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BFI to celebrate Warp Films anniversary

The BFI is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Warp Films at its second annual Made in Britain strand with events including a live musical accompaniment of Dead Man’s Shoes.

The season will launch on March 29 with a screening of Dead Man’s Shoes, the 2004 revenge drama directed by Shane Meadows, with a live music accompaniment from UNKLE, Clayhill and Jah Wobble.

There will also be a Warp Films Shorts Programme, including work by Lynne Ramsay, Chris Cunningham and Paddy Considine, and a production masterclass from head of production Barry Ryan detailing how Warp Films began and the process they go through to produce their features.

Titles screened as part of the Warp Films retrospective include music documentary All Tomorrow’s Parties, improvised comedy Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, award-winning This Is England (alongside its two spin-off series) and surreal road movie Bunny and the Bull.

Other features include the striking directorial debuts from Chris Morris (Four Lions), Richard Ayoade (Submarine) and Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur). Ben Wheatley’s Kill List and Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio complete the line-up.

Warp Films was established by Warp Records founding partners Rob Mitchell and Steve Beckett, with an initial remit to produce a number of short films. After the death of Mitchell in 2001, Beckett enlisted producer Mark Herbert to run the company.

The first short, Chris Morris’ My Wrongs #8245-8249 & 117, was shot in 2002 and won a BAFTA. Paddy Considine, who starred in the short, introduced Meadows to Herbert, who asked them to generate an idea for a film. The result was Warp Films debut feature, Dead Man’s Shoes

Warp Films biggest success to date is Meadows’ This Is England, the story of a boy in the early 1980s who is adopted by a local skinhead gang after his father is killed in the Falklands war.

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