International Film Festival & Awards - Macao

Joe Cole – A Prayer Before Dawn #IFFAM2017

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Playing Billy Moore, a real-life former Muay Thai boxer who survived the horrors of a hellhole Thai prison.

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Joe Cole - A Prayer Before Dawn #IFFAM2017

PODCAST| Matt Micucci interviews Joe Cole, actor of the film A Prayer Before Dawn.

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Joe Cole stars in Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s film, A Prayer Before Dawn, which was presented at the 2nd International Film Festival & Awards Macao. Cole plays the protagonist of the film, Billy Moore, a real-life former Muay Thai boxer who survived the horrors of a hellhole Thai prison. Moore also wrote a book about those times and was involved as a consultant in this film from the start. Cole talks about meeting Moore and working with him, as well as his experience of working on an intense shoot that entailed isolation and long shots. Despite the apparent difficulties and struggles, Cole tells us that he enjoyed the experience, saying that at some point it felt like a theatre play or a documentary.

A Prayer Before Dawn:  Billy Moore is a troubled young British man whose life spirals into hell when he is given a three year sentence in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons on drug charges. Life on the inside is vicious, and Billy has to navigate his way around the constant threat of gang violence, drug abuse and sexual assault. But when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realizes that boxing is his only hope for survival and possibly represents a road to redemption.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Joe Cole
  • Interviewee role
    Actor
  • Film title
    A Prayer Before Dawn
  • Festival section
    Competition
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