How to Sell a War

Production is currently underway on’s latest feature film investment How To Sell a War Film which is being produced  by Film and Music Entertainment (IRE)’s  Mike Downey and Sam Taylor and  directed by Rudolph Herzog.    How To Sell a War has already been picked up for worldwide sales by UK sales outfit Bankside Films, and the production stars BAFTA winning Katherine Parkinson (credits include ‘HUMANS’ and ‘THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIEY) in the leading role of Kate and co-stars up-and-coming Lily Newmark as naïve intern/niece Peggy whose five star performance in Pin Cushion scored her a BIFA nomination this year as well as Jay Pharaoh, the American actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist and rapper has been cast to play rock star Harry Hope.  Pharoah, who first joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 2010, for its thirty-sixth season, most recently he played Nate Hoffman in Steven Soderberg’s ground breaking Berlinale entry Unsane.


London 2018 – In a few days time, a  global charity concert is due to take place led by the vein and arrogant rock star, Harry Hope and his over-confident PR consultant, Kate. When notorious war monger, Boris the Butcher, decides to call a cease-fire four days before the big event, Kate knows that she absolutely has to make this event happen or her career will be over. She embarks on a mission to Georgia to create a fake news story letting the world know that the war is back on. Assisted by her naïve new intern, Peggy, the two quickly discover that they have taken on more than they can handle and as events spiral out of their control, all hell quickly breaks loose.


How To Sell a War is a Downey/Taylor production for Film and Music Entertainment (IRE) in co-production with 20 Steps Production and in association with Quickfire Films, Bankside Films, IPR.VC fund and the Georgian National Film Centre.  Developed in association with Creative England, Film and Music Entertainment (UK), IPR.VC and Kinomedia.  The film is produced by Sam Taylor and Mike Downey, co-producers are Vladimer Katcharava and Radek Drabik and executive producers are James Atherton, Jan Pace, James Bierman and Aleksi Bardy.