Commercials helmer Keith English to make features debut

LONDON — U.K. shingles Film and Music Ent. and SilverLight Prods. have pacted to produce thriller “Mercy Street.”

The London-set pic, which was developed by F&ME and is budgeted at £2 million ($3.3 million), is based on an original screenplay by Peter Milligan. Commercials helmer Keith English, who wrote the latest draft of the pic’s screenplay, is set to make his features debut as director on the pic.

Pic centers on an unbalanced and traumatized former soldier who seeks to exact revenge on a celebrity chef, against whom he bears a grudge.

Pic is being produced by F&ME’s Sam Taylor and Mike Downey, and SilverLight’s David Marlow.

The film is casting in London and the production dates and initial casting and finance will be announced in Cannes.

“What I love about it are the levels of emotion. On the one hand you have a very bold and exciting thriller, on another it’s a personal story about families and grief,” English said. “In a nut shell, it’s what happens when celebrity culture comes face to face with the traumas of war.”

F&ME recently bowed “The Mortician 3D” and “StreetKids United” in official selection at the Berlin Film Festival.

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