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Mark O'Rowe Adapts BBC's 'Broken', Cillain Murphy to Star
16 May 2011 :
Mark O'Rowe and Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy (Perrier’s Bounty) is set to head up the cast of new BBC Films feature, ‘Broken’ which is to start shooting at the end of this year in the UK. The film, adapted by Mark O’Rowe (Intermission, Perrier’s Bounty) from Daniel Clay’s novel of the same name about three English families whose lives simultaneously unravel.

’Broken’ will mark the feature directorial debut for theatre director, Rufus Norris. Daniel Clay’s plot centres on teenager Rick Buckley who becomes housebound when he is beaten up. The novel is narrated by fellow teenager Skunk, as she lies in a coma.

Mark O’Rowe received two BAFTA nominations for his 2007 crime drama ‘Boy A’ and won an IFTA in 2003 for his script for ‘Intermission’. The writer’s recent work includes the IFTA nominated crime comedy, ‘Perrier’s Bounty’. Cillian Murphy has a busy year ahead of him as he is also to join Robert Sheehan in France this summer to shoot ‘Wayfaring Strangers’. The Golden Globe nominated and IFTA winning ‘Breakfast on Pluto’ actor has enjoyed great international success recently with roles in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ and Carl Tibbetts ‘Retreat’ which he recently shoot with Thandie Newton (Crash).

Dixie Linder (Churchill: The Hollywood Years), Nick Marston (Boy A) and Tally Garner (Boy A) are set to produce the film which is expected to start shooting in November. Further cast members are TBC. BBC Films are also currently in pre-production with ‘Shadow Dancer’ starring Clive Owen (King Arthur) which is to start shooting in Dublin next week.

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