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                                 Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul, Beautiful Devils, Instruments of War)

 

                                

 

 

                                Jessica Barden (The end of The F***ing World, Penny Dreadful, The Lobster)

 

 

 

 

                                        William Ash (The Tunnel, Paranoid, Hush, The Loch)

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                        Roxanne Pallett (Emmerdale, Wrong Turn 6, Devil's Tower)

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

                                        Sally Carman (Coronation Street, Shameless)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                        Andrew Ellis (This is England)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                        Louis Emerick (Brookside, Layercake, Coronation Street)

                                       Joanne Mitchell (Adult Babies, Bait, Before Dawn)

SYNOPSIS

Manchester, the present. Michael divides his time between the job centre and the pub. A chance meeting with Lee, an introduction to her Uncle Ian leads to a job working the door at a seedy massage parlour. After witnessing the violent death of one of the punters, Michael experiences blood-drenched flashbacks and feels himself being sucked into a twilight world that he doesn’t understand but that is irresistibly attractive. When he eventually finds out what goes on in the room below Cloud 9, Michaels’ life will never be the same again.

 

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

HABIT is stark and grimy with flashes of gaudy surrealism. Beneath the trendy bar and bohemian coffee shop exteriors of Manchester, lies a layer of grot and sleaze and something very dark indeed. Like the novel, the film has a low-key feel, offering fleeting glimpses of something very disturbing that lurks just beneath the surface.

 

HABIT should leave you thinking “What the hell just happened?” It’s an elusive feeling captured so well in the book which focuses on character, atmosphere and mood.

 

Cinematographer James Swift’s neon lit colour palette helps to conjure a garish enticing night time world that contrasts sharply with the cold blue saturated world that Michael leaves behind. Chris Gill’s editing skills have given the film rhythm, instinct and emotion. The subliminal power of his editing has helped to create a cumulative sensory event. Claude Foisy’s composed score, is at times, murky, oppressive and trance like, often suggesting the soundscape of Manchester at its most sordid and dangerous.

Rachel is responsible for individual film finance, production and market strategy. Since leaving her role as senior Producer at the award-winning production company SPOKEN IMAGE, where she produced corporate work and commercials on an international level, Rachel has produced a number of feature films under the NOT A NUMBER company banner. These include SPLINTERED, WHITE SETTLERS (THE BLOODLANDS) and HABIT. Rachel is experienced in handling complex budgets and has an extensive knowledge of production at all levels.

Rachel Richardson-Jones  Producer
Simeon Halligan  Director

CREATIVE TEAM

A Royal College of Art graduate. Originally an art director for Films, TV shows and commercials, Simeon directed award winning shorts before tackling his first feature, SPLINTERED (2010). This was followed by WHITE SETTLERS (2014) a suspense thriller that was distributed worldwide and screened at prestigious festivals such as Sitges, Frightfest, Fantasporto, Flanders and Screamfest LA, where it won best cinematography. HABIT (2017) based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name was completed in 2017.

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QUOTES

 

"A brilliant piece of cinema!...Near Dark meets Let the Right One In..." James Whittington, The Horror Channel

"Habit finds a neon-drenched, lurid underworld peopled by cornered characters and no-hopers. But lurking in these shadows is something much darker still… as the underclass takes brutal revenge on those who would exploit them. A flesh crawling, flesh-eating, tale of gore drenched horror.” Mayhem Film Festival

 

"An exploration of trauma and addiction through a lens of shocking Clive Barker-esque violence... a horrific triumph." Popcorn Digest

"It’s horror, its crime, it’s a portrait of urban decay and seedy subcultures." This is Horror

It’s almost a British answer to From Dusk Till Dawn, and it pulls the rug with equal relish”. Quay News

“Habit is a neo-noir horror-thriller set in Manchester. It’s dripping with atmosphere (and blood), while also having some great character moments. Halligan pitches it as Loach meets Argento; and that’s all you need to know." Movies in Focus

"Habit is a masterpiece in genre filmmaking". Black Sunday Film Festival

“Habit: blend of family drama and neon Clive Barker grue that makes excellent use of its Manchester setting”. Sci-Fi Now

“Habit is more than just a straightforward horror; it is about the search to belong in a world where ‘normal’ is impossible to define, and what must be compromised in the process of finding your own happiness." Review Avenue

"A film with its own pulse. It never is anything less than original and doesn’t lean on past film tropes to succeed.” Review Avenue

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Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul, Beautiful Devils, Instruments of War)

Jessica Barden (The End of The F***ing World, Penny Dreadful, The Lobster)

 William Ash (The Tunnel, Paranoid, Hush, The Loch)

Roxanne Pallett (Emmerdale, Wrong Turn 6, Devil's Tower)

  Sally Carman (Coronation Street, Shameless)

 Andrew Ellis (This is England)

 Louis Emerick (Brookside, Layercake, Coronation Street)

Joanne Mitchell (Attack of the Adult Babies, Bait, Before Dawn)

 Robert Beck (Coronation Street, Casualty, The Yellow Birds)

SYNOPSIS

Manchester, the present. Michael divides his time between the job centre and the pub. A chance meeting with Lee, an introduction to her Uncle Ian leads to a job working the door at a seedy massage parlour. After witnessing the violent death of one of the punters, Michael experiences blood-drenched flashbacks and feels himself being sucked into a twilight world that he doesn’t understand but that is irresistibly attractive. When he eventually finds out what goes on in the room below Cloud 9, Michaels’ life will never be the same again.

 

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

HABIT is stark and grimy with flashes of gaudy surrealism. Beneath the trendy bar and bohemian coffee shop exteriors of Manchester, lies a layer of grot and sleaze and something very dark indeed. Like the novel, the film has a low-key feel, offering fleeting glimpses of something very disturbing that lurks just beneath the surface.

 

HABIT should leave you thinking “What the hell just happened?” It’s an elusive feeling captured so well in the book which focuses on character, atmosphere and mood.

 

Cinematographer James Swift’s neon lit colour palette helps to conjure a garish enticing night time world that contrasts sharply with the cold blue saturated world that Michael leaves behind. Chris Gill’s editing skills have given the film rhythm, instinct and emotion. The subliminal power of his editing has helped to create a cumulative sensory event. Claude Foisy’s composed score, is at times, murky, oppressive and trance like, often suggesting the soundscape of Manchester at its most sordid and dangerous.

CREATIVE TEAM

Simeon Halligan  Director

A Royal College of Art graduate. Originally an art director for Films, TV shows and commercials, Simeon directed award winning shorts before tackling his first feature, SPLINTERED (2010). This was followed by WHITE SETTLERS (2014) a suspense thriller that was distributed worldwide and screened at prestigious festivals such as Sitges, Frightfest, Fantasporto, Flanders and Screamfest LA, where it won best cinematography. HABIT (2017) based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name was completed in 2017.

Rachel Richardson-Jones  Producer

Rachel is responsible for individual film finance, production and market strategy. Since leaving her role as senior Producer at the award-winning production company SPOKEN IMAGE, where she produced corporate work and commercials on an international level, Rachel has produced a number of feature films under the NOT A NUMBER company banner. These include SPLINTERED, WHITE SETTLERS (THE BLOODLANDS) and HABIT. Rachel is experienced in handling complex budgets and has an extensive knowledge of production at all levels.

Stephen McGeagh - Writer of the original Novel

 

Sarada McDermott - Executive producer (The Sense of An Ending, The Bad Education Movie)

 

Nick Leese - Producer (Burn, Burn, Burn, A Lonley Place to Die)

 

Karl Hall - Line Producer (I Am Not a Witch, The Woman in White)

James Swift - Cinematographer (SSGB, White Settlers)

John Ellis - Production Design (The Marker, White Settlers, Altar)

Chris Gill - Editor (28 Days Later, Centurion, American Animals)

Lance Milligan - Costume Designer (Kill List, Tyrannosaur)

 

Melanie Lenahan - Make up Designer (The Limehouse Golum, Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool)

 

Claude Foisy - Music (White Noise, Pontypool)

Michelle Smith - Casting Director  (Triple Word Score, Funny Cow)

Full cast and crew list available on IMDB

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