Film shot in memory of Potter actor

PUBLISHED: 15:45 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:07 25 August 2010

ACTOR Ray Winstone was behind bars at the weekend as he filmed scenes for an anti-knife crime film in memory of murdered Harry Potter actor Rob Knox.

ACTOR Ray Winstone was behind bars at the weekend as he filmed scenes for an anti-knife crime film in memory of murdered Harry Potter actor Rob Knox.

The British actor, pictured top right, famed for his hard-man roles, was shooting scenes alongside the victim's brother Jamie at Elmley Prison, Sheerness.

Last week, we exclusively revealed that the star of Sexy Beast and Nil by Mouth had agreed to waive his fee to appear in the flick, having worked with the brothers on King Arthur in 2004.

Rob's father Colin, of Ingress Park, Greenhithe, is executive producer of Cold Kiss. Rob and Jamie's drama school friend, Aaron Truss, is producing the film with director Nirpal Bhogal from Dustlight Films.

Eighteen-year-old Rob, a Bromley drama school student who played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was stabbed to death outside the Metro Bar, in Sidcup, in May last year. Mr Truss said: "Working with such a respected actor as Ray is a dream come true for a producer of my age.

"It is not only a great privilege and honour to work with him but it is a project so close to my heart. Colin [Rob's father] said he wanted to give us money to get the film off the ground as we had an idea about an anti-knife crime film. When he suggested approaching Ray Winstone we both thought 'that's not going to happen'.

"We were blown away by his response. Ray is a very charitable man, and is quite outspoken about knife crime, having known people devastated by it, including Rob's family.

"The best thing is everyone is working for free, Ray included. We all want this to work desperately and portray the message that using a knife is never the right answer."

Actress Lexie Lambert, who appeared in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd in 2007 and Martina Cole's Ladykillers, also appears.

"Lexie is a great actress. It was great to have her on board," Mr Truss added.

He is keeping the plot a secret but said it was a gritty film, with Ray and Jamie starring side by side. The duo shot scenes in a cell at Elmley Prison, with the content largely created through prison visits. Further scenes not featuring the Brit actor were shot in Harlow on Tuesday.

For several years, Mr Truss, from Chislehurst, attended the D&B Drama School in Bromley, becoming close friends with both brothers. He added: "Rob was a great lad. I was devastated when I heard of his murder. We were due to meet up shortly after that day to celebrate his role in Harry Potter but I never had the chance.

"To be honest, Rob was always the better actor at drama school. Riding on horseback in a film with Ray Winstone [King Arthur] was pretty cool. I envied him.

"His death is such a horrendous waste of a great young man who had a fantastic career ahead of him."

Director Nirpal Bhogal said: "It's a great film to be attached to. The script is an absolute dream, leaping from page to film.

"We have an enthusiastic crew, a great talent and calibre of an actor and actress in both Ray and Lexie and on top of that a massively important topic."

It is hoped a trailer will be screened at the Charlton Athletic Rob Knox Memorial event due to be staged on October 15 at The Valley ground.


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