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Murphy gets some Culture

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British director Dominic Murphy, whose debut feature White Lightnin' [+see also:
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won the Hitchcock D’Or Grand Prix at Dinard, is collaborating again with Mike Downey and Sam Taylor of Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) on a slate of projects as part of their jointly owned MASS Productions label.

First up is an adaptation of Iain M. Banks’ A Gift from the Culture, part of his sci-fi series The Culture. The script is being written by Murphy and White Lightnin’ writer Shane Smith.

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Also in development is an Untitled Bronte Project that looks at the relationships between the four Bronte children and Angria, the miniature fictional children’s world that they created. Next on the MASS slate is the Biafra set Jesus Christ Airlines (working title), which is currently being written by Kit Peel, a former journalist on the African circuit.

Murphy said, “Our partnership on White Lightnin’ worked out really well. We made an ambitious film with minimal resources and in tough conditions, so we are all enthused about going forward together in this new venture.” White Lightnin’ is a F&ME/Mountain Productions film funded by the UK Film Council New Cinema Fund and SALT. SALT is handling world sales and UK distribution will be by Momentum Films.

Current F&ME films include feature nature documentary from double Emmy Award winning director Nick Stringer, TURTLE: The Incredible Journey, which has just opened on 200 prints in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and Icelandic horror film, Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre by Julius Kemp.

Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot, The Hours and The Reader [+see also:
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, acts as F&ME’s company chairman and executive produces their in-house films.

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