TallTree Pictures


Bait Room film

The Coppers Keeper of Secrets

Written by Britains Leading Police
Drama Writer, Arthur Mckenzie

Vince Woods - Director

Vince Woods Directors Set Plan

Director's Statement

Bait Room's single location, the way I positioned the character's and also the camera work was influenced by BBC's 'The Royle Family'.

A style that focuses attention on the dialogue, characters, and their emotions. The series was a huge success most notably because of its brilliant cast and writing. I hope I have in someway created a style and format that also draws the audience in but in a very different setting.

It was particularly exciting for me as I wanted to work on this type of script for a while. As nearly all my previous work in film had been visually lead, high impact in which every second counts in the commercial and corporate world. In Bait Room, I loved the chance to work with a group of actors in a pressure cooker setting and it helped me push them and the team in this complex dialogue intensive film.

The setting had to be unique, a claustrophobic room filled with the history of its occupants, odd items of furniture, posters, chipped mugs and bent forks. We searched many old weird and wonderful buildings to find it. We eventually got it, just around the corner from our office and yards from some of the more grisly murders Arthur experienced as a policeman. In a large old disused building we walked through a warren of rooms to the far end and down a short set of steps into a damp, dark room, painted in battle ship grey. In the corner was this broken old sash window and a stainless steel sink with a single dripping tap. That was it. So we designed, decorated and fitted the room round this window. Once filled with the carefully chosen assortment of furniture the room came alive. You could really feel the atmosphere when you walked into the room.

The finishing touch I wanted was the glowing orange street light pulsing through the face of the broken window. An angry light permeating into the skin and emotions of all the actors as they entered the room. For me this light had additional meaning as I discovered as a kid it created intense migraines. I had orange curtains in my bedroom at the time, which when lying in on a Sunday morning triggered the migraines. As it got worse my mum would put me back to bed and draw the curtains again; ah well it's the thought that counts! I designed the sound for the opening scene to emulate that noise in my head and it helped intensify the mood of the whole film.