8 August 2022 The Irish Film & Television Network
Principal Photography Underway on New NI-Based Comedic-Thriller Pixie
20 Aug 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Olivia Cooke, Colm Meaney and Alec Baldwin star in Pixie.
Filming has begun on Pixie, which sees Barnaby Thompson (St. Trinian's 1&2) direct a script penned by Preston Thompson (Kids In Love).

Shooting on location in Northern Ireland, the film is led by rising British star Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One, Me Earl and the Dying Girl) who will feature alongside Ben Hardy (Bohemian Rhapsody, X-Men: Apocalypse) and Daryl McCormack (A Very English Scandal) with Colm Meaney (Layer Cake, Con Air), Dylan Moran (Black Books, Shaun of the Dead) and Oscar nominated and Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin (SNL, Still Alice).

The film centres on Pixie (Cooke), who wants to avenge her mother’s death by masterminding a heist, but her plans go awry and she finds herself on the run with two young men (Hardy, McCormack) who are way out of their depth being chased across the Wild Irish countryside by gangsters. She has to pit her wits against everyone, taking on the patriarchy to claim the right to shape her own life.

John De Borman (Full Monty, An Education) features as the director of photography and David Holmes (Ocean’s Eleven, Killing Eve) is the composer. Thompson is producing the film with James Clayton (My Generation, Pride), while Peter Touche and Samantha Allwinton from Ingenious Media serve as executive producers.

Funded by Ingenious and Fragile Films, with support from Northern Ireland Screen, Pixie will shoot in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland for seven weeks, with additional photography in the West of Ireland.

Endeavor Content is handling worldwide sales. Paramount Pictures has acquired distribution rights in the UK and Ireland.

Speaking about the film, director Barnaby Thompson said:

“I am excited to be returning to the Emerald Isle, the birthplace of my father and where I started my career directing documentaries, to make a comedic thriller with a wonderful cast against an extraordinary landscape. I’m also thrilled the film is going to be distributed in the UK and Ireland by Paramount, where I started my career producing movies.”

Barnaby Thompson started his career directing documentaries including the award-winning Kiss The Sky about Jimi Hendrix. He worked with legendary producer Lorne Michaels producing Wayne’s World 1&2, Coneheads and Tommy Boy. He returned to the UK where he set up Fragile Films and has produced and/or directed some of the most successful British independent films including Spiceworld, Kevin and Perry Go Large, An Ideal Husband, St.Trinians and St.Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, Easy Virtue and Dorian Gray. Most recently he was the executive producer of the UK hit, Fisherman’s Friends. He was nominated for a BAFTA and Oscar for Dear Rosie, a short film written by Peter Morgan.

Tom Collins: “For me it's all about the work, which is about creating a reflection of a modern Irish cultural identity that can travel beyond borders, history and these shores.”
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