Warp X picks Darklight directors

Four women chosen for horror program

LONDON — Low-budget digital film studio Warp X has selected the four femme helmers who will move into production on their projects as part of the Darklight: Women Direct Horror initiative, which was launched last year.

The 76 applicants have been whittled down to Smita Bhide, Miranda Bowen, Corinna Faith and Juliet McKoen.

McKoen directed Shirley Henderson starrer “Frozen” (2005). Bhide is about to complete her debut feature “The Blue Tower.”

Bhide’s project details a young Indian woman’s turbulent experiences of an arranged marriage. Bowen’s “The Men’s Room” portrays the darker side of a city firm. “This Little Piggy” by Faith is a twisted take on consumerism set on a psychotic farm. McKoen’s “2d4” focuses on extreme sports.

Warp X head of creative development Caroline Cooper Charles also heads up Darklight, which wants to encourage more women to direct scary movies.

Warp X was set up by the U.K. Film Council’s New Cinema Fund and Film4 with partners EM Media, Screen Yorkshire and Optimum Releasing to offer de-velopment support, production finance and theatrical distribution in the U.K.

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