Magazine article Screen International

Protagonist, AE Nab Whishaw Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Protagonist, AE Nab Whishaw Drama

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EXCLUSIVE: Artificial Eye and Protagonist pick up Microwave feature Lilting starring Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei.

Film London Microwave backed-drama Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei, has been picked up by Protagonist Pictures for sales and Artificial Eye for UK rights.

Writer-director Hong Khaou's debut about love without a common language is produced by Dominic Buchanan. Pei Pei plays a non-English speaking woman who must befriend her son's male lover after his untimely death. Together they are forced to overcome their differences whilst struggling against the absence of a shared language.

Peter Bowles, Morven Christie and Andrew Leung also star.

Additional finance comes from Stink Films, SUMS Film and Media Ltd, Lim Kay Sui and Neo Swee Lin. It is the eighth film from the Microwave fund.

Louisa Dent, managing director of Curzon Film World commented: "When we read the script, it was clear that this was something special. There is an emotional urgency that is compelling and honest. Hong is a real emerging talent and his short films marked him out.

"We knew that Microwave/Film London team would be great partners on this and with a quality cast it seemed liked a perfect fit for us. …

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