MUMBAI: After the positive reception in Cannes for Rufus
Norris 'Broken' which opened Critics Week,
BBC Films has unveiled their new slate, reaffirming
their commitment to nurturing relationships with filmmakers
and developing new talent.
Films is welcoming back former collaborators on a number
of exciting projects this year. Following 'An Education'
and most recently Dustin Hoffmans 'Quartet',
BBC Films will be working again with Finola Dwyer and
Amanda Posey of Wildgaze on two projects.
Toibins best-selling novel, 'Brooklyn',
will star Rooney Mara and has been adapted by Nick Hornby.
Hornbys novel A Long Way Down, has been adapted
by Jack Thorne and will be directed by Pascal Chaumeil.
It will star Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots,
and Emile Hirsch.
worked previously with Jeremy Thomas on Glastonbury
and now Julien Temples Kinks film 'You
Really Got Me', BBC Films will also be collaborating
again with him on 'Dom Hemingway', the London-set
black comedy starring Jude Law and Richard E. Grant
to be directed by Richard Sheppard. Law will play Dom
Hemingway, a safecracker with a loose fuse, who after
12 years in prison, travels with his best friend
(played by Grant) to collect what hes owed for
not ratting on crime bosses.
again, BBC Films will join forces with Ruby Films on
'Saving Mr Banks' which is set to shoot later
this year with Disney and stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.
Scripted by Kelly Marcel, the film tells of the longstanding
feud between Walt Disney and novelist P.L. Travers to
obtain the rights to what was to become one of cinemas
family classics, Mary Poppins.
Films is excited to be working in partnership with Steve
Coogan and Armando Iannucci to bring Alan Partridge
to the big screen next year with The Alan Partridge
Movie (working title) which begins shooting in the Autumn.
Produced by Baby Cow, Kevin Loader, Henry Normal and
Armando Iannucci, the film is directed by Declan Lowney.
worked with Simon Curtis on My Week With Marilyn, BBC
Films is delighted to be working with him on a new project,
The Golden Lady.
Written by acclaimed playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell,
and produced by David Thompson (Origin Pictures), it
tells the incredible contemporary story of Maria Altmann
who, with enterprising young lawyer Randy Schoenberg,
fought to reclaim several world-famous Klimt paintings,
including his most famous golden portrait of Marias
aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, that had been stolen from her
family by the Nazis.
Films relationship with David Heyman and Heyday
Films continues with Testament Of Youth, Juliette Towhidis
adaptation of Vera Brittains heartbreaking First
World War memoir. We are thrilled to announce today
that Saoirse Ronan is now attached to play Vera.
Fiennes follows his directorial debut with BBC Films
'Invisible Woman'. Currently shooting and adapted by
Abi Morgan, the film stars Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones,
Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander. It is about
a woman forgotten by history, a love so hidden it might
never have existed: this is the story of Nelly Ternans
secret love affair with Charles Dickens.
previously worked with Andrew Eaton on 'A Cock And Bull
Story', BBC Films has teamed up again on Good Vibrations
which is having its world premiere at the opening night
of the Belfast Film Festival and is currently screening
in the market at Cannes. The inspiring story of Belfasts
radical rebel and music lover Terri Hooley is directed
by Lisa Barros DSa and Glenn Leyburn, written
by Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry and produced by
Eaton and Chris Martin.
'The Awakening', BBC Films has collaborated with Nick
Murphy on the psychological thriller 'Blood', with a
screenplay by Bill Gallagher. Paul Bettany and Stephen
Graham star as two brothers in a downwards spiral of
guilt, paranoia and destruction with Mark Strong, Brian
Cox and Natasha Little co-starring.. 'Blood' has recently
wrapped as has Sally Potters most recent feature
and Mat Whitecross
untitled film, set in London, 1962 as the Cold War meets
the sexual revolution, tells the story of two teenage
girls whose lifelong friendship is threatened by a clash
of desire and the determination to survive. Rising stars
Elle Fanning and Alice Englert take the central roles,
alongside Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Annette
Bening, Alessandro Nivola and Oliver Platt. Artificial
Eye will distribute in the UK.
of age drama, 'Spike Island', is a nostalgic snapshot
Britain in the early 1990s. To be distributed in the
UK by Revolver and based on the Stone Roses most
iconic performance, the film focuses on a group of young
estate boys who have formed their own indie rock band
and travel to see their favourite bands 1990 Spike
Island gig. Written by Chris Coghill, the film stars
young British talent including Elliot Tittensor and
Films head Christine Langan said, "A winning combination
of hot new talent and more experienced high-profile
ilmmakers and artists makes this years slate a
genuinely rich, diverse and exciting proposition. Id
particularly like to thank my small and dedicated team
at BBC Films who continue to work with real passion
and resourcefulness to provide fresh, original and compelling
entertainment for the Great British public."
Films adds that it also has a strong commitment to new
filmmakers and supports Film Londons Microwave
scheme. Most recently they have worked with Jules Bishop
on Borrowed Time and Ben Drew (aka Plan B) on his highly
anticipated directorial debut, iLL Manors, which is
a year that will see all eyes on London with the Olympic
Games this summer, BBC Films is working on a number
of projects in collaboration with the London 2012 Festival.
BBC Films will present four short films in a unique
Film4 and LOCOG for the London 2012 Festival, where
each company has commissioned and co-funded two projects.
Films has backed writer/director Lynne Ramsay on 'Swimmer',
a poetic journey through the waterways and coastline
of the British Isles, and directing duo Max Giwa and
Dania Pasquini on 'What If' with Vertigo Films Production
a celebration of urban youth culture and London featuring
Noel Clarke and the best of UK free running, skateboarding,
BMXing and urban art.
are also working with director Julien Temple, who will
write, direct and produce 'London - The Modern Babylon',
a time-travelling journey to the heart of his hometown
for BBC Films and BFI, with the support of BBC Archive
and BFI National Archive. Reaching back to the dawn
of film in London at the start of the 20th century,
the story unfolds in film archive, voices of Londoners
past and present and the flow of popular music across
the century; a stream of urban consciousness, like the
river which flows through its heart.