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EDGE OF DARKNESS

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Some memories never fade… Some feelings never change… Some secrets take us to the edge.

In the thriller "Edge of Darkness,” Thomas Craven is a man driven by grief and searching for the truth after his only child, Emma, is gunned down by a bullet the police believe was meant for him. Shattered by his daughter's sudden death, the veteran Boston police officer is looking for answers and will take on—or take down—anything or anyone in who stands in his way.

Mel Gibson, returning to the screen after a highly successful period behind the camera, takes on the part of Craven, his first starring role in seven years. "It was an intriguing story,” says Gibson. "That's the main thing—if I think it'll be compelling and entertaining to an audience, I'm on board.”

"Mel was our first and only choice for Craven. The part called for someone of his caliber; there aren't a lot of actors who have the kind of gravitas that he has,” says the film's director, Martin Campbell.

Producer Graham King states, "We really wanted Mel, and we were so lucky to get him back in front of the camera and in a role he's just perfect for.” "What really grabbed me was how the story sneaks up on you,” offers Gibson. The actor met with King and Campbell and felt they were "two clever guys who had a clear and smart vision of the movie, and I knew it would be great working with them.”

In a rather unusual turn of events, Campbell has now directed "Edge of Darkness” not once but twice, taking on the feature film after first directing the awardwinning BBC television miniseries more than 20 years ago. Based on the success of the series, BBC Films had begun developing a feature version of the story; it was Campbell who brought the project to the attention of King who, along with Tim Headington, produced the film under the GK Films banner. "Someone suggested the possibility of making it into a film about five years ago,” recalls the director. "I thought it was a great idea. I've always felt it was a very powerful story: a father loses his daughter and goes on a journey of discovery not only to find out who killed her and why, but also who she really was. He's someone who loved his daughter, and thought he understood her, but what he discovers is that she was involved in a whole way of life that he knew nothing about.”

"I responded emotionally to the father/daughter storyline,” Oscar®-winning screenwriter William Monahan offers. "I have a young daughter so I basically put myself in the shoes of the protagonist, and asked what I would do if this happened to me.”

In 1985, the six-part British miniseries captivated a country in the throes of intense domestic and international tensions. It was a time in Britain of an ongoing Cold War and the still-looming nuclear threat of the then Soviet Union. International terrorism also took shape in figures such as Libya's Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, and public concerns over nuclear war were higher than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. And there was trepidation over the aura of secrecy surrounding the nuclear industry.

In this atmosphere, "Edge of Darkness” struck a nerve with the public's concerns and fears, resulting in the show becoming a popular and critical sensation. Accolades soon followed in the form of six British Academy of Film & Television Awards (BAFTA), including Best Drama/Series. The series placed 15th on the British Film Institute's Top 100 Television list, and is regarded as one of the best and most influential pieces of British television drama ever made.

Gibson remembers, "It was a mystery, a crime thriller, and a political thriller, and it was set in a time in the UK when there was a lot of political unrest. The series reflected its time very well.” "The series in the ‘80s had very much to do with the government's nuclear poli

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