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Gerard Butler joins Scot Peter Mullan and Joe Alwyn for the psychological thriller Keepers by Cross Creek Pictures

Gerard Butler (London Has  Fallen, How to Train Your Dragon, Coriolanus, 300) joins fellow Scot Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur, War Horse, Trainspotting) and rising star Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, The Sense of an Ending), for the psychological thriller Keepers, inspired by a true unsolved local mystery.

 

The film will be fully financed by Cross Creek Pictures (Hacksaw Ridge, Black Mass, Black Swan, Rush, Everest).

 

Production Company Mad as Birds confirmed that the film is set for an early 2017 shoot in the UK.  Protagonist Pictures will introduce the project to buyers during AFM this week.

 

Kristoffer Nyholm, whose TV credits include the classic first series of The Killing from Denmark’s DR, hit UK miniseries The Enfield Haunting and upcoming period adventure Taboo starring Tom Hardy for FX and BBC, will direct KEEPERS from a script by BAFTA Cymru Nominated screenwriter Celyn Jones (co-writer and star of Set Fire to the Stars) and actor/writer Joe Bone (Castles in the Sky) . KEEPERS will be produced by Andy Evans, Ade Shannon and Sean Marley for Mad as Birds, Butler and Alan Siegel for G-BASE and Brian Oliver for Cross Creek Pictures. The project was brought into Cross Creek by Jason Seagraves who will serve as Executive Producer. The film is cast and co-produced by Reg Poerscout-Edgerton.

 

On an uninhabited island 20 miles from the rugged Scottish coast, three lighthouse keepers arrive for their six week shift.  As Thomas (Mullan), James (Butler) and Donald (Alwyn) settle into their usual, solitary routines, something unexpected and potentially life-changing occurs- they stumble upon something that isn’t theirs to keep. Where did it come from? Who does it belong to? A boat appears in the distance that might hold the answer to these questions… What follows is a tense battle for survival as personal greed replaces loyalty - and fed by isolation and paranoia, three honest men are led down a path to destruction.

 

Says director Kristoffer Nyholm of today’s casting: “I feel incredibly fortunate to have Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Joe Alwyn leading the cast of KEEPERS- great actors who are deeply committed to this project, and who will go the distance. These men are the strong and unique characters at the heart of this story, which is a journey from innocence to animalistic survival. KEEPERS was great to read, will be an adventure to make, and terrifying to watch!”

 

Co-writers Jones and Bone, who conceived the idea for KEEPERS whilst starring together in biographical drama, Castles in the Sky, add: “Our objective was to create a unique script that Kristoffer wanted to direct, great actors wanted to perform and a wide audience will want to see. We also wanted to say something poignant about trust and the frailty of the human condition. KEEPERS has all the shock and awe life can offer, wrapped up in a film that we hope will cling to its audience well after the last reel stops turning in the cinema.”

 

Protagonist Pictures CEO Mike Goodridge adds: “This project has been close to our hearts for a couple of years now, so it’s exciting to see it come together with such a perfect cast. We have been waiting for Kristoffer Nyholm to commit to his first feature film, so are thrilled to be presenting this heartstoppingly suspenseful package to international buyers at AFM."

 

Protagonist Pictures are selling international rights for KEEPERS and will be launching sales at the American Film Market. CAA, which represents Butler, Alwyn, and Nyholm, will co-represent North American rights. Butler is also represented by Alan Siegel Entertainment; Alywn by Independent Talent Group; and Nyholm by United Agents. Peter Mullan is represented by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin.

 

Mad as Birds are supported by Ffilm Cymru Wales who are committed to supporting Welsh talent. Their Company Support programme is for innovative and promising Wales-based production and/or distribution companies to enable company growth.

 

 

About Mad As Birds

Mad As Birds Films is an independent film and TV production company, originally set up in 2013 to make its first feature Set Fire To The Stars. The team has developed a wide slate of projects aimed at delivering high quality, commercial films and television series for a global audience.

 

As well as KEEPERS, current projects include original comedy POMS, being financed and co-produced by Sierra/Affinity, thriller Six Minutes To Midnight, co-written by Eddie Izzard and Celyn Jones and HETV series Minotaur, developed with finance from Pinewood and The Welsh Government.

 

About Cross Creek Pictures

Cross Creek Pictures was founded by Timmy Thompson, Brian Oliver, and Tyler Thompson as an independent film production and finance company with a mandate of developing and strengthening the collaborative relationship between filmmakers and financiers. Cross Creek Pictures currently has a four-year multifaceted co-financing, production, and distribution deal with Sony Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures. 

 

Cross Creek’s first production was Darren Aronofsky’s award-winning BLACK SWAN, which was followed by George Clooney’s THE IDES OF MARCH. Cross Creek Pictures recently released BLACK MASS, EVEREST, LEGEND, PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND ZOMBIES and have Mel Gibson’s WWII epic HACKSAW RIDGE starring Andrew Garfield coming out November 4th.

 

About Protagonist Pictures

Protagonist Pictures is an international finance, production and sales company which has a proven track record in outstanding films and commercial successes. Based in the UK, the company handles films from around the world, always maintaining a strong focus on filmmakers with exceptional vision and storytelling skills.

 

Protagonist’s current successes on release around the world include Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship, Taika Waititi’s Sundance charmer Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Jury Prize winner American Honey.  Toronto 2016 saw the launch of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us, Eleanor Coppola’s debut feature Paris Can Wait, and William Oldroyd’s buzz feature debut Lady Macbeth, all due for release next year. Titles in post-production include Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland, Oren Overman’s The Dinner, Clio Barnard’s Dark River and The Discovery from Charlie McDowell, which stars Robert Redford and Rooney Mara.

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The AFM is not a festival - it is the largest motion picture market in the world. 8,000 industry attendees, including producers, distributors, directors, agents, writers, lawyers & bankers. Over 540 films screened, most world or U.S. premieres.

$US3 Billion spent annually by participants to produce films
8,000+ industry professionals
2,000+ new films and projects
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400+ distributors
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