OSCAR-WINNING actor Timothy Hutton and Irish screen veteran David Kelly are two of the lead characters in the feature film “The Kovak Box” currently being filmed on Majorca and under the direction of Majorcan Daniel Monzon.

David Kelly is probably best known to the worldwide audience for his role as Michael O'Sullivan in the 1998 comedy hit “Waking Ned”, but the British audience will remember him most for his hilarious role as the Irish builder in “Fawlty Towers.” Kelly will be on location for the next eight weeks with the rest of the cast which includes leading Spanish actress Lucia Jimenez (“The Art of Dying) and one other “big” international name who is yet to arrive and yet to be named.

Kelly was born in July 1929 and trained at Dublin's Abbey Theatre but did not make his screen debut until 1958.
In the early 60s he landed a role in “Doctor Who” and went on to star in a host of tv series and international films.
He was in the original “Italian Job” in 1969 and more recently “Ordinary Decent People” alongside Kevin Spacey and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to be released this year.

Aged just 19, Timothy Hutton, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1980 for his role in the powerful family drama “Ordinary People”, directed by Robert Redford, and spent most of the decade and the 90s starring in “intellectually orientated” films.

However, over the past six years, Hutton, whose first wife was Debra Winger but is now married to Aurore Giscard d'Estaing, niece of the former French president, has stepped back into the spotlight.

In 1999 he starred with John Travolta in the highly acclaimed “The General's Daughter” and more recently opposite Johnny Depp in Stephen King's excellent “Secret Window.” The “Kovak Box” is the biggest international production to be made in Majorca to date and is being produced by Spanish production and distribution giant Filmax.

Not only is the leading cast Spanish and English speaking, so too are the extras.
Filmax have been casting for the past few weeks in Palma for English-speaking actors and actresses as the feature film is aimed at the global market.
The film is a thriller about a best-selling author, David Norton, who attends a conference in Majorca. But once on the island, everything starts to go wrong and people around him, including his fiancee who leaps off a hotel balcony, start to die under suspicious circumstances as Norton becomes the reluctant hero of one of his own stories.

During the eight-week shoot in Majorca, Monzon will be filming at various locations all over the island. This week, the first location has been the Soller road, between the Son Pardo race track and the Son Castello industrial estate roundabout.

With the full co-operation of the traffic police and local authorities, the crew and cast were on the set for seven hours last night. This month the sets are “closed” to the media as the director wants to get the actors and actresses as comfortable as possible with their characters and obviously as much filming completed as possible. Once they have wrapped up in Majorca, they move to Madrid for a further three weeks filming.


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