[Devils feather - [derivation Turkish] - a woman who stirs a mans interest without realising it; the unwitting cause of sexual arousal]
With private security firms supplying bodyguards in every theatre of war, who will notice the emergence of a sexual psychopath from the ranks of the mercenaries?
When five women are brutally murdered in Sierra Leone, Reuters correspondent, Connie Burns, questions the arrest of three rebel soldiers for the crimes. No one listens. In the wake of a vicious civil war which saw hundreds of thousands killed and displaced, the rape and murder of women is of little consequence. And who cares if child soldiers are beaten into a confession?
With little to go on, except her witnessing of a savage attack on a prostitute, Connie believes a foreigners responsible. A man who claims to have been in the SAS and works as a bodyguard to a Lebanese diamond trader. She remembers him from Kinshasa when he was a mercenary for Laurent Kabilas regime, and she suspects he uses the chaos of war to act out sadistic fantasies against women.
Two years later in Iraq, the consequences of her second attempt to expose him are devastating. Terrified, degraded and destroyed, she goes into hiding in England and tries to rebuild the person she was before being subjected to three days of conditioning in a Baghdad cellar.
In the process, she strikes up a friendship with Jess Derbyshire, a loner whose reclusive nature has alienated her from the rest of the Dorset community where she lives. Seeing parallels between herself and Jess, Connie borrows from the other womans strength and makes the hazardous decision to attempt a third unmasking of a serial killer...
Nick Frost to play Captain Pugwash in Live Action Film
LIVE-ACTION CAPTAIN PUGWASH FILM CASTS NICK FROST IN THE TITLE ROLE
Atticus Pictures, Carnaby International and Co-Star Media team up to bring Britain's favourite pirate captain to a new generation.
LONDON, 17th May 2017: Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul and Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to play the infamous, bumbling and cowardly pirate, Captain Pugwash.
Captain Pugwash's creator, the late John Ryan, entertained three generations with hundreds of episodes of animated cartoons and two dozen best-selling books.
Pugwash is set in the Golden Age of Piracy. Cowardly con-artist Pugwash is put on a boat to Botany Bay but soon escapes and has the good fortune to find himself at the helm of The Black Pig on a mission to rescue Cabin Boy Tom's father who has been marooned on a volcanic island with a hoard of treasure protected by an army of angry ghosts. And if this didn't make things difficult enough for our diminutive hero, Pugwash soon finds he has the infamous pirate Cut-Throat Jake hard on his tail...
Jason Flemyng (Lock Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men First Class and Snatch) will also be joining the Black Pig on its maiden voyage with other key casting announcements expected soon, most notably who will be playing Cut-Throat Jake.
Pugwash will be produced by Elliot Jenkins and Justin Johnson for Atticus Pictures, Andrew Loveday & Sean O'Kelly for Carnaby International and Jiang Jun for Costar Culture & Media.
Pugwash has been written and directed by two-time EMMY and Berlin Bear winner, John Hay, who has specialised in making family entertainment with credits such as There's Only One Jimmy Grimble and Stig of the Dump to his name. More recently he made Lost Christmas, starring Eddie Izzard for the BBC, winning himself and his producing partner, Elliot Jenkins, a second EMMY.
Co-Producer Justin Johnson says: 'Today's audiences are going to love our funny, fresh, indie take on Pugwash. It will be as if Peter Cook had run into Blackadder at a party, had a few too many rums and set off on a mad voyage together. In fact a lot of the time we think it will be adults who will be dragging their kids along to see what we've made of their childhood hero.'
Producer Elliot Jenkins continues: 'Nick just has funny bones and he's perfect to bring our pompous, cowardly, pugnacious, fun-loving hero to life. What's more I know he wants to give the role a really fresh, modern spin.'
Nick Frost responds by saying: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be involved in this project. Besides Winston Churchill and Henry VIII, Captain Horatio Pugwash seems like a role I was born to play. I cannot wait to get going."
Chinese producers Costar Culture & Media will be financing with Carnaby International.
Captain Pugwash will be launched in Cannes with Tania Sarra selling for Carnaby International.
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