Crime thriller Hyena to premiere at film Festival

Peter Ferdinando will star in Hyena. Picture: Getty
Peter Ferdinando will star in Hyena. Picture: Getty
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British crime thriller Hyena is to be premiered at the Edinburgh International film Festival in June, it has been revealed.

It will be the first chance for any audience to see the hotly-anticipated drama from award-winning producers Stephen Woolley and Joanna Laurie on Wednesday 18 June, and the movie reunites director Gerard Johnson with Peter Ferdinando, who worked towgether on 2009’s Tony.

Hyena revolves around Michael Logan (Ferdinando) an anti-hero for our times: a natural predator and a complex mix of high-functioning addict and corrupt police officer. But his dark world is evolving. A recent influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters is threatening to change London’s criminal landscape. Michael’s increasingly self-destructive behaviour and the sheer brutality of the new gang lords find Michael in a spiralling descent of fear and self-doubt.

Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “We’re excited to be opening the festival with the World Premiere of Hyena. It’s a powerful and beautifully directed thriller that clearly establishes director Gerard Johnson as a major talent in British filmmaking. It’s also an exceptional example of the kind of film that our festival has traditionally supported: a work in which a director of artistic integrity takes a vigorous and imaginative approach to the renewal of a film genre.”

Director Gerard Johnson, said: “My first feature Tony had its World Premiere in Edinburgh in 2009, that same year I won a Trailblazer Award for future talent. It feels right to say thank you and return with my new film Hyena and for it to open this prestigious festival is a huge honour.”

The Festival runs from 18 to 29 June 2014.