Red Mercury (film)
|Directed by||Roy Battersby|
|Produced by||Peter Ansorge
Dr. Phil Blackburn
|Written by||Farrukh Dhondy|
|Music by||Colin Towns|
|Edited by||Jeremy Gibbs|
|Budget||£2,000,000 UK (est.)|
The film was written, produced and filmed over a four-month period.
The film was the first film aimed for a Western audience produced by a new film production company named Inspire, that planned to apply Bollywood film production methods to films made in the United Kingdom:
“The company was originally set up to do Bollywood films in London that could take advantage of Gordon Brown’s very generous tax breaks. It was Farrukh who persuaded them to start doing British movies. I suppose our analogy was the early Film on Four - a contemporary work which had a more extended life than a TV movie. And it grew from there.”
According to the producers the writer, Farrukh Dhondy, was interviewed by British counter-terrorism officials, to verify that the bomb-plot in the script was unrelated to their active investigations.
- David Bradley as Neil Ashton
- Stockard Channing as Penelope
- Pete Postlethwaite as Gold Commander
- Ron Silver as Sidney
- Juliet Stevenson as Sofia Warburton
- Nigel Terry as Lindsey
- Alex Caan as Mushtaq
- Navin Chowdhry as Asif
- Nicholas Farrell as Minister
- Amanda Ryan as Electra
- Honeysuckle Weeks as Clarissa
The film was sold at the 2005 Cannes Film Market. It did not have a theatrical release in the USA, being released to DVD in June 2007.
- "Stockard Channing: One tough cookie". The Independent. 16 February 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- "Playing Dirty". Preview Online. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- "Red Mercury featured in The Guardian". InspiredMovies.com. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
Two weeks ago, however, Farrukh was visited by Special Branch's anti-terrorism unit, who quizzed him about the script and demanded how he knew about red mercury.
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