Friday 22 April 2011


London, 21st April 2011: Six weeks of principal photography has kicked off on location around London and at 3 Mills Studios on Formosa Films' Twenty8k the eagerly-anticipated new thriller written by Jimmy Dowdall and multi award-winning writer Paul Abbott (State of Play, Shameless) and helmed by David Kew and Neil Thompson (Clubbed). Produced by Martin Carr and Thompson through their independent production company Formosa Films, AV Pictures are handling worldwide sales.

Parminder Nagra (Bend It Like Beckham, ER) is Deeva Jani, a successful British-born, Paris-based fashion executive who is forced to return home to the UK when she receives the shocking news that her teenage brother Vipon, played by newcomer Sebastian Nanena, has been arrested for a fatal gang shooting in London. As she and her family are vilified and the dead boy's violent family threaten retribution against her brother in jail, Deeva turns detective in an attempt to uncover the truth, prove her brother's innocence and save his life. Teaming up with youth worker and ex-gang member, Clint, played by Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood), Deeva soon finds herself up against powerful and unexpected adversaries including the corrupt but highly connected DCI Stone, played by Tony Award-winner Stephen Dillane (The Hours, SpyGame, Welcome to Sarajevo). As events unfold a deeper conspiracy is unlocked involving absolute corruption, media manipulation, a sex scandal, murder and power struggles way beyond London's street gangs and all the way to the seat of government.
The script for Twenty8k is an original idea by Neil Thompson, developed at AbbottVision, Paul Abbott's development company, where Jimmy Dowdall is currently writer in residence.

The strong supporting cast includes some of the hottest young talents in British cinema today including Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights, Moon)Nichola Burley (Streetdance 3D, Donkey Punch), Greg Chillin (Zen, Being Human), Michael Socha (This Is England 86) and Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, Rise of the Footsoldier).

Director David Kew is a graduate of the National Film and Television School whose past credits include the award-winning The Cold Earth, Living on Water, Life for Daniel and Judge John Deed. Producer/ director Neil Thompson has directed more than 150 music videos and over 50 television commercials as well as a host of award-winning shorts and he made his feature film debut helming Clubbed, alongside his producing partner Martin Carr, who cut his producing teeth with Danny Boyle.

The film will feature a contemporary R&B and Hip Hop soundtrack and the exciting team on board which includes a leading Hip Hop producer is soon to be announced.

Twenty8k is financed by Formosa Films through an Enterprise Investment Scheme which received a considerable boost in the latest budget. Formosa's strategy utilizes the EIS to retain maximum control of its projects in order to maximise the upside for their investors. Funding is via a mix of private equity together with the UK film tax credit.

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