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8th Feb 2007 New feature film THE ESCAPIST has begun filming in Dublin.

THE ESCAPIST, a prison escape thriller with a twist set in the subterranean tunnels beneath London, will shoot for five weeks in Dublin and London.

THE ESCAPIST is the feature film debut of writer/director Rupert Wyatt, and boasts an ensemble of exciting British and Irish talent with internationally recognised names – Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, Adaptation), Joe Fiennes (Running with Scissors, Shakespeare in Love), Liam Cunningham (The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Dog Soldiers), Seu Jorge (City of God, The Life Aquatic), Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Starter for 10), Stephen Macintosh (The Mother, Lock Stock) and Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers, Keane).

Frank Perry (Cox) is a lifer, thirteen years into his sentence and institutionalised. His estranged daughter is in hospital and close to death. Desperate to make his peace with her, Frank develops a plan to escape. But he can’t break out alone and enlists an ensemble of escapists.

The film will shoot on location for four weeks in Dublin and one week in London. Dublin locations include Kilmainham Jail, Connolly Station and the John Player Factory on South Circular Road. Finally the film will shoot on London Underground and in several rarely seen subterranean locations in the capital.

THE ESCAPIST is being produced by Parallel Films (Ireland) and Picture Farm (UK) and is an Irish-UK co-production. Parallel Films’ credits include Irish features Intermission and Breakfast on Pluto and UK company Picture Farm previously co-produced the Irish feature film The Front Line and recently delivered The Baker which screens in Berlin this week at the European Film Market.

THE ESCAPIST is written by Rupert Wyatt and Daniel Hardy and was developed by Adrian Sturges through Picture Farm, the company he runs with Wyatt and Damian Lewis. Previously the team made Rupert Wyatt’s award winning short film Get the Picture which also starred Brian Cox.

THE ESCAPIST is financed by the UK Film Council, Board Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, and produced with the support of investment incentives for the Irish Film Industry provided by the Government of Ireland, with Goalpost Film handling international sales and Vertigo Films taking UK distribution.

Irish Film Board Chief Executive Simon Perry commented “THE ESCAPIST is a wonderfully original project which shows that Irish/UK co-production is alive and well”.

JJ Lousberg, UK Film Council European Executive says, “We have been tracking this project for a while and it is exciting to see it come to fruition. This is an exciting collaboration for producers Adrian Sturges and Alan Moloney as it brings together a strong British and Irish cast with a new director Rupert Wyatt who came to our notice through the Cinema Extreme short film scheme and it will be released in the UK by the enterprising independent, Vertigo Films.”

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