British actor Sean Pertwee is a popular face on both the big and small screen. Notable credits include Neil Marshall’s Dog Soliders,Greyfriars Bobby for John Henderson, The 51st State with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle, Equilibrium for Dimension Films, The Last Drop, Prophecy, Seven Days to Live, Love Honour and Obey, Tube Tales, Paul Anderson’s Event Horizon, Shopping and Soldier for Warner Bros, Russell Mulcahy’s Tale of the Mummy, Stiff Upper Lips, Deadly Voyage for HBO, Blue Juice with Catherine Zeta Jones, ID, Leon the Pig Farmer, Swing Kids, Hanif Kureishi’s London Kills Me for Working Title and Stephen Frears’ Prick Up Your Ears.
Recent feature film roles include Goal and Goal 2 for director Danny Cannon, Wilderness, Thirteen, Dangerous Parking and most recently Doomsday directed by Neil Marshall.
Television work includes The Tudors for Showtime/Working Title, The Rise and Fall of Rome: Caesar, Waking the Dead, Miss Marple, Julius Caesar, Cold Feet for Granada, In the Beginning and Cleopatra for Hallmark, Michael Bogdanov’s Channel 4 production of Macbeth, Bodyguards, Cadfael, For One Night Only: Errol Flynn, The Changeling, Young Indiana Jones, Clarissa, Speed, Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter, The Harry Enfield Show, Lockerbie, Chancer and Poirot. Stage roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company include Deborah Warner’s production of Titus and Andronicus, The New Inn and A Question of Geography.
BENNO FURMANN - Steiner
A sought-after talent following his critically acclaimed performance in Christian Carion’s Joyeux Noel, Benno Fürmann was born in Berlin, Germany in 1972.
After attending acting lessons at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York, Fürmann returned to Germany to take on roles in a number of film and TV productions, before making his breakthrough performance in The Bubi Sholz Story for director Roland Suso Richter in 1998.
He received the Bavarian Film Award for Best Actor in 2001 for Caroline Link’s Annaluisee and Anton and received further acclaim in 2003 for his role in Christian Petzold’s TV movie Wolfsburg.
Other notable credits include Uli Edel’s Kingdom in Twilight, Brian Helgeland’s The Order, Richard Loncraine’s My House in Umbia, Tom Tykwer’s The Princess and the Warrior andGavin Miller’s La Belle Epoque The Secret of the State. Most recently he has completed Speed Racer directed by the Wachowski brothers, based on a Japanese 1960’s animated series
ANNA WALTON - Severian
Anna Walton trained at Oxford School of Drama and since graduating is fast-becoming a sought after British acting talent.
Prior to MUTANT CHRONICLES, Walton made her feature film debut playing the lead in Bard Entertainments Vampire Diary and has just recently finished filming Hellboy II: The Golden Army directed by Guillermo del Toro.
LUIS ECHEGARAY - El Jesus
Although his entire family is Peruvian, Luis Echegaray was actually born in Chertsey, England during a short family vacation in June, 1981. He was raised in Lima, Peru until the age of 12 when after a decision to start a better life his family emigrated and moved to Britain. His father, without speaking a word of English, raised him for the remainder of his childhood after his mother died of cancer shortly after emigrating. It was in the UK when Luis discovered acting, and shortly after graduating college he moved to New York City to attend the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts on an international scholarship. After training, he continued performing for Off-Broadway productions and other independent New York Theatre Companies such as Impetuous Theatre Group and Boomerang Theatre Company. In 2004, Echegaray won critical acclaim as the unpredictable, violent Ismir for Impetuous' production of Venezuela by Guy Helminger, which eventually ended up in New York's Fringe Festival that same year.
In 2006, Echegaray beat hundreds of people for a principal role in MUTANT CHRONICLES playing street-fighting, loud mouthed El Jesus. He has recently performed at The Young Vic Theatre in London and is currently working on a script for Television.
He currently splits his time between the UK and US and spends his free time playing soccer and football.
He is managed by Jeffrey Loseff Management in Hollywood.
TOM WU - Juba
Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Tom Wu was awarded the Best Actor accolade by the Asian Film Academy for his role in Thieftakers.
His forthcoming film roles include Fong in The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian (Russell Mulcahy), Tatsumi in The Tournament (Scott Mann) and he has recently appeared as Lord John in Revolver. Notable feature film credits include Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, the role of CatoinStephen Hopkins’ The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Jan der Bont’s Tomb Raider II, Shanghai Knights, Out for a Kill, Rogue Trader, Revolver andSteven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. In addition to his television work in such dramas as Whistleblower, Diamond Geezer, The Ruby in the Smoke, Death on the Beach, The First Emperor, Fallen,Silent Witness, Casualty, The Commander, Footballer’s Wives, The Bill and Emmerdale, Tom Wu also has an extensive list of stage credits to his name. These include Miss Saigon at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, M Butterfly at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Ramyana at the National Theatre, as well as Wild Swans, Monkey and Tintin at the Young Vic and Yellow Earth productions of New Territories, Whisper of a Falling Leaf, Rashomon, Play to Win, No Man, Blue Remembered Hills and Nightingale. STEVE TOUSSAINT - McGuire
British-born actor Steve Toussaint is an accomplished acting talent in film, TV and theatre.
Notable feature film credits include Michael Caton-Jones acclaimed Rwanda drama Shooting Dogs, The Sin Eater for Brian Helgeland, Danny Cannon’s Judge Dredd, Dog Eat Dog and Circus. Selected TV credits include CSI Miami, Life Begins, Holby City, Silent Witness, Broken News, Rosemary & Thyme, Murder in Mind, Doctors, Murphy’s Law, Waking the Dead, Doomwatch, Dangerfield, The Knock, Family Affairs, Rides, Sherlock Holmes and The Bill. Toussaint’s stage roles have included the Royal National Theatre production of Fix Up, the Ambassdors/RSC tour of The Servant to Two Masters, To Kill a Mockingbird at The Everyman Palace, The Amen Corner at the Bristol Old Vic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and No Boys Cricket Club at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Vaudeville Theatre. ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
SIMON HUNTER - Director
Simon Hunter was born in 1969; he made his first film at seven years old-- Spaceman. Starring his parents and his dog, the 3 minute film told the story of a spaceman flying down to earth and reeking havoc on a remote cottage in the Scottish Highlands.
Hunter went on to make nearly fifty short films, mostly while at school in Dumfrieshire, Scotland.
At the age of eighteen he backpacked off to Central Africa and shot a documentary. The twelve-minute documentary Zaire, an African River Journey charted the progress of the hundreds of people that flow up and down the Zaire River each month. The film won Hunter a place at film school. At film school Hunter won several awards for his graduation film Click which tells the harrowing tale of a clearer who gets a hand stuck in a waste disposal unit and has to be rescued.
After graduating from film school in 1993, Hunter went on to write and direct a handful of short films - one of which, Wired, impressed British Screen so much that they immediately invested in Lighthouse a $2.5m feature film. Quoted as having written and directed “‘one of the scariest low-budget movies of the year.” The New York Post called it "as suspenseful as anything in recent history."
Hunter recently signed with Infinity Productions in London and has completed his first commercial, a clever take on Sony Playstation’s ‘Double Life’ for The Lothian Health Board. Entitled ‘Power of Experience’ it was conceived by The Union Advertising Agency in Edinburgh. It has since been recognized by Shots for its strong impact, so much so that they featured it in their ‘New Directors Showcase’.
In Cannes 2001, Hunter’s previous work from Lighthouse attracted the eye of Bob Isherwood, the creative director of Saatchi and Saatchi. Isherwood selected Hunter for the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase. This prestigious honor is awarded to the twenty-five most promising directors in the world. Isherwood admired Lighthouse, saying, "Few films demonstrate so clearly how tension gets attention. The tension is dynamic."
Whilst directing commercials, Hunter started to specialize in the use of visual effects to enhance rather than dominate his work. Hunter regularly lectures on digital technology and directing.
MUTANT CHRONICLES is Simon Hunter’s second feature film.
Robert Newman represents Hunter at the Endeavor agency in Los Angeles.
PHILIP EISNER - Screenwriter
Philip Eisner sold his first screenplay two years after graduating from Stanford University. Since then, he has written for Columbia/TriStar, Universal Pictures, MGM Studios, The Jim Henson Company, the SciFi Channel, as well as notable producers Lawrence Gordon, Gale Anne Hurt, Scott Rudin, Robert DeNiro, and Edward R. Pressman.
His original script Event Horizon was produced and released by Paramount Pictures.
Eisner grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. He lives with his family in Los Angeles. Now and then he teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension.
He shows no signs of mutation.
EDWARD R. PRESSMAN - Producer
With over 70 diverse motion pictures to his credit, native New Yorker and motion picture producer Edward R. Pressman has forged a career of international renown, marked by originality and eclecticism. Throughout his maverick career, he has brought numerous emerging filmmakers together with projects that have put them firmly on the map. Pressman’s reputation as a daring filmmaker was cemented with the international recognition of the French Cinematheque which presented a 1989 retrospective of his films and awarded him the esteemed Chevalier Des Arts et Letters medal. He’s also received tributes from The National Film Theatre in London, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archives and Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Cinematék. In 2003, Pressman was honored with the IFP Gotham Award for lifetime achievement.
As a producer, Pressman’s specialty is discovering new talent and bringing new experiences to motion picture audiences. He is known for fostering the careers of young and inspired filmmakers. Director Brian De Palma showed off his early mastery of suspense in the Pressman productions Sisters and Phantom of the Paradise, and Terrence Malick’s visual genius was first brought to the screen in Pressman’s Badlands. Pressman gave Jason Reitman his recent directorial debut with Thank You for Smoking, and Oliver Stone his major directorial debut with The Hand, then produced his Academy Award-winning Wall Street and Talk Radio. He was responsible for giving artist/musician David Byrne his premiere moment behind the camera with True Stories, Alex Proyas his directorial debut with The Crow and Sylvester Stallone his with Paradise Alley. With John Milius’ Conan theBarbarian, Pressman gave Arnold Schwarzenegger his first starring role. His international productions include Wolfgang Peterson’s Das Boot, the Taviani brothers’ Good Morning, Babylon, Fred Schepsi’s Plenty, and Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace.
Over the years, Pressman has produced and executive produced a number of director-driven, high-profile projects, including Wayne Cramer’s acclaimed Las Vegas romance The Cooler starring William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin (in his Oscar nominated role), and Maria Bello; Mary Harron’s AmericanPsycho, starring Christian Bale; Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant; David Mamet’s Homicide and Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons in his Academy Award winning performance.
Recent releases include Jason Reitman’s hit Thank You for Smoking based on the Christopher Buckley book starring Aaron Eckhart; Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace starring Ioan Gruffudd and Albert Finney; Jeremy Brock’s Driving Lessons starring Laura Linney, Julie Walters, and Rupert Grint; and Steven Shainberg’s Fur: An imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr.
Recent Pressman productions include a re-make of Pressman and Brian DePalma’s Sisters directed by Douglas Buck and starring Chloë Sevigny, Lou Doillon and Stephen Rea and MUTANT CHRONICLES, a sci-fi adventure, directed by Simon Hunter and starring Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Devon Aoki, and John Malkovich.
Pressman recently announced that he will produce a film version of the Christopher Buckley novels Little Green Men,with Whit Stillman directing, and God Is MyBroker. Upcoming productions include The Monkey Wrench Gang based on the classic novel by Edward Abbey and Lunatic at Large based on a story by Stanley Kubrick and Jim Thompson to be directed by acclaimed British director Chris Palmer.
Pressman enjoys a unique collaboration in Sunflower Productions with long-time friend Terrence Malick. Sunflower’s Amazing Grace directed by Michael Apted is now available on DVD. Previous Sunflower releases include, Happy Times, by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, Endurance about Ethiopian Gold-medal runner Haile Gebrselassie, and TheBeautiful Country starring Nick Nolte, Tim Roth, and Bai Ling.
Pressman attended New York’s Fieldston School and then went on to graduate with honors from Stanford University with a B.A. in Philosophy. He pursued graduate studies at the London School of Economics.
TIM DENNISON - Producer
Tim Dennison has been involved in the film industry since 1985. Starting in production, Dennison worked on the feature Dance with a Stranger directed by Mike Newell and on John MacKenzie’s The Innocent. He then moved on to an assistant directors role on such films as Personal Services for Terry Jones, Max Headroom for Annabel Jenkel, Wetherby for David Hare, LittleShop of Horrors for Frank Oz and The American Way for Maurice Phillips.
In 1989 Dennison formed his own film post-production company, Montage Films, servicing most of the UK independent distributors. During this period he also produced his first feature film, Revenge of Billy the Kid, which was distributed by Medusa Pictures. Dennison later took on the role of line producer on the Elizabeth Hurley thriller Beyond Bedlam produced by Paul Brooks.
In 1995 Dennison sold his involvement in Montage Films to focus solely on film production and went on to produce the black and white thriller, Room36. Between 1997 and 2000, he produced the $2.3 million thriller Lighthouse directed by Simon Hunter. The film was funded by Winchester Films, The Film Council and British Screen. This was followed by the $4.5 million feature, Silent Cry, for Little Wing Films. Between 2003 and 2005, Tim produced two pictures--the ‘tongue firmly in cheek’ comedy horror Evil Aliens and documentary/feature Film Idol. PETER LA TERRIERE - Producer
Peter La Terriere has 18 years of film production experience and has worked with a diverse group of filmmakers including Clive Barker, Gillies MacKinnon, Aki Kaurismaki, Alan Bleasdale, Peter Cattaneo and Terrence Malick.
He line produced the BAFTA winning short It's Not Unusual starring Meera Syal, as well as Sky Pictures' feature film Paranoid starring Jessica Alba, Iain Glen and Mischa Barton and London thriller Sorted with Matthew Rhys, Sienna Guillory & Tim Curry.
He co-produced My Brother Tom for the Film Council and FilmFour and continued his relationship with them producing 4 x 35mm comedy short films by award winning filmmakers including Graham Linehan, Robert Popper and Phil Traill. His company First Foot Films recently produced Silent Cry for Channel 5 starring Emily Woof, Douglas Henshall and Frank Finlay and he produced the UK end of Terrence Malick’s latest epic The New World starring Colin Farrell and Christian Bale.
STEPHEN BELAFONTE - Producer
Stephen Belafonte's producing credits include the films MUTANT CHRONICLES, Thank You For Smoking, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, and Never Die Alone. He also created and then developed the television series Pity the Fool with Lionsgate, which starred Mr. T and aired on the TV Land network. Belafonte has been producing for four years, and his current film projects include an adaptation of the Christopher Buckley book God is My Broker and a modern retelling of the groundbreaking film Bad Lieutenant with Edward R. Pressman.
PRAS MICHEL - Producer
With a double major in philosophy and psychology from Rutgers and Yale University, Prakazrel Michel, known to his fans as Pras, could have traveled in countless directions. But Pras was destined for stardom. Best known for leading the Fugees to their huge 1996 crossover success, The Score, Pras experienced multi-platinum, international success and worldwide recognition. The Fugees are still the best selling hip-hop group ever with sales reaching over 20 million albums.
Pras’ most recent endeavor is his Oscar-worthy documentary Skid Row, which he produced and starred in. the film has garnered attention for its subject matter, Skid Row, where 100,000 homeless people reside in Los Angeles. Released by Screen Media on August 24th in both Los Angeles and New York, the film documents Pras’ journey as he goes undercover as a homeless man in this 5-block radius of Los Angeles.
Pras also forged a successful solo music career and enjoyed instant success with an international hit single from his first full-length solo LP, “Ghetto Superstar” [That Is What You Are]” featuring Mya and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. “Ghetto Superstar” became a top ten single in 1999, and the #8 most played single; it was received with critical acclaim and earned Pras a performance at the World Music Awards. The hit single reached new heights with its inclusion on the Bulworth soundtrack. “Ghetto Superstar” spent eight weeks in the UK Top 5, peaking at number 2 in July of 1998, and reached US #15 a month later. “Blue Angels”, from the same album, was acknowledged as a UK Top 10 hit, reaching #6 in November of the same year. In addition to Skid Row, his films include a cameo debut in 1999’s Mystery Men with Ben Stiller & Geoffrey Rush, New Line’s, Turn It Up, Higher Ed, a Sony/Urban World release, and Go For Broke, in which he starred and produced.
With numerous awards including two Grammys, a Billboard Award, multiple Brit Awards, a World Music Award, a Top of the Pops Awardand a Video Music Awardto his credit, Pras has developed into a successful executive, rapper, musical artist, actor and producer. Pras’ new album Experience Magic is due for release this winter.
GEOFF BOYLE - Director of Photography
After leaving art school in the late 1960’s, Geoff Boyle worked as a stills assistant in fashion and advertising and went on to become a stills photographer specializing in the music industry.
Boyle moved into shooting TV documentaries and music promos for ten years. In 1985 whilst he was shooting a documentary on the making of the Pirelli Calendar, he met Terence Donovan who liked Boyle’s lighting style and asked him if he’d ever worked on commercials. Boyle went on to light a number of commercials for Donovan for clients including Pepsi and Bovril, as well as over seventy multi award-winning commercials, including the New Season Football for Sky Sports which received a Gold Medal at the Promax Awards.
He worked with director Brian Percival on two award-winning short films: About a Girl and City Life.About a Girl received the BAFTA Best Short in 2002, the Edinburgh International Film Festival Best British Short, the Bradford International Film Festival Shine Award for Best British Short, the Raindance Best Short Film and the Turner Classic Movies Best British Short Film.
After concentrating on commercials for 20 years Geoff has now started to shoot more drama, his first major motion picture being MUTANT CHRONICLES, shooting both main unit and model and second unit.
Geoff is currently wrestling with stereo green screen on The Dark Country directed by Thomas Jane.
CAROLINE GREVILLE-MORRIS - Production Designer
After graduating in Graphic Design and Photography in London, Caroline continued the work she started at college as a rock and roll snapper, while designing clothes for flamboyant New Romantics with her shop in cutting-edge Kensington Market.
With the twin talents of photography and design, she leapt straight into the deep end of art directing music videos through the pioneering days of the late 80s. Working on over 700 over the years with artists as diverse as Queen, Kylie, The Pretenders, INXS, Soft Cell, The Cure, and Paul Weller. In this ground breaking medium, where no two projects were the same, it was the perfect place to build up the arsenal of film design skills.
Her passion for the diverse is reflected in the film projects that have followed, including
E=mc2, a love story set at Oxford University against a background of Quantum Mechanics; Intimate Relations, a dark tale of lust and murder set in 1950s suburbia; Vigo, a bio-pic of the tragic pioneering French filmmaker of the 1920s. It was shot in Andorra, Paris, and the Cote D’azure with interiors built in London. Period and historical film-making detail were her obsession on this film right down to recreation of film sets and the mountains of jazz age graphics, ‘affiches’ and ephemera (Dir Julian Temple); WorkingTitle TV’s production of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde set in the luscious Victorian world of gothic horror in Lithuania. Apart from sumptuous period interiors and authentic street scenes, she created many in-camera effects for the transition between good and evil and worked closely with the CG team to ingeniously have both Jekyl and Hyde on screen at the same time; and Spirit Trap, a tale set in a haunted house, built entirely on stages in Romania.
Last year saw her at the design helm of Edward R. Pressman produced MUTANT CHRONICLES, a sci-fi war picture. Shot entirely in studios, she used a mixture of sets, partial sets extended in post, miniatures layered with CGI, and green screen and matte paintings to create the nightmare Steam-Punk vision of the future.
Boogie Woogie, in postproduction now, is a satire on the contemporary art world.