THE HAUNTING OF HARRY PAYNE – A new independent British feature film

Created by Norwich-based writer, John Mangan and Produced by locals Paul Desira and Andrew Selwyn-Crome, THE HAUNTING OF HARRY PAYNE is the first feature film from Equilibrium Films Limited of Epic Studios.

EQF has based itself in the East Anglia region to take advantage of the many varied and unique locations the area has to offer. A long list of talented actors, writers and musicians also live here and we intend making East Anglia a centre of excellence for British filmmaking, capable of competing on the world stage with the best of Hollywood.

THE HAUNTING OF HARRY PAYNE is a genre-breaking original story, blending elements of British gangster films like “Get Carter” with a terrifying supernatural twist.

EQF now has a large number of productions in various stages of development and THE HAUNTING OF HARRY PAYNE completed filming in Norfolk and Suffolk at the at the end of last year. We intend to create original and exciting films in a variety of genres, ranging from the supernatural thrills of HARRY PAYNE to horror, sci-fi, murder-mystery, comedy and historical stories for both film and television, all with a uniquely British flavour.

THE HAUNTING OF HARRY PAYNE stars Tony Scannell, P H Moriarty, Katy Manning and Graham Cole OBE and is directed by Martyn Pick

It has been financed by local investors, in particular local entrepreneur John Desira of Desira Group.

Ex-London gangster Harry Payne retires to Norfolk to be close to his wife, driven mad when he was forced to kill his best friend, psychopathic gang boss Eugene McCann. Immediately he is drawn into a murder mystery in which an obsessive local police detective, Inspector Bracken, targets him as the killer. However, unknown to anyone, Harry has psychic abilities he has always suppressed with alcohol. Now he must confront the supernatural and his own personal demons to save his wife and free the tormented souls of the ghosts that haunt him.

TONY SCANNELL, an actor with a long film and TV pedigree including “Waking the Dead” and “Flash Gordon” and who is most famous as Ted Roach in “The Bill” plays Harry Payne.

By coincidence, Graham Cole OBE (PC Tony Stamp in “The Bill”) has been cast to co-star as his nemesis, the remorseless Inspector David Bracken.

Harry’s wife, Susan Payne, is KATY MANNING who played companion Jo Grant to Jon Pertwee’s “Dr.Who” and who recently revived the part on “The Sarah Jane Chronicles”.

P. H. MORIARTY is Eugene McCann, Harry’s best friend and the man he was forced to kill. His film credits include Guy Ritchie’s feature film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”, in which he starred as Hatchet Harry. Moriarty also has had parts in “Chaplin”, “Patriot Games”, “Jaws 3”, “The Long Good Friday” and “Outland” as well as the Sci-fi TV series “Dune” and “Children of Dune”.

FLISS WALTON is Inspector Bracken’s long-suffering assistant DS Belinda Churchill. Fliss has appeared regularly on “Holby City” and also “Doctors” but is probably best known to the public as the “Isa Isa Baby” girl for the Halifax personal banking adverts.

Anouska Mond is Angela. Owner of the Third Eye shop and expert in the occult.
Anouska is a genuine star on the rise and an incredibly talented actor. She may be more familiar as the character Michelle from the film ILL Manors by rap star Ben Drew

Martyn Pick’s credits include the 2009 film “The Age of Stupid” as animation director; “London 2012” – the promotional film for the 2012 Olympics, the celebrated BBC promotional trailers for the Euro 2004 soccer tournament and the Budweiser 2001 NBA commercials. Martin came straight to HARRY PAYNE after directing Ultramarines: The Movie, a sci-fi, thriller set in Games Workshop’s fictional Warhammer 40,000. That film stars Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee and John Hurt.


Alex Ball is a British film and media composer and multi-instrumentalist. Alex began working as the music producer for M&C Saatchi in 2009.

Alex has composed, sourced and licenced music for Currys & PC World, Ladbrokes, Lucozade, Jameson, Ribena, Daily Mail, TFL, IKEA, Hyundai, BMI, Gulf Air, Visit England, Virgin Holidays, Garmin, NatWest, RBS, Vertu, Siemens, RHS, Bathstore, FTI, COI, Direct Line and Olympic Delivery Authority (and many more).

Alex’s film credits include “The Haunting of Harry Payne” (2013), “Monoculture” (2007), “Pixel Soldier” (2013) and “Cupboard Love” (2004).
Alex co-wrote the song “The Joker” that was a top 3 hit for Kato in Belgium (2011).

Andrew Selwyn-Crome. Andrew comes from a long line of film television and theatre professionals and is in fact related to Archie and Edgar Selwyn of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer fame. He has worked as a producer on short films and also as a theatre and radio producer. He has over 30 plays to his credit. Including War of The Worlds, in association with Jeff Wayne Music and the Off-Broadway hit comedy ME & Jezebel. He is currently finishing a drama production of Jack the Ripper, – A True Account for BBC Radio 4 Extra. He also works in publishing and Marketing. He has now transfered his skills into feature film production.Andrew has a number of film and TV projects now in different stages of development.

Paul Desira. Paul studied Theatre, Film and Television at York St John University. In his final year at York St John he went to Los Angles to do a three-month internship at Silver Pictures on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank. He started working on season 2 of ‘Kingdom’ for ITV as a Location Assistant, and then carried on to work in feature Films and Television Drama in the Assistant Directors and Locations department. There he honed his producing skills and his first feature length project was a wildlife DVD called ‘Birds of Norfolk’ which he also edited. It gained distribution in the US through Reality Entertainment and has received excellent reviews.

The Haunting of Harry Payne is going from strength to strength. We are proud to confirm that the film now has a Hollywood sales agent and distribution partner for worldwide sales. Taylor & Dodge picked up the rights at the Berlin film festival after the film was screened there in February this year.

The Haunting of Harry Payne has also secured a UK distributor called 4Digital Media who attended the screening in Berlin. 4Digital are handling all the films` UK and Ireland rights.

The Haunting of Harry Payne will enjoy a limited cinema release in July 2013 and should be available to purchase from all recognised retailers by early September 2013.

The writer, producers and many of the cast and crew live in Norfolk and Suffolk and so are available for interview. These can be arranged through Andrew Selwyn-Crome, one of the producers on 01379870761 or email:
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