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Warp speeds up ‘Travels’ on debut pix slate

Shingle plans Arctic Monkeys docu

CANNES — Warp X, the new U.K. low-budget studio, has unveiled its debut slate of six projects, ranging from comedy to horror and music.

The studio is run by Mark Herbert and Robin Gutch, and bankrolled by the U.K. Film Council, FilmFour, Screen Yorkshire and EM Media, with U.K. distribution via Optimum Releasing.

The first film to shoot will be “Travels With my Virginity,” the movie debut of writer/performer Guy Dartnell and theater director Lee Simpson.

The road comedy about a teenager hitching around 1970s France in a desperate quest to get laid is based on material created by Dartnell and Simpson for the Improbable Theater group.

Warp will also back “Now Then,” a documentary about Blighty’s hottest rock band, the Arctic Monkeys.

John Hardwick will direct “Blind Eye,” a horror pic set in a futuristic prison, which is a spin-off from the Channel 4 TV drama “The Trial.”

“Say You Love Satan,” directed by f/x artist Dominic Hailstone, is a black comedy about an aspiring death metal band.

Warp has also commissioned two untitled projects by Chris Waitt and Henry Trotter, creators of puppet show “Fur TV.”

“Most of the people Warp is working with have already connected with audiences in other media,” said FilmFour’s Peter Carlton. “They aren’t people who’ve been to film school or made an award-winning short. They will make films that are not scared to say that they want to entertain you.”

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