is an action film starring
as Catholic priest
Macavoy, Ving Rhames
, Kelly Hu
, Liam Cunningham
and Ian Somerhalder
. The film is directed
by first-timer Scott Mann in Bulgaria and Gateshead in the UK. It was released on October 20, 2009.The film
was created by Jonathan Frank and Nick Rowntree while at the
Teesside, and is directed by Scott
Mann of Newton
Every Ten years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes
place. A battle royale among 30 of the world’s deadliest assassins.
The last man standing receives the $10,000,000 cash prize and the
title of World's No 1 (which itself carries the legendary
million-dollar-a-bullet price tag). The Tournament is set up by a
group of sick high-stake billionaires who watch the mayhem unfold
via CCTV and bet on its outcome. Each of the assassins carry a
tracking device, embedded under their skin, allowing the observers
to monitor the Tournaments movements and the assassins to track
each other.The tournament lasts twenty-four hours, and if no
assassin has won then the tracking device under their skin will
explode. When the French man removes his tracker and throws it into
a coffee pot, a local priest (Robert
) who inadvertently swallows it is caught in the
In July 2007, Entertainment Film
acquired UK rights to distribute The
by first-time director Scott
. Filming began in Bulgaria on July 11, 2007. The Tournament was
also filmed in the UK in Manchester and on Teesside in the city
of Gateshead and the surrounding area, including Billingham.
Like most independent movies, The Tournament
has not been without hardship. Due to running out of money twice,
once leaving the director stranded in Bulgaria, it eventually got
enough funding to finish filming completely and finally complete
has been chosen to open the Screamfest Horror Film
Festival in the Mann's Chinese Theatre on October 16 2009.
As of 30 September 2009, the only website with information on The
Tournament, is Mann Made
, which holds a synopsis of the film, as well
as a series of still images. There are also a MySpace page along
with a Facebook group holding the same information. Trailers are
available on YouTube.
composes the musical
score for this film.
R-CANE - Get Freaky With Me (strip club scene)
So far no reviews have been posted.
- THE TOURNAMENT (Film Review)