Country: UK
Year: 2008
Duration: 92\'

Michael Peterson, a well-born, violent, English nineteen-year-old in search of fame, decides to hold up a post office with a rifle. He is arrested after getting away with a very meager haul and is sentenced to seven years in prison. But his thirst for fame doesn’t die down in prison and he never misses an opportunity to get his name in the papers through attacks, assaults and kidnapping. He ends up spending the next  thirty-four years in prison, thirty of them in isolation.

“Charles Bronson is a metaphor for an artist searching for a canvas. An artist tries many things, you’re erratic, violent, crazy and you want to destroy until you find that place. This became really apparent to me when we shot the final scene and I thought ‘well why does he do what he does?’ and I was unable to come up with an answer. So I came up with the idea that he wants something, he wants music, he has emotions to create and he needs a canvas to do that on.”


film director

Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1970) moved with his parents at the age of ten to New York, returning to Copenhagen seven years later. After graduating from high school, he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York but was quickly expelled. Back in Denmark, he was accepted by the Danish Film School but dropped out immediately. At the age of twenty-six, he wrote and directed his feature film debut, Pusher (1996), and after that he teamed up with producer Henrik Danstrup and formed the production company NWR to ensure complete artistic and financial autonomy for future projects. His next film, Bleeder, a dark tale of social maladjustment and frustration, premiered at the 1999 Venice Film Festival. Fear X, his third feature, starring John Turturro, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. Refn then returned to make films in the Danish language, and between 2004 and 2005 he realized With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II and I’m the Angel of Death: Pusher III. In 2007, he directed an episode of the BBC series, Miss Marple. While he was preparing for his upcoming feature, Valhalla Rising (2009), he committed to another project, Bronson, the true story of Michael Peterson, considered the most violent prisoner in Britain; the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.


Pusher (1996), Bleeder (1999), Fear X (id., 2003), Pusher II (With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II, 2004), Pusher III (I’m the Angel of Death: Pusher III, 2005), Marple: Nemesis (Miss Marple: Nemesi, TV, 2007), Bronson (2009), Valhalla Rising (2009).


& Credits

Nicolas Winding Refn
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Brock Norman Brock, Nicolas Winding Refn
Larry Smith
montaggio/film editing
Mat Newman
scenografia/production design
Adrian Smith
costumi/costume design
Sian Jenkins
Lol Hammond
Christian Conrad
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Tom Hardy (Michael Peterson-Charles Bronson), Matt King (Paul Daniels), Amanda Burton (la madre/Mother), James Lance (l’insegnante d’arte/Art Teacher), Edward Bennett-Coles (Brian), Juliet Oldfield (Alison), Hugh Ross (lo zio/Uncle Jack)
Rupert Preston, Danny Hansford
Vertigo Films
Jane Hooks
Aramid Entertainment, Str8jacket Creations, 4DH Film Production
vendita all’estero/world sales
Protagonist Pictures