Many 'Almost' thesps cast from refugee communities
Beyond Films has picked up international sales rights to “Dragnet” and “Almost Adult,” two pics about immigration.
“Dragnet,” starring Robert Carlyle, Gary Lewis (“Billy Elliot”) and Martin Compston (“Sweet Sixteen”), tells the tragic story of struggling fishermen who take up the more profitable trade of smuggling people.
“Almost Adult” follows two teenage girls who have moved to the U.K. and help one another deal with the horrors of their past. Adding authenticity, many of the “Almost Adult” roles have been cast from refugee communities.
“Dragnet” is directed by Steve Hudson, who won the European short award at Venice for “Goodbye” (2004). The German-Ireland-U.K. co-production has just begun a seven-week shoot in Ireland before transferring to Germany for two weeks. Project is backed by BBC Films, Filmstiftung NRW, FFA, Eurimages, the Irish Film Board, Scottish Screen, ZDF, Arte, Pictorian Pictures and Scion Films.
“Almost Adult” is the first feature from Yousef Ali Khan, who was nommed for a BAFTA for “Talking With Angels” (2003). Pic is produced by long-term Ken Loach collaborator Sally Hibbin (“Yasmin”). The U.K.-German co-production is backed by Channel 4 Television, EuroArts and Screen West Midlands. Pic is shooting in the U.K.