21st November 2014, London: Opening the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year and storming Sitges to win the best feature film award in the Official Fantàstic Òrbita section, HYENA will be released in UK cinemas on 6th March.
Written and directed by Gerard Johnson after his critically acclaimed debut, Tony, HYENA reunites Johnson with Peter Ferdinando (A Field in England, Starred Up), who is joined by Stephen Graham (This is England, ‘Boardwalk Empire’), Neil Maskell (Kill List, ‘Utopia’), MyAnna Buring (‘Downton Abbey’, The Twilight Saga), Elisa Lasowski (Eastern Promises, ‘Game of Thrones’), Tony Pitts (‘Peaky Blinders’, War Horse), Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations), Gordon Brown (The Riot Club, Bronson), and introducing Orli Shuka and Gjevat Kelmendi.
Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando) is an anti-hero for our times: a natural predator and a complex mix of high-functioning addict and corrupt police officer. But his dark world is evolving. A recent influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters is threatening to change London’s criminal landscape. Michael’s razor sharp instincts have always kept him one step ahead, but now his increasingly self-destructive behaviour and the sheer brutality of the new gang lords find Michael in a spiraling descent of fear and self-doubt.
Produced by Stephen Woolley (Mona Lisa, Made in Dagenham, The Crying Game, Byzantium), Elizabeth Karlsen (Great Expectations, Little Voice, Carol) and Jo Laurie,HYENA’s music is written and produced by the award winning Matt Johnson from The The. The film is financed by Film4, BFI, Ingenious and Lipsync.