Altitude gets Gifts
by Naman Ramachandran
- Colm McCarthy’s second film stars Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close
Altitude Film Sales has come on board Colm McCarthy’s second film She Who Brings Gifts [+see also:
film profile]. McCarthy has directed Outcast [+see also:
film profile] and several hit British television shows including Sherlock, Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who and The Tudors. Mike Carey adapted the screenplay from his bestselling novel The Girl with all the Gifts. The film follows Melanie, a girl who is full of questions about the world. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into a wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite. But they don’t laugh.
The cast includes Gemma Arterton (The Voices [+see also:
film profile]), Paddy Considine (Pride [+see also:
film profile]), and Glenn Close. The film will shoot in the UK in May and is being produced by Camille Gatin (Shadow Dancer [+see also:
film profile]) and Angus Lamont (’71 [+see also:
Q&A: Yann Demange
film profile]). The feature has been developed with the support of the BFI Film Fund.
Lamont said, “Melanie’s story is a completely unique take on a much loved genre, seamlessly blending together a lonely child’s search for love and family with a terrifying journey where she controls the fate of the last adult humans on earth.”
Will Clarke, Co-CEO and Chairman of Altitude Film Entertainment said, “She Who Brings Gifts is a smart take on the sci-fi genre and with a humanity which will draw a young adult audience and those already aware of Mike Carey’s best-selling novel. With the great cast that has come on board we have a highly commercial film, which can cut through to a broad audience.”