How did the UK film-makers behind Welcome To The Punch attract an A-list cast, top financiers and Ridley Scott?
Made for just $153,000 (£100,000) under Film London’s Microwave scheme in 2008, Eran Creevy’s Shifty was one of the most impressive UK debut features in recent years. With a sharpness that belied its micro-budget origins, the urban crime thriller scored a Bafta nomination and put Creevy and his producers, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of London-based Between The Eyes, into the industry spotlight.
Their follow-up, Welcome To The Punch, is now in post. The film is an action thriller about a London detective (James McAvoy) and an ex-criminal (Mark Strong) forced to return from his Icelandic hideaway, who become allies in a bid to expose a high-level conspiracy. The cast also includes Andrea Riseborough and Peter Mullan.