Magazine article Screen International

Lorton Lines Up Michael Winterbottom, Steven Gerrard Films

Magazine article Screen International

Lorton Lines Up Michael Winterbottom, Steven Gerrard Films

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Emerging UK financier-distributor Lorton Entertainment has boarded finance on a Michael Winterbottom music film and a Steven Gerrard [pictured] documentary from the producers of Amy.

Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Trip) is in production on an untitled film about rising UK alt rock band Wolf Alice, which was nominated for British Breakthrough Act at this year's Brit Awards.

Lorton will also distribute the Revolution Films production, which will feature the band members alongside emerging UK actors.

The London-based outfit, which is headed by investment banker Julian Bird and a consortium of private financiers, is also set to back and distribute a documentary about revered UK footballer Steven Gerrard, which will be produced by Amy producer James Gay Rees. A director has yet to be attached.

Bird set up Lorton five years ago but the company has ramped activities in the last two years, making its biggest investment to date in Asif Kapadia's Maradona documentary and also backing Mat Whitecross's anticipated Oasis documentary.

Lorton will release the latter theatrically in Q4 this year with eOne handling home ent rights.

Heading the company's distribution operation will be Shear Entertainment's Dave Shear who is scouting projects in Cannes and will soon join as head of distribution. …

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