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Autobahn outfit 42 in fast lane

Alongside Autobahn, the UK-based production and management outfit is in post on Monsters: The Dark Continent, among others.

UK-based production and management outfit 42, the UK’s answer to Anonymous Content, are on a fast-track to the heart of the industry.

Welcome To The Punch [pictured] producers Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken are developing an impressive roster of features, while partners Kate Buckley and Josh Varney, formerly of Independent Talent, are adding to their in-house talent management roster at an impressive rate.

Recent talent additions for Buckley and Varney, who are looking to grow their roster of international talent, include actors Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tom Mison, Sam Keeley and Sofia Boutella and directors Dominic Minghella and Amit Kumar, whose Monsoon Shootout plays in Cannes. 

The company has recently raised $1m through an EIS scheme and was awarded another £100,000 for film development via the BFI’s Vision Awards.

Alongside the outfit’s next feature Autobahn, which it is producing with Automatik and IM Global, and which will star Zac Efron and Amber Heard, the company is also in post-production on Monsters sequel Monsters: The Dark Continent.

On the slate are Silence director Baran Bo Odar’s thriller The Hunt, which is being developed with Universal Pictures International and is written by Jay Basu; spy-thriller The Tightrope Men from writer Ben Vanstone, which has Tom Harper attached to direct; family-adventure The Pier, which is being developed with Sky; BFI-backed Tutor from writer Mike Leslie; Eran Creevy’s US-set crime-thriller Cry Havoc; rom-com Three Weeks, which has Riz Ahmed attached and is in development with Film4; and Johnny Hardstaff’s chiller Autopsy.

Where possible the production and management elements are synergizing  - Basu and Bo Odar are both 42 clients, for example - but the company is also looking to up its level of international collaboration.

Producers Aitken and Pugh told Screen: “The company is growing quickly and in many exciting directions. The most important thing for us is to create a successful collaborative environment for filmmaking as the industry evolves.”

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