Magazine article Screen International

Baftas 2017: How 'The Girl with All the Gifts' Became a Contender

Magazine article Screen International

Baftas 2017: How 'The Girl with All the Gifts' Became a Contender

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"It's a great moment for the film to get this spotlight, on the eve of its US release," says novelist, Marvel Comics writer and screenwriter Mike Carey of the Bafta nomination for his debut feature The Girl With All The Gifts, which he adapted from his own 2014 novel.

"In that respect, it's a wonderful accolade - and a wonderful confirmation that we succeeded in at least some of the things we were trying for."

Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and newcomer Sennia Nanua lead the cast of the ambitious zombie feature, in which a scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie, who takes control of the group when their base is overrun.

Shot in and around Birmingham on a budget of around $5m (£4m), the film was backed by the BFI and Creative England. Each put in more than $1.3m (£1m), marking Creative England's biggest film investment to date and one of the largest for the BFI. …

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