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Toby Jones and Anne Reid begin work on Kaleidoscope

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Toby Jones

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Principal photography has begun on Kaleidoscope, an original feature and directorial debut from Rupert Jones. The shoot takes place primarily in a London based studio set, tailor-built for the production. 

Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Berberian Sound Studio, Dad’s Army) takes the lead role, as Carl. With an accomplished variety of award winning career performances – from big-budget studio features, to independent films –Kaleidoscope sees Jones returning to the British cinematic scene that he has become so well renowned for.  

Kaleidoscope is a taut, psychological thriller that explores the inescapability of a destructive relationship between a middle-aged man and his mother. At the heart of this modern day ‘Psycho’ are some unsettling questions: Can we ever escape the role in which we are cast by our early circumstances? Must a perpetrator first be a victim?

Joining Toby is Anne Reid (The Mother, Last Tango in Halifax, Dinnerladies), BAFTA nominee and MBE, Reid is an iconic British actress of television, stage and screen. Rising star Sinéad Matthews (Mr. Turner, Happy-Go-Lucky) plays Abby, discovered whilst at RADA by Mike Leigh, Matthews went on to play the role of Dawn in Leigh’s stage production of Ecstasy.

Kaleidoscope is produced by Matthew James Wilkinson of Stigma Films and Maggie Monteith (Searching for Sugar Man, Brotherhood, The Experiment) of Dignity Film Finance under the production banner of Longships Films Ltd. Executive producers are Chris Reed and Phil Rymer with Roopesh Parekh (Poldark, And Then There Were None) co-producing.

The project is writer-director Rupert Jones’s first original feature film, following his success with shorts, pop promos, television and theatre work. Producer Matthew James Wilkinson, formerly in a development exec at Working Title, has produced high-end shorts, including Ernestine & Kit directed by Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners). His debut feature film The Call Up releases in the UK later this year.

 “We are delighted to have Toby, Anne and Sinead leading the cast,” Wilkinson commented. “The script is a character driven story that requires the best actors to bring these characters to life. We couldn’t be happier to have secured such incredible talent in Toby, Anne and Sinéad.”

Anne Reid

Anne Reid

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