Martin Compston, the rising star of Sweet Sixteen and Red Road, will star in Souled Out for Ipso Facto Films' low-budget slate Moxie Makers and Dreamfinder Productions.

The cast also features Gerard Kearns (The Mark Of Cain, Shameless) and Jennifer Ellison (The Phantom Of The Opera).

Moviehouse will handle international sales.

The story is about two teenagers caught up in the Northern Soul movement in 1974, will shoot in this summer in Stoke on Trent with director Shimmy Marcus. Jeff Williams wrote the script.

The budget is under $2m. Regional screen agency Screen West Midlands is chipping in about $350,000. Christine Alderson of Ipso Facto will produce with Natasha Carlish of Dreamfinder Productions.

Lee Thomas, head of production and development at Screen WM said ofSouled Out: 'Jeff Williams' witty and tenderly observed script propelsus back into an exhilarating time in West Midlands' popular culturalhistory, and reminds us what it's like to fall in love with music forthe first time. To be shot almost entirely in Stoke, with a largely regional crew, Souled Out is an exciting co-production betweenChristine Alderson's Ipso Facto Films and Birmingham based NatashaCarlish's Dreamfinder Productions - all of which adds up to acompelling investment in both local talent and the local economy forus.'

Meanwhile, last year's Berlinale competitor Irina Palm, which Ipso Facto co-produced, will be released in the UK by Soda Pictures in May.