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Diarmaid Murtagh Heads Cast of Boudica’s ‘The Mad Axman’

LONDON — Boudica Films, the financing and production outfit run by Rebecca Long and Ian Davies, has started production on its fifth feature “The Mad Axman.”

The period feature, based on Gill Adamsʼ play “Jump to Cow Heaven,” is Will Kerleyʼs debut feature, and stars Diarmaid Murtagh (“The Monuments Men,” “The Lake”), Morgan Watkins (“The Hour,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) and Elen Rhys (“The Bastard Executioner”).

Based on a true story, Murtagh plays Frank Mitchell, “The Mad Axman,” who is sprung from Dartmoor Prison in 1966 by the Kray twins only to be holed up in a safe house in the company of a minder (Watkins) and a hostess (Rhys) as a nationwide man hunt ensues.

As the days draw closer to Christmas and as Mitchell waits to hear from the Krays and the Home Secretary, the politician in charge of justice, regarding his parole date; tensions rise with the minder and hostess desperate to keep the Axman from breaking cover.

Long heads up the production for Boudica with Davies and Stella Nwimo (“Rearview,” “Stud Life”) also producing. Shooting continues in London until mid-December.

Boudicaʼs previous credits include “The Falling,” “Swung” and “Iona.”

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