Magazine article Screen International

All Things to All Men

Magazine article Screen International

All Things to All Men

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Producer Pierre Mascolo and writer/director George Isaac talk family values, leading ladies and A-list actors on the set of their glossy London set thriller All Things To All Men.

Synopsis: A contemporary London-set thriller about a crook caught between a maverick police officer and a crime lord.

Writer/Director: George Isaac

Producers: Pierre Mascolo and George Isaac for their company Cipher Films, which they set up in 2003 to make the BAFTA winning short film Nits. They went on to co-produce/finance Kidulthood and Adulthood.

Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Rufus Sewell, Toby Stephens, Julian Sands, Elsa Pataky, Pierre Mascolo, Leo Gregory, Terence Maynard, James Frain, David Schofield.

Financing: Financed entirely through Cipher Films with backing from Toni Mascolo.

Budget: £3m

Language: English

Filming location: London

Status: Currently shooting for seven weeks

Release date: Autumn 2012

On starting out in the business:

Pierre Mascolo: My father [Toni Mascolo, co-founder of hairdressing chain Toni & Guy] wanted me to get involved in the family business, but I said I want to be an actor [he also stars in the film as well as producing] and make films. I think he thought it would pass, but we made the short film Nits, [directed by Harry Wootliff] which got BAFTA nominated and so he agreed to invest some more money in our company Cipher Films. We found Kidulthood and he gave the first bit of investment, £350,000, for that. And we had to go and source the rest.

George Isaac: People told us to do lots of short films before doing a feature film, but we couldn't work out how to better Nits. And the problem with short films is you are spending money but nothing is coming back in. So we took the plunge and made Kidulthood.

On the origins of All Things To All Men:

GI: None of the screenplays we were receiving as producers really grabbed us. And we realised that if we wanted to adapt a book, we would have to option it, then there was paying the lawyer and all the other costs.

Pierre and I took a holiday to Mexico. And while we were on the beach I said, 'Maybe it would be better if I try and write a screenplay.' He said, 'I've been waiting for you to tell me that for years.'

I had never written anything before. But I had picked things up from producing. …

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