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Film and Music Entertainment Pact with Icelandic Film Company on slasher/horror/thriller Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (RWWM)

// 16th of May, 2008

Shooting starts in August

Leading Nordic producer and studio owner The Icelandic Film Company have joined forces for the third time with London-based producers Film and Music Entertainment to produce the English-language Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (RWWM) directed by Julius Kemp following the closing of finance in Cannes yesterday.

"Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre," says Kemp, "An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fisher vessel. The ‘Fishbillies’ on the vessel have just gone bust, and everything goes out of control. It's a cross between the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Blair Witch Project, combined with the dark and bloody humor of Evil Dead."

RWWM is a splatter movie of the goriest kind. The story is true to its genre, and the humour as black as it gets. Men turn into beasts and kindness is a weakness that can only lead to defeat.

Pic is written by Sjon who was Oscar nominated for his Dancer in the Dark script as well as recipient of the Nordic Prize for literature. Kemp’s previous films Blossi and Wallpaper were box office hits in his own country as well as internationally. Film and Music Entertainment worked with Kemp on the international cult box office office hit Eleven Men Out a gay football comedy and Astropia last years Icelandic box office champ.

A co-production with the UK and Finland, Ingvar Thordarson produces with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor as well as Solar Films of Finland. Other financiers include The Icelandic film Fund and the Nordic Film and TV Fund. International World sales rights are open.

"We will shoot with an international cast and in English, "says Thordarson, "and we have kicked off the casting process by securing Gunnar Hansen who was the original "Leatherface" in the Texas Chain Saw Massacre films. This sets the tone for the casting as we are making a classic slasher movie with all the bells and whistles."

Budgeted at Euro 2 million, the film will shoot for 40 days. Shooting will take place in and around Reykjavik this August on various fishing vessels, as well as at Kemp and Thordarson’s brand new film production four wall studio, The Atlantic Film Studios.

" We have been looking around for a classic slasher/horror film," says F&ME principal Mike Downey, "Our most successful film to date was Deathwatch with Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Matthew Rhys.We are looking to repeat the success of that film with Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre.

Casting is currently underway in London, New York and Tokyo to bring together the international group of tourists who finds themselves at the mercy of the ‘Fishbillies’ in Icelandic coastal waters.

For further information:

Please contact Film and Music Entertainment

Mike Downey +447774483441
Katy Moylan +447768686509
Richard Kattan +447810734604