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The Innocent Sleep

The Innocent SleepWitnessing a murder is a traumatic
  enough event without facing the danger
  of the killers knowing who you are and
  ensuring that you have nowhere to hide,
  as happens to the lead character in The
  Innocent Sleep
...”

DOWN-AND-OUT ALAN TERRY (Rupert Graves: V For Vendetta) has found shelter in an old warehouse near London's Tower Bridge after losing his makeshift home elsewhere to an aggressive Scot known as Mac (Campbell Morrison), when he is disturbed by a group of men who have abducted an Italian businessman, Mr Lusano (Oliver Cotton).

Unable to do anything but watch helplessly, Alan witnesses a murder and is only just able to escape with his own life. When he returns to his former shelter to seek the help of his friend George (Graham Crowden), he sets off a chain of events that takes the life of a close friend and it is the beginning of a frantic race to save himself and to put the killers behind bars.

A friend's carelessness and a mix-up of identities threaten to put the killers hot on Alan's heels, so who can he trust when he discovers that one of them is a policeman? George's friend Billie Hayman (Annabella Sciorra), an American journalist working in London, agrees to help Alan to confirm the evidence he has against the murderers but the Police are insisting that Lusano committed suicide and the two criminals who were part of the murder were supposed to have already been behind bars. Alan knows better, but Billie has already indirectly caused the death of an informant and he cannot afford to take chances.

With plenty of twists and turns, red herrings and close shaves, The Innocent Sleep keeps you watching from start to finish. Good to see British stage and screen legend Michael Gambon (Gosford Park) as a crooked policeman who ruthlessly ties up all loose ends, leaving Alan with nowhere to run. And Alan Terry is running scared — and fast losing confidence in the only person who has access to the information he needs: Billie.

This gritty thriller is a shining example of British independent filmmaking at its very best, a stylish new wave British film beautifully photographed and compulsively Directed by Scott Michell and Produced by Matthew Vaughn (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels). Filmed on location on the streets of London, The Innocent Sleep is a must-see.

Also starring the irresistible Franco Nero as Cavani; Tony Bluto as Morgan Thorn; Paul Brightwell as Pelham; Hilary Crowson as Sheila Terry; Dermot Kerrigan as Willie; Katy Carr as Alice; Ken Ratcliffe as Stephens; Crispin Redman as Simon and Peter Howell as Sir Frank, The Innocent Sleep is a well constructed, proudly British thriller that hits all the right spots as it hooks you into the Hitchcockian-style world of murder and betrayal where there is danger at every step.

Music is by Mark Ayres; Director of Photography is Alan Dunlop; Executive Producer is Rod Michell; Written by Ray Villis; Producers: Matthew Vaughn and Scott Michell; Director is Scott Michell; The Soprano Soloist is Lesley Garrett; Music is Orchestrated and Conducted by Nic Raine and Performed by The Chamber Orchestra Of London.

This gem from British independent film-making, the compelling and powerful The Innocent Sleep, comes to DVD on 6 July (2009) courtesy of Bluebell Films at a RRP of 9.99.

"The Innocent Sleep is a well constructed, proudly British thriller that hits all the right spots as it hooks you into the Hitchcockian-style world of murder and betrayal where there is danger at every step" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"Enough to freeze the blood" — The New York Times