Cannes 2015 – Production/UK
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Creative England announces greenlit iFeatures at Cannes
by Naman Ramachandran
- CANNES 2015: Lady Macbeth, Apostasy and The Levelling will go into production in the autumn
Creative England has greenlit three features under their iFeatures production scheme, it was announced at Cannes. The films, which were narrowed down from more than 400 applications, will receive £350,000 each in production funding through Creative England, the British Film Institute and BBC Films and mentoring from industry experts. They will go into production in the autumn.
Period drama Lady Macbeth [+see also:
interview: William Oldroyd
film profile] is written by playwright Alice Birch, will be directed by William Oldroyd, produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and tells the story of a young woman who fights to protect a fierce and irrepressible new passion. Apostasy, co-written by Charlotte Wise and Dan Kokotajlo, who will also direct, with Marcie MacLellan producing, follows a devoted Jehovah’s Witness who is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. Set against the aftermath of the 2014 Somerset floods, The Levelling [+see also:
film profile] is written and directed by Hope Dickson Leach and produced by Rachel Robey.
Christopher Granier-Deferre, Executive Producer of iFeatures 3 said, “Accompanying these compelling projects through development and now into production has been an immense privilege, and the final three projects only hint at the filmmakers’ immense talent, courage and commitment. They all demonstrate the power of original story-telling, and I can’t wait to watch the scripts come to life.”
Past iFeatures films include Guy Myhill’s The Goob [+see also:
interview: Guy Myhill
film profile] that premiered at Venice and Martin Radich’s Norfolk [+see also:
film profile] that bowed in Rotterdam.
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