Last night the Savoy in Dublin, the venue for the Opening Night of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, was attended by a full house for the Opening Gala film 'Broken'. Actors Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Director Rufus Norris, (known as a theater director- Cabaret, before adapting to screen with debt short film King Bastard ) writer Mark O'Rowe and producers Dixie Linder, Tally Gardner, and Nick Marston were at the screening. Tim Roth received a Volta award from Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises) who spent some minutes explaining how wonderful it was working on the film and with the legendary Tim Roth himself. This award celebrated some of Roth's roles in some of the most iconic films of his three decade career, in films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction.
On the red carpet, I chatted with Rufus Norris, who explained the difficulties in finding funding for the film. Cillian Murphy spoke passionately about the film and only had praise for Eloise Laurence, and stated that the film belonged to her. Tim Roth explained how great the experience was as his character of Dad, and what that meant to him bringing this alive to screen. Watch the video here -
Rufus Norris, Director of Broken at the screening also said -
"its a wonderful compliment for us that Broken has been invited to open this Festival, and I am totally delighted to be part of such a great event. This is doubly so for the fact that so much of the film was created here (in Dublin). Mark O'Rowe and I argued back and forth over the script for days on end in various cafes around the city, and the care he gave it and education he gave me were the foundations of the piece. I hope you folk like it - it's body is English but the bones were made in Dublin"
Norris' multi award winning Broken is a powerful, captivating, and heartbreaking exploration of love in all its many forms: - Idealized unrequited, and ultimately, unconditional. With some light comic touches, and deep dramatic action, the films weaves through the plot in twists and turns and one can never anticipate exactly what will happen next..
Newcomer Eloise Laurence, in this coming of age role, who was cast after a long casting session, was hired immediately, as instantly they knew that she was perfect for the role of Skunk. The character deals with the changes of growing up in a world where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear filled doubt, and where a complex broken world is that which will be the future. This stellar cast includes Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear.
Broken has won awards on many levels from the British Independent Film Awards, London Film Festival and recognized in many others. This film will be out in Irish cinemas on 8th March 2013.