Strong British presence in Directors’ Fortnight selection
by Naman Ramachandran
- Pride, Queen and Country, Catch me Daddy make cut
John Boorman’s Queen and Country [+see also:
interview: John Boorman
film profile], Matthew Warchus’ Pride [+see also:
film profile] and Daniel Wolfe’s Catch me Daddy [+see also:
interview: Daniel Wolfe
film profile] have been selected for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight segment. Pride will be the closing film.
Merlin Films’ (Ireland) Queen and Country is Boorman’s sequel to 1987’s Hope and Glory. Starring Caleb Landry Jones, Callum Turner and David Thewlis, the film follows 18-year-old dreamer Bill Rowan whose idyll is shattered by the harsh realities of boot camp. Le Pacte is handling sales and the film will release in 2014.
Catch me Daddy is produced by Emu Films (UK), and co-developed and co-financed by Film4 and the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Fund, with additional production finance support from Screen Yorkshire and Lip Sync with Studiocanal distributing in UK. Altitude Film Sales is handling worldwide sales. A release date has not been announced yet. Starring Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Conor McCarron and Gary Lewis, the film follows a girl hiding from her family along with her drifter boyfriend. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of bounty hunters, she is forced to flee for her life.
Pride is produced by the UK’s Proud Films and Calamity Films and co-financed by Pathé, BBC Films and the BFI Film Fund. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK (September 12) and France and will handle international sales. Starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, the film follows a group of gay and lesbian activists at the Gay Pride March in London in 1984 that decide to raise money to support the families of striking miners. But there is a problem – then mineworkers union seems embarrassed to receive their support.