Saxon (film)

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Saxon
Directed by Greg Loftin
Produced by Elise Valmorbida
Written by Greg Loftin
Starring Sean Harris
Sarah Matravers
Michelle Connolly
Henry Kelly
Music by Michael Portman
Vincent Browett
Production
company
Sillwood Films
Release date
  • August 22, 2007 (2007-08-22)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Saxon is a 2007 independent British film.[1]

The film is written and directed by Greg Loftin, produced by Elise Valmorbida and starring Sean Harris in his first feature lead role.[2][3]

The world premiere on 22 August 2007 was part of the British Gala selection of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

London, the present. Soon after leaving prison, Fast Eddie has his eye cut out by a loan shark chasing an old debt. Eddie's other eye will only be spared upon repayment. Desperate for cash, Eddie phones Linda, a childhood sweetheart. She lives in SAXON - a ghost-town of grim flats run by a corrupt council. Linda is very wealthy. Her husband Kevin won a million pounds on a TV quiz show. But Kevin has gone missing, feared dead. Eddie offers his services as an amateur sleuth, and so embarks on a comically gruesome journey through the surreal underworld of Saxon: the place where he grew up, the place where his mother works as a prostitute, the place where he murdered a bailiff.

Principal cast[edit]

Principal crew[edit]

  • Director: Greg Loftin
  • Producer: Elise Valmorbida
  • Screenplay: Greg Loftin
  • Line producer: Sam Parsons
  • Director of photography: Steven Priovolos
  • Music: Michael Portman and Vincent Browett
  • Executive producers: Elise Valmorbida, Greg Loftin, Jack Fidler, Barry Bassett

Development[edit]

Saxon is the brainchild of writer-director Greg Loftin, who developed the original screenplay over several years, quoting as influences classical Greek tragedy and the Clint Eastwood film Unforgiven. The script garnered rave reviews from Triggerstreet.com, Kevin Spacey’s website for screenwriters, e.g.: “Enjoyed every second. Great dialogue, well-paced, very funny… Eddie's the down-and-out anti-hero we've come to love in British films, beginning with A Clockwork Orange.”

Acclaim[edit]

Saxon won Official Selection in the 61st Edinburgh Film Festival under the artistic direction of Hannah McGill.

Debut feature director Greg Loftin was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature. Loftin’s earlier short film ‘‘Don Juan’’ appeared at the Santander Film Festival. First-time producer Elise Valmorbida, also a published writer (Matilde Waltzing, The Book of Happy Endings, The TV President), was honoured as a Skillset/EIFF Trailblazer, one of ten film-making talents in the UK to win this accolade. EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill wrote of Saxon: “Startling UK thriller brings the grit of 70s Hollywood to a messed-up London estate… Sizzling with tension and vivid, near-surreal imagery, this is a forceful and confident debut.”

Saxon went on to further festival success as Official Selection in the British Film Festival in Israel (January 2008) and the European Independent Film Festival (March 2008) where the film won the award for Best European Dramatic Feature. On 21 April 2008, Saxon had its English premiere at The East End International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the award of Best UK Debut Feature. Featured on BBC London, the film screened to a sold-out cinema, with a waiting list for returns.

The film was released in the UK 12 January 2009.

Micro-budget EIS[edit]

Saxon was funded entirely by private equity, including the producers’ own mortgage. The film’s financing structure was first announced publicly in ScreenFinance magazine: “Sillwood Films is launching a micro-budget Enterprise Investment Scheme to finance its urban thriller Saxon. Unusually… The EIS will be used to give a tax incentive to individuals who have already put money into the film.” As with many micro-budget productions, Saxon’s cast and crew worked on the basis of part-deferred fees. Other professionals worked for company shares rather than cash. Post-production was delivered by St Anne’s Post (part of the giant Ascent Media Group) under the direction of Patrick Malone.

Further reading[edit]

  • ScreenFinance Volume 18, Number 22, November 30, 2005
  • Angel Magazine, April 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saxon". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ EIFF Featured Article
  3. ^ British Council Britfilms
  4. ^ EIFF Artistic Director review

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