Scottish pix score double for film fund

LONDON — The Glasgow Film Fund, a key player in the recent renaissance of Scottish cinema, has had its production budget doubled as a reward for its success.

The GFF has been awarded a second tranche of £1.2 million ($1.9 million), having received the same amount to finance its launch back in 1993.

Since then, the fund has supported 10 low-budget films, including Danny Boyle’s debut feature “Shallow Grave,” Gillies Mackinnon’s “Small Faces” and Ken Loach’s “Carla’s Song.”

“Shallow Grave” has been the most spectacular success, returning $510,000 from the GFF’s original investment of $240,000. “Small Faces” and “Carla’s Song” have also reached break-even. Any profits earned by the GFF are reinvested in future productions.

The fund is bankrolled by grants from Glasgow City Council, the Glasgow Development Agency and the European Regional Development Agency. It is run by Eddie Dick, working alongside Lenny Crooks of the Glasgow Film Office. They are now looking to raise new finance from the private sector in Scotland to match the public cash.

Current productions being backed by the GFF include the latest Ken Loach pic “My Name Is Joe,” Brian Gibson’s “Poor Things” and Les Blair’s “Stand and Deliver.”

The fund has also just decided to invest in transforming “The Acid House Trilogy” into a full-scale theatrical movie. Adapted by “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh from his own trio of novellas, the trilogy has already been shot, and the first part, “Granton Star Cause,” recently screened amid much controversy on Channel 4, which put up the production cash. The other two parts are currently in post-production.

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