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An Interview with Neil Jones, Director of Age of Kill

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2015

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Your new movie Age of Kill - in a few words, what is it about?


A disgraced MI6 Sniper is blackmailed into killing six targets in six hours or his kidnapped daughter dies.


How did the project fall together in the first place?


Producer Jonathan Sothcott [Jonathan Sothcott interview - click here] emailed me the script and asked if I wanted to direct. I loved the script and Martin Kemp was attached to star so it was simply a case of a script I loved with an actor I wanted to work with, hard to say no.


What can you tell us about your screenwriter Simon Cluett, and what was your collaboration like?


I liked Simon as soon as I met him, I had loads of ideas about the script and he was really receptive to the ideas. He managed to articulate a lot of my vague thoughts on the page. Itís been a great experience collaborating with Simon, his writing style is very visual so it made my job so much easier.


How would you describe your directorial approach to your story at hand?


For me the most important aspect of directing Age of Kill was pacing, it was about picking the right moments to give the audience action. We had such an amazing cast that I knew we had no worries on the performance front, so my focus was to keep the story driving forward at a fast pace.


From what I know, Age of Kill, while big in scope, was shot on a relatively tight budget - so what kind of a challenge was that then?


We made it on a shoestring and with that comes challenges. Every director is different but for me preparation was everything, I shot-listed everything in detail, I made sure all the cast crew had a copy of the shot-list so we were all playing from the same book. Itís great to mix and change things up if the moment feels right, but when you have little money that means you have little time, so it was so important that everyone knew exactly what we had to shoot and how long we had to shoot it.


Do talk about your movie's many action scenes for a bit, and how were they achieved?


Again itís all about preparation. Hollywood films have days, sometimes weeks for a single fight sequence, on Age of Kill we had hours. We had a great fight coordinator in Nick Mason, who video-boarded all the fight sequences beforehand, Nick, Martin and I would watch the videos and then approach how weíd film it from there. The helicopter sequence was a fun one to shoot, this is where a great 1st AD comes into play to manage all the onset mechanics and luckily we had that in Simon Haveland.


What can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people? And how did you even get people like Martin Kemp and Patrick Bergin?


Martin was cast before I came onboard so that made casting other actors easier. Jonathan Sothcott [Jonathan Sothcott interview - click here] knew Philip Davis, Bruce Payne, Tony Denham and they all agreed to do the film which was great. Dexter Fletcher came onboard last minute thanks to a call from Jonathan and Rod Smith (producer), weíve really punched above our wait with the cast in this film. When you turn up to work and you see the likes of Philip Davis and Patrick Bergin go toe to toe in a scene it really is a magical moment.


Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!


A great shoot. Everyone seemed to be on the right page for this film, as a story itís very different to your typical Brit film, with that came an element of excitement and I think everyone raised their game.


A few words about audience and critical reception of Age of Kill so far?


Early days so far, seven reviews to date five positive and two negative, so Iíll take that. Iím realistic to know that I canít compete with Avengers, but hopefully people will like it. Iím extremely proud of the film, we set out to make a genuine British action thriller which is a unique to the usual British low budget sector, I feel we achieved that.


Especially regarding your movie's very James Bond-ish ending - will there ever be a sequel to Age of Kill, and/or other future projects you'd like to share?


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Iíd love to do a sequel, I definitely think there are more stories to explore with this character, if the first one sells enough units then Iím sure Sam Blake will be back in action soon. In regards to future projects while nothing is definite yet, it looks like Iíll be back directing again in September.


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I have a twitter page, @njonesfilms, though I probably spend more time retweeting than tweeting


Anything else you are dying to mention and I've merely forgotten to ask?


Just want to say how great it is that people like yourself take the time to write about independent films, awareness is so crucial for a small film to succeed, so thank you for giving our film your time.


Thanks for the interview!


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