LONDON — The British Film Institute has revealed the first batch of pics it’s supporting with public coin: Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fier “Under the Skin,” starring Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien, gets the biggest hand out, £1.8 million ($2.8 million), for development and production.
The BFI took over administering the $24.4 million pot, fed by funds from the public lottery, in April from the now-defunct U.K. Film Council. Tanya Seghatchian still heads the fund after the transition.
Clive Owen starrer “Shadow Dancer,” produced by Unanimous Pictures and Element Pictures, was given $1.2 million for production, while James McAvoy starrer “Welcome to the Punch,” helmed and penned by Eran Creevy, was awarded $800,000 for production.
Other big beneficiaries include Vertigo Films’ “Streetdance Encore,” which received $800,000 (UKFC gave “Streetdance 3D” $1.6 million) while P. Guide’s “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology” was awarded $430,000.
Twenty pics were awarded development funding including “Tell Her,” from Christian Colson’s Cloud Eight Films banner; “Journey Into Space,” a sci-fi pic from David Mackenzie; “Necropolis” from scribe Lydia Adetunji; John Madden’s “The Outcast”; fantasy “Peter Pan in Scarlet,” based on Geraldine McCaughrean’s book; and Ruby Films’ “Stefan Golaszewski Speaks About a Girl He Once Loved,” based on a one-man play performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2008, received $35,000.
Kevin Macdonald’s “Life in a Day” and Audrey Tautou starrer “Beautiful Lies” were awarded P&A funding.
The Edinburgh Film Festival and Sheffield Documentary Festival were given money from the recently announced transitional fund, which was set up to provide support to orgs for a year in the wake of the recent Brit pic shakeup.