Ghost story 'The Dark Half' is filming in facility

LONDON — Bristol’s the Bottle Yard, south-west England’s largest film and TV studio, has begun operations with the shoot of helmer Alastair Siddons’ ghost story “The Dark Half.”

The film, co-financed by the Film Agency for Wales, is the first of three films budgeted at £300,000 ($482,000) apiece greenlit under regional screen agency South West Screen’s iFeatures scheme, also backed by BBC Films and the Bristol City Council.

The other iFeatures films are Mark Simon Hewis and Sarah Cox’s twisted romantic comedy “Eight Minutes Idle,” co-financed by the U.K. Film Council, and Kasia Klimkiewicz’s political thriller “Flying Blind.”

All three are co-produced and co-financed by Matador Pictures.

The BBC has nabbed U.K. free TV rights to the films while ContentFilm Intl. is handling international sales.

The films were whittled down from 550 submissions. Writers Simon Beaufoy and Jesse Armstrong, helmer-scribe Paul Andrew Williams and director Justin Chadwick mentored the teams behind the shortlisted entries.

The Bottle Yard is a former winery and bottling plant that has been transformed into a 300,000 square foot production facility. It is supported by the South West Regional Development Agency and Bristol City Council, and managed by South West Screen.

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