Magazine article Screen International

Hamish McAlpine's Generation Unveils Busy Production Slate

Magazine article Screen International

Hamish McAlpine's Generation Unveils Busy Production Slate

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Former Tartan boss Hamish McAlpine is taking the leap back into the film business.

The flamboyant and controversial McAlpine (who will be interviewed on stage this week by Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw at the Cambridge Film Festival) has announced a slate of new feature films that he is producing.

First set to go is Almost America, on which McAlpine is working with fellow producers Marsha Lee and Carole Siller. This is being written and directed by Justin Hardy (whose recent TV credits include BBC film The Man Who Crossed Hitler).

Almost America is set during the American War of Independence. It is based on the true story of Henry Knox, who - together with his brother - helped change the course of American history by breaking the siege of Boston in 1776. The film is being made through Generation Films, the London-based company that McAlpine now runs with Siller.

McAlpine said the film, budgeted "under $10 million," would be financed "through a combination of private equity and advanced film sales." He hopes to have the cast finalised and a sales company on board in time for the AFM in early November. The film will shoot in Canada.

The ex-Tartan chief revealed that he is also working on a new feature with photographer and filmmaker Rankin. That project, a ghost story, is titled Lost Girl. The plan is to shoot in 2012.

Meanwhile, McAlpine is planning a further film with his long-time collaborator Richard Jobson on Helter Skelter, a thriller that will be set in Scotland.

In London, McAlpine has recently produced the play Burnt Oak by new writer Laurence Lynch. …

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