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Stellar cast in Freefall for Savage drama from Origin Pictures for BBC Two

Update - 10 November 2008: this press release posted on 24 October 2008 has been updated to reflect new additions to the cast list.


Shooting begins this week on BAFTA award-winning Dominic Savage's latest film drama, Freefall.


To be broadcast on BBC Two next spring, the incredible line-up includes Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Queer As Folk), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia, Sense And Sensibility), Rosamund Pike (Love In A Cold Climate, Pride And Prejudice), Anna Maxwell Martin (White Girl, Bleak House) and Joseph Mawle (The Passion, Foyle's War). Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding will also star, alongside Alfie Allen (Atonement, Casualty 1907).


Commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, and Roly Keating, Controller, BBC Two, with Lucy Richer as Executive Producer for BBC, this will be the first production from former head of BBC Films, David Thompson's new company Origin Pictures. He is co-producing alongside Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo.


A hallmark of Savage's work is his ability to highlight a burning and compelling social issue, bringing it to the forefront with a striking mix of characters.


In Freefall, Savage's focus is on the now imploding world of finance and its devastating impact on those at each end of the scale.


As an issue, it is destined to impact everyone in the UK in some way, and no-one yet knows when or where it will end.


Savage explores the pinnacle moment when capitalist greed went into a desperate tailspin and the excesses of more than a decade of spending came to a startling climax.


Dominic Savage comments: "This is a film essentially about greed that in many ways had got out of control.


"It is a film that reflects our obsession with wanting more, wanting everything, the desire in many of us to gain the world, but in doing so, potentially lose our souls.


"Freefall reflects those complexities, needs and conflicts that I believe exist in us all."


His characters encompass all walks of life but, with Savage, there is never a clear cut villain to the piece. All have human failings; all have their own culpability.


At its heart, viewers will no doubt come to question their own understanding of the current crisis and the way out.


David Thompson, producer, comments: "Dominic has created an extraordinary compelling scenario that throws a powerful spotlight on our radically changing world.


"With a range of striking characters he has created a film that will challenge many of our assumptions."


Gus (Aidan Gillen) is a wealthy city worker without a conscience. It appears that his sole motivation in life is the creation of wealth for him and his company, with the goal of clinching his next deal dominating his life.


Dave (Dominic Cooper) is the salesman at the other end of Gus's world. He shamelessly hard-sells mortgages to those that can ill afford them and, just like Gus, is purely motivated by the riches it will bring him.


Sam (Sarah Harding) plays the beautician girlfriend of Dave with ambitions of one day owning her own chain of beauty salons.


Anna (Rosamund Pike) works at Gus's bank and is in a relationship of sorts with him. Her conscience is leading to growing contempt for the money-obsessed industry she inhabits.


Jim (Joseph Mawle) is an old school friend of Dave's and married to Mandy (Anna Maxwell Martin). They are lured by Dave's tempting vision of an entitlement to own their own home. Ian (Alfie Allen) works with Dave.


And Amelia (Olive Supple-Still) is Gus's teenage daughter. With her parents divorced, she rarely sees her father, but she's clued up and not impressed at all by his job.


The film also stars Riz Ahmed as Gus's colleague, Gary, Emer Kenny as Dave's girlfriend, Kate, and Peter McNeil O'Connor playing Jim's boss.


Ben Stephenson comments: "Dominic Savage is a master in his field. With this film and the extraordinary cast he has assembled, he continues BBC Two's tradition of commissioning cutting-edge drama from incredible British talent."


Savage's approach to film-making is characterised by his use of improvisation with the cast.


His vision for the piece is translated by both himself and each actor and is constantly evolving within each moment of filming.


The result is gritty, real, incomparable and unique.


Freefall continues Dominic Savage's fruitful relationship with BBC Drama, all executive produced by David Thompson.


Previous commissions include Out Of Control, When I Was 12, Nice Girl and Born Equal.


Freefall is the latest BBC Two drama commission for 2009 and follows in the footsteps of Peter Bowker's Desperate Romantics which portrays the vagabond group of English painters, poets and critics known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Moses Jones by award-winning writer Joe Penhall (Blue/Orange), a vibrant, atmospheric crime thriller set in the beating heart of London, starring Shaun Parkes.


Notes to Editors


Production credits: Writer and Director, Dominic Savage; Producers, David M Thompson and Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo; Director of Photography, Ben Smithard; Designer, Anna Pritchard; BBC Executive Producer, Lucy Richer.


Dominic Savage has won the following awards:

Out Of Control (BBC One) – Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2002; RTS Television Award for Best Serials and Single Drama, 2003;

When I Was 12 (BBC Two) – BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama, 2002; Nice Girl (BBC Two) – BAFTA Award for Best New Director, 2001.


Love And Hate (2006) won the Palm Springs International Film Festival New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize and the Zlin International Film Festival Best European Debut Film Award.


His last film for the BBC was the acclaimed Born Equal starring Colin Firth and Robert Carlyle (BBC One, 2006).


David Thompson, former head of BBC Films, has been the recipient of multiple awards, including three BAFTAs, two Golden Globes and three Emmys. He has produced/executive produced over 140 films, his feature credits include Billy Elliot, Iris, Dirty Pretty Things, Notes On A Scandal, and The Duchess as well as the forthcoming Revolutionary Road starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.


His television credits include The Lost Prince, The Gathering Storm, Conspiracy, Shadowlands and The Firm.


Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo's credits include BBC Two's controversial drama Shoot The Messenger.






Category: TV Drama; BBC Two
Date: 24.10.2008
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