What happens when English mobsters come face-to-face with vampires? We got a sneak peek at the answer when we visited the set of new Brit gangster horror film, Dead Cert, currently shooting in Dagenham, on the Northeastern outskirts of London.
Taking over a disused warehouse, Dead Cert boasts a number of faces familiar to British television including Craig Fairbrass (EastEnders), Billy Murray (The Bill, EastEnders and also the producer on the project) plus Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and well-known thesp Steven Berkoff.
The film follows a group of gangsters who come up against a group of vampires, led by Dante Livenko, who intend to buy the villains' club. Directed by former actor Steven Lawson and with a budget of around £1 million, Dead Cert comes from indie production house Black and Blue Films, that producer Billy Murray hopes will become a brand that puts out six films a year. We definitely liked what we saw on set; the attention to detail in the set, the diverse cast and the level of production values makes it look like a film that could compete with movies at a far higher budget level.
Dead Cert is expected to get a UK theatrical release at some point in 2010 through Momentum Pictures with the possibility of a cinema release in the US. The next movie from Black and Blue will be Devil's Playground, a film about zombie parkours or free runners also featuring Craig Fairbrass and Steven Berkoff.