Extended Q&A sesh with:DOMINIC BURNS, JAMES NUNN & JAKE WEST
Dominic Burns – Director/Produ
cer/WriterDerby born Director/Producer/Writer, Dominic Burns’ feature film debut, CUT, starring Zach Galligan (Gremlins 1 + 2), was the world’s first horror movie to be shot in a single continuous take, a feat many in the business had insisted was simply impossible. Burns’ follow up feature Jack Falls, featuring an all-star British cast, was picked up by Lionsgate and distributed all over the world. Richard E Grant joined yet another all-star British cast for Burns’ next movie, HOW TO STOP BEING A LOSER, which was Burns’ first theatrically distributed movie in the UK. Since then Burns has directed and produced a further five movies which have been theatrically distributed all over the world; he was the recipient of the Golden Lion Award for his movie AIRBORNE at the British Independent Film Festival and he also directed Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker to the uninitiated) to being nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Kimberly Jaraj won Best Actress. Burns’ films can be found on Netflix, Blu Ray, DVD, iTunes, VOD and on TV all over the world and his film’s trailers have literal
ly received millions of hits online. In addition to the aforementioned, Burns has directed talent including Jean Claude Van Damme, Julian Glover, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Shim, Martin Kemp, Dexter Fletcher, Adam Deacon, Julian Ovenden, Jason Flemyng, Martin Compston, Matt Willis, Gemma Atkinson, Olivia Hallinan, Edmund Kingsley, Alan Ford, Sean Pertweeand a live Tiger!
Burns produced Devil’s Tower, starring Jason Mewes, the feature debut for writer Adam Marsh and director Owen Tooth, and he’s now looking to branch out his production company Hawthorn Productions; always hunting for up and coming talent. Burns’ last film, ALLIES, a World War two set action thriller was distributed by Eone in the UK and USA and was received extremely well by critics; by Burns’ own admission, ALLIES is by far and away his best work and has set the bar moving forward. Burns is currently
Producing ‘Madness in the Method’, a film he developed with Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Zach and Miri Make a Porno) as well co-wrote the script. ‘Madness in the Method’will be Mewes’ directorial debut and already has a confirmed cast which includes Mewes himself along with Danny Trejo (Machete), Hollywood legend Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma) and ‘Busted’ rock star, Matt Willis.
James Nunn– DirectorIn 2007 James graduated from The University of Westminster Film & Television course with First Class Honours – his graduation short filmJump starring Mark Wingett (Quadrophenia, The Bill) won the 2007 Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Short. James began his professional filmmaking career as a 1st Assistant Director. 6 years later, with over 20 feature film credits to his name, working closely with some of the UKs greatest directing minds James found himself swapping his AD radio for a DIRECTORS chair. His debut feature came in the form of thriller Tower Block, written by
James Moran (Severance, Dr Who) starring Sheridan Smith (BAFTAWinner, Mrs Biggs), Jack O’Conn
ell (Skins, Eden Lake), Russell Tovey (Being Human), Ralph Brown (Withnail & I), Kano (Top Boy). heDD magazine called it ‘The best British film of 2012’ – it was extremely well received by critics and picked up by Lionsgate. Tower Block premiered in the UK as the closing film at Film4’s Frightfest. The USA premiere followed with another great reaction in Texas FantasticFest; and thenwon the ‘Al ll
argmetratge de la Secció Oficial Fantàstic Panorama a Competició’ Award in Sitges 2012. His second feature Green Street Hooligans: Underground, also for Lionsgate, began shooting only a year later. An all out action fest, the film is a re-imagined follow up in the Green Street franchise (original starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunman). GSH:U was the best selling UK straight-to-dvd release in 2013 and garnered a theatrical release in the USA. Starring Scott Adkins (Expendibles 2, Undisputed 3, Zero Dark Thirty), Jack Doolan (Cemetery Junction, Cockneys Vs Zombies) Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil: Afterlife) Joey Ansah (Bourne Ultimatum). Since then James has had further success taking his action-thriller skills to Hollywood. With a Third movie, Eliminators produced by WWE Studios (World Wrestling Entertainment) out in December 2016 – starring Scott Adkins (a re-team for the duo), WWE Superstar Wade Barrett (Dead Man D
own) James Cosmo (Game Of Thrones, Braveheart) and features a host more incredible character actors. The films ultra stylized look, high octane action set pieces and tense performances were another to secure a further 2-movie deal with the America mini-major studio, which brings us to 2016. James has just come off the back of the first movie in the WWE deal. Shot in Vancouver, Canada – Marine 5 is a co-production with Sony, and set for release early 2017. The first time 6 WWE Superstars have ever been in one movie together. This movie is already generating high interest with wrestling and action fans around the world and looks set to securing James a bigger and better career in action cinema.
Jake West – Director/WriterJake West has a B.A Honours Degree in Film & Video (West Surrey College of Art & Design) and has worked extensively as both a director & writer in the film and television industry since 1993. Jake is passionately committed to creating high concept, top class, genre re-defining, projects with high commercial appeal. Jake is best know for his feature film work primarily in the horror genre. These include “Razor Blade Smile” (1998), “Evil Aliens”(2003), “Pumpkinhead: Ashes to As
hes” (2006), “Doghouse” (2009), “The ABC’s of Death” (2012), and “Draconian Days (2014) Jake is attached to a number of new projects currently being packaged on both sides of the Atlantic including ‘Relics’ with Unstoppable Entertainment; ‘Feral,’ with Autumwood Media; and he has written the pilot episode and is attached to direct episodes for a forthcoming television series adaption of EC Tubbs classic sci-fi novels; ‘The Dumarest Saga.’Jake is represented by Roger Carey Associates.