Magazine article Screen International

Hoot Comedy Execs Launch UK Production Outfit Bad Owl Films

Magazine article Screen International

Hoot Comedy Execs Launch UK Production Outfit Bad Owl Films

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EXCLUSIVE: Company reveals debut slate of comedy, horror projects.

Fledgling UK production outfit Bad Owl Films has launched its debut slate, including two features made with India’s Cinestaan.

Ben Bond [pictured], whose credits include Killing Bono as a writer and the upcoming The Hungry as executive producer, will head up the company as creative director, alongside producer Iona Sweeney.

Former Screen Star of Tomorrow Andy Brunskill will provide consulting services.

Bond is the co-founder of commercials and TV production outfit Hoot Comedy, where Sweeney is head of broadcast. Going forward, they will continue in their positions at both companies.

Their new outfit Bad Owl Films will aim to produce between one and two feature films a year, focused on comedy and horror, with budgets in the £1-15m range.

Films on the company’s initial slate include: The Hungry, made in collaboration with Film London and Cinestaan, which is a retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy Titus Andronicus and stars Naseeruddin Shah; period horror The Longing, which is based on Joseph Conrad’s short story Falk, which is again being made in co-production with Cinestaan; the Creative England and BFI developed migrant feature The Drifters; and an untitled Berlin-set love story from writer Johanna Factor. …

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