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Educated in England, Christian is half Danish and has spent much time in Scandinavia, where he began his career in television.
He wrote and directed Pale Faces and Stranger Looks (1994) as part of the experimental documentary and film forum led by the head of the Hungarian film school. The film is a raw and uncompromising look at the lives of prostitutes in Oslo, Norway, and was shown on Scandinavian television the following year.
Christian then wrote and directed Harry (1996), a pilot feature via Lars Von Triers’ company, Zentropa Entertainment and Angel Arena Film ApS (Denmark). A bittersweet Danish comedy, complete with an original jazz soundtrack, Harry charts the highs and lows of a newly divorced man, forlornly chasing women half his age, starring Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration) and Colin Campbell (My Beautiful Launderette and The Leather Boys).
Christian has just completed a movie in LA and has embarked upon his latest with producer Don Carmody (Chicago, Silent Hill and the Resident Evil series).
Christian’s Dark Hearts, which he wrote and produced, was nominated for best UK Film at 20th Raindance Film Festival 2012. Cast are Kyle Schmid, Sonja Kinski, Lucas Till, Rachel Blanchard and Juliet Landau, while supporting cast is Goran Visnic and Richard Edson.
Dark Hearts is the feature debut for director Rudolf Buitendach. The story kicks off when a struggling artist accompanies his younger brother to a secret gig where he finds his muse in sultry singer (Kinski) only to be thrust into a maelstrom of art, blood and passion, leading to a dangerous love triangle.
His Split Decision is currently being filmed in Northern Ontario, Canada and stars Brendan Fraser. The movie is being directed by Damian Lee and produced by Gary Howsam, Bill Marks and Steve Solomos.
13 Eerie, a zombie/action picture is now completed, with a screenplay by Christian Piers Betley. The living cast includes Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) in the role of Megan, Michael Shanks (Stargate, Burn Notice, Smallville) in the role of Professor Tomkins, Brendan Fletcher (The Pacific, Freddy vs Jason) cast as Josh and Nick Moran (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) plays Larry. Brendan Fehr (Bones, CSI: Miami) plays an undergraduate criminal sciences student.
Producers are Kevin Dewalt (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), Don Carmody and Mark Montague (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd) are producing. Roger Christian (Bandido, Underworld) is executive producer. The film is the feature debut for director Lowell Dean.
Christian Piers Betley’s script On Friday Hill picked up ‘Best Humanitarian Award’ in feature screenplay category at the Monaco International Film Festival 2011. Festival Director, Rosana Golden; President of Jury, John Altman.
Christian Piers Betley