UK Regional Screen Agency Screen East brings 4.5m Content Investment Fund to the Cannes Film Festival
Regional Screen Agency, Screen East will be at the Cannes Film Festival from 16th – 21st May seeking to develop relationships with international organisations, and filmmakers, to explore potential projects that could be successfully based in the East of England with a 4.5m Content Investment Fund backed by the European Regional Development Fund.
The fund was successfully launched at last year’s festival with internationally celebrated director Michael Winterbottom and producer Andrew Eaton.
Screen East’s CEO Laurie Hayward said: “With nearly 2m still to invest the search is on to find four great productions that can be filmed in the East of England. For the right projects we will invest up to 500,000. We’re really excited about our slate which is coming to fruition with some great projects such as My Talks with Dean Spanley, the star-studded big screen drama and the Richard Jobson helmed New Town Killers.”
Sheryl Crown, Screen East’s Executive Producer said: “Since we launched in Cannes last year, Screen East is at the festival with 7 features, 5 of which are now in post production with stars such as Peter O’Toole, Sam Neill, Q’Orianka Kilcher, Robert Carlyle, Dougray Scott, Meera Syall, Will Patton and Bryan Brown. We look forward to working with such industry talent to grow films of international distinction.”
Recent investments include:
My Talks with Dean Spanley is set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Dean Spanley reveals just how deep an Englishman’s love for his dog can go. Fisk senior (Peter O’Toole) has little time or affection for his adult son, but when the pair visit a lecture hosted by a cricket–mad Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.
An Atlantic Film Group / General Film Corporation production, directed by Toa Fraser, produced by Matthew Metcalf and Alan Harris, executive producers are David Parfitt (Shakespeare in Love) and Finola Dwyer (Backbeat). The film’s cast includes eight-time Academy Award nominee Peter O’Toole and Sam Neil. Sales agent: New Zealand Film Commission 64 4 382 7680
New Town Killers
The chase thriller tells the story of two disenchanted private bankers with the world at their feet who get their kicks from playing a twelve hour game of man hunt with people from the margins of society. Their next target, Sean, soon realises he has walked in to twelve hours of hell where his only chance of survival is to start running and keep running.
Written and directed by Richard Jobson, the East of England based filmmaker. The film is produced by Luc Roeg of Independent with Richard Jobson. The film is executive produced by Michael Robinson and Andrew Orr of Independent with Paul Martin (Str8jacket Creations). The film is backed by Independent, Str8jacket Creations, Scottish Screen and the Screen East Content Investment Fund in association with LipSync and the Glasgow Film Office. Independent are handling worldwide sales +44 (0) 20 7257 8734 Cannes: 33 4 93 38 29 10
Princess Kaiulani
Exiled at 12. Her kingdom crushed at 18. A Princess forever.
1888, Hawaii is a kingdom on the verge of civil war. Forced to flee, Princess Ka ‘iulani’, the only heir to the throne, arrives in Victorian England and must adapt to a new life with an English family, where she falls in love with the rebellious and sweet-natured, Clive. But news that the King has died back in her homeland, and that the US Marines have landed in Honolulu and imprisoned the Queen, means that Ka’iulani’s new world and engagement must be postponed as duty calls for her return.
A Matador Pictures production, with writer / director Marc Forby, producers Nigel Thomas / Lauri Apelian, Matador Pictures, Ric Galindez / Roy Tjioe, Island Film Group.
The film’s cast includes Q’Orianka Kilcher (The New World), Shaun Evans (Telstar, Sparkle), Barry Pepper (Flags of our Fathers, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan) and Will Patton (A Mighty Heart, Remember the Titans).
Sales agent: ContentFilm International +44 (0)20 7851 6500 Cannes: 33 4 93 38 58 88
Mad, Sad and Bad is a comedy about mixed race relationships set in contemporary Luton. It’s about mid-thirties siblings and friends whose personal lives are continuously messed up by their own selfish needs. Hardeep, Rashmi and Atul are brothers and sisters. Which means they can say anything they like to each other, no matter how honest. And with family like this, who needs enemies?
A Moxie Makers film production with writer / director Avie Luthra, producers Christine Alderson and Bex Hopkins, cast UK stars Meera Syal, Nitin Ganatra.
Sales Agent: Moviehouse Entertainment 44 207

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