Cast of London-set noir thriller includes Screen Stars of Tomorrow Cush Jumbo and James Floyd.
City of Tiny Lights, a London-set film noir is to begin principal photography on April 27. The film will shoot for six weeks in London and will be released in 2016.
Written by Patrick Neate, based on his novel of the same name, the film will be directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Dredd) and produced by Ado Yoshizaki-Cassuto and Rebecca O’Brien.
The cast is led by Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) who plays private eye Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful) as Shelley, his long lost love.
The ensemble includes Roshan Seth (Indian Summers) and Screen Stars of Tomorrow Cush Jumbo, who recently landed a recurring role on US drama The Good Wife,and James Floyd (My Brother the Devil).
The film centres on deadbeat private eye Tommy Akhtar (Ahmed) who walks into his office to find high-class prostitute Melody (Jumbo) seeking his help to find her missing friend. On the trail, he instead finds the dead body of a Pakistani businessman and is drawn into a sinister, dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.
City of Tiny Lights is an NDF International and Sixteen Films production made with support of the BFI and BBC Films, in association with Lip Sync Productions LLP, Fel UK and Ingenious Media.
It will be released in the UK and Ireland in 2016 by Icon Film Distribution. BBC Films and BFI developed the script.
Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.
“Penny Dreadful” actress Billie Piper has joined the cast of London-set film noir “City of Tiny Lights,” which starts principal photography on Monday.
Pete Travis, whose credits include “Vantage Point,” “Endgame” and “Dredd,” directs the pic, which Protagonist Pictures will be selling at Cannes. Icon Film Distribution will be releasing the film, which will shoot for six weeks in London, in the U.K. and Ireland next year.
The cast is led by Riz Ahmed (“Nightcrawler,” “Shifty,” “Four Lions”) who plays down-at-heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar. Piper, who plays Brona Croft in “Penny Dreadful,” and whose credits include “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” and “Doctor Who,” plays Shelley, Akhtar’s long-lost love. The ensemble includes Cush Jumbo (“Josephine and I,” “The Inbetweeners”), James Floyd (“My Brother the Devil,” “Everywhere and Nowhere”) and Roshan Seth (“Indian Summers,” “Gandhi,” “My Beautiful Laundrette”).
The screenplay is written by author Patrick Neate, based on his novel of the same name. Ado Yoshizaki-Cassuto and Rebecca O’Brien are producing for NDF International and Sixteen Films, with support from the BFI and BBC Films, in association with Lip Sync Productions, Fel UK and Ingenious Media. BBC Films and BFI developed the script.
Pic is a portrait of contemporary London as a teeming multicultural metropolis where nothing is as it seems. Tommy Akhtar is a cricket fan, devoted son and deadbeat private eye. He has an office above a suburban cab firm, a taste for cigarettes and booze, and a finely tuned moral compass well hidden behind a sharp line in cynicism.
Tommy walks in one morning to find high-class prostitute Melody (Jumbo) seeking his help. She wants him to find her friend Natasha, last seen meeting a new client at a swanky Mayfair bar. He has little luck tracking down Natasha, but instead finds the dead body of Pakistani businessman Usman Rana, and, before he knows it, he’s drawn into a sinister, dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.
A new con for Billie! Next up is Wizard World Chicago in August, for more info visit wizardworld.com. For a full list of events Billie is set to attend this year check out ‘Billie’s Calendar’ in the sidebar!
Billie attended Oz Comic Con Perth last weekend, I’ve added some fan photos from both days to the gallery. Isn’t she adorable!! Enjoy!
Day two of Oz Comic Con Perth once again saw a huge array of celebrity guests, panels and amazing cosplayers take to the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre for its final assault on all things pop culture.
The other big panel of the day, and her only panel at the Con for the general public, was Miss Billie Piper. Known for her role as Rose on Doctor Who, she is now starring in the new show Penny Dreadful, which has been met with critical acclaim.
Clearly one of the biggest drawcards over the weekend, with her autograph and photo-booth lines full to capacity, a clearly exhausted Piper who took to the stage with thunderous applause.
As a mother of two young and highly energetic boys, Billie Piper is finding it hard to manage the pressures of work and family life.
Worn out after a restless flight to Australia with her six and three-year-old in tow, the actress and former pop star, right, touched down in *Perth on Friday ahead of her appearances at Oz Comic-Con yesterday and today at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“I don’t juggle it at all well,” she told AAA Weekend of her work/life balance over the sound of screaming youngsters in the background.
“It’s always a bit of a mess because it’s not something that you can do seamlessly.”
Having only been to Australia once before, Piper was determined to bring her children along for a holiday this time around but the process of travelling with them has taken some adjusting to.
“I’ve never actually done this amount of travelling with them before so it’s new ground,” she said. “There are moments of it being joyous peppered with moments of it being pull-your-hair-out maddening. How they can have that kind of energy after five hours of sleep is beyond me. I feel wasted next to them, their energy knows no bound.”
Though she’s a newcomer to the act of globetrotting with little ones, the Doctor Who star is an old hat at convention appearances and always looks forward to getting to know her fans.
Ten years since she first appeared as Rose Tyler opposite *Christopher Eccleston *’s Doctor Who, Piper still enjoys meeting aficionados of the popular sci-fi series.
“They’re always interesting encounters,” she said.
“You meet a lot of people who have found the show because they’ve either inherited it through their family or they have found the show at a time when they’re not feeling particularly great – whether they’re depressed, isolated or sick. So you meet a lot of those guys so it’s very emotional as an experience.”
Former Doctor Who companion Rose Tyler – aka Billie Piper – doubts a woman will ever play the role of the TARDIS driving, sonic screwdriver carrying, Time Lord.
Whovians have venomously rejected and raged against the prospect that one day a woman could take the controls of the TARDIS.
There was even speculation Piper herself would become the Doctor, when rumours popped up on social media the show’s bosses were planning to bring in a female.
Piper – companion to both the Doctor’s 9th regeneration (Christopher Eccleston) and 10th (David Tennant) says there was too much tradition with Doctor Who for a woman to play the lead character. For now at least anyway.
“I don’t think it will happen,” she said. “Well, not anytime soon.
“There is too much tradition amongst the show and the story, and its current form works.”
Piper, who is in Perth for this weekend’s Oz Comic-Con at the Perth Convention Centre, said she was drawn to the character of Rose because her own experiences of growing up were similar to the character.
Billie Piper is in town for Oz Comic-con, a gigantic two day long celebration of film, television. comics and pop culture.
Piper first gained our attention with her music career in the late ’90s. As a 15 year old she scored a record contract and delivered a succession of hit pop tunes.
By the time her second album came out in 2000 Piper was over the music industry and decided to focus on an acting career.
She quickly found success taking on the role of Rose Tyler in the re-booted series ‘Doctor Who’ and went on to star in the provocative comedy/drama ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’. More recently she’s just finished filming the second series of horror show ‘Penny Dreadful’ and has delivered an acclaimed performance in the West End as the star of the play ‘Great Britain’.
A graduate of the famed Sylvia Young Theatre School, Piper always aspired for a career as a performer and her first time on screen came way before her pop music career; Billie Piper was in ‘Evita’.
“I was an extra for a couple of days in ‘Evita’ as a weird child actor. I loved it, because I loved acting and I got to work with Madonna, who was my hero, so I loved everything about it.” Piper said.
“I got to wear fake hair for the first time and I loved that, and we got to wear these beautiful dresses, so I was in my element.”
Despite getting her first screen break in the motion picture, Piper confesses that she’s never seen the film.
“I’ve never actually seen it! My friends have seen it and told me that you can spot me.” Piper said.