Principal photography has commenced on THE ONES BELOW, a psychological thriller exposing the private terrors of two affluent modern couples living above and below each other.
THE ONES BELOW is the debut feature from writer/director David Farr (screenwriter of Hanna) starring the ensemble cast of Clemence Poesy (Birdsong, The Tunnel, Harry Potter), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, Red Riding, Welcome to the Punch) Stephen Campbell Moore (Complicit, History Boys, Ashes to Ashes), and Laura Birn (Purge, Pearls and Pigs, Heart of a Lion).
THE ONES BELOW is produced by Nikki Parrott (The Market, 37 Uses For a Dead Sheep) for Cuba Pictures in association with Tigerlily Films. Executive producers are Dixie Linder with Nick Marston and Ben Hall of Cuba Pictures, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films with Lizzie Francke as the lead executive for the BFI. The film is backed by BBC Films and the BFI Film Fund with Protagonist Pictures handling international sales and Icon Film Distribution releasing in the UK.
THE ONES BELOW follows two couples as their lives cross and become fatally interlinked. The couple above, Kate (Clemence Poesy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) are expecting their first baby. They are thirty-something, successful and affluent. All appears well on the surface but Kate harbours deeply rooted fears about her fitness to be a mother and her ability to love the child within. One day another couple, Jon (David Morrissey) and Teresa (Laura Birn) move in to the apartment below. They become ‘The Ones Below’ and are also expecting a baby. In contrast to Kate, Teresa is full of joy at the prospect of imminent motherhood. Pregnancy brings the women together in shared confidences, as Kate becomes entranced by Teresa’s unquestioning celebration of her family-to-be. Until one night a joint dinner begins to reveal all is not as it seems with ‘The Ones Below’ and a single tragic accident throws the couples into a nightmare of psychological terror.
David Farr is a writer and director of theatre, TV and film. He has worked primarily in theatre for 20 years, as Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, The Lyric Hammersmith and then as Associate Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company. He has directed around 40 productions that have travelled to over 25 countries, and has worked at The National Theatre, Almeida, Young Vic,Brooklyn Academy of Music and the main stage Barbican. His writing credits include Spooks and the screenplay for the film Hanna, directed by Joe Wright.
French actress Clemence Poesy has appeared in films including In Bruges, 127 Hours and as Fleur Delacour in theHarry Potter film series. She played the memorable role of Isabelle Azaire in the TV mini-series ‘Birdsong’, Eva Coupeau in the US TV series ‘Gossip Girl’ and the role of Elise Wasserman in the Sky Atlantic/Canal+ series ‘The Tunnel’. Clemence’s work in the fashion world includes being spokesmodel for Chloe fragrances and the face of G-Star Raw.
David Morrissey’s film credits as actor include Welcome to the Punch, Blitz, Nowhere Boy, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Reaping, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Some Voices and Hilary & Jackie. His TV work includes ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Red Riding’ trilogy and the current 3 part series ‘The Driver’. Previous TV credits include his BAFTA nominated role in ‘State of Play’ and the role of Gordon Brown in ‘The Deal’ for which he won the Royal Television Society Best Actor award. David has directed short films and the TV dramas ‘Sweet Revenge’ and ‘Passer By’. His feature film debut Don’t Worry About Me premiered at the London Film Festival in 2009. Early in his career David acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre for 4 years, he returned to the stage for Neil Labuate’s ‘In a Dark Dark House’ and played ‘Macbeth’ in the Liverpool Everyman’s production in 2011.
Stephen Campbell Moore made his screen debut in Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things and appeared alongside Scarlett Johansson in A Good Woman. On stage Stephen created the role of Irwin in the original West End stage production of Alan Bennett’s play ‘The History Boys’ and in its subsequent film. He has performed with the RSC, the Royal National Theatre and at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Anne-Marie Duff in ‘Berenice’. Stephen starred as Edward VIII in the TV drama ‘Wallis and Edward’, had a regular role in the BBC series ‘Ashes to Ashes’, and appeared this year in the C4 spy drama ‘Complicit’.
Born in Finland, actress Laura Birn’s film credits include A Walk Among The Tombstones, Purge, Pearls and Pigs andHeart of A Lion. Selected as an EFP ‘Shooting Star’ winner at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, Laura also won the Best Actress Award for her performance in Purgeat the Jussi Awards (Finnish Oscars) in 2013.
Writer/director David Farr says: “I want to make a thriller in the European tradition of psychological suspense. I feel that the film really yearns to Hitchcock and natural predecessors such as Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and Michael Haneke’s Hidden. I was surprised by how few British films have been made in this tradition which I find so compelling. This way of seeing the world is absolutely instinctive to me.”