The movie, which has been rated R “for violence, language, drug content and some sexual references,” is now available to rent or buy at Amazon.
Directed by Barnaby Thompson from a script by Preston Thompson, Pixie is an action-packed crime story set in Ireland.
On a path to avenge her mother’s death, Pixie Hardy (Cooke) attempts a heist that will give her the means to leave her small town life behind. When the plan goes horribly wrong she’s forced to team up with a pair of misfits who are clearly in over their heads.
On the run from an organized gang — criminal priests and nuns, led by Father McGrath (Baldwin) — the trio will scheme and swindle anyone they come across in this hilarious and thrilling adventure.
After co-directing St. Trinian’s (2007) and its sequel St. Trinian’s: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold (2009) with Oliver Parker, Barnaby was itching to go behind the camera again. “I’d been looking for something with a bit of style and grace that was still comedic. When I read Pixie, I thought, ‘Wait a minute, this ticks all those boxes.’”
Producer James Clayton was immediately impressed with the script and joined the team . “It’s got dark humour, but there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments,” he said.
The big question mark loomed over the casting of Pixie. “That was the real challenge,” said Thompson, who was soon taken with the idea of selecting Cooke. “I think there is a lot of her in Pixie’s character and she really responded to this bold, strong, independent woman.”
Cooke immediately understood where Pixie was coming from. “She is on a path of revenge,” she said. “Her mother is dead. She wants to fund a new life for herself in San Francisco, and she’ll do whatever it takes to do that. Her morals are lacking and she recruits these two boys that she’s manipulated along the way. They’re quite impressionable. I don’t think it takes a lot of manipulation.”
Offered the role of Father Hector McGrath, a ruthless drug-dealing priest, Baldwin was immediately taken with the script. “I thought it was funny,” he said. “I thought it was really well written and a real Irish comedy.”
Baldwin was the first actor to sign on. “That was tremendously helpful,” noted Thompson. “When you cast your movie, you always need that first person to step in and set the tone.”
About the film, Barnaby Thompson said: “I grew up in London but my father is from County Down, so Ireland is in my blood. I began to get to know the country when I directed one of my first films – a documentary about the Catholic pilgrimages to Lough Derg, Croagh Patrick and Knock. I then made a film about a busking festival in Clonakilty. Those films immersed me in the life of the West of Ireland.
“Like the American West, it still has a wildness and serenity – touched by the modern world but not changed by it. I was — and still am – bowled over by the scale and the epic nature of the cinematic landscape.
“This movie began with a road trip I took with my son, Preston, down the West coast of Ireland. We never discussed it at the time, but that journey inspired him to write this story. He pitched it to me as a ‘western in the rain’.
“I was immediately drawn to the character of Pixie and her quest for freedom. I loved the idea of doing a film about a young woman discovering her power. She has to pit her wits against everyone, taking on the patriarchy to claim the right to shape her own life.”