Premiere Fund for 2 projects
by Annika Pham
Peter Chelsom and Mike Leigh have both received financing support from the UK Film Council’s Premiere Fund for their new feature film projects.
The Freddie Randall Story, directed by Chelsom (Funny Bones,Serendipity) and co-written with Adrian Dunbar (The General), received £250,000 (Euros362,000) from the fund. Set during WWII, it is the story of Freddie Randall, played by Gary Oldman, an amateur inventor who is temporarily blinded in an attempt to break the land speed record. He is hospitalised and falls in love with a fellow patient, an American singing star (Cate Blanchett) who has had both her legs amputated.
Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies) was awarded a total of £1,2m Euros1.740m) from the FC, including £777,632 (Euros1.127m) from the Premiere Fund for his as-yet untitled 03 project to be produced by his usual business partner-cum-producer, Simon Channing Williams (Thin Man Films).
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