Magazine article Screen International

Ben Wheatley Updates on 'Colin You Anus' at Glasgow (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Ben Wheatley Updates on 'Colin You Anus' at Glasgow (Exclusive)

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Kill List director says the edit is progressing rapidly on mysterious new film.

Ben Wheatley in Glasgow.

Ben Wheatley travelled to a snowed-under Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) this weekend to take part in an in-conversation event about his career so far.

The Free Fire and Kill List director has an affinity with GFF, which has screened every one of his films since his 2009 debut Down Terrace. “The audience here is fantastic, they’re super smart, and the programming is really adventurous,” he told Screen at the event.

Wheatley could attend the event because he has already delivered a first cut of Colin You Anus, his mysterious new project which rapidly went into an under-the-radar production earlier this year.

Full details are still being kept under wraps, but the prolific director reveals that the edit has progressed swiftly and that the team have already hosted an early screening of the film.

“We’ve had a cast and friends screening, we’re going through the motions of that and seeing what the reactions are,” says Wheatley. “We’re just getting on with it really.”

The director denies that the project was a particularly remarkable turnaround, insisting that the schedule mirrored his debut feature Down Terrace and some of his TV work. “You don’t shoot much so there’s not much to cut, it’s only in film that it becomes an epic marathon of editing.”

Starring Neil Maskell, Joe Cole, Charles Dance, Hayley Squires, and Sam Riley, the production had an 11-day shoot on the Isle of Portland on the southwest coast of England in January this year. It was produced through Wheatley’s company Rook Films with his producing collaborator Andy Starke and went straight into the editing suit after wrap.

Wheatley says the idea behind Colin You Anus had been gestating for a while, but that he regularly has multiple ideas on the go and that it’s just a question of the stars aligning to get a greenlight. “I’m a filmmaker and I hate sitting around not working, eventually I have to snap and make something,” he comments.

Screen understands that the film is a re-working of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus tale, as has been rumoured due to the project’s title seemingly being a play on the name of the stage play. That story was last adapted into a feature film by Ralph Fiennes in 2011, with Fiennes starring alongside Gerard Butler in the story of a banished hero of Rome who allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Wheatley also reveals that Colin You Anus was funded through BFI Locked Box, the programme that allocates a share of any profit from a BFI-supported film into a pot that the production team can then re-apply for use on a future project. …

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