Kristoffer Nyholm wraps The Vanishing
by Naman Ramachandran
- The Scotland-set film stars Gerard Butler, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Peter Mullan
Director Kristoffer Nyholm has completed principal photography at Scotland locations on The Vanishing [+see also:
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The cast includes Scotland-born Hollywood star Gerard Butler, last seen in London Has Fallen [+see also:
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Andy Evans, Ade Shannon and Sean Marley are producing for Mad as Birds Films (UK), and Butler and Alan Siegel are doing so for G-BASE (USA), alongside Jason Seagraves and Maurice Fadida. Phil Hunt and Compton Ross are serving as executive producers along with Brian Oliver from Cross Creek Pictures (USA), Danielle Robinson from G-BASE, and Mickey Gooch and DG Guyer of Kodiak Pictures (USA), with additional financing from Head Gear (UK).
“It’s been an absolute pleasure shooting in one of the most dramatic and picturesque parts of Scotland,” said the producers of the film. “We searched long and hard for the right landscape in which to set our story, and we found it here in Dumfries and Galloway. With the warm Scottish welcome we received on day one and the great local talent we’ve engaged both in front of and behind the camera, it’s made for a genuinely thrilling experience and a film we’re all very proud of.”
The film also received £125,000 from Scotland’s Production Growth Fund. Natalie Usher, director, Screen at Creative Scotland, said, “Creative Scotland is delighted to be supporting the production of The Vanishing. The support from the Production Growth Fund has helped secure another high-profile film production for Scotland, further enhancing our reputation as a key filming destination where filmmakers can benefit from working with our world-class craft and technical talent, as well as utilising our excellent production facilities and stunning locations.”
Kristoffer Nyholm is a director and a producer, best known for the groundbreaking Danish crime-drama The Killing. Most recently, he directed Tom Hardy in the TV mini-series Taboo and Timothy Spall in The Enfield Haunting. The Vanishing is his debut feature.
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