Poison Arrows – Watch the trailer for the brand new British Darts mockumentary


Central Metropolis Media has introduced the discharge of their new British mockumentary, Poison Arrows. The movie will probably be in cinemas on twentieth December & Digital Obtain from 2nd January 2023.

Poison Arrows comes from the artistic minds of British actor Geoff Bell (KingsmanInexperienced Road & The Enterprise) and cult filmmaker Simon Sprackling (FunnymanBreakfast with Johnny Wilkinson). The movie additionally stars James Harkness (The SuffererRogue OneDarkest Hour), Ben Gardner Grey (Eden Lodge) & Judith Roddy (Derry WomenThe Fall).

Documentary filmmaker, Lewis J Maitland, goes into Medway jail to fulfill former darts participant, Rocky Goldfingers, as he completes a fifteen-year sentence for the homicide of his former teammate and protégé, Perry ‘The Poison Arrow’ Peters. Against the law he continues to assert he didn’t commit.

Poison Arrows is Maitland’s filmed report of what occurs when Rocky will get out and goes in the hunt for whoever it was that “stitched him up”. It follows Rocky’s determined quest to search out the true killer, in a hostile, disbelieving world that’s modified past all recognition, from the one he left behind.

On the identical time Maitland is himself on a quest, to win an illusive BAFTA, by chronicling both his topic’s gradual, delusional and tragic decline – into denial and psychosis – or higher nonetheless, if he’s actually fortunate, the invention of probably the most surprising and extraordinary sports activities conspiracies of all time!

The movie additionally options notable sporting UK personalities together with: Barry Hearn OBE (Chairman PDCMatchroom Snooker & Boxing), Bobby George (Gone to Pot, The Actual Marigold Lodge), Ray Stubbs (BBC, ESPN & BT Sports activities presenter) plus a number of real-life Skilled Darts Champions together with: Ray Van BarneveldMartin ‘Wolfie’ AdamsTrina GulliverJames WadeMervyn KingTony David and Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham.

As well as, Keith Brymer-Jones, finest often called a choose on the C4’s Nice British Pottery Throwdown (The Crying Potter) and Carrie Hilton award-winning kickboxer will make their massive display debuts.

Simon first started taking pictures materials in January of 2002. Geoff got here on board the next yr, after Simon bought clearance from the event organisers to shoot scripted motion sequences on the BDO World Darts Championship at Lakeside Nation Membership, Frimley Inexperienced, leaping up on stage within the 15 minute gaps between scheduled matches.

Followers, officers and competing skilled gamers joined with the actors to simulate matches, press conferences and a completely choreographed dance routine, full with pyrotechnics, to create genuine trying footage, in entrance of a stay viewers. With Geoff additionally improvising, in character, again stage within the participant’s bar, some extraordinary materials was captured.

However there was by no means a price range in place to finish the remainder of the movie, and as they tried to lift it, retrospectively, different funded initiatives took precedent.

Time slid by. The cans of movie sat idle in a cabinet. Careers moved on.

Fifteen years later Simon and Geoff met up and joked about how they by no means managed to complete that loopy darts movie. Then musing on the considered reviving it, they puzzled how one can use the outdated footage in a up to date story. The place had these characters been for the final fifteen years and with the actor who performed ‘The Poison Arrow’ not obtainable how may his sudden disappearance from the story be defined away?

Then they’d a thought.

If Geoff’s character ‘Rocky’ had been discovered responsible of killing ‘The Poison Arrow’ and been in jail for the final 15 years, we may decide up the story once more within the type of a documentary monitoring him on his launch.

Pulling favours from outdated associates, Simon and Geoff crammed in and expanded that story, on digicam, a day or two at a time. They filmed – hand to mouth – over a interval of 4 years despite quite a few challenges, together with Simon’slife-threatening emergency surgical procedure in 2019, and the worldwide pandemic in 2020 and 2021, till lastly, in 2022, Poison Arrows was accomplished.

A labour of affection? Definitely.

A triumph of cheerful optimism blended with bloody mindedness? Completely.

It is a genuinely authentic and award-winning movie, made by way of hell and excessive water, within the truest impartial custom.

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