along with the cast and crew of Fakers and hoards of film lovers,
watched the Brit-flick at the UGC Cinema in Southampton.
South's Amanda Hussain was at the premiere and spoke to Paul, director
Richard Janes and actor Tom Chambers before the viewing to find
out a bit more about them.
began his writing career in 1995 when he wrote a short script about
the end of the world that made it through to the quarter finals
of the Lloyds Bank Film Challenge. A year later, he went to Southampton
Institute to study Film.
"I've always felt that movies should be primarily about entertainment
- making the audience forget about their own lives for 90 minutes
and get lost in the film," says Paul.
attitude to movies is reflected in his Fakers script. The
film, a cross between The Thomas Crown Affair, Lock, Stock and Two
Smoking Barrels and The Italian Job, is an energetic, fast paced
crime caper that he wrote shortly after graduating
from Southampton Institute with an MA in Film and Filmmaking in
stars Matthew Rhys and Art Malik
first draft took just three weeks to complete. He sent the script
to director Richard Janes, who immediately knew it was a film he
wanted to make.
plot is based around the London art world with the central character
Nick Edwards, played by Matthew Rhys (Deathwatch) owing £50,000
to super-smooth and brutal crime-lord Foster Wright, played by Art
Malik (True Lies, Living Daylights and BBC's Holby City). He has
just four days to find the cash.
he stumbles across a lost sketch by a legendary artist, Nick believes
his problems are solved. The trouble is, it’s only worth 15 grand!
plan is hatched to forge the drawing and sell it to five Mayfair
galleries within an hour before anyone cottons onto the fact there’s
a scam going down.
Of The Dead's Kate Ashfield also stars
film has a well-known British cast and big action sequences despite
its low budget, including a high-speed Italian Job style car chase
between galleries and a market.
is Fakers any good? BBC South asked two film experts their thoughts
on the movie:
Sellwood, a film tutor at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth said:
"It's a wonderful British film. It really showed the quality
of British talent. It was a well written story showcasing the technical
aspects of British cinema."
West, an independent filmmaker said: "I thought it was great.
It was funny, it was cheeky, it had some really nice, well-timed
writing Fakers Paul has been involved in many other film projects
including a children's film called Elvis The Hamster and an as yet
untitled coming of age film. He has also written and produced a
short film called Thy Right Hand.