EM Media, the UK’s regional screen agency based in the East Midlands, announced a new addition to its slate today at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The Great Hip Hop Hoax, about Scottish rappers Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain who were signed by Sony after they reinvented themselves as West Coast Homeboys, is a co-production between London’s Met Film and Nottingham’s Glimmer Films. BBC Scotland are also attached to the project.
It is the second feature documentary from 2007 Screen Star of Tomorrow Jeanie Finlay following last year’s Goth Cruise, which was also backed by EM Media. The film will receive £7,550 of Lottery finance.
Hip Hop Hoax is the latest addition to a slate which includes Paddy Considine’s feature debut Tyrannousaur, about a woman trapped in a violent relationship being produced by Diarmid Scimshaw for Warp Films, and Oranges and Sunshine, the debut feature of Jim Loach, being produced by 16 Midlands, the regional branch of Ken Loach and Rebecca O’Brien’s Sixteen Films.
Meanwhile, EM Media continues to maintain its strong presence at EIFF, with five of its co-financed features being premiered at this year’s festival: Brian Percivals’ A Boy Called Dad, starring Ian Hart and newcomer Kyle Ward; Justin Molotnikov’s Crying With Laughter; and Alexis Dos Santos’s Unmade Beds, which are all eligible for the Michael Powell award for best British feature, as well as Warp X’s All Tomorrow’s Parties and Mark Devenport’s debut feature Big Things.