Heartwarming UK Thriller BREAK Filmed In Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, London And Beijing Starring Rutger Hauer In His Last Screen Role
BREAK Films and Scanner-Rhodes Productions are proud to announce the forthcoming release of their British independent thriller BREAK, starring Sam Gittins, David Yip, BAFTA winner Adam Deacon and the late Hollywood legend Rutger Hauer in his final screen role. Dean Fisher is producing alongside actress/producer Terri Dwyer and the writer/director is Michael Elkin.
Filmed in Sheffield’s world famous Crucible Theatre, London and Beijing, this life affirming rags-to-riches story follows the troubled but talented Spencer Pryde (Sam Gittins) a gifted, inner-city kid, wasting his life on petty crime and violence, until a chance encounter with Chinese stranger and former ‘eight ball’ pool champion, Vince Qiang (David Yip) and tough guy club owner Ray (Rutger Hauer) presents him with the opportunity to turn his life around.
When tragedy strikes, Spencer finally breaks away from his so-called friends and all the negative influences of his life - which include the UK’s current issues with drugs, violence and knife crime - but with Qiang’s guidance Spencer makes a bid for a prestigious snooker tournament held in Beijing…but can he overcome his demons and use the talents he was blessed with?
“Break was ten years in the making,” explains writer and director Michael Elkin, “it was a struggle, but I am proud to say we got there in the end. I am a working class guy from a South London estate but I have always believed that everyone has a talent for something, and if the film’s positive message can inspire even a small percentage of kids to turn away from knife crime and use their god-given talents, I will be a happy man.”
BREAK also stars Jamie Foreman and Luke Mably in key roles, and features appearances by British snooker star Jack Lisowski, Chinese sensation Liang Wenbo and World Snooker Champion Ken Doherty. The film was made with the support of World Snooker and Matchroom.
BREAK’s UK theatrical release is set to coincide with Sheffield’s 2020 World Snooker Championship (18 April- 4 May), and there will be a private gala screening in Sheffield on Monday 20th April. The World Premiere will take place at the Prince Charles cinema Leicester Square on 22nd April, followed by a nationwide release.
*BREAK marks Scanner-Rhodes’ tenth feature film in this, its 20th anniversary year*
Sam Gittins (Spencer Pryde) - Sam Gittins (The Liberator, Await Further Instructions, Obey) is a BRIT school graduate, born in Luton and raised in south London. He has been working professionally as an Actor since the age of eighteen. Sam has received great acclaim for his work within Television and Film, including a
“Best Actor” award in the Southampton International Film Festival.
Rutger Hauer (Ray) – Acclaimed actor Rutger Hauer has starred in countless films including Blade Runner, The Hitcher, True Blood, and many more. He has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads and action heroes to sinister villains. The Golden Globe winning actor was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands and died on July 19th, 2019. Break was sadly Rutgers final film role
David Yip (Qiang) - David Yip (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, A View to a Kill, Fortitude) was born in Liverpool to a Chinese father and Liverpudlian mother. He trained at E15 Acting School, London in 1973 and has since worked in Film, Television, Theatre and radio both in the UK and Internationally.
Adam Deacon (Weasel) - BAFTA winning actor Adam Deacon (Kidulthood, Shank, The Intent 2) is an actor and rapper from East London. Adam began acting at the age of 12 when he trained at the famous Anna Scher School.
Jamie Foreman (Monty) – Jamie Foreman Jamie Foreman (The Bromley Boys, Layer Cake, Oliver Twist, Elizabeth, Inkheart) was born in Bermondsey, south London in 1958 and has appeared in more than thirty movies
and countless TV and theatre productions, including a long stint in BBC TV’s EastEnders.
Luke Mably (Spencer’s Dad, Terry) - Luke Mably (28 Days Later, Exam, The Prince and Me) who trained at The Birmingham School of Acting is an outstanding actor who was described by one critic as a “blend of an introverted Burton and a tormented Brando – a performer to relish”. In 2015, he gained 15-20 pounds of muscle mass to play the role of Shawn in ‘Rise of the Footsoldier 2’.
Terri Dwyer (Cathy Pryde) – Terri is a versatile actress with almost 20 years’ experience on both the small and big screens. After playing one of the lead roles in Hollyoaks for many years, she turned to presenting and had huge success on shows including Loose Women, 60 Minute Makeover and This Morning. Her vast contribution to the industry now sees Terri move into producing.