Magazine article Screen International

Exclusive First Look at Mo Ali's Montana

Magazine article Screen International

Exclusive First Look at Mo Ali's Montana

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McKell David takes aim alongside Lars Mikkelsen in the first image from Montana, director Mo Ali's second feature.

Shooting has wrapped on Mo Ali's second feature film Montana. Principal photography began in London on February 18.

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It stars Lars Mikkelsen (What Richard Did, Borgen), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Adam Deacon (Anuvahood), Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy) and newcomer McKell David, who made a brief appearance in My Brother the Devil.

Mikkelsen plays Dimitrij, a Serbian on a mission who enlists teenage Montana (David) to help him assassinate the man who killed his family. Montana finds a role model and father figure in Dimitrij.

One major location is Dimitrij's steamy rooftop lair at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. It is a space reminiscent of the 1984 classic Karate Kid, with punching bags and other makeshift gym tools dangling from the ceiling.

Other locations include a Turkish bath - built specifically for the movie - where one of the fastest and most action-packed scenes takes place.

Wherever they shot, the filmmakers wanted to ensure the city played a large role.

"We've tried to incorporate London in a positive way," said producer Mark Foligno. "There's a lot to use, but it's also quite an ambition for the look of the film."

Made by MoliFilms, producers are Foligno, Iain Richardson and Gareth Roberts. Executive prodcers are Babak Eftekhari and Robert Muston.

Montana is MoliFilm's third feature and has their biggest budget yet of $2m. The production company received funding from the EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme).

Foligno executive produced Ali's debut film Shank, and had no reserves about working with the young director once more.

"He's a great guy, he's got an eye for detail, action and dialogue," Foligno said. "There's an incredibly complex scene - an action sequence - and Mo will get it right in four or five shots. …

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