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WILD BILL

"Beautifully written and superbly directed... there's
unlikely to be a more entertaining British film this year"
Chris Tookey – The Daily Mail

"The most affecting, funny and sure-footed comedy-drama we're likely to see this year"
Nicholas Barber – The Independent on Sunday

"A hugely impressive achievement, with a whip-smart script, some of Britain's finest acting talents and a killer soundtrack"
Michael Hayden – British Film Institute

"A terrific drama [that] carries a powerful emotional punch"
Damon Wise – Empire


Plot: Out on parole after eight years Bill Hayward returns home to find his 11 & 15 year old sons (Jimmy & Dean) 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.

 


Director
. . . . . . Dexter Fletcher
Producers. . . . . Sam Tromans
Tim Cole
Screenplay . . . . . . Danny King
Dexter Fletcher
Exec Producer . . . Alan Jones
Vicky Diegman
Director of Photographer
. . . George Richmond
Editor. . . . . . . . Stuart Gazzard
Casting . . . . . . . . . . . Nina Gold
Wardrobe . . . . . . . . Matt Price
Composer. . . Christian Henson
Music Producer . . . . Mark Lo

 

 

Cast

 

Bill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlie Creed-Miles
Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will Poulter
Jimmy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sammy Williams
Roxy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liz White
Terry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leo Gregory
Steph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlotte Spencer
Dicky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Neil Maskell
Pill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Iwan Rheon
Freddy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Monero
Policeman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sean Pertwee
Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Olivia Williams
Glen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Andy Serkis
Adam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Warren
Helen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamie Winstone
John. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Flemyng
Elly Fairman . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Treedley
Keith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Peter-Hugo Daly
Boz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aaron Ishmael
Policeman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jay Simpson
Policeman. . . . . . . Graham Fletcher-Cook
Viktoras. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Morgan Watkins

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Production

 

In late 2009 Dexter came to me with a premise for a story about a guy getting out of prison to find his son abandoned and fending for himself.

We fleshed out a story and I wrote the first three or four drafts (originally entitled "Mild Bill"), which Dexter then took to producer Sam Tromans ("Dean Man Running"). Sam liked the screenplay and brought in Tim Cole (Line Producer – "Looking for Eric") to write a further draft with Dexter and production was greenlit shortly afterwards.

Filming began in East London around the Olympic stadium site on November 29th (two days before the big snows came) and lasted for six weeks. Dexter directed the movie himself, marking his directorial debut.

The film went on general release on March 23, 2012 and played in over 100 theatres nationwide and was later released on DVD on July 23, 2012.

The film was an official entry in the 2011 London, Rome, San Sebastian, Glasgow & Chicago Film Festivals.


 

Awards

 

San Sebastian Film Festival (2011)
The Euskaltel Youth Award — (voted for by the festival audience aged 16-21)

British Independent Film Awards (2011)
Best Achievement in Production

Chicago Film Festival (2011)
Gold Hugo Award — Dexter Fletcher

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (2012)
Best First Feature Film — Danny King & Dexter Fletcher

The Evening Standard Awards (2012)
Best Actor — Charlie Creed-Miles

Melbourne Film Festival (2012)
Most Popular Feature Film — Dexter Fletcher

Skip City Internaional D-Cinema Festival (2012)
Grand Prize — Dexter Fletcher

The London Critics Circle Film Awards (2012)
Best Actor — Charlie Creed-Miles

Best Young Performer — Will Poulter
Breakthru British Filmmaker — Dexter Fletcher

BAFTA (2013)
Outstanding British Debut — Dexter Fletcher & Danny King


The Guardian Film Awards (2013)
Best First FilmDexter Fletcher

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