thespian themed comedy Toast of London, and is of the ensemble, together with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, in BBC's House of Fools.
"A dark comedy about love, loss and the aftermath of fame"
He was once a lead singer with adoring fans, now he's just another forty-something guitarist struggling to launch a solo career. And, to make matters worse, his wife's just left him for a woman.
So he's kidnapped them both and is driving out of London with a tub full of poison and enough antidote to save only two people. He's going to poison all three of them, then they can all discuss what's happened and decide who gets to be saved.
The original script weaves sharp humour into the traditional thriller genre, resulting in a very dark, very funny tale that builds to an unexpected and unforgettable climax. Its theme is the crisis in contemporary masculinity: what role can men usefully play in society? How do they respond to the rise of the "alpha woman"? And how do women respond to "middle youth" men who won't commit to parenthood or careers?
Douglas Ray is a screenwriter and director. He has written several spec British thrillers, recently working with actor Tom Hardy (Inception) and photographer Greg Williams on the feature film Samarkand, following the trio's successful collaboration on the short film Sergeant Slaughter.