Principal photography has commenced on THE ONES BELOW, a psychological thriller exposing the private terrors of two affluent modern couples living above and below each other.
THE ONES BELOW is the debut feature from writer/director David Farr (screenwriter of Hanna) starring the ensemble cast of Clemence Poesy (Birdsong, The Tunnel, Harry Potter), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead, Red Riding, Welcome to the Punch) Stephen Campbell Moore(Complicit, History Boys, Ashes to Ashes), and Laura Birn(Purge, Pearls and Pigs, Heart of a Lion).
THE ONES BELOW follows two couples as their lives cross and become fatally interlinked. The couple above, Kate (Clemence Poesy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) are expecting their first baby. They are thirty-something, successful and affluent. All appears well on the surface but Kate harbours deeply rooted fears about her fitness to be a mother and her ability to love the child within. One day another couple, Jon (David Morrissey) and Teresa (Laura Birn) move in to the apartment below. They become ‘The Ones Below’ and are also expecting a baby. In contrast to Kate, Teresa is full of joy at the prospect of imminent motherhood. Pregnancy brings the women together in shared confidences, as Kate becomes entranced by Teresa’s unquestioning celebration of her family-to-be. Until one night a joint dinner begins to reveal all is not as it seems with ‘The Ones Below’ and a single tragic accident throws the couples into a nightmare of psychological terror.
David Farr is a writer and director of theatre, TV and film. He has worked primarily in theatre for 20 years, as Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, The Lyric Hammersmith and then as Associate Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company. He has directed around 40 productions that have travelled to over 25 countries, and has worked at The National Theatre, Almeida, Young Vic,Brooklyn Academy of Music and the main stageBarbican. His writing credits include Spooks and the screenplay for the film Hanna, directed by Joe Wright.
French actress Clemence Poesy has appeared in films including In Bruges, 127 Hours and as Fleur Delacour in theHarry Potter film series. She played the memorable role of Isabelle Azaire in the TV mini-series ‘Birdsong’, Eva Coupeau in the US TV series ‘Gossip Girl’ and the role of Elise Wasserman in the Sky Atlantic/Canal+ series ‘The Tunnel’. Clemence’s work in the fashion world includes being spokesmodel for Chloe fragrances and the face of G-Star Raw.
David Morrissey’s film credits as actor include Welcome to the Punch, Blitz, Nowhere Boy, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Reaping, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Some Voices andHilary & Jackie. His TV work includes ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Red Riding’ trilogy and the current 3 part series ‘The Driver’. Previous TV credits include his BAFTA nominated role in ‘State of Play’ and the role of Gordon Brown in ‘The Deal’ for which he won the Royal Television Society Best Actor award. David has directed short films and the TV dramas ‘Sweet Revenge’ and ‘Passer By’. His feature film debut Don’t Worry About Me premiered at the London Film Festival in 2009. Early in his career David acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre for 4 years, he returned to the stage for Neil Labuate’s ‘In a Dark Dark House’ and played ‘Macbeth’ in the Liverpool Everyman’s production in 2011.
Writer/director David Farr says: “I want to make a thriller in the European tradition of psychological suspense. I feel that the film really yearns to Hitchcock and natural predecessors such as Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and Michael Haneke’s Hidden. I was surprised by how few British films have been made in this tradition which I find so compelling. This way of seeing the world is absolutely instinctive to me.”