Red Mercury (film)

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Red Mercury
Directed by Roy Battersby
Produced by Peter Ansorge
Meenu Bachan
Vibha Bhatnagar
Dr. Phil Blackburn
Michael Wearing
Written by Farrukh Dhondy
Starring Stockard Channing
Pete Postlethwaite
Juliet Stevenson
Ron Silver
David Bradley
Music by Colin Towns
Cinematography Uday Tiwari
Edited by Jeremy Gibbs
Release dates
  • September 2005 (2005-09)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £2,000,000 UK (est.)

Red Mercury is a 2005 British film starring Stockard Channing, Pete Postlethwaite, Juliet Stevenson, Ron Silver and David Bradley, and directed by Roy Battersby.


The film is a thriller about a terrorist kidnapping.[1] Three terrorist bomb-makers get a tipoff that their safehouse is about to be raided; flee on foot; kidnap hostages in an attempt to escape.[2]


The film was written, produced and filmed over a four-month period.[2]

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:[2]

“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.[3]



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.


  1. ^ "Stockard Channing: One tough cookie". The Independent. 16 February 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Playing Dirty". Preview Online. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Red Mercury featured in The Guardian". 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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