This Is England for The Works
by Annika Pham
19/10/2005 - London-based sales company The Works part of The Works Media group (formerly known as Civilian Content) is going to start pre-selling a the upcoming American Film Market (2-9 November) the new feature film by acclaimed director Shane Meadows (A Room For Romeo Brass, Dead Man’s Shoes). Currently shooting in the UK, the film is a coming of age story about an 11-year-old kid growing up without a father who falls in with a group of skinheads. Produced by Mark Herbert for Warp Films, the film is co-financed by the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Film Four, and UK distributor Optimum Releasing.
The Works headed by Joy Wong will also have two premiere market screenings at the AFM. Italian film Mario’s War by Neapolitan filmmaker Antonio Capuano is produced by Domenico Procacci, Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima for Fandango, Indigo Film in collaboration with Medusa Film (Italian distributor of the film). The intimate family drama starring Valeria Golino and Marco Griego, already screened in official selection at the Locarno Film Festival and in Toronto.
Michael Winterbottom’s A Cock And Bull Story is based on Laurence Sterne’s classic novel ‘The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman’. The film starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon will be released in the UK by Redbus Film Distribution next January. Other European distributors who’ve already bought the film include Meywen for CIS and Baltic countries, Vertigo Films for Spain, Atlantic Film AB for Scandinavia and Greenlight for Iceland.
Seven other market screenings include Nick Cave’s The Proposition, Richard E Grant’s semi-autobiographical film and Edinburgh hit Wah Wah (to be released by Océan Films in France), Stefan Schwartz’s romantic film The Best Man and Saul Metzstein’s Guy X.