LONDON — Producers Hamish McAlpine (“Funny Games,” “Bundy”), Colin Vaines (“Coriolanus,” “My Week With Marilyn”) and Carole Siller (“Funny Games,” “The Hillside Strangler”) have teamed up to launched shingle Broadstairs Films to develop and produce their joint projects. The partners will be at the AFM to meet with agencies and sales companies.
Broadstairs’ first two projects are “Lost Girl” and “Bhopal.” “Lost Girl,” which is based on a story by McAlpine and written by Susan Everett, is a London-based supernatural thriller about a kidnapping that goes awry with horrifying consequences. “Bhopal” is a documentary about one of the planet’s worst man-made disasters, when an American-owned pesticide plant leaked a deadly chemical gas over the densely packed slums of Bhopal, India. The gas killed up to 10,000 people, within hours, and 15,000 more have since died from its effects.
Broadstairs will draw on the strengths of the three to enable it to cover all areas of the biz. Siller is a biz strategist with expertise in finance and international business. McAlpine’s background is in distribution and marketing, best known for bringing critically acclaimed Asian and arthouse films to the mainstream through Tartan Films, which he set up in 1982. He has distributed over 300 films theatrically. Vaines is one of the most respected producers in the biz having produced or executive produced titles as diverse as “Gangs of New York,” “The Rum Diary,” “The Young Victoria,” “Breaking and Entering,” “London Boulevard” and “Miss Potter.”
Siller said: “The reason the three of us have come together is because we each bring something extremely valuable to the table. We complement each other brilliantly, with Hamish’s proficiency in bringing movies to audiences, Colin’s expertise in filmmaking having produced an array of critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies, and my knowledge of international business strategy and finance — we make a really great team.”
The three partners will continue developing their own independent slates with other producers, which are unaffected by their agreement.