How do you make a lurid film without being salacious? That was the challenge for writer/director Peter Stylianou when he set about to make Who Needs Enemies.
The subject matter was so dicey that he had to fund the film independently — the low budget doesn’t even register here thanks to some terrific photography, outstanding editing and both set-lighting and decoration that points to a production many times the value of what Stylianou had to work with.
But the real selling point here is the cast — somehow Ian Pirie (Les Misérables, The Dark Knight, Gangs of New York, etc.) and Michael McKell (Will, Beneath Still Waters and as DI Trevor Hands on the Brit crime series, Murder Investigation Team) signed on and they are absolutely amazing.
First to business, FilmWorks Entertainment has picked up the domestic distribution of this sleeper for the DVD market place. The street date will be Oct. 22.
Now to the film itself. Pirie plays Tom Sheridan, a local thug, former boxer and the owner of a “gentleman’s club” (a strip joint, if you will), while McKell is Ian Levine, a confidant with some pretty shady connections. Basically they are Brit gangsters (think: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels if you need a reference point).
That revelation of what his club was used for starts a war when he threatens to expose his buddy for something that even the toughest street thugs cannot abide by … child prostitution! Hang-on, it’s going to get bloody … very bloody!
Bonus features for this Brit crime thriller — independent filmmaking at its very best — include a photo gallery and a making-of featurette.
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