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About the film

Looted is a coming of age drama set in the high-octane world of joy riders in a port town on the English coast.  Rob, a young car jacker, is part of a close-knit gang with his best friends, Leo and JP, and Leo’s new girlfriend, Clara. Rob’s got skills. He’s a great driver and a good laugh. But when Rob goes home to his father Oswald, the other side of his world is revealed: a hospital bed, an oxygen tank in the living room, stained sheets and a dying man, fighting to breathe. Oswald is under the illusion that Rob’s out job-hunting in the daytime, and all of these lies are taking a toll on Rob. When Clara comes around to Rob’s to bring money from a job, suddenly the two worlds that Rob has fought so hard to keep apart start to collide. 

From the director

"I'm always interested in moral dilemmas and especially with people who's life are in turmoil. Good people do bad things and bad people do good things. This phenomenon is usually difficult to understand. I have seen this from close by, hanging out with friends who fight, steal cars, burgle houses but at the same time be a loving son to their parents and have a great supporting heart to others. It's not just poverty and crime that brings them together. It's the strong friendship, power and respect that makes their lives valuable. In Looted we pick out one character, based on my old friend's life, who apparently betrayed his friends and got expelled from his gang. But don't expect shaky camera work, gritty locations and cheap tricks so recognizable in many crime films. The beauty of Looted with its brutal harbour locations will sooth you in an immersive emotional story."

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Meet the team


Rene PannevisWriter and Director Rene Pannevis


Rene attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts Film Directing Program under the tutelage of directors such as Oliver Stone, Todd Solondz, Shekhar Kapur and Roger Spottiswoode. His NYU shorts Goddamnit!, DJ Tiësto and Junkie XL played at several international film festivals like Palm Springs, CFC, Hamburg IKFF and JIMFF. In May 2013, he received his Masters in Fine Arts in Directing for Film. Before that, he studied Film Theory at the University of Utrecht and obtained more professional experience by working for two and a half years at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam as a filmmaker and editor. Rene has completed five short films as a director, Jacked being the latest one. Jacked premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2015, and is Rene's first film out of film school. After relocation to London, he has brought with him his experiences growing up on the streets of Rotterdam to the gritty, urban landscape of British crime dramas.


Kefi ChadwickWriter Kefi Chadwick


Kefi Chadwick is a multi-award winning writer. Her plays have been staged to great critical acclaim at Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre 503, The Arcola, Brighton Dome, Latitude Festival, Sprint Festival and the Marlborough Theatre, and been part of Paines’ Plough’s 'Come to Where I’m From' project. She won the 2012 Brighton Festival Best New Play award. She has written four short films that have won awards and screened nationally and internationally at Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festivals including Tribeca and Encounters. Kefi is currently adapting her play, 'Any Means Necessary' to the screen with Wellington Films with the support of the BFI and Creative England. She is a co-writer with Rene Pannevis on the Microwave film Looted. She is also developing a feature, The Island, with Michelle Eastwood of Escape Films (BFI Vision producer), and is developing another feature film, Southern Pacific with Ignition Films. She has written for River City (BBC Scotland) and is developing further TV projects with Kudos, Sister Pictures and Duck Soup, who recently received a BFI Vision Award. She was on the Royal Court Writers’ programme in 2012 and in 2016 was selected for Creative England’s iWrite scheme. She won the Writer’s Prize for her adaptation of 'Any Means Necessary' to screen and was awarded a year’s mentoring with Rebecca Lenckiwicz.


Jennifer Erikkson Producer Jennifer Eriksson


Jennifer is originally from Stockholm and moved to the UK to pursue a career in film. After undertaking a Bachelor's degree in filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London, she chose to further her production specialism by completing an MA in Producing for Film and Television. Since her post-graduate degree, Jennifer has been working with film finance and post-production company, Creativity Capital & Creativity Media. She has worked on more than 16 feature films in different roles and her credits range from Producer to Post Producer Supervisor. Jacked is one of the first titles produced by her company Silk Screen Pictures. To date Jennifer has produced five short films, two with the support of Film London and three during her time at film school.


Jessie Mangum Producer Jessie Mangum

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After graduating with a degree in theatre production, Jessie became associate lecturer in drama at the University of Tasmania's School of Performing Arts, then administrator at state film funding office Screen Tasmania. Relocating to Goalpost Pictures in Sydney, her credits included associate Ppoducer on Cherie Nowlan's Sundance hit Clubland, co-producer of Julien Temple's film opera The Eternity Man, and producer of Deborah Mailman's Ralph, which received the 2009 IF Award for best short film. Currently Jessie is production and development executive at Goalpost Film in the UK, where she has worked on projects including Michael Winterbottom's The Trip and The Trip to Italy, Wayne Blair's The Sapphires and Neil Armfield's Holding the Man. She is developing a number of projects to produce for Goalpost Film, consults for UK financier Creativity Capital, and is an external assessor for Screen Australia's Story Development funding strand. 



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