A Prayer Before Dawn

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United Kingdom | 2017 | 116 minutes | Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Based on the international best-seller, this is the true story of Billy Moore, a troubled young British boxer sent to one of Thailand's most notorious jails. Shot in a an actual Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, A Prayer Before Dawn is a visceral, thrilling journey through an unforgettable hell on earth.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

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A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand's most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realizes this might be his chance to get out. Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed 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 a an actual Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, A Prayer Before Dawn is a visceral, thrilling journey through an unforgettable hell on earth.

Director Biography
Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire started out as assistant director in 1992, working with directors such as Gaspar Noé, Bernie Bonvoisin, Karim Dridi, Siegfried, and Laetitia Masson. In 2000, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire began his career as a director. Following three short films, Jean-Stéphane directed Carlitos Medellin (2004), a feature length documentary that garnered critical acclaim and was selected to screen in a number of international film festivals. Four years later, he wrote and directed Johnny Mad Dog, his first feature film, which he co-produced with Mathieu Kassovitz. It was presented in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and it was awarded the Prix de l'Espoir. A Prayer Before Dawn is Jean-Stéphane's second feature film and was chosen for the Official Selection at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

  • Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
  • Principal Cast: Joe Cole
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: United Kingdom, France
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 116 minutes
  • Producer: Rita Dagher, Nicholas Simon, Roy Boulter, Sol Papadopoulos
  • Screenplay: Jonathan Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese
  • Cinematographers: David Ungaro
  • Editors: Marc Boucrot
  • Music: Nicolas Becker
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
  • Language: English, Thai
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: A24