U.K. Film Council funds 18 projects

Development Fund delivers $445,000

Public funding body the U.K. Film Council has unveiled 18 debut pics that will receive a total of £297,750 ($445,000) from its development fund.

Pics include scribe Bola Agbaje’s bigscreen adaptation of her coming-of-age play “Gone Too Far!” about two brothers in a run-down part of South London, which won the Laurence Olivier Award for outstanding achievement. It will receive $37,911, one of the biggest allocations.

Other projects include Catherine Shepherd’s “Like a Virgin,” Natasha Wood’s “Rolling With Laughter,” Richard Milward’s “Apples” and Richard T. Kelly’s “Lucie Gunn.”

The fund also invests in established talent. In July, it doled out $640,000 to seven projects, including $230,000 to producer Norma Heyman’s passion project “The Lives of Lee Miller,” about the model-turned-WWII photographer.

It’s all indicative of the eclectic vision of fund topper Tanya Seghatchian, who was tapped in March 2007 and charged with the task of revamping the org. She had previously been best known as the film exec who bought J.K. Rowling’s debut novel “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” to David Heyman’s Heyday Films, as well as for producing low-budget, acclaimed pics such as Pawel Pawlikowski’s “The Last Resort.”

“It’s always exciting to be involved in the conception of a film, but to be on board from the very start of a new filmmaker’s career is a true privilege,” Seghatchian said.

Here is the full list of projects selected:

  • “Aberdeen Angus,” Johnny Barrington, $9,098
  • “Apples,” Richard Milward, $34,272
  • “Bite,” Deborah Haywood $21,230
  • “Buttershaw,” Clio Barnard, $37,911
  • “Games for Winter,” Alicia Duffy, $33,210
  • “Gone Too Far,” Bola Agbaje, $37,911

    “Kodak Cowboy,” Ariyon Bakare and James Saynor, $18,955

  • “Len and Maeve’s Fools Emporium,” Hania and Gaia Elkington, $15,164
  • “Like a Virgin,” Catherine Shepherd, $21,988
  • “Lucie Gunn,” Richard T. Kelly, $21,988
  • “Maps for Lost Lovers,” Rukhsana Ahmed, $18,955
  • “Natural Flights of the Human Mind,” Mick Audsley, $21,988
  • “One Last Time,” Laura Wade, $34,120
  • “Rolling with Laughter,” Natasha Wood, $25,780
  • “Self Made,” Gillian Wearing and Leo Butler, $37,911
  • “The Basildon Brawl,” Matthew Broughton, $18,955
  • “The Mysteries,” Ben Hervey, $15,392
  • “Untitled,” Daniel Elliott, $26,689

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