As far as Killers Anonymous is concerned, a circle of safety has never felt so unsafe.
In this new-to-our-screens, Tarantino-style movie, directer Martin Owen takes us on the journey of a group of killers who, having come together for just another meeting, discover there’s far more behind the ‘Hello, my name is…’ than is let on.
The cast boasts the likes of Gary Oldman, Jessica Alba, and Suki Waterhouse and, playing Ben, Elliot Langridge for an inside word.
Hey Elliot! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey! So I’ve been an actor for nearly 13 years, and I love my job. I started as an intern on the 5th Harry Potter movie in the camera department and, from there, I changed my focus from being behind to in front of the camera. I’ve been determined to make a success of it ever since.
How did Killers Anonymous come into your life?
I had worked with Martin Owen, the writer and director, on a previous film and really enjoyed it. He loves what he does – it’s infectious; there’s always a great atmosphere on set. When he told me about this project, I really wanted to be part of it.
What was the audition process like?
Originally, I was offered a smaller part, but after doing a couple of read-throughs, Martin came to me with an idea about a new character. We workshopped it and played around with a couple of concepts until we landed on the character of Ben. I feel incredibly grateful that Martin trusted me to play one of the Killers Anonymous.
When did you first find out that you’d be working alongside such a, er, killer cast?
I was attached to the project quite early on, so I heard about quite a few of the different options and possibilities of people who were being considered. I could never have imagined that we would have landed with the cast we did. Personally, I’ve always been a huge fan of Black Adder so working with Tim McInnerny was a huge highlight, and meeting Gary Oldman was such an honour – he’s always been one of my favourite actors.
And what was that like?
I felt a huge amount of pressure on the first day because each character has a moment to talk about their experience…and mine happened to be on the first day! I was definitely chucked in the deep end. The whole thing was a huge learning curve and also a confidence boost in knowing that I could up my game when faced with an opportunity to work with this level of experienced actors. Ultimately, it pushed me to be better.
What was it like off-screen as a group? There’s so much tension between you all during the film.
We spent a lot of time in one room talking, so it meant we had time between takes to get to know each other. It gave the film a really collaborative, family feel which was a lot of fun. Even though (on-screen) our characters hate each other, I got on really well with Tommy, and we had a lot of fun improvising scenes.
You’ve got a couple of action scenes in the film, like throwing the axe! Did you need ‘training’ for this?
The ending of the film actually changed, so that was a last-minute addition! I got a couple of practices in first, but it’s always going to be nerve-wracking throwing an axe directly at the camera whilst trying not to hit it. For the other sequences, we started training a couple of months before and worked with an armoury. I really enjoyed learning a couple of new skills like gun safety and hand to hand combat.
Can you share some of the secrets behind the special effects?
What happens in Killers Anonymous, stays in Killers Anonymous. But what I can tell you is that there’s a lot of green screen involved.
What else are you working on at the moment?
I’ve got another movie with Tommy Flanagan coming out next year: The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud. It’s about a teenage girl getting sucked into a 90’s video game, that was fun to shoot!
I also recently wrapped on a World War One drama Clay Kickers – a fascinating true story about a group of miners that get thrown on the front line. They dig a tunnel under no man’s land and planted a bomb to break the deadly stalemate of the Battle of Messines.
Have you got any exciting projects on the horizon?
There are a couple of exciting projects that I’m not going to jinx. We haven’t started shooting yet but they’re some really exciting opportunities.
I’ve also been writing my first feature film; it’s about a New York police detective investigating a mysterious murder at a travelling circus. Set in 1987, it’s a throwback to thrillers like Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct.
KILLERS ANONYMOUS is OUT NOW on iTunes, Sky Store, Amazon Video, Google Play, Xbox Video Store, The Playstation Store, Rakuten TV, BT TV, Vubiquity & Talk Talk.