John Cameron Mitchell wraps How to Talk to Girls at Parties
by Naman Ramachandran
- Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman starrer is based on Neil Gaiman short story
Director John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) has completed a six-week shoot at Sheffield and London locations for How to Talk to Girls at Parties, from a script he wrote with Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes [+see also:
film profile]), based on a short story by Neil Gaiman. The film follows a shy teenage punk rocker in 70s suburban England, and his two friends, who sneak into a party where they meet a group of otherworldly girls; at first they think it’s a cult, but eventually realise the girls are actually from another world – outer space. The cast includes Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman and Alex Sharp.
Howard Gertler of US outfit Little Punk is producing alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of the UK’s See-Saw Films and Mitchell. Screen Yorkshire is investing in the film through its Yorkshire Content Fund and there is financing from Film4 and Delish Films. HanWay Films handles international sales, with StudioCanal distributing in the UK and A24 in the US.
Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Screen Industries Hub will receive £127,000 through the British Film Institute (BFI) Creative Clusters Fund as seed funding for a plan to expand the region’s creative sector infrastructure.
Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI said, “The UK’s screen industries are thriving and if we are to support future growth it is vital that more areas outside London become international hubs.”
Over the last three years Screen Yorkshire has invested more than £14 million into 38 features and television programmes including the new film Dad’s Army, award-winning television drama Peaky Blinders and BAFTA-nominated feature ’71 [+see also:
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