First film is 'Red Mist'
LONDON — Film agency Northern Ireland Screen will hand coin to newly launched shingle Generator Ent. as part of its latest round of funding for local pics.Generator, which was set up by producers Simon Bosanquet and Mark Huffam, plans to shoot four of the five pics on its debut slate (all budgeted at around $3 million) in Northern Ireland in the first half of this year. First up is Paddy Breathnach’s supernatural thriller “Red Mist,” which started shooting in Belfast this month. Northern Ireland Screen has contributed $487,496 (£247,737). Generator’s “Chatakwa Falls” will receive $379,098 from the agency. Also on the slate are Chris Hartwill’s ghost story “The God Machine,” urban gang thriller “Beach Boys” and horror mock doc “Video 8.” A Northern Ireland Screen spokesperson said it was “highly likely” that the agency would also support these three films. Northern Ireland Screen will also support Green Park Films’ “Cherry Bomb,” a film about wild teens embarking on a weekend of drink, drugs, shoplifting and stealing cars, to the tune of $491,813. “Our latest round of funding to Generator and Green Park reflects our continued commitment to building a sustainable production sector here,” said Richard Williams, chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen. Generator’s slate is being put together in partnership with Framestore Features, the production division of U.K. post-production company Framestore-CFC, and Limelight, and is being sold by The Little Film Company out of L.A.