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Rupert Grint (Malachy)
Although Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was Rupert’s first foray into the world of professional acting, his natural talent has earned him worldwide critical and public acclaim and a British Critic’s Circle nomination for Best Newcomer. Most recently the UK’s leading film magazine Empire has honoured Rupert and co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of their phenomenal performances in all of the Harry Potter films.

Since filming the first Harry Potter film, he has gone onto to star alongside Simon Callow and Stephen Fry as a young madcap professor in Peter Howitt’s Thunderpants. He of course also starred as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. And most recently Rupert filmed opposite Julie Walters in Jeremy Brock’s Driving Lessons. Prior to winning the role of Ron Weasley, he performed in school productions and with local theatre. Productions included the role of the gangster Rooster in Annie and a production of Peter Pan and Rumplestiltskin in the Grimm Tales.

Rupert is currently filming alongside heavyweights Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy in Wild Target the comedy about an uptight hit man. Wild Target is a CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film Presentation, in association with Entertainment Film Distributors, of a Magic Light Pictures production with Matador Pictures and Cinema Four in association with Regent Capital.

Scheduled to shoot for six weeks at Twickenham Film Studios and on location in London and the Isle of Man, Wild Target will be sold internationally by Odyssey Entertainment with Cinetic Media handling North American sales. The film will be released in the United Kingdom by Entertainment Film Distributors Ltd in 2009 (date tbc)

2009 will also see Rupert star in CHERRYBOMB which, set in Belfast, is a gritty thriller about two teenagers who get into trouble when they both fall for a beautiful new girl in town. Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan star opposite Rupert and the film is the joint debut of co-directors Glen Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa.

When not on the set Rupert is most likely to be found on the golf course.

Robert Sheehan (Luke)
Originally from Portlaoise, Robert has been acting since childhood, making one of his debut appearances in Aisling Walsh’s acclaimed feature film Song For A Raggy Boy. Since then, he has appeared in a number of feature films including A Dublin Story, Ghostwood, An Creatur and most recently he played the leading role of Dan in Martin Duffy’s new feature for Magma Films Summer of the Flying Saucers. On television Robert appeared in all 24 episodes of Foreign Exchange (Magma Film/9 Network Australia) and in all 13 episodes of Young Blades (Insight/PAX TV) as Prince Louis. More recently Robert has appeared in The Clinic (Parallel Films/RTE), Bel’s Boys (ITV) and in Season 2 of The Tudors (Showtime/BBC).

Robert recently appeared as series regular Addison Teller in Rock Rivals (Shed Productions/ITV). Robert also appeared as Liam in Bittersweet a new two-part comedy drama directed by Declan Eames for RTE, which aired in early 2008.

Robert has also just completed filming the role of BJ in the Red Riding Project, a trilogy of films based on the novels of the same name by David Peace and starring Sean Bean, Paddy Considine and Peter Mullan. The first, Nineteen Seventy-Four was directed by Julian Jarrold, Nineteen Eighty directed by James March and Nineteen Eighty Three directed by Anand Tucker all for Revolution Films/Channel Four.

Robert is currently on location in Europe filming a leading role opposite Nicolas Cage and Ron Pearlman in The Season of the Witch directed by Dominic Sena for Atlas Entertainment/Relativity Media.

Kimberley Nixon (Michelle)
Born in Bristol, and raised in the South Wales valleys, Kimberley Nixon trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and shot to notoriety in Autumn 2007 when she starred as Sophy Hutton in the BBC One costume drama series Cranford, opposite Dame Judy Dench.
Kimberley has starred in an impressive number of films in the short time since her Cranford debut, including Wild Child, directed by Nick Moore, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging directed by Gurinder Chadha, and Stephen Elliot’s, Easy Virtue, opposite Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jessica Biel.
More recently, Kimberley returned to her theatrical roots, starring as Griet in the acclaimed West End production of Girl with a Pearl Earring.

James Nesbitt (Crilly)
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, James Nesbitt followed the advice of his school teacher and attended drama school in London. Starting his career on stage, Nesbitt has appeared in numerous plays including Paddywack, Translations, As You Like It, Philadelphia Here I Come and Shoot The Crow in the West End.

His first major TV roles included Ballykissangel and Playing The Field but it was playing Adam in Cold Feet that brought him to the attention of a wider audience. Based around the lives of three thirty-something couples; this critically-acclaimed drama won James a British Comedy Award in 2000 and a UK National Television Award in 2003.

Other major TV roles followed including Murphy’s Law, the contemporary re-working of Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale, The Passion, Midnight Man and Jekyll for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2008 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

His film credits include Jude and Welcome to Sarajevo directed by Michael Winterbottom, Waking Ned, Bloody Sunday, which won him a BAFTA nomination and Best Actor award at the British Independent Film Awards and the Stockholm Film Festival, Danny Boyle’s Millions and Woody Allen’s Match Point. He has recently finished filming Occupation - a new three-part drama for the BBC written by Peter Bowker. Occupation traces the lives of three British soldiers from the invasion of Basra in March 2003 to the present.

Lalor Roddy (Smiley)
Lalor Roddy hails from Northern Ireland and for twenty years has been one of the Country’s most versatile and distinguished actors. His theatre credits include Measure for Measure, Amphibians and King Baby for the Royal Shakespeare Company and several seasons with The Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Lalor was the winner of The Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Actor for In a Little World of Our Own in 1998 and in 2002 won The Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Actor for Blasted, Hard To Believe, Death And The Ploughman and Pentecost; the first actor in the awards history to be nominated for four separate productions.

His film credits include: 5 Minutes of Heaven (BBC Films), City of Ember (Playtone Films), As The Beast Sleeps (BBC), The Escapist, Circle of Deceit, Arise and Go Now for Danny Boyle, and Chosen. Lalor can also be seen in Steve McQueen’s hard hitting and award winning film Hunger, winner of the Camera D’or at the Cannes Film Festival 2008.

Paul Kennedy (Chris)
Belfast born Paul Kennedy appeared in the award-winning television film Omagh, and his performance as the killer Ryan in the short film Endgame helped it on its way to a Kodak BAFTA among other awards.

2008 was an extremely industrious year for Paul. As well as CHERRYBOMB, in 2009 he will be seen on screen in Fifty Dead Men Walking, and Five Minutes of Heaven, one of 12 world cinema selections in competition at The Sundance Film Festival.

He will also appear on British television in Occupation, a three part drama about the lives of three soldiers stationed in Iraq, and Best, a feature length BBC drama about the lives of George Best and his mother Anne, and their battle with alcoholism.

A prolific comic actor, Paul regularly appeared in the long-running BBC sitcom Give My Head Peace, and next year will appear in nine episodes of the new BBC sketch show Teethgrinder.

On stage Paul has performed in plays all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, and he is the artistic director of Belfast’s energetic young Jigsaw Theatre Company, which he co-founded at the age of 25.

Also a gifted writer, in 2008 Paul sold the option on his first screenplay, a revenge Western entitled Wanted; Dead, to a production company in Los Angeles. It is scheduled to begin shooting in summer 2009.

Kathy Kiera Clarke (Emma)
Born in Belfast, Kathy is a founder member of Marrillac Theatre Company and has worked extensively in theatre. Her theatre credits include Jekyll and Hyde, Riders to the Sea, Damaged Goods and Summit Conference at Glasgow Citizens Theatre. And her other work includes Borders of Paradise at the Palace Theatre, Watford, Torquato Tasso at the Lyceum, Edinburgh, Once a Catholic and Factory Girls at the Tricycle, London, and Brilliant Traces, Low Level Panic, The Coronation Voyage and Macbeth all at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Kathy was nominated for the RNT/Ian Charleson Awards Best Actress for the title role of Medea for The Glasgow Citizens Theatre. She played Connie in Scenes From A Big Picture at the Royal National Theatre and Neasa in Conor McPherson’s Shining City at The Royal Court. She won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Ophelia in The Abbey Theatre Dublin and Lyric Belfast’s production of Hamlet.

Her television work includes Flash McVeigh, Chandler & Co, Jack Rosenthal’s Eskimo Day and Take A Girl Like You all for the BBC. She played Bernadette in the series Head Over Heels (Carlton), Una in Pulling Moves, Elizabeth Gibson in Omagh and Jennifer Gaghan in Silent Witness, all for the BBC.

Film work includes Last Legs directed by Amy Jenkins, Hard Nut, Mad About Harry, The Most Fertile Man in Ireland, and Kathy was nominated Best Actress at the Irish Film & TV Awards 2003 for her role in Paul Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday. She played the leading role of Nicola in Solid Air and most recently Agnes in Small Engine Repair directed by Niall Heery.

Kat Kirk (Sharon)
20 year-old Kathryn (Kat) Kirk, was born in Belfast and currently lives in Bangor, Northern Ireland, where she is studying Performing Arts. CHERRYBOMB is her first film.

Niamh Quinn (Donna)
Since graduating from The Royal Welsh college of Music and Drama in July 2007, Niamh has appeared in The Children's Hour as Peggy and Macbeth as a Witch, both at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester. Her Television credits include Niamh in Law and Order for Kudos and Nurse in Caerdydd for Fiction Factory. Short film credits include Helen in Dreamland and she has also appeared in ITV’s The Trek.

Paul Garrett (Bob)
Paul Garrett was born in Belfast and started acting at an early age. He went on to train at the renowned East 15 Acting School in London where he obtained an M.A in Acting for TV, Film and Radio.

Garrett was well reviewed in David Mamet's The Blue Hour for the Jigsaw Theatre Company and Derek Murphy's " Miles Overman for the Stray Dawg Theatre Company. He has recently finished Five Minutes of Heaven which is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegal where he worked alongside Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt. He is currently on tour as lead singer of Rock band The Screaming I-Pods.

Richard Orr (Uncle Joe)
Belfast born Richard Orr has extensive theatre experience including over 20 productions at the Lyric Theatre Belfast. He has also worked with renowned theatre companies such as 7:84 Scotland, Theatre Babel, Library Theatre Manchester Charabanc, and The Stanislavski Theatre Studio in Washington DC.

Television work includes: Brookside, Made In Heaven, Sherlock Holmes, Give My Head Peace, I Fought The Law, The Vikings, Children's Ward. While his work on feature films includes: Five Minutes of Heaven, Crossmaheart, The Magnificent Ambersons, Titanic Town, On Dangerous Ground, Mad about Mambo and The Most Fertile Man in Ireland.

Bronach Lawlor (Jessica)
Bronach Lawlor has been acting from the age of 10 at the YouthAction's Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts, now 14 years-old and a pupil at Fortwilliam Grammar School, North Belfast, she continues to tread the boards for both. CHERRYBOMB is her first film role. She has also worked on the TV series Just for Laughs as well as numerous commercials and voice-overs.

Maggie Hayes (Aunt Maggie)
Maggie Hayes graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked extensively ever since in Belfast, London, Paris and the U.S.

Recent Film and TV credits include: Rapunzel for Hat Trick for the BBC; Buy Borrow Steal for BBS Productions; The Bill for Thames Television; Give My Head Peace for the BBC and The Most Fertile Man In Ireland for Samson Films.

Recent theatre credits include: Pumpgirl (The Bush/ Lyric Theatre), Midden (Rough Magic), Northern Star (Field Day Theatre), Translations (Lyric Theatre), The Blue Hour (Jigsaw) and The Plough and the Star (O’Casey Theatre Co).

Glenn Leyburn (Director)
Glenn Leyburn was born in Northern Ireland and has worked as a graphic designer, establishing an outstanding reputation in this field, predominantly for his work in the music industry, and in particular his ongoing collaborations with soundtrack composer David Holmes.
Glenn’s work has been shown at several group exhibitions including the recent Helvetica exhibition at the Design Museum in London, and has featured in international design journals such as Creative Review and Eye Magazine. He is regularly invited to lecture at colleges and graphic design events. He has directed and art-directed several music videos and has recently co-directed two short films, The Groupies, and The 18th Electricity Plan, as well as his co-directorial feature film debut with CHERRYBOMB.

Lisa Barros D’Sa (Director)
Born in Northern Ireland, Lisa Barros D’Sa studied English at Oxford University and has an MA in Screenwriting from the London University of the Arts. Since graduating, Barros DSa’s short stories have been published, she has written extensive album sleeve notes and an anthology of Irish fiction. During this time she has also worked in feature film development and has written and co-directed two short films: Groupies and The 18th Electricity Plan.

Leyburn and Barros D’Sa’s first short, The 18th Electricity Plan, screened at international film festivals including the LA Shorts Fest and Clermont Ferrand. The film won an award in the Best New Irish Short category at the Galway Film Festival and a Special Jury Mention in the Best New Director Category at the 2006 Cork International Film Festival, where the jury commented: “An extremely strong first piece from the two directors, we were incredibly impressed by their stylish treatment of the stark and surreal world they portrayed on screen.”

Lisa’s feature film screenplay Canderblinks is currently in development with Green Park Films and Canderblinks Film and Music Ltd., a production company recently formed by Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn and David Holmes. CHERRYBOMB is her first feature film.

Michael Casey (Producer)

Michael Casey has been collaborating with fellow CHERRYBOMB producer, Brian Kirk, and writer, Daragh Carville for 10 years. Michael's previous films include the award-winning Freeze Frame (dir. John Simpson) and Middletown (dir. Brian Kirk, writer Daragh Carville). Together these films received twelve nominations at the Irish Film and Television Awards, going on to secure four awards and international distribution. In 2007 Michael produced the multi award-winning My Boy Jack (dir. Brian Kirk, writer David Haig) starring Dan Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall for Ecosse Films / ITV. In addition to a BAFTA, this film secured a FIPA in Biarritz for Best Screenplay and a Silver Magnolia in Shanghai for Best Drama. In 2008 Michael produced the Frank Deasy mini-series Father & Son (dir. Brian Kirk) starring Dougray Scott, Sophie Okonedo, Stephen Rea and Ian Hart for Left Bank / ITV.

Michael’s co-producing film credits include The Mighty Celt (starring Robert Carlyle and Gillian Anderson), Waz (Stellan Skarsgard, Melissa George) and most recently Kings (Colm Meaney), which was Ireland’s foreign language entry in the 2008 Academy Awards.

Brian Kirk (Producer)
Brian Kirk has been collaborating with fellow CHERRYBOMB producer, Michael Casey, and writer, Daragh Carville for 10 years. Their first film together was Middletown, which Brian directed. Starring Matthew Macfadyen, this film received nine nominations in the 2007 Irish Film and Television Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

Michael and Brian then partnered again in 2007 on My Boy Jack, in which Brian directed Dan Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall. In addition to a BAFTA, this film secured a FIPA in Biarritz for Best Screenplay and a Silver Magnolia in Shanghai for Best Drama. In 2008 Brian then directed the Frank Deasy mini-series Father & Son (prod. Michael Casey) starring Dougray Scott, Sophie Okonedo, Stephen Rea and Ian Hart.

Brian has directed critically acclaimed television drama in both the USA and the UK. His US credits are The Tudors, Brotherhood (Showtime) and The Riches (FX). His UK television career started with a BAFTA nomination for Best New Television Director. Credits include Funland, which was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Television Drama, and Murphy's Law, which received a Best Television Drama nomination in the Irish Film and Television Awards.

His short film work has won awards at film festivals internationally as well as a Fuji award and a Royal Television Society nomination. Titles include Baby Doll and Do Armed Robbers Have Love Affairs?

Mark Huffam (Producer)
Mark Huffam has been working in the film industry for over 24 years. He started producing films in 1997 with credits including Spielberg's Academy Award®-winning Saving Private Ryan (associate producer) and Academy Award®-nominee Quills (co-producer). In 2001 Mark produced Captain Corelli's Mandolin starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz and in 2002, he acted as executive producer on Stephen Daldry's Academy Award®-winner The Hours. He continued his relationship with Working Title Films, working as producer on Johnny English (2003), Thunderbirds (2004) and the award-winning Irish film Mickybo and Me (2005).

Recently, Mark has produced the football dramas Goal! (2005) and Goal 2 - Living the Dream (2006) and the box office sensation Mamma Mia! (2008) for Universal Pictures International, as well as Freakdog (2008) and Ghost Machine (2008) both for Generator Entertainment. Mark set up Generator Entertainment with Simon Bosanquet in 2007, and has just completed producing their third film, the supernatural thriller Ghost Machine.

Simon Bosanquet (Producer)
Simon Bosanquet’s film career began in the 1980s working as location manager on Warren Beatty's Academy Award®-winner Reds, and as production manager on Hugh Hudson's Academy Award® and BAFTA winner, Chariots of Fire. Simon’s additional production credits include the BAFTA-nominated thriller White Mischief for Columbia Pictures (co-producer), Nuns on the Run for 20th Century Fox (co-producer) and the 1992 adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic Wuthering Heights for Paramount Pictures (executive producer).

Simon also produced Eric Idle's Splitting Heirs for Universal Pictures, the award-winning Onegin (1999) starring Ralph Fiennes and the Emmy award-winning teleplay Wit, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Emma Thompson. More recent productions include Ripley's Game (2002), followed in 2004 by the HBO Emmy and Golden Globe winner The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. In 2006, Simon co-produced Mike Barker's Shattered starring Pierce Brosnan, and was executive producer on the successful Australian mockumentary, Razzle Dazzle - A Journey into Dance. In addition to Freakdog, Simon has also recently completed producing Generator Entertainment’s next film Ghost Machine.

James Flynn (Executive Producer)
James Flynn began his career in the Irish film industry at John Boorman’s Merlin Films International where he was Head of Development having previously worked for the Investment Bank of Ireland.

Between 1993 and 1997 Flynn worked as Business Manager of the fledgling Irish Film Board. His work involved the analysis of feature films and television drama projects for development and production finance loans. During his time at the Board he represented Ireland on several occasions in Brussels at the Media2 Management Committee.

In July 1997 Flynn together with Juanita Wilson established Metropolitan Film Productions with the aim of making strong, independent and resonant films for the international market. In-house projects developed and produced by Metropolitan Films include H3 and Nora. Flynn went on to form a strategic alliance with Morgan O’Sullivan in August 1998 and through this partnership, they both provided Executive/Co-Production services to incoming productions.

In 2002 Flynn set up Octagon Films which developed and produced Inside I’m Dancing, written by Jeffrey Caine (Goldeneye, The Constant Gardener) and directed by Damien O’Donnell (East Is East, Heartlands). In 2007 Octagon jointly produced Dorothy Mills starring Carice Van Houten, which was released in European in Summer 2008. Flynn recently co- produced Neil Jordan’s Ondine which stars Colin Farrell and was filmed in West Cork; it is due for release internationally in Autumn 2009.

Screenplay (Daragh Carville)

Daragh Carville is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays, which include Language Roulette, Observatory and Family Plot, have been widely produced in Britain and Ireland, and as far afield as France, Germany, Holland, and the U.S. He has also written for television and radio.

Daragh’s first feature film, Middletown, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2006. The film, which stars Matthew MacFadyen, Daniel Mays, Eva Birthistle and Gerard McSorley, was directed by Brian Kirk and produced by Michael Casey of Green Park Films. It was nominated in nine categories at the 2007 Irish Film and Television Awards, including Best Film and Best Screenplay, with Eva Birthistle picking up the award for Best Actress. Daragh’s second film, CHERRYBOMB, starring Rupert Grint and James Nesbitt, has been selected as part of the Generations section of the Berlin Film Festival, and opens there in February 2009.

Daragh Carville has won the Stewart Parker and the Meyer Whitworth awards. He is currently working on a number of projects for stage and screen including a new play for Tinderbox Theatre Company, This Other City, which opens in Belfast in April 2009, and a pilot for a BBC TV drama series entitled Generations.

Production Design (David Craig)
David Studied Fine Art at Bristol and Theatre Design at Central School of Speech and Drama London. He has been designing for Theatre and Opera for the last fifteen years and more recently has moved into television and film. Craig’s work in film includes George Best a feature drama for BBC Films directed by Colin Barr which is due for release this year. For Generator Entertainment he has worked on two supernatural thrillers, Ghost Machine directed by Chris Hartwell and Freakdog directed by Paddy Breathnach. Craig’s first feature film Kings was nominated for an IFTA for best Production Design in 2008.

His television designs work includes BelsBoys for Endemol UK a 26 part series, The Brendan Courtney Show for RTE and Monkey Love for Channel 4. David has designed numerous commercials including the Award winning D.O.E Drink Drive commercials.

His recent theatre designs have included, A night in November, The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty for GBL Productions at the Grand Opera House Belfast and London’s West End, After The End for Primecut Productions, Over The Balcony for Balcony Productions, Heroes With Their Hands in the Air at The Playhouse Londonderry, The Biggest Adventure in the World For Barnstorm Theatre Co. Kilkenny, Limbo for Sneaky Productions, Belfast, Megs Head and New Kid for Replay Theatre Company and The History of the Troubles (according to my da) at the Belfast’s Grand Opera House.

Most recent Opera designs have included, The Barber of Seville and Bastien & Bastienne for Opera Theatre Company, Un Ballo Maschera, La Bohéme (nominated for Best Opera Production at the Irish Times Awards), The Bohemian Girl Un Ballo Maschera, Carmen, The Magic Flute and Albert Herring for Castleward Opera, and L’Ocassione Fa Il Ladro, Dr Miracle and The Medium at Wexford Festival Opera. Previous opera work has included Rigoletto (Nominated for Best Production at the Irish Times Awards), Tosca, La Rondine (Nominated for Best Design at the Irish Times Awards), Lucia Di Lammermoor, La Belle Helene and Madame Butterfly for Castleward Opera, and Alexander’s House for Opera Theatre Company Dublin. Future work includes Die Fledermaus and The rape of Lucretia for Castleward Opera Company.

Director of Photography (Damien Elliott)
Dee Elliott is an Irish cinematographer and photographer. Prior to entering the film industry he worked across many areas of media: He produced visuals for clubs on video, Super8 and 16mm, set up a magazine, and assisted photographers, printmakers and designers – notably Glenn Leyburn, co-director of CHERRYBOMB.

Elliott was one of the founding members of Six Pack, a group of independent film-makers who kick started low budget film production in Northern Ireland in the 1990's where he continues to work primarily on commercials and drama. CHERRYBOMB is his second feature as Director of Photography.

Editor (Nick Emerson)
Nick began his editing career twelve years ago at Northern Visions, a Belfast-based community arts organization. After spending two years there as a junior editor helping out on documentaries, music videos and drama he moved to Acorn Film & Video in Belfast; where he cut news for Channel 4, BBC Newsnight, RTE and CNN. It was there Nick edited his first television documentary, 2 Day Coup for BBC 4 (Mint Productions) and his first short drama - Redrum - directed by Hugh McGrory and starring Eva Birthistle. He also worked as assistant editor on Lab Ky Mo's feature film 9 Dead Gay Guys.

After leaving Acorn in 2003 to pursue a freelance career, Nick began editing a wide range of material for television. Working with the top independent production companies in Belfast including Waddell Media, Hotshot Films and Doubleband Films, he edited programs for BBC, Discovery Channel, Sky and RTE. During this time he continued to gain experience working in drama and cut the short film Rain for director Ryan Kernaghan and The 18th Electricity Plan for directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn.

From 2007 Nick has worked for Yellowmoon Post Production on a variety of documentaryfilms and television series, uniting once again with directors Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'sa for CHERRYBOMB, his first feature film as editor.

Music (David Holmes)
David’s first solo record, This Film’s Crap, Let’s Slash the Seats, released in 1995, plugged immediately into what remains one of his most enduring and vital sources of musical inspiration – cinema. A distinctively eclectic set of references, both musical and filmic, continued to feed subsequent albums, bringing his work to the attention and acclaim of an international audience.

David now has an ongoing partnership with director Steven Soderbergh, developed on 1998’s Out of Sight and 2001’s Ocean’s 11, and continued through the sequels Ocean’s 12 and 13. And with Steve Hilton, his long-time collaborator on these and many other films, David had the opportunity to explore a wholly different filmic mood on Michael Winterbottom’s Code 46.

An even deeper engagement with filmmaking was cemented when long-held plans to set up a film production company came to fruition: in 2006 Canderblinks Film and Music Ltd was born. Their first short film was a co-production called The 18th Electricity Plan, for which David created an original score. Soon the new company had several feature film ideas in development and these included CHERRYBOMB.

As has latest album, his fourth solo, The Holy Pictures emerges, David is looking outward to a series of exciting new ventures and collaborations in music and film. Last year he worked with Leo Abrahams to create the score for Hunger, the debut feature film from Turner Prize- winning artist Steve McQueen. And on the international front, David has just scored a new Apple iPhone advertisement featuring Robert Downey Jr and directed by David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club). More film projects are lined up for the next months; David is currently working on the soundtrack for Five Minutes of Heaven, a drama set in seventies Northern Ireland, which is the latest work by Oliver Hirschbiegel, director of the Oscar-nominated Downfall.

Music (Stephen Hilton)
Stephen Hilton's electronic work on movie scores comprises of some 20 Hollywood features including three James Bond films: Quantum of Solace, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. Other credits include: Oceans 11, 12 & 13, Moulin Rouge, Shaft, Zoolander, The Bone Collector, Plunkett & Maclean, Analyse That, Buffalo Soldiers and Luc Besson's Kiss Of The Dragon. Stephen formed The Free Association with David Holmes. Together as a band of composers and producers they have scored the futuristic love story, Code 46, directed by Michael Winterbottom, and starring Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton. This resulted in a nomination for European Composer of the year at the European Movie Awards. The Free Association also scored Bronwen Hughes' film Stander, based on a true story about South African chief of police in 1979, starring Thomas Jane and Dexter Fletcher.

As composer, producer and programmer Hilton has worked with some of the most celebrated artists working today. He is a highly respected electronic musician on both sides of the Atlantic with a publishing deal secured at Universal Music. He has contributed to the works of Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Moloko, Isaac Hayes, The Pet Shop Boys, Scott Walker, Pulp, David Holmes, Bomb the Bass, Mel C, The Divine Comedy, Dirty Vegas, Martina Topley-Bird, Natasha Bedingfield, Joy Zipper, The John Spencer Blues Explosion, Craig Armstrong, David Arnold, Trevor Horn, Rick Nowels, and many more. Most recently Stephen co-wrote the track DRONE ZONE with Siouxsie Sioux for her long awaited solo artist album MANTARAY. Stephen also composed, produced and mixed the music for the National Movie Awards and is currently writing with David McAlmont.

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