Keith Mason is a former Super League star, a powerful and dynamic prop, a Challenge Cup winner, an ex-St Helens and Huddersfield Giants star and a former NRL player too for that matter but now it’s becoming more likely that you will know him as an actor especially as he stars as the lead in a film that premiered in 2021.
Now the film named Punished, previously known as Imperative, will be released in the USA and other territories worldwide this week.
This film is Mason’s own project one that he put together from scratch and sees Mason star as the lead as a Yorkshire detective battling with his own demons as well as a serial killer based on Sean O’Neill’s best selling novel.
“I have got The Punished. It is a film I have produced. I play a detective called Jack Sullivan who is hunting down a serial killer,” Mason told Serious About Rugby League.
“Whilst fighting his own demons of addiction, alcoholism and mental health problems, he is trying to catch this killer.
“He’s a little like a vigilante, he’s murdering drink drivers and people who are criminals basically. He’s taking criminals off the street, but that’s Jack’s job.
“It was great putting it together, I did it from scratch and brought some people in, even people who hadn’t acted before.
“We ended up with a gem. In 2021 we had the premier at Leeds, the red carpet premier. It was a bit different from being on a rugby field.
“It was a fantastic night, we had a standing ovation at the end of it. It is a Yorkshire Crime Thriller, so I’m hoping people from Yorkshire like it.”
Mason confirmed that he has done a distribution deal with a company in LA which will see the film distributed world wide.
He also confirmed that there is a separate deal in the UK which will hopefully see it come to Netflix, Amazon Prime and the like.
“I’ve done a distribution deal with a company in Los Angeles and they’re looking to release the film world wide in the next two to three months and then we’ll do a separate deal with the UK,” he said.
“It’s quite an achievement, it’s taken years to get a role like this. Been to London, catching buses, trying to get a gig.
“I just thought I’m not in Hollywood, not in London, so I’ll work on my own film.
“People will hopefully be able to watch it in 2023. It’s got a bit of Alfred Hitchcock about it, like a human horror. Some scenes will make you jump.
“It will also show me in a different light and people will be able to see what I can do.
“We’re hoping to go to Netflix and Amazon, Channel 5 and Channel 4 and possibly into local theatres.”
Mason has nearly a million followers on TikTok, so spreading the news of his exciting film that he put together himself and stars as the lead should not be hard.
Rugby league fans should keep an eye on when Imperative could be coming to cinemas and the likes of Netflix soon.
Now a new trailer has been released for the film which has been renamed from Imperative to Punished.
The synopsis for the film is as followed:
“Hardened Chief Inspector Jack Sullivan is in a losing battle with alcohol and his own inner demons after his wife goes missing when the case of a lifetime lands on his desk. Tracking down a vigilante serial killer stocking the northern English streets.”
This hugely interesting story is captured in a brilliant trailer and should have plenty of people going to see the film.
Take a look: