UNTITLED (a film)

‘Fresh from a successful film festival, a super smooth movie producer returns to a day at the office, where in just eight hours, his infidelities & addictions and his dodgy finance deals come crashing down and ludicrously unravel threatening his success, his marriage, his life and even stranger, his reality’.

  • Chris Loizou
    Director
    LOST NIGHT
  • Chris Loizou
    Writer
    The Riot Act (Screenplay)
  • Chris Loizou
    Producer
    LOST NIGHT
  • Mark Dymond
    Key Cast
    Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Noir, thriller, horror, comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri 2K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • International Film Festival World Cinema
    London
    United Kingdom
    February 15, 2017
    UK Premier
    NOMINATIONS, Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress
Director Biography - Chris Loizou

CHRIS LOIZOU Writer/Director~ Biog ~

Chris Loizou started his career working as a wardrobe designer and supervisor on feature films before becoming a producer of music videos and commercials with award winning directors on productions including videos for the band ‘Space’ the 'The Spice Girls' ‘Ocean Colour Scene’ and 'Echo & The Bunny-men' before starting a writing career.

After being hired to write a series of comedy commercials for leisure giant 'Centerparcs', Chris's first spec feature film script 'Neighbourhood' was optioned by 'AVA' films in London. More options followed including a high concept comedy titled 'Il Bambino' for Parallel Films. Clearly having a flair for the commercially funny, Chris's talents were scouted by Magnus Fiennes 'Silent Entertainment' to pen the children's sci-fi cartoon series 'Freephonix' for Universal & BBC Worldwide, a music based CG cartoon series about a kid’s rap band who are also super heroes. This lead to a commission from one of the worlds oldest film companies 'Nordisk Film' to write a screenplay about a rapper from the provinces titled ‘H.O.P.e’. Chris then worked with various production companies on concept ideas for feature film and TV projects.

After directing segments for The Paramount Comedy Channel's ‘30 Years Of Python’ with comedy legend, Michael Palin, Chris then directed his first commercial spot ‘Jack & Danni’ which was nominated for “Best New Director” at the Cannes Advertising Festival and featured on ITV's “Tarrant On TV”. Music videos followed for “The Lost Brothers” titled “Cry Little Sister” a club twist on the original theme from the 80's vampire classic. The video was voted an ‘instant classic’ on “VIDEO-C” which led Chris being incited to write the treatment for the feature film sequel ‘The Lost Boys 2’ for the Warner Brothers Studio.

In 2010 Chris Loizou’s short film “LOST NIGHT” was officially selected for a number of UK and international film festivals and was in competition at the ‘New York Independent International Film Festival’ the ‘L.A International Film Festival’ & ‘The Amarista BritishFilm Festival’ in Los Angeles. The short was also nominated for the prestigious ‘Iris Prize’ and is still being invited to show at festivals both in Europe and the US.

Chris also adapted the novel ‘The Riot Act’ by Jon Stock (who’s latest book “Dead Spy Running” is being fast-tracked into production by the Warner Bros Studio) for ‘Last Straw Productions’ in the USA to be produced by Anthony LaPaglia & Natalie Stevenson.
Chris has recently sold his romantic comedy ‘Seeing Iris’ to Bafta award winning producer ‘Barry Navidi’ which Chris will direct in 2017.

Chris’s 1st independent featureUNTITLED (a film) a contemporary noir thriller, is now completed and is officially selected for the International Film Festival Of World Cinema and nominated for 5 awards to include Best Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor for Mark Dymond & best Supporting actress for Leanne Joyce.
Chris Loizou is represented by Bruce Kaufman at ICM, Hollywood Los Angeles, California.

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Director Statement

“This is not a director’s statement” By Chris Loizou

In 2010 my producers and I had managed to secure three million pounds to shoot a romantic comedy in London. Camped at a London studio, sets designed, cast rehearsing and on the verge of having affairs already and Iʼm in the starting gate and ready to be released into the bull ring. The finance fell apart at the last minute and I remained bucking, bolting and rearing myself against the penn. The doors however, never opened.

I limped back to my Kingʼs Cross office to lick my wounds and sat alone staring at a wall decorated the set & costume designs I had imagined, a colourful strip board schedule and a photograph of me, smiling, along with my producers shaking hands on the 1st day of pre-production. Hardly an inspiration. I drew on all the scriptwriting books, seminars, courses I had taken through the years. My career & what it meant as a writer. Eight options
and commissions under my belt for movies that never saw the light of day. Tv shows that never hit the small screen along with an exec who keeled over dead from a heart attack the day before the official green-light.I imagined Robert Mckee on his last legs, screaming in my face “Write what you know! Write what you know!”. However, all I knew, at that point was a writer sitting alone in his office, beaten, and tired and trying to make sense of it all. Idea! So drawing from dozens of spec scripts to unrealised Hollywood deals and enough spitballing lunches that could have only have lead to a liver complaint, and through it all, my fare share of script notes.

Script notes. Those meanderings of development executives, those sometimes generic musings of those who hope to shape your story into a palatable screen version for wide eyed popcorn chomping audiences. I started writing the screenplay, I had decided I would do exactly what I was told not to do, as GEORGE the agent says to KURT, “No black & white & no art Kurty boy”. I knew I wanted to make a convincing film-noir that fit the brief of an exciting thriller but is laughing and eating itself inside out. Too clever for itʼs own good? Possibly. I didnʼt have a title, so it was by pure definition UNTITLED.

A thriller, following Kurtʼs low-budget ethos and his life imitating art as it turns into the very story Timothy is desperately trying to peddle, flaws and all. Shot in glorious black and white, in a style lost to the silver screen against a rousing orchestral score. Breaking every screenwriting & filmmaking rule by making a wry twist on the indie art-film, 40ʼs noir and modern cinema but with a nudge and a wink and crashing against modern technology, leaving the audience with an unsettling paradox. The characterʼs are bizarrely drawn, saved from Timothyʼs dreaded script notes, invading the screen relentlessly on what has become the way we digitally communicate today, you could connect with 1000ʼs of people in a day, and not see a soul. But to thrill, to scare, to shock, to intrigue, but to never leave that room. Cheekily making nods to some of the planetʼs most revered filmmakers, Godard, Fellini,, Hitchcock and loaded with film references, hidden away but there to be discovered. A truly unique neo-noir. I believe I achieved that.