Regional screen agency Northern Film & Media and Northstar Ventures have backed feature film Break The Fall with $162,500 (£101,500) investment on behalf of Finance for Business – North East Creative Content Fund.

Newcastle- and London-based indie Stone City North is producing. Bryn Higgins (Silent Witness, Casualty 1909) is directing from a screenplay by BAFTA winner Joe Fisher.

The darkly funny psychological thriller is about teenage misfit twins who are torn apart when they meet a charming character.

Higgins said: “Break the Fall is a powerful, intense film made for the youth market, featuring both established and rising North East talent. Northern Film & Media and Northstar Ventures’ investment has made this project possible and look forward to developing our relationship with them.”

Tom Harvey, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Film & Media, said: “Break the Fall is a challenging, off-piste script, packed full of unusual characters. The film perfectly fits the North East’s micro budget brand and Stone City’s ability to deliver high quality drama will result in an entertaining, commercial film.”

Marion Bernard, Chief Executive Officer, Northstar Ventures, added: “Our investment in Stone City demonstrates our confidence in the company’s commercial potential.  We are excited about the talent, experience and commitment behind Break the Fall which makes it a very appealing investment opportunity. This investment exemplifies the overall aims of the fund which is designed to help dynamic North East creative enterprises succeed across local, national and international markets.”

NF&M has previously funded projects including One Night In Turin, Rising Tide and Frank.

The Finance for Business – North East Creative Content Fund will invest in a minimum of 18 projects over a two-year period across TV, film, digital media, gaming and music. The model brings together public money with private investment.