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Billy Murray (One in the Chamber, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) stars in ‘Drifter’, a story of one man’s journey through the treacherous and ravaged countryside in a Britain plagued by civil war. Featuring performances from Peter Slater (Ideal, Slaterwood), Antony Singleton (Buzz Dish) & Colin Rice (The Sleeper Effect). In the film, ‘The Drifter’ must navigate through the wastelands armed with little more than his survival instinct and a crumpled map leading the way. Not only must he evade the roaming clans who dish out God’s punishment on whomever they find, but also the northern cities now under ‘The Reverend’s’ rule.

Happy Armadillo Films’ latest short is due for release 2013.

Drifter - Billy Murray


Billy MurrayBilly Murray as ‘The Drifter’

Billy Murray has made appearances in a wide variety of television series such as The Sweeney, The Professionals and Bergerac. Murray went on to play the corrupt DS Don Beech in ‘The Bill’ from 1995 to 2000. In 2004, he joined the cast of popular BBC soap opera EastEnders, playing gangster Johnny Allen for which, in 2006, Murray won ‘Best Villain’ award at the British Soap Awards. Recently he appeared in the films Rollin’ with the Nines and Rise of the Footsoldier and provided the voice of Captain John Price in the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare video games.

Peter SlaterPeter Slater as ‘Straight Face’

Peter Slater is an experienced actor and writer who has appeared in several television and theatre productions. His previous work includes ‘Ideal’ (2005-2011) in which he played ‘Alan’ (a disturbed Christian builder) for three series alongside Johnny Vegas. Slater also wrote and starred in ‘Slaterwood’ (2009) which he created for Channel 4 comedy lab which earnt him an RTS award nomination ‘Best Comedy Programme’.

Antony SingletonAntony Singleton as ‘Smiler’

Antony has been acting in short films and music videos for almost six years. In that time, he has worked with some of the North’s finest talent including his role as a druggie step-dad in Dave Spikey’s ‘Buzz Dish’ which won the Audience Award at the Cofilmic Film Festival. Antony will appear on the Crime and Investigation network in a series of reconstructions in March.

Colin RiceColin Rice as ‘Limping Man’

Colin is a Happy Armadillo regular, he appeared in one of our first ever short films ‘Bio-Village’ and also starred in ‘The Critic’. His other credits include a fantastic dramatic performance in both ‘The Sleeper Effect’ as well as starring in the latest Happy Armadillo comedy due for release later this year. Aside from film, Colin is a regular face on the theatre scene in Liverpool and has many productions under his belt.

 Drifter - Colin Rice & Antony Singleton


Directed by  Will Booth
Written by  Gareth D. Green
Produced by  Jonny Knowles
DOP  : Tom Dootson

Edited by  Gareth D. Green
Sound Design by  Ash Read
Music Composed by  Ash Read
Costumes & Make-Up Design by  Emma Stringer
SteadiCam Operation by  Kristian Hampton
Second Unit Camera by  Gavin Edson
Visual FX & Colour Grading by  Gavin Edson
Make-Up Artists : Emma Stringer, Katy Robinson & Tiffany Parker-Smith
On-Set Photographers : Phil Barber & Fiona Haigh
Drivers : Valerie Knowles, Robert Knowles, James Knowles, Gavin Edson & Kristian Hampton
Catering/Accomodation : Valerie Knowles
Researcher : Damon Laffin


Joseph Barratt & Screen Stockport
The Knowles Family
Deb & Chris Booth
Jack Wyatt
Hilda Beels
Sid Green
Steff Riches
Alison Downes