Another Year another Cannes for Mike Leigh
by Naman Ramachandran
16/04/2010 - The announcement of the Cannes 2010 programme saw a solid if not spectacular British presence on the fabled Croisette, with eight films with UK involvement part of the line-up.
Hideo Nakata’s Chatroom, screening in Un Certain Regard is written by Enda Walsh (Hunger [trailer, film focus]) produced by Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits at Ruby Films and Laura Hastings-Smith. The UKFC awarded £39,860 (development) and £700,000 (production).
Other films with British involvement are:
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives [trailer] co-produced by UK company Illuminations Films - In Competition; Doug Liman’s Fair Game, co-produced by British writer/producer Jez Butterworth - In Competition; Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger [trailer], which shot entirely on location in London - Out of Competition; and British director Sophie Fiennes’ Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow [trailer] - Special Screenings.
And of course the opening night film is Robin Hood, directed by British director Ridley Scott and filmed at Shepperton Studios and on location around the UK for Universal Pictures.
UKFC CEO John Woodward said, “This year’s Cannes Film Festival is opening with a British film and the competition has selected films that were made in the UK or with British involvement. This is a sign that right now British films, filmmakers and talent are delivering great work that the rest of the world wants to see.”