Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate to Invest in 25+ British Films

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate to Invest in 25+ British Films

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Lionsgate has pledged to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films "with an increased production value" over the next four years.

The company has invested in and released more than 20 British features in the past three years with a combined production budget of more than $225m including Lasse Hallstrom's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt; Ralph Fiennes' The Invisible Woman and Coriolanus; Mike Newell's Great Expectations; and Jon S Baird's Filth starring James McAvoy.

Lionsgate Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay at the company, said of the move: "The UK is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now and we want to help make independent British films be at the forefront of cinema worldwide."

British titles Lionsgate has released more recently include Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Steven Knight's Locke and James Kent's Testament of Youth. …

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