UK producer Emma Biggins, who is taking part in the Berlinale Talent Campus this year, is to produce sci fi thriller The Calling, for her company Multistory Films.
Writer-director Jeff Norton is developing the feature, about five teenage strangers who wake up in a high-tech prison, only to discover that they are actually on a manmade spaceship hurtling to a trial for humanity’s future. It is being billed as The Breakfast Club meets Moon. Biggins will start packaging the project In Berlin.
Biggins founded Multistory Films in 2009, going to on produce revenge horror The Harsh Light Of The Day, written and directed by Oliver S. Milburn,which will be released in the UK theatrically by Left Films in April 2012.
Her second project is short film Palme d’Or nominee Ben Crowe’s feature directorial debut Verity’s Summer, which has just completed post-production.
Other UK talents attending the Campus include 19-year-old Rob Savage, who is now in post with his debut feature. The film, backed by the BFI for post-production, is about a German exchange student (Philine Lembeck) who has a relationship with a shy British boy. Enrico Tessarin is executive producing.
Lou McLoughlan is planning a Scotland-Iceland production for her first feature, 16 Years Til Summer. And Kristof Bilsen is in pre-production on Congo-set documentary feature White Elephants, A Congo Trilogy. Mike Lerner from Roast Beef is producing and the film has grants from Cinereach and CBA/Worldview.
The British Council is the partner for UK talent at the Talent Campus, helping more than 30 UK participants to attend in the Campus’ 10th anniversary year.