British comedy-horror/thriller May I Kill U hits UK cinemas next Friday, with Kevin Bishop starring as a bicycle cop turned vigilante, dishing out his own brand of justice on the streets of London.
We gave the flick a thumbs up (see below), with a lot of that positivity stemming from the performances of both Bishop and his bike police partner, played by the up-and-coming Hayley-Marie Axe.
The actress has been carving out a following thanks to her appearances in web series Next Global Crisis and the spin-off The Fail Safe Sisters.
Luckily for us, Hayley-Marie, who also has an extensive background in theatre as well as appearing in the likes of Eastenders, took some time out to answer some of Movie Ramblings’ questions:
Q. What attracted you to the role of Val and how easy/difficult a role was it to secure?
When I first read the script I could see myself playing Val straight away; she is tough and strong minded, but also has a softer endearing side. I did my research and preparation as usual for an audition, and I really felt like Val was my role so I went to the audition with that in mind.
Q. Obviously the London riots were still fresh in the memory when you filmed this – did that help the mood on set at all?
It certainly made it all feel very real when we were cycling around London and you could still see the aftermath in places.
Q. Vigilantes have been a staple of film and TV for many years – do you expect audiences to warm to and root for Kevin Bishop’s character?
I think the majority will yes, Baz is a charming character because he really thinks he is doing the right thing for society.
Q. Could you ever imagine being pushed so far as to become a violent vigilante?
If chocolate was ever banned I could consider it!
Q. Director Stuart Urban has had a lengthy career in directing, both in film and TV (The Bill etc) – what was he like to work for?
Stuart is great to work with; he gives you the right amount of free reign to make the character your own and the right amount of guidance. It was a great experience for me and I learnt a lot from it.
Q. This is a different type of film to be produced on these shores – how important do you think it is that Britain keeps making challenging films like this?
Social media has taken over the world, so I think the use of this in ‘May I Kill U?’ is very relevant and very clever. I think it is really important to keep pushing the boundaries with film to keep things real, and to keep getting the kids of today interested and involved.
Q. What can you tell us about your upcoming projects?
Well, there’s a few exciting things in the pipeline. Watch this space!
In cinemas from January 11
DVD Released in Spring 2013