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Murphy, F&ME sign production pact

Slate includes Iain M. Banks adaptation

LONDON — Director Dominic Murphy and Brit shingle Film and Music Entertainment have announced the first projects to come out of their multi-picture production partnership.

The slate of projects, which includes an adaptation of Iain M. Banks’ “A Gift from the Culture,” will be produced by Murphy and Film and Music Entertainment co-toppers Mike Downey and Sam Taylor’s newly revived and jointly owned Mass Productions label.

Murphy previously worked with Downey and Taylor on his directorial debut “White Lightnin’,” which preemed at Sundance, and won the Hitchcock d’Or at Dinard Film Festival.

Murphy is penning the screenplay for “A Gift for the Culture,” part of the epic sci-fi series “The Culture.”

Also in development for Mass Productions are “Untitled Bronte Project” and Biafra-set “Jesus Christ Airlines.” The latter tells the story of a daredevil pilot who kept the inhabitants of a West African state alive for almost two years with his air drops.

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