A Prayer Before Dawn (18)
Dates: Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th August
Times: 9pm (Fri) and 5.30pm (Sat)
Prices: £14.90 back sofas, £12 front sofas, £10.50 std, £7.50 concs
Torn skin, splintered bones and fountains of blood make up the perverse beauty of this brutal true life story set in a Thai prison, featuring an astonishing physical performance from Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole.
Cole plays Billy Moore, a convicted drug addict incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. A terrifying world of drug abuse, rape and gang violence, Moore's only escape is by taking part in the prison circuit's Muay Thai boxing tournaments. Billy embarks on a relentless journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to do whatever he must to preserve his life and regain his freedom.
Shot in an actual Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, A Prayer Before Dawn is a visceral journey through an unforgettable hell on earth. Special mention must go to fight choreographer David Ismalone too, whose intense work with Cole and his many opponents has produced some of the most eye-wincing fights ever put on screen.