FilmFour flies with superhero pic

Helmer, star use improvisational style

LONDON — The restructured FilmFour has greenlit its first movie — an unconventional superhero comedy directed by Shane Meadows and starring Paddy Considine.

The $1.5 million pic, which starts shooting this week, was co-written by Meadows and Considine. It is being produced by Mark Herbert at Warp Films and co-financed by FilmFour and East Midlands Media Initiative.

Originally titled “The Skull” but about to be renamed, it’s about a social worker who cracks up and adopts the persona of a masked superhero, sorting out by night all the problems he cannot handle by day.

The movie is being shot on 16mm, with a heavy emphasis on digital post-production to achieve cinematic effects.

Meadows and Considine are old school friends who first worked together on the 1999 movie “A Room for Romeo Brass,” and have since developed an improvisational style of collaboration, which will be used in the latest movie.

As well as winning acclaim for “Last Resort,” “24 Hour Party People” and “In America,” Considine also stars in the BAFTA-winning short “My Wrongs,” which Chris Morris directed for Warp.

Meadows made his last movie, “Once Upon a Time in the Midlands,” for the old FilmFour before it was closed down as a stand-alone company and reconfigured as a smaller department within its parent broadcaster Channel 4.

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