LIPSYNC spends time in the City of Tiny Lights

April 24, 2015 tags: ,

LIPSYNC are proud to announce that we have been awarded the Post Production contract on the new Film Noir from Pete Travis


20th April……CITY OF TINY LIGHTS, a thrilling London-set film noir written by Patrick Neate, based on his novel of the same name, directed by Pete Travis and produced by Ado Yoshizaki-Cassuto and Rebecca O’Brien, starts principal photography on April 27th.  The film will shoot for six weeks in London and will be released in 2016.


The cast features Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) as down at heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) plays the female lead, the sultry Shelley.  The ensemble includes Cush Jumbo (Josephine and I, The Inbetweeners), James Floyd (My Brother the Devil, Everywhere and Nowhere) and Roshan Seth (Indian Summers, Gandhi, My Beautiful Laundrette).


CITY OF TINY LIGHTS doffs its cap to Scorsese and Chandler but is a unique portrait of contemporary London as a teeming multicultural metropolis where nothing is as it seems.


Ahmed plays Tommy Akhtar: cricket fan, devoted son and deadbeat private eye. He has an office above a suburban cab firm, a taste for cigarettes and booze and a finely tuned moral compass that he keeps well hidden behind a sharp line in cynicism. Tommy walks in one morning to find high-class prostitute Melody seeking his help. She wants him to find her friend and ‘flatmate’, Natasha, last seen meeting a new client at a swanky Mayfair bar. He has little luck tracking down Natasha, but he does find the dead body of Pakistani businessman, Usman Rana, in a cheap hotel; and, before he knows it, he’s been drawn into a sinister world triangulated by MI5, smack dealers and radical Islam.


His journey to uncover the truth leads him deep into the murky politics of modern London and deeper still into his own history as a member of the ‘Churchill Massive’, a gang of friends growing up together in the suburbs at the height of late ‘90s New Labour optimism. It’s the archetypal set up for an utterly original modern noir…

Pete Travis is a BAFTA Award-winning English television and film director. His work includes Cold Feet, The Jury and Omagh for television and Vantage Point, Endgame and Dredd for cinema.

Patrick Neate is an award-winning British novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and podcaster.

Rizwan “Riz” Ahmed, also known as Riz MC, is an English actor and rapper. He has starred in The Road to Guantanamo, Shifty, Britz, Four Lions, Ill Manors, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Nightcrawler.

The film is an NDF International and Sixteen Films production made with support of the BFI and BBC Films, in association with Lip Sync Productions LLP, Fel UK and Ingenious Media and will be released in the UK and Ireland in 2016 by Icon Film Distribution.

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