The Hungry to be Film London’s first India-UK co-production
by Naman Ramachandran
- Kenneth Branagh announced as patron of Shakespeare on Screen
The Hungry, written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee (writer/director, Let’s Be Out, The Sun Is Shining), co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta (executive producer, Ludo) and Kurban Kassam (line producer, 20,000 Days on Earth [+see also:
film profile]) will be Film London’s first India-UK co-production. The film is a contemporary retelling of Shakespearian tragedy Titus Andronicus, reset in an Indian wedding.
Produced through Film London’s Microwave International: Shakespeare India scheme, the film has a budget of £300,000, raised by Indian funders Cinestaan Film Company and a UK Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme. Twickenham Studios will provide of post-production support. The training elements of the scheme, including the week long Microschool, are funded by the British Council.
Film London has also announced that Sir Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet) will be the patron of Shakespeare on Screen, a year long programme marking 400 years since Shakespeare’s death.
Six teams have been shortlisted for the British Council and Film London’s Shakespeare’s Sister scheme where two all-female teams are offered £15,000 each and support from Film4 to produce shorts.
These are: Marina and Adrienne (based on Pericles, Price of Tyre) by Lucy Campbell; Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote (featuring Shakespearian quotes for dialogue) by Christiana Ebohon; The Players (inspired by Twelfth Night and As You Like It) by Aurora Fearnley; WYRDOES (based on Macbeth) by Nat Luurtsema; The Lovers’ Guide to Hunting (inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream) by Ita Fitzgerald; and The Tempest (inspired by The Tempest) by Debs Paterson.