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Produced byJules T-Smith

Written By – Tony Hamilton-Shannon

Choreographer – Drew McOnie

Music Producer -Fraser T-Smith

Music Executive Producers – Tris Penna & Michelle de Vries

GENRE: Comedy/Dance Musical

STATUS: In Development (with the support of the BFI Film Fund)


Gloria, a young aspiring dancer competes for a role in the biggest dance show on the planet, only to find out that the world she inhabits isn’t all that it seems when her life starts to resemble that of several famous dance musicals.




London set, OUT OF STEP is a completely new and unique take on the dance musical genre.  Lovingly embracing and poking fun at classic dance films: Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Footloose and Dirty Dancing, OUT OF STEP takes the genre to the next level by asking the question: What if a group of characters were living in a dance musical but didn’t realize it?

The film was commissioned by Sweet As A Productions as an original project and is driven by a passionate love for dance and dance movies.  The film plays with the conventions of the genre by turning them on their head, taking into account a modern audience’s knowledge and accessibility to the films that have inspired it.


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Liverpool born Tony began his career in London, training and qualifying as a lawyer with top global law firm, Allen & Overy LLP. During this time, he also experimented with many different types of comedy performance including stand-up, improvisational comedy and clowning before his passion for writing took over and he left law to pursue the career full-time in 2011. Tony’s first feature film, the American-set comedy Ineligible Bachelors, was quickly optioned by Sweet As A which lead to the commissioning of Out of Step. He is currently based in London and LA.




FRASER T-SMITH – Music Producer

Fraser T Smith  is a Grammy-winning record producer, songwriter and musician. He has co-written, produced and mixed six number 1s in the UK and US and has collaborated on such songs as Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”, James Morrison’s “Broken Strings”, and Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart”.  Artists he has worked with include Plan B, Sam Smith, Celine Dion Kaiser Chiefs, Lily Allen, Quadron, Birdy, Cee Lo Green, Ellie Goulding, Katy B, Tinchy Stryder and Kano.

In 2012, he won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year with Adele for 21 having produced and co-written and mixed “Set Fire to the Rain”. In 2013 Adele also won a Grammy award for “Set Fire To The Rain (Live)”.


Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 12.46.35DREW MCONIE – Choreographer 

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Matthew Bourne, The McOnie Company’s Artistic Director, Drew McOnie, is fast becoming one of Britain’s most sought after emerging Choreographers. Known for his passionate and versatile dance vocabulary, McOnie is being hailed as ‘The next big thing in Musical Theatre Choreography’ and the ‘name to look out for’ in the London and National press.

His work as a freelance Choreographer and Dance Director spans across Film, Tv and Theatre throughout the UK and Europe. His most recent credits include Drunk (Curve,  Leicester and The Bridewell London), Chicago (Curve, Leicester) and West Side Story (NYMT).  For more information on Drew please see and follow @DrewMcOnie on Twitter for regular updates. Upcoming work includes: In the Heights (Southwark Playhouse, London)




TRIS PENNA – Music Executive Producer

Tris Penna’s first music role was at Chappell Music in the early 80’s, where he was responsible for their standard catalogues as well as working alongside superstars the Bee Gees and Eric Clapton.   In the mid 80’s working at EMI’s revived Parlophone label initially as marketing manager he worked very closely with Pet Shop Boys, Morrissey, Dusty Springfield and Blur.

He then formally moved into EMI’s A&R department, where he worked with many key EMI artists including David Bowie and Paul McCartney- and was responsible for signing and A&Ring the Trainspotting soundtrack album. In 1997 he joined Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group as creative director – and managing director of the music division.   There he oversaw the recording and marketing of all of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original cast albums – as well as running a successful artist driven independent label.   Tris has worked on many film soundtracks, from Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Romeo + Juliet, Shooting Fish, The Phantom of the Opera and Mojo.

Latterly Tris has been an A&R director at Sony Music in London, signing and recording Russell Watson’s platinum La Voce album – and overseeing the successful launch of the Glee franchise in the UK.   Tris is also a successful record producer in his own right, producing Marc Almond, Sandie Shaw and the number one Island Records ‘Words for You’ poetry album.


MICHELLE DE VRIES – Music Executive Producer

Michelle de Vries began her music career in New York in the 90s where she started as an assistant at Hit & Run Music Publishing.  She swiftly rose through the ranks and was transferred back to London to end up as head of UK A&R. In her time there she placed songs with Michael Jackson, Brandy, Mariah Carey and Westlife and her songwriters wrote tracks for Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion as well as many other notable artists. She executive produced the album,  “Urban Renewal” which saw the likes of Kelis, Brandy, L’il Kim and Ol’ Dirty Bastard covering the songs of Phil Collins.  Michelle then went into Artist Management working with Broadway star Laura Michelle Kelly.

Since then she has ran Big Life Music Publishing, and works as A&R consultant for both BMG/Chrysalis and Good Soldier Songs.

She is currently working on film and advertising projects in the UK, Australia and the USA. Recent work has included Music Supervising the Stevie Award winning Citibank 200th anniversary project and Arclight Films Production A Few Best Men (due for release in the UK Summer 2012) and the forthcoming film Nina for Ealing Studios.

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