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Freight

Freight“A dark and at times uncomfortable film
  about human trafficking that never
 
lets up; the fast-paced and moderately
  violent Freight has been called Britain’s
  answer to Taken and demonstrates a
  rare triumph for modern British films...”


ATTEMPTING TO LEAVE A VIOLENT WORLD behind him, the streetwise Gabe Taylor (Billy Murray: Eastenders; The Bill; Call Of Duty) has settled down as a family man looking forward to the marriage of his only daughter Julie (Laura Aikman: Not Going Out) to fiancé Zaf (Stephen Uppal).

But he is inconvenienced by the theft of some portaloos from his rental business. Not that he has nothing to go on, because Zaf is locked inside one of the cubicles! Gabe has rounded up the local toughies, including his friend Jed (Craig Fairbrass: Rise Of The Foot Soldier), and is tracking the loos via Zaf's mobile phone.

Zaf is knee-deep in muck and bullets. Well, muck actually. The bullets come later. The thieves are heartless Eastern Europeans who are involved in human trafficking. The bullets fly as Gabe recovers his property, killing one of the Romanians in the process.

A former East-End gangster and contemporary of the Krays and ex-SAS, Gabe has stirred up a hornet's nest. Ruthless Romanian mafia boss Cristi (Danny Midwinter: Dead Cert) is bringing young couples into the country, forcing the women to work in seedy night clubs as pole-dancers or prostitutes and their husbands to fight for their promised (and ever-elusive) freedom in front of an audience of bloodthirsty spectators who place bets on the outcome.

Among the fighters is Fryderyck (Zsolt Nagy) who is worried about his wife Ewa (Natalie Anderson) and young daughter Doloreta. Ewa is being held at a club run by Carla (Aleksandra Kobielak) and Cristi has even more alarming plans for Doloreta.

The stakes are high for Cristi. Having already left a trail of bodies in his wake, he is not about to allow some upstart Englishman to interfere with his business. After threatening to decimate Gabe's family, he takes his revenge by abducting Julie.

But he has underestimated Gabe, who finds himself in the middle of a turf war. Desperate to free his daughter while ensuring the safety of his wife Rhoda (Jean Heard), he begins to flush out the callous criminals in order to put a stop to the human 'freight'.

But tragedy strikes and Gabe's family will never be the same again. Will he finally rescue his daughter from the chilling Romanian trafficker and help Fryderyck to save his family? Freight is a terrific, absorbing, non-stop action British movie with a creditable cast.

Set in the criminal underbelly of contemporary Britain, Freight shines as a fast-paced, controversial, gritty action movie exposing the horrifying and hard-hitting realities of human trafficking in the UK. Freight is set in and filmed entirely in Yorkshire, UK.

After a limited theatrical run in the UK and a series of film festival premieres around the globe, the DVD release of Freight is highly anticipated. Winner of the Best Actor and Best Director Awards at the Brackenridge USA Film Festival, Freight was awarded the prestigious Silver Palm at the Mexico International Film Festival 2010 and received several nominations at the Los Angeles Action In Film Awards, including Best Special Effects and Best Foreign Film, outside the US.

The controversial and gritty Freight also features: Sam Kennard as Steve Taylor; Matt Kennard as Sonny; Luke Aikman as Karl; Andrew Tiernan as Stanni; and Joe Eggan as Emil. Music supervisor Original Score: Bradley Kohn; Additional Music by David Gowenlock; Composer is Mark Blackledge. Director of Photography is Carl Summerscales; Produced by Luke Aikman, Billy Murray, Josie Tomlin and Andy Thompson; Executive Produced and Produced by Martin Campbell and Stuart St Paul; Written and Directed by Stuart St Paul.

The uncompromising political thriller Freight is released courtesy of Icon Home Entertainment on Monday 18 April 2011. BBFC Certification: 18 (UK & ROI) | UK DVD SRP: £12.99 | Film Running Time: 92 Minutes | Special Features Running Time: 112 Minutes | Total Running Time: 204 Minutes. Some nudity and content of a sexual nature.

Special Features (Includes Behind The Scenes/Making-of material)
:
7 Cast Interviews: Billy Murray; Craig Fairbrass; Danny Midwinter; Laura Aikman; Andy Tiernan; Zsolt Nagy and Natalie Anderson | 13 Featurettes (Looking at the film's locations and controversial subject material): Vortex | Body guard | Boxing Gym | Building Site | Burden Head Farm | Container | Fight For Freedom | Kill All | Sex Traffic | Silks | Underground Fight. Audio Commentary With Producer/Director Stuart St Paul, Composer Mark Blackledge and actor Billy Murray | Expanded Photo Gallery.

"Freight is a terrific, absorbing, non-stop action British movie with a creditable cast" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"Freight is an uncompromising insight into people trafficking and gangland brutality. Making gritty use of locations around Leeds, writer director Stuart St Paul raises several troubling issues in depicting a seedy side of city life that few will know exists. St Paul stages the combustible action with an emphasis on the ferocity of the violence, while Midwinter delivers a snarling display of ruthless cruelty that contrasts tellingly with Murray's more urbane brutishness" — David Parkinson, Empire Online

"Billy Murray gives an uncompromising performance as Gabe and Danny Midwinter's Cristi is genuinely chilling. The direction is tight and economical and the action scenes are expertly handled. Freight is a roller-coaster ride, an action thriller the likes of which British filmmaking has seemed unable to create" — Raindance Film Festival Review

Freight is unashamedly a political film that tackles a very real global problem. It highlights how many people in the UK think about their country, its politicians, the police and the laws on immigration. It is also a delicately balanced film showing a tolerant, multi-racial country of people who will fight for justice. It is estimated that 12.3 million people (around half believed to be children) are in forced labour around the world, generating around £9.5bn in annual revenue.