Magazine article Screen International

iFeatures2 Greenlights Two Films

Magazine article Screen International

iFeatures2 Greenlights Two Films

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Creative England has named the final two films to be greenlit through its iFeatures2 low budget filmmaking initiative.

Spaceship from writer/director Alex Taylor and The Goob from writer/director Guy Myhill join Martin Radich's Norfolk, which was greenlit in February.

All three films will be made later this year, each with a budget of £350,000 ($545,000).

The projects were chosen through a competitive process, which drew almost 400 submissions. These were whittled down to 16, then eight and finally - following a nine-month development process - the final three projects.

Creative England has partnered with BBC Films, BFI Film Fund and Creative Skillset on the low-budget development, production and training initiative.

iFeatures2 is a national version of the original iFeatures, which saw three films set and made in Bristol, including the recently released Flying Blind directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz produced by Alison Sterling and starring Helen McCrory.

Tristan Goligher, iFeatures executive producer, said all three films "provide a cinematic and curious discourse on what it means to live in England today".

Guy Myhill's The Goob is described as "an emotionally charged tale of divided family loyalties played out over a sizzling hot summer, in Fenland, England".

Myhill has produced and directed film and visuals for Hoi Polloi Theatre Company leading to two Edinburgh Festival Gold awards, a long-term residency at the Barbican and tours across the USA, Australia and Japan.

His producers include Lee Groombridge and Mike Elliot.

Groombridge worked on The Chemical Brother's Don't Think and was awarded music video producer of the year at the 2012 UK Music Video Awards. Elliott has worked on 40 features with directors including Michael Winterbottom, Lars Von Trier, Woody Allen, Jane Campion, Pawel Pawlikowski, Edgar Wright, Matthew Vaughan and Lynne Ramsay.

Alex Taylor's Spaceship tells the story of a small town hinterland where teenagers search for themselves in a space between fantasy and reality.

Taylor's first short, Kids Might Fly, won international awards such as the Special Jury Prize at SXSW. Producer is Nicola Bowen.

In Martin Radich's Norfolk, a man's unspeakable past starts to catch up with him, and he is finally forced to confront what is right and what is wrong in order to protect his family's future. …

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