CITY OF TINY LIGHTS To Shoot In London

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CITY OF TINY LIGHTS, a thrilling London-set film noir written by award-winning author Patrick Neate, based on his novel of the same name, starts principal photography on 27th April.  The film will shoot for six weeks in London and will be released in 2016.

The film will be directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, EndgameDredd) and produced by Ado Yoshizaki-Cassuto and Rebecca O’Brien. It is an NDF International and Sixteen Films production made with support of the BFI and BBC Films, in association with Lip Sync Productions LLP, Fel UK and Ingenious Media and will be released in the UK and Ireland in 2016 by Icon Film Distribution. BBC Films and BFI developed the script.

The cast is led by Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Shifty, Four Lions) who plays down at heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) plays Shelley, his long lost love.  The ensemble includes Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The Inbetweeners), James Floyd (My Brother the Devil, Everywhere and Nowhere) and Roshan Seth (Indian Summers, Gandhi, My Beautiful Laundrette).



CITY OF TINY LIGHTS is a unique portrait of contemporary London as a teeming multicultural metropolis where nothing is as it seems.

Ahmed plays Tommy Akhtar: cricket fan, devoted son and deadbeat private eye. He has an office above a suburban cab firm, a taste for cigarettes and booze and a finely tuned moral compass well hidden behind a sharp line in cynicism. Tommy walks in one morning to find high-class prostitute Melody (Cush Jumbo) seeking his help. She wants him to find her friend and ‘flatmate’, Natasha, last seen meeting a new client at a swanky Mayfair bar. He has little luck tracking down Natasha, but instead finds the dead body of Pakistani businessman, Usman Rana; and, before he knows it, he’s drawn into a sinister, dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.


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