Hart Sharp, FilmFour set biopic

Pic to fete perf artist Bowery

LONDON — New York-based Hart Sharp Entertainment, riding high with the critical success of “Boys Don’t Cry,” has struck a deal with the U.K.’s FilmFour to develop a biopic of performance artist Leigh Bowery.

The film will be based on Sue Tilley’s biography “Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon.”

Bowery emerged as the epitome of performance art in the London club scene during the early 1980s.

The painter Lucian Freud used him extensively as a model and muse.

Big presence

“Leigh was larger than life and his story is inspirational,” said Hart Sharp’s John Hart and Jeff Sharp. “He was a true visionary who elevated the people around him.”

No director or writer is yet attached. Hart Sharp will co-finance the pic. The company recently raised a private fund to bankroll three to five pics in the $3 million to $5 million range over the next 18 months.

“FilmFour is the perfect partner for us on this,” said Robert Kessel, Hart Sharp’s head of production. “They continually support the most daring and interesting projects. Our challenge is to create a film as original as Leigh.”

Hart, Sharp and Kessel will share producer credits on the film.

The company is in post-production with Kenny Lonergan’s “You Can Count on Me,” which will premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Hart Sharp also expects to shoot Lonergan’s next pic, “This Is Our Youth,” later this year.

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