Magazine article Screen International

Comes A Bright Day

Magazine article Screen International

Comes A Bright Day

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The directorial debut of award-winning commercials director Simon Aboud is a romantic thriller set in the heart of London's West End. It is produced by Christine Alderson of Ipso Facto and sold internationally by Intandem.

Synopsis: The plot hinges on an armed robbery of a very upmarket jewellery shop in Mayfair that goes badly wrong. Two hostages flung together by circumstance discover their true feelings for one another.

Writer/director: commercials director Simon Aboud (Smudge Productions).

Producer: Christine Alderson of Ipso Facto Films.

Cast: Craig Roberts (Submarine) and Imogen Poots (28 Days Later) play the hostages. Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting) is the thief and revered British character actor Timothy Spall plays the store owner where the heist takes place.

Budget: Around £2 million.

Financing: Matador, Lost Tribe Productions, private investment. Intandem came aboard and began pre-sales in Cannes, just before shooting began.

Locations: The film shot on London locations and at Elstree Studios from 16th May till 11th June.

Release Plans: The film is currently in post production. Editing will continue till November. A promo will be ready by Toronto and Comes A Bright Day is likely to be targeted at Sundance and Berlin 2012.

What's next: Ipso Facto is preparing horror film The Mulo, to be directed by Matthew Thompson. Intandem will be handling international sales. Aboud has a slate of future projects. He also plans to continue his work in advertising and photography.

On the logistical challenges:

Alderson: "We were filming what is effectively a low budget film in the centre of Mayfair, which isn't a low budget place."

Aboud: "The most challenging thing so far for me was finding the money...the lead-up to getting the film greenlit. With British independent filmmaking, it's a house of cards. On a previous project, I'd been through two goes-around, trying to get something made and being very close. On this, it happened very quickly. A lot of that was down to Christine's focus and incredible energy and drive to get it done."

The origins of the project:

Aboud: "I was looking for a slightly different angle on a love story. I got grappling with the idea of a kid who is out in the world, looking to find his own path...I liked this idea of a kid working in a five star hotel, surrounded by things he can't have. …

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