First pictures of film tribute to murdered Harry Potter actor
PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:42 12 August 2010
THE first images of movie hardman Ray Winstone starring in an anti-knife crime film in memory of his murdered friend Harry Potter actor Rob Knox have been EXCLUSIVELY released to your Times. The pictures show the teen s brother Jamie Knox re-united with
THE first images of movie hardman Ray Winstone starring in an anti-knife crime film in memory of his murdered friend Harry Potter actor Rob Knox have been EXCLUSIVELY released to your Times.
The pictures show the teen's brother Jamie Knox re-united with the top actor for COLD KISS five years after they appeared together in the film King Arthur.
Stab victim Rob Knox, 18, who played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, was murdered outside the Metro Bar, Sidcup in May last year by Karl Bishop, 22.
His death came just weeks before the teen, of London Road, Swanley, was given a posthumous award for bravery after helping police catch a violent attacker at Marks and Spencer, Bluewater where he worked part-time. Shots released exclusively to the Times show the Sexy Beast and Nil By Mouth star on set, the victim's brother pictured as a gang member in the film and behind-the-scenes footage of the stars and production team. Ray, 52, said: "Knife crime seems to be getting worse and something has got to be done about it - any film, whatever angle it takes, is going to do some good. I've seen a lot about the people who actually commit these crimes but you don't see too much about how it affects the people maimed and killed by it and that's the approach this film adds."
In September we revealed how Ray Winstone waived his fee to take part, having become friends with the duo on the set of King Arthur.
Rob's father Colin Knox, 55, of Ingress Park, Greenhithe, is executive producer of the flick being created by professional industry film makers Aaron Truss, a producer from Chislehurst, and director Nirpal Bhogal, both of Dustlight Films.
Mr Truss, who became friends with both Jamie and Rob at the D&B Drama School in Bromley, said he was 'overwhelmed' by the support the project had received. Since leaving they worked on a variety of projects together including a short film with Rob called Employee of the Dead.
COLD KISS, a 15-minute film focuses on the effects of violence on families, with Ray playing a father-of-one called Robert, whose daughter Kelly, actress Lexie Lambert, is involved with a gang, featuring Rob's brother, Jamie.
Mr Truss said: "This has been a weird journey for me both as a friend of Rob and a professional producer.
"At first I did not want to do it, it's not what I wanted to do as I was also dealing with the grief of losing Rob. It's been quite emotional for me but as a professional producer you have to put that aside and knuckle down. I have been completely overwhelmed by the support we have received.
"There was a scene where an actor is stabbed and we asked Colin to leave as it was a very intense, it has been emotional but immensely important.
"The whole film has been put together with great care and expertise, a lot of time and money has been invested, but all proceeds raised will go towards the Rob Knox Memorial Fund. We had to turn it around quick, working day and night but it is a very professional production to the very last detail.
"We want to take this film abroad, to America and as many film festivals as possible to get the message across that knife crime is wrong and show what we face in this country. The film is like a cry for help and a film like this is the best medium to show this. It is effective and emotional."
Mr Truss would not discuss the storyline in detail so not to spoil the impact upon release but said it conveys a stark message about knife crime.
Images of the film are expected to be shown at a memorial event to be held at Charlton FC's The Valley ground next Thursday. (15) The event is part of the Daily Mirror's Stop-Knives - Save Lives campaign.
Filming for COLD KISS is now complete and is now being edited and undergoing colour grading and sound production. It is due to be completed later this month.
DUSTLIGHT Films would like to thank some of the many people who helped in making the film.
Rob's family: His parents for placing their faith in Aaron Truss and Nirpal Bhogal at Dustlight Films and brother Jamie, who also appears in the film
Actor Ray Winstone: For waiving his fee and taking time out of other projects to feature in the film.
Actress Lexi Lambert: For giving her time up to play Kelly.
Director of Photography Brian Strange: Who co-ordinating the great shots which made the film so dramatic.
Film extras (from Chislehurst): Greg Farmer, Freddie Peto, Ben Lawince, Steve Farmer and Matt Finch, some of whom were good friends of Rob.
Actor and blues musician Joe Ackers: Who plays a gang leader in the movie.