Monday, February 7, 2011

Wild Bill

Filming has wrapped on British actor Dexter Fletcher's directorial debut Wild Bill which stars one of Screenterrier's favourite rising stars, the now 18 year Will Poulter, star of the latest Narnia film, as well as Son of Rambow and E4's School of Comedy.

Will plays Dean, a 15 year old boy who is caring for his younger brother Jimmy, after being abandoned by their mother while their father Bill (Charlie Creed-Miles) is in prison.

Sammy Williams plays 11 year old Jimmy. Sammy played Young Freddie in Sky's successful mini-series The Take and also appeared in Day of the Triffids and Harley Street. He will also been seen in up-coming Joe Cornish's debut feature Attack the Block.

Official synopsis:
Out on parole after eight years Bill Hayward returns home to find his 11 & 15 year old sons  abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. Unwilling to play dad, an uncaring Bill is determined to move on.
Although Dean has found a job and is doing his best to be a father to his younger brother, Jimmy, the arrival of Bill has brought them to the attention of Social Services.
With the danger of being put into care looming, Dean blackmails his feckless father into staying by threatening to grass him up for possession. If there's one thing Bill fears most it's going back to prison, so he reluctantly agrees to stay for a week to help fool Social Services that the boys are being cared for.
Having never really grown up himself, Bill quickly connects with Jimmy and through this new bond starts to realise what he's missed out on. He has a family, a place in the world. He is somebody's dad.
However, their "happy family" set up is short-lived as Jimmy gets himself into trouble with some of Bill's former cohorts. To sort it out would break to the terms of Bill's licence and risk sending him back to prison"
Bill must decide what sort of dad he wants to be. A good one or a free one.

The film, scripted by Danny King, also stars young British actors Iwan Rheon and Jaime Winstone.

Dexter was himself a successful child actor, appearing in numerous TV shows and films including Press Gang and Bugsy Malone, and more recently has been seen in Hotel Babylon and Misfits.

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