Robinson, Marber projects top list
Bruce Robinson (“Withnail and I”) and Patrick Marber (“Closer”) are the recipients of the two largest awards made in the first round of funding grants issued by the U.K. Film Council’s new development topper Tanya Seghatchian.Coin has also been granted to multi-hyphenate Terence Davies, horror helmer Christopher Smith, Scottish playwright David Greig and young writer Polly Stenham. Robinson will get £250,000 ($510,000) to develop a film based on his own comic novel, “The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman,” about a 13-year-old boy growing up in a household of eccentrics. Marber was awarded $306,000 to adapt his play, “Don Juan of Soho,” for the bigscreen. The project is produced by Robert Fox and Marber, and co-developed by Film4. Greig will receive$48,000 for a contemporary coming-of-age fable about two teenage girls, “Blackwaterside,” which he’s developing with director Marisa Zanotti and producer Angela Murray. Stenham was awarded $30,600 to turn her debut play, “The Face,” into a movie. Davies, whose last movie was “The House of Mirth” in 2000, will receive $20,400 toward his comedy “Mad About the Boy,” which he’s developing with his regular producer Olivia Stewart. Smith (“Creep,” “Severance”) will get $15,300 for further development of “Triangle,” a psycho-horror script.