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Mile End

After being forced out of his job, London executive Paul Kerr (Alex Humes) is left doubting his future until he runs into John (Mark Arnold), a friendly American who seems to have all the answers. They both agree that life isn't fair and John comes up with a radical plan to turn Paul's life around. But when a young banker (Valmike Rampersad) is found murdered, Paul begins to question what John really wants.

“a compelling psychological thriller” - Quadrapheme

“reveals and nuances that even David Fincher would be proud of” - UK Film Review

“striking…unpredictable and surprising throughout” - Letterboxd

• WINNER BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE 7th New York City Independent Film Festival

• WINNER GRAND PRIZE 22nd San Antonio Film Festival

• WINNER BEST FILM Melbourne Independent Film Festival

• nominated BEST UK FEATURE 23rd Raindance Film Festival

• WINNER BEST SCREENPLAY Sydney Independent Film Festival

• WINNER BEST ORIGINAL FEATURE FILM SCORE (Ed Scolding) - International Music + Sound Awards

• nominated BEST ORIGINAL FEATURE FILM SCORE (Ed Scolding) - UK Music + Sound Awards

• longlisted DISCOVERY AWARD - British Independent Film Awards

• Alex Humes named on the prestigious BIFA Newcomer longlist - 12 British Actors to Watch

• screenplay shortlisted BEST FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY BlueCat Screenplay Awards

  • Graham Higgins
    'Pride', 'Me, My Swami and I', 'Rachel's Confidence', 'Borborygmus'
  • Graham Higgins
    'Pride', 'Me, My Swami and I', 'Rachel's Confidence', 'Borborygmus'
  • Graham Higgins
    'Pride', 'Me, My Swami and I', 'Rachel's Confidence', 'Borborygmus'
  • Alex Humes
    Key Cast
    Strike Back Run Away with Me, 50 Ways to Kill Your Lover, World War Z, Forest of the Damned 2, Space Cadets
  • Mark Arnold
    Key Cast
    ‘Abduct’, ‘Santa Barbara’, ‘Threesome’, ‘Teen Wolf’, ‘The Atlanta Child Murders’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Desperate Housewives’
  • Heidi Agerholm Balle
    Key Cast
    ‘Lost in the Park’, commercials for B&Q and BBC Sport/Red Bee Media
  • Valmike Rampersad
    Key Cast
    'Cloud 9', 'Open Secrets', 'The Exquisite Continent', 'Radio Mary', 'Meet Pursuit Delange'', 'Scandalous''
  • Mary Jane Lowe
    Key Cast
    ‘Taken’, ‘Three’ and ‘Make More Mistakes’, ‘No I.D.’
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 41 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 26, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa, ProRes 422 HQ
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  • Sydney Independent Film Festival
    October 17, 2016
    Sydney Premiere
  • San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio
    United States
    July 28, 2016
    Texas Premiere
  • International Music + Sound Awards
    United Kingdom
    July 14, 2016
  • Melbourne Independent Film Festival
    July 12, 2016
  • East End Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    June 28, 2016
  • New York City Independent Film Festival
    New York, USA
    April 28, 2016
    North American Premiere
  • Derby Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    April 29, 2016
  • Raindance Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 3, 2015
    World Premiere
    nominated BEST UK FEATURE
  • British Independent Film Awards
    United Kingdom
    December 6, 2015
    longlisted DISCOVERY AWARD
  • British Independent Film Awards
    United Kingdom
    December 6, 2015
    longlisted BEST NEWCOMER award - Alex Humes
  • Music + Sound Awards
    Cafe de Paris, Piccadilly, London
    United Kingdom
    March 2, 2016
    nominated BEST ORIGINAL FEATURE FILM SCORE (Ed Scolding)
  • BlueCat Screenplay Competition
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 10, 2014
    SHORLISTED top 10% (of 4060 entries) - working title 'Something Changed'
Director Biography - Graham Higgins

Graham won the Best New Talent Award at the Merseyside Arts & Entertainment Awards for his short film, ‘Pride’, a comedy about a youth who fools his parents into thinking he’s a merchant banker while working as a lavatory attendant. ‘Pride’ was funded by the Arts Council/National Lottery and premiered at the 40th London Film Festival. It was then released theatrically through Metro Tartan, and broadcast on Channel Four television.

Graham’s short film, ‘Me, My Swami and I’, premiered at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, was selected for more than 20 festivals across Europe, Asia and North America, and was a semi-finalist at Japan’s CON-CAN movie festival.

His other short films include ‘Borborygmus’, hailed by the Leeds Film Festival as “a terrific no-budget comedy”, and the Docklands-set half-hour drama ‘Rachel’s Confidence’, screened in the Best of British section at the BBC British Short Film Festival.

2015 MILE END (feature)
2004 ME, MY SWAMI AND I (short)
1996 PRIDE (short)
1993 BORBORYGMUS (short)

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Director Statement

What inspired you to create MILE END?

The idea for MILE END was inspired by real events when a jogger tried to high five me in the street and it started me thinking, what could have happened if I’d got to know him? I go running by the river in Limehouse, in east London where I live. I find that running is very liberating. It frees up your subconscious. So as I was running, this story which is very psychological would just come to me, and I would rush home and write it all down.

MILE END plays on the duality of the main character - what inspired this direction with the character?

That’s the main question at the heart of the film - the enigma about the parallel lives of the two main characters. These two unemployed guys meet by chance while they’re out running and they become running mates. And they develop a bond, which is quite strange.

Many of us will have experienced that uncanny feeling when someone says something, the same thing we have just been thinking ourselves, and it’s curious how people can have the the same thoughts at the same time. You could say it’s coincidence, but perhaps there is something else going on - something spiritual or an affinity between us that we don’t really understand.

During the story, three people are killed in strange circumstances and the film poses the enigma: what happened to them? The answer lies somewhere in the psychology of these two guys, and it’s up to the audience to decide what has happened.

What aspect of the film do you think would surprise anyone who sees it?

MILE END is unique in that it’s my very personal take on what I call the ‘stranger danger’ thriller. People will be familiar with the genre from movies like ‘Strangers on a Train’ where an innocent person meets a dubious stranger. But I’ve given it my own slant, which is to create a story that is deliberately ambiguous. People do find it refreshing that the film keeps them guessing and enjoy trying to figure out what has happened.

It’s also a very different take on the East End of London. There are no gangsters. It’s about an office worker who lives on the fringes of London's banking zones, the City and Canary Wharf. He loses his job in the recession and goes running while he’s trying to get back into work.

The cinematography by Anna Valdez Hanks really captures the unique beauty of that washed out London light by the Thames, and also the ominous presence of the banking district of Canary Wharf which looms over east London. The music by Ed Scolding is very clever, you don't feel like you've heard it before. One of the reviewers described the film as "beautiful and unsettling" and audiences have found it surprising that a film can have both those qualities at the same time.

How was the feedback from the film?

Amazing. Reviews have been really positive, picking up on the financial crisis theme, and also saying how "absorbing" and "compelling" the film is. The central performances by Alex Humes and Mark Arnold have rightly had a lot of praise and Alex was nominated on the longlist for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards for MILE END.

One audience member described the film as “full of charm and darkness”, and I think audiences have really found it intriguing and gripping. It’s what I would call a European-style psychological thriller, and people have definitely come out feeling very affected by it. The suspense really ramps up as you get deeper into the story and you do notice audiences going very quiet as they’re drawn in.