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Creative England backs projects from Whitfield, Al-Daradji, Haigh

Creative England has backed development projects from Terence Davies, Andrew Haigh, Nick Whitfield, Mohamed Al-Daradji, David Whitney and Shona Auerbach.

Among a raft of projects backed by Creative England are scripts from Terence Davies, Andrew Haigh (Weekend), Nick Whitfield (Skeletons), Mohamed Al-Daradji (Son Of Babylon), David Whitney (Kandahar Pass) and Shona Auerbach (Dear Frankie).

Haigh’s anticipated Weekend follow-up Simon is Waiting follows an LA-based British actor as he waits for the results of an HIV test.

Writer-director Whitfield is developing time-travel comedy My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time with producers Tracy Brimm and Kate Myers.

Al-Daradji is working on 3 Voices: In the Sands, a documentary drama based on the Iraq conflicts, which will serve as a prequel to acclaimed Son of Babylon.

Auerbach is to direct an adaptation of 1950s novel Black Rock.

Writer-director Whitney is seeking finance for The Valley, an Africa-set thriller about a British officer who leads a rescue mission of a disappeared platoon, while Terence Davies is gathering backing for previously announced Sunset Song, set to star Peter Mullan and Agnes Deyn.

Among 36 projects in various stages of development, the organisation has also backed features from shorts directors Esther May Campbell and Deborah Hayward, cross-over artist Joe Magee and musician/filmmaker Cosmo Jarvis.

The projects have been backed through Creative England’s Development Fund, which provides talent from the English regions with production and development grants between £2,500-£25,000. The 36 are detailed in the outfit’s first talent development brochure.

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