Kelly Brook Set To Shine In New British Comedy “Taking Stock”

New British indie Taking Stock, a comedy-drama starring the delightful Kelly Brook, will makes its UK bow at London’s Vue Cinema Piccadilly on October 4.

Kelly Brook in Maeve Murphy's new film Taking Stock - Top 10 Films

Written and directed by the award-winning Maeve Murphy, comedy-drama Taking Stock will premiere at London’s Vue Cinema Piccadilly on Sunday October 4th. The film features Kelly Brook, best known as a model and former host of TV’s Big Breakfast as well as for her performances in School for Seduction, Smallville, Piranha 3D and Keith Lemon: The Film, channeling her inner bad girl in order to seize control of her destiny. Taking Stock has been described as a “fun Bonnie and Clyde-inspired escapade set in London.”

The film is based on Murphy’s short film of the same named which debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. The writer-director, who has enjoyed plenty of success with previous films Silent Grace, her debut, which was nominated for the Conflict and Resolution Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and Beyond The Fire which won Best Feature at both the London Independent Film Festival and New York’s Garden State Film Festival, noted her delight at the decision to debut Taking Stock at Raindance.

Kelly Brook in Maeve Murphy's new film Taking Stock - Top 10 Films

Kelly Brook in Maeve Murphy’s new film Taking Stock

She said: “The festival’s joyous indie spirit fits Taking Stock very well. Kelly [Brook] really shines and it’s a good platform for people to see it. Essentially it is a fun film which shows, in a light hearted way, some of the issues and dilemmas young people are currently facing in the UK today.”

Star Kelly Brook, fresh from stints on the West End in Calendar Girls and Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig, said: “I had so much fun on the shoot and think everyone involved, both behind and in front of the camera, should be proud of what has been achieved with such a small budget. The UK produces some great filmmaking talent and it’s so good to be part of a home-grown project like this.” Brook recently appeared in NBC’s One Big Happy, a new sitcom produced by Ellen DeGeneres

Taking Stock follows the exploits of Brook’s Kate, an out of work actress working in a shop, until she is unceremoniously made redundant. In a week from hell, Kate’s boyfriend leaves her, the shop goes bust and rent and gas bills have not been paid. Inspired by the notorious outlaw Bonnie Parker, Kate takes matters into her own hands and, gathering a gang from her young shop assistant friends, comes up with a plot to rob the shop. But where is her Clyde?

At a pre-release screening attended by Huffington Post’s Sumeet Grover, the critic noted how Murphy “portrays the diversity of London with a candid romanticism.” He also called Brook’s performance layered and authentic in displaying “her loss, her madness, Bonnie Parker obsession and finally some romance.”

Kelly Brook in Maeve Murphy's new film Taking Stock - Top 10 Films

The 2015 Raindance Film Festival will take place from 23rd September to 4th October 2015 in Central London (Piccadilly Circus), screening 100 feature films and over 150 short films. For further information, view the festival website.

Words by Daniel Stephens

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