Kelly Brook will star in the independent movie, Taking Stock, written and directed by Maeve Murphy  - it is a Bonnie and Clyde inspired comedy drama, set in London and Paris. Filming will commence in London on July 1st.

Brook will play a beautiful up and coming actress with her whole life ahead of her. That is, until it comes crashing down. In a week from hell, Kate's boyfriend leaves her, the store she works at goes bust and much to her dismay, rent and gas bills have not been paid. With unemployment and homelessness looming, spurred on by her bitter, selfish manager, and inspired by the movie, Bonnie and Clyde, Kate devises a plan to rob the store on its final day of trading. The plan becomes more than just a fantasy, with some unexpected consequences.

The film will be directed by the award winning writer and director, Maeve Murphy. Maeve's most recent film, the critically acclaimed, Beyond the Fire, won Best Feature at the London Independent Film Festival and Best Feature at New York's Garden State Film Festival.

The supporting cast include Scot Williams (Dead Man Running and The Crew), Georgia Groome (London to Brighton & Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging), Jay Brown (Youngers & The Hunted) and Femi Oyeniran (Anuvahood). The Director of Photography is Gerry Vasbenter (Summer in February and History Boys).

The film was developed by Northern Ireland Screen and is based on the short film, Sushi, also written and directed by Murphy, that won the prestigious Sub-Ti International Short Film Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. The film is co-financed by Prime Focus and will be produced by Geoff Austin and Maeve Murphy, with Frank Mannion of Swipe Films as executive producer.

Writer/Director Maeve Murphy states:

"I am really excited and looking forward to making this film, with the talented Kelly Brook and the great young cast. Lots of fun and skulduggery in central London!"


"I am excited to start filming Taking Stock. It's a hilarious film full of twists and turns. It is so important that we continue to support British filmmaking and Maeve has written one of the best scripts I've read in a long time. I can't wait to get back to doing what I love, which is being on set and working with a hugely talented cast and crew."

Kelly Brook currently stars in ITV's award-winning hit show, Celebrity Juice. She previously appeared in Lionsgate's breakout hit movie Keith Lemon: The Movie, as well as Piranha 3D (which grossed over $100m worldwide).

Swipe Films has come on board as the worldwide sales agent. Swipe's sales successes include the Golden Globe winner, Osama, the Sundance hit, In Prison My Whole Life with Colin Firth and Love Live Long, directed by the Oscar nominated director, Mike Figgis.

Frank Mannion of Swipe Films says:

"Kelly Brook has that elusive quality that movie marketeers dream of - an x factor that appeals equally to men and women of all ages. International distributors and audiences alike are actively seeking out original, commercial British independent cinema, so we think that Taking Stock will prove irresistible to those looking for a heart-felt romantic movie."

SUSHI, written and directed by Maeve Murphy, wins the 2011 Sub-ti International Short Film competition


The film will be screened as part of the current Venice Film Festival and at other international film festivals.

The third annual competition was for a short film on subtitles and international dialogue, or subtitling as a means of cross-cultural communication.

SUSHI is about how, in a crisis moment, a compassionate connection is made between two strangers from different cultures who are also neighbours. That conversation is the start of a friendship beyond cultural and linguistic differences.  A suicidal woman is saved by sushi. Set in London, it is a quirky charming short, and also an excerpt from Maeve's current feature project TAKING STOCK.

Produced by the London Film Academy; Executive Producers: Daisy Gili & Anna MacDonald; Produced by Holly Wells.
Starring Luanna Priestman and Junichi Kajioka.

Maeve Murphy was born and brought up in Northern Ireland. She studied English at Cambridge University and was the secretary of the Cambridge Footlights. Her early career was in theatre with award winning theatre company Trouble and Strife. Maeve then worked at Parallax Pictures Production Company and moved into film. Her previous films are: Beyond The Fire (2009/2010), Silent Grace (2004), Salvage (2001 - short film).

With this competition, Sub-ti continues on its mission to promote independent cinema, and at the same time it also provides an excellent opportunity for exposure to young filmmakers and film school students. The competition is indeed targeted to directors and aspiring filmmakers, as well as film and communications students, of all nationalities.

The winning short film will be screened over the world, at the international film festivals which Sub-ti is a partner of.