Final days of British & Irish Film Season
(CS) The British & Irish Film Season entered into its final weekend on Friday, with a screening of UK drama-thriller UWANTME2KILLHIM? followed by a Q&A with producer Simon Crocker and scriptwriter Mike Walden.
Based on a true story UWANTME2KILLHIM? sees North London teenager Mark fall madly in love with Rachel, a girl he meets on the internet. Popular at school, Mark befriends Rachel’s bullied loner brother John. Together, Mark and John soon plot revenge against Rachel’s abusive boyfriend; but how far will Mark go?
To reveal any more of the film’s plot would be to thoroughly spoil it, but suffice it to say that in UWANTME2KILLHIM? fact is stranger than fiction, and the plot takes unexpected twists and turns combined with a surprise finish.
Starring newcomers Toby Regbo and Jamie Blackley in the leading roles, the film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where Regbo and Blackley won a joint best performance in a British feature prize.
Outlandish story of early social media age
The original story behind the film dates back to 2003, a pre-Facebook age of chat rooms and the dawn of widely proliferated webcams. While Walden and Crocker thought about updating the film’s plot to present day, they decided against it, for reasons of authenticity, but also practicality, as today’s technology would render what happened a decade ago nearly impossible.
Anonymity and secrecy play a key role in this thriller, and of that there is precious little left in today’s social media world.
Writing a script based on fact also saw the filmmakers aware of a responsibility to protect the protagonists. As the identities of the real-life John and Mark remain unknown to this day, Walden and Crocker explained that they wanted audiences to be sympathetic to the characters, despite the outlandish story.
“We have no idea who they are,” said Crocker. “Maybe they’ll slip into the cinema and see this film. It’s kind of a strange thought.”
Closing night film on October 8
With Bryan Singer, US producer and director of X-Men fame, also attached to the project, the film opened in the UK in September and is already available on DVD and Blu-Ray, with a US and Europe release still in planning.
See UWANTME2KILLHIM? on the big screen in Luxembourg at the closing night of the British and Irish Film Season on October 8 at Ciné Utopia at 7.30pm.
Until then more screenings of the latest film from the Isles await at Utopia and Utopolis Kirchberg/Belval.
On the programme are:
- Life’s a Breeze – Utopolis Kirchberg – 9pm
- The Great Hip Hop Hoax – Utopolis Belval – 7pm
- The Spirit of ’45 – Ciné Utopia – 9pm
- Rush – Ciné Utopia – 7pm
- Run & Jump – Ciné Utopia – 9.30pm
For more information visit: bifilmseason.lu