Magazine article Screen International

Five Upcoming UK Feature Debuts Earning Industry Buzz

Magazine article Screen International

Five Upcoming UK Feature Debuts Earning Industry Buzz

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Screen profiles the next wave of exciting British indie projects.

There’s been a creative boom in low-budget British films in recent times, with the critical success of projects like Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country and I Am Not A Witch creating a new sense of optimism for the UK independent film sector.

Screen checked out the next wave of low-budget projects that are earning buzz in the industry, all of them by first time directors.

Apostasy

Dir. Dan Kokotajlo

Siobhan Finneran (TV’s Happy Valley, pictured, top right) stars in this drama about a faithful Jehovah’s Witness forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. Dan Kokotajlo, a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2015, directs and co-writes with Charlotte Wise, with Marcie MacLellan serving as producer. The film was developed and produced through Creative England’s ifeatures, and was greenlit in 2015 at the same time as Lady Macbeth and Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling.

Beast

Dir. Michael Pearce

National Film & Television School graduate and 2011 Screen International Star of Tomorrow Pearce presents Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn and Geraldine James in what is being described as “a dark, intense love story”. Beast, which is produced by Kristian Brodie of Agile Films, and Ivana MacKinnon and Lauren Dark of Stray Bear Productions, is backed by BFI Film Fund back and Film4. …

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