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Cameras Roll on Cherrybomb

Principal photography begins today in Belfast coming-of-age drama CHERRYBOMB, which stars Rupert Grint, Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan and is the joint debut of

co-directors Glen Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa. The film is being produced by Generator Entertainment, Green Park Films and Octagon Films.

With their exams over, best friends Malachy and Luke are out to have one hell of a summer. However, the arrival of Michelle, a captivating but troubled beauty, tests their friendship to the limit as she encourages the two boys to carry out increasingly dangerous and illegal deeds in the battle for her affections – with fatal consequences.

In 2000 Rupert Grint was catapulted into international film stardom when he was cast as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; since then he has gone on to star in the following four adaptations of J. K. Rowling’s best-selling novels, and is soon to be seen in the next installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In addition he has starred in British kid-comedy Thunderpants and poignant drama Driving Lessons.

Kimberley Nixon gained recognition following her performance in BAFTA winning TV series Cranford, and will soon be seen in Gurinder Chadha’s Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, and Wild Child directed by Nick Moore. Nixon’s most recent acting credit is Easy Virtue directed by Stephan Elliott based on a play by Noel Coward due for release later this year.

Relative newcomer Robert Sheehan has starred in Irish TV dramas BitterSweet and Rock Rivals, and the Emmy and IFTA winning television series The Tudors.

CHERRYBOMB is directed by Belfast based newcomers Glen Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa from a screenplay by Daragh Carville (Middletown). Leyburn, a highly regarded designer and promos director, and Barros D’Sa, a writer and development executive, first collaborated in 2006 on the Northern Ireland Screen funded short, The 18th Electricity Plan.

“At heart Cherrybomb questions our notion of male loyalty and what happens when this bond is tested as female desire and rivalry comes into play. We are thrilled with our casting and look forward to shooting the film in and around Belfast over the coming weeks,” say the co-directors.

CHERRYBOMB is the second film from Mark Huffam and Simon Bosanquet’s Generator Entertainment. They have partnered with Belfast producer Michael Casey’s Green Park Films who developed the project with Brian Kirk, and James Flynn’s Dublin-based Octagon Films. The film will be scored by acclaimed Hollywood composer David Holmes (Out of Sight, Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen and Hunger).

“We are delighted to be working with Michael Casey of Green Park on this innovative and exciting film” commented Simon Bosanquet from Generator. Mark Huffam added, “Daragh Carville’s Belfast-set script gives a cool, contemporary twist to the traditional buddy-movie, set squarely against the backdrop of a city in the process of rebuilding its identity – it’s perfect material for Glen and Lisa’s fresh and original talents.”

Financing for CHERRYBOMB is coming from both sides of the Irish border with participation from the Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. International sales are being handled by Robbie Little’s The Little Film Company.

Generator Entertainment is a film production company established in 2007 by respected UK-based producers, Simon Bosanquet and Mark Huffam, and Scandinavian sales and distribution executive, Tomas Thorstensson. Generator’s first feature, Paddy Breathnach’s FREAKDOG, starring Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Carter and Stephen Dillane (originally titled RED MIST) completed production earlier this year in Northern Ireland. Their next film to go into production following CHERRYBOMB will be GHOST MACHINE, a supernatural thriller directed by Chris Hartwill from a script by Sven Hughes.

Green Park Films is a film and television production company established in 1998 by Michael Casey. Previous credits include award winning films, FREEZE FRAME (starring Lee Evans) and MIDDLETOWN (starring Matthew Macfadyen). Michael’s creative partners are Daragh Carville and Brian Kirk, with whom CHERRYBOMB was developed. Michael also produced Brian Kirk’s award-winning and acclaimed television film, MY BOY JACK (starring Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall).


Original article can be found here at Northern Ireland Screen I July 7, 2008

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