Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Warrioress - Meet Some Of The Characters

Hello one and all, it's certainly been a hectic week or two. Cecily and I have been tightening up the edit on the film, which currently runs at around 93 minutes. The film was floating around the 103 minute mark for quite some time so we decided to bite the bullet and be more brutal with the edit.

We've also put together a new trailer ready for Cannes 2011 which is now being graded and having CGI effects added by Steve Hayes at the awesome ZoneOne Studios We'll post the trailer online when it's ready.

So, with Warrioress currently deep in the murky waters of post-production I thought it would be a good time to introduce some of the main characters in the film.

BOUDICCU - Played by Cecily Fay (The Purifiers, A Lonely Place To Die)

Boudiccu is a noble warrior of the Dannan Sidhe clan. Her quest is to travel to a sacred dueling circle and face another warrior in combat using the legendary "Sister Swords". It is prophecised that whoever wins this fateful fight will go on to protect the people from a dark evil sweeping across the land. Boudiccu takes her duty very seriously and has trained her whole life to become a champion. Her journey will be an arduous one, and she will meet various characters along the way. Some friends, some foes.

Cecily has a vast array of experience in performing on stage and screen and we will cover more of this in subsequent blogs.

WHITE ARROW - Played by Joelle Simpson (Doghouse, Shaun Of The Dead)

White Arrow is an enigmatic rogue of a Nomadic culture. She does what she must to survive, whether it is stealing the possessions of fellow travelers, or fighting any opponents to a standstill. When we meet her she is on her own journey, trying to find and rescue her sister Silver Rain, who has fallen captive to a despicable band of Raiders.

Joelle is versed in physical theatre, the circus and Hapkido, and has also performed with Cecily's group "Babes With Blades". She has become well known for her roles in 'Shaun of the Dead', '28 Days' later and 'Doghouse'.

FINNVARAH - Played by Christian Howard (Streetfighter: Legacy)

Finnvarah is a Dannan Sidhe warrior, also competing in the trials to go on the quest for the Sister Swords. A dashing and highly capable fighter, he is also deeply in love with Boudiccu, and does not want to lose her to the quest.

Having worked on stage, film and TV, Christian is a versatile actor, appearing in popular TV shows as well as starring in independent feature films. Most recently he brought Ken Masters to life in the short film "Street Fighter Legacy" - a real passion project for Christian. He and long time friend Joey Ansah penned the script together as well as choreographing all the action.

MORWENNA - Played by MerrileesFay

Morwenna is Boudiccu's sister, and also a thoroughly gifted healer. She often goes wandering off, utterly bound by her unfettered curiosity about nature, the environment, and the outside world.

Merrilees has a wide ranging set of skills within the performing arts. She studied Dance and Drama at The Arts Educational School, and then went on to study percussion at The Royal college of Music She also went to Cambridge University where she choreographed, directed and performed in many dance shows, Opera and visual arts shows.

THE FALONEX EMPEROR - Played by Will Brenton

The dictatorial Falonex Emperor is shrouded in mystery and shadows. He is determined to bring a stop to the quest for the Sister Swords and to bring the common people, who he views as primitive barbarians, to heel. His servants and soldiers stand in awe of his power.

Will has starred in many theatrical shows including the West End's highly acclaimed 'Blood Brothers', and has also appeared in TV shows including 'Inspector Morse' and 'Flying Lady'. He has also written, produced and directed hundreds of episodes of various TV shows.

DJAHN - Played by Helen Steinway Bailey (Sherlock Holmes 2, Your Highness)

 Djahn is one of the Falonex Emperor's finest assassins. She is highly trained in all forms of combat, and lives only to fight and kill. With every victory she rises in power.

Helen is one of the top stunt performers working in the UK today and has doubled for Hollywood stars including Natalie Portman, Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. She has also acted in roles in Trial And Retribution and The Big I Am.

TETHERIN - Played by Brendan Carr (Rise Of The Footsoldier, Ten Dead Men)

The self-proclaimed "Lord" Tetherin is the dastardly leader of a ragtag bunch of Raiders who have been pillaging their way from village to village, taking slaves to do with as he wishes.

Brendan has appeared in various TV shows and films but also works as a producer, getting involved in all aspects of production.

We'll take a look at some of the other characters in the near future.

So that's blog 2 done and dusted, more coming soon. I urge you to check out the splendid Chris Regan's blog  Chris wrote Ten Dead Men, and also contributed to the Warrioress script for us, and I think his blog is one of the best ones on the net, especially if you are interested in writing (and cool films). Highly recommended.

We'll post the new Warrioress trailer when it is complete, all being well by the end of this week.

Until then, I hope all is well and that you all have a lovely week.

Best, Ross

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