A multiple award-winning gangster film shot in Richmond is currently being shown at cinemas in London, including the local Odeon where it is selling out.

Kaufman’s Game, which tells the story of an aspiring boxer, is the debut feature film from 25-year-old writer and director Helier Bissell-Thomas and stars two Richmond actors, Rupert Shelbourne and Toby Osmond.

Mr Bissell Thomas drew inspiration from Franz Kafka, author of The Metamorphosis and The Trial, to write an atmospheric plot of tension and uncertainty that helped the film win the gold award at this year's L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival.

Mr Bissell-Thomas said: “I like the aesthetic of Richmond. There’s an incredible view from Richmond Hill and we’ve got lots of outdoors scenes where the protagonist is working out because he’s an aspiring boxer.

“I thought for those sequences, rather than having the gritty mean streets of London which has been done to death in these kinds of movies, it would be more interesting to contrast the starker industrial city with something that was a bit more lush and green.”

The independent film was also part of the official selection at MCM London Comic Con 2017, Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival 2017, Long Island Film Festival 2017, and Buffalo Niagara Film Festival 2017.

The first night on November 20 has sold out at Odeon Richmond, but at time of writing there are some seats left for screenings on November 21 and 22.

Book here: https://www.ourscreen.com/film/Kaufmans-Game