Screen Yorkshire to invest $3.2 mil in projects

Pix include 'Girls' Night Out,' '71,' 'A Miracle'


U.K. regional screen agency Screen Yorkshire will invest £2 million ($3.2 million) in five U.K. productions, it announced Thursday.

The coin will come from the $24 million Yorkshire Content Fund, launched last March to invest in the film, TV and digital sectors in north east of England’s Yorkshire and Humber region.

The fund is supported by $12 million from the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund with the rest coming from private sector investors.

The projects receiving coin are helmer Michael Hoffman’s “Girls’ Night Out” from Ecosse Films, starring Juno Temple and Alexandra Roach; director Yann Demange’s thriller “’71” from Warp Films and Crab Apple Films, which has additional backing from Film4, Creative Scotland and Aver Media; helmer-scribe Ben Hopkins’ road movie comedy “A Miracle,” a U.K., France, Germany, Turkey co-production; helmer-scribe Daniel Wolfe’s “Catch Me Daddy,” from Emu Films, which has extra coin from the British Film Institute and Film4; and two-part drama “The Great Train Robbery,” produced by World Prods. for the BBC, with Julian Jarrold and James Strong helming two feature-length installments.

“These investments are the culmination of a fantastic first year for the Yorkshire Content Fund, which is attracting the very best in U.K. producers and talent to the region,” said Sally Joynson, CEO of Screen Yorkshire. “We are building a very strong production slate across TV and film, providing much-needed jobs and inward investment worth several million pounds. We will also be announcing soon new investment schemes to support Yorkshire’s creative talent.”

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