EM Media, the UK's regional screen agency based in the East Midlands, announced a new slate of projects today at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
They are: Brian Percival's A Boy Called Dad, Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur, Shane Meadows' King Of the Gypsies, Kenny Glenaan's Red Sail and Paul King's Bunny And The Bull.
A Boy Called Dad will get about $500,000 of European Regional Development Funds for co-financing production. Julie Rutterford wrote the script and Mike Knowles from Derbyshire-based Made Up North Productions will produce. It's about a teenager who goes on the run with his infant son; the feature will shoot in the East Midlands in late summer.
Tyrannosaur will get script development funding of $50,000 (Lottery Funds). The story of a woman trapped in a violent relationship will be produced by Diarmid Scrimshaw for Warp Films.
King Of The Gypsies will get $92,000 of European Regional Development Funds for development of Meadows' seventh feature, which will reteam him with Paddy Considine. Mark Herbert will produce the story of bare-knuckle fighter Bartley Gorman III for Warp Films. EM Media has a longstanding relatioship with Meadows, previously co-financing This Is England, Dead Man Shoes and Once Upon A Time in the Midlands.
Red Sail will get $20,000 of Lottery Funds for script development. It will re-team Glenaan with his Summer writer Hugh Ellis and producer Camilla Bray. The production company will be Sixteen Midlands, which is the new regional branch of Ken Loach and Rebecca O'Brien's Sixteen Films. The love story is about two people in the 1950s searching for their missing teenage children.
Finally, Bunny And The Bull will be the latest project announced under the Warp X scheme, backed by EM Media, Film4, the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund, Screen Yorkshire and Optimum Releasing. Paul King from British TV's The Mighty Boosh will make his feature directorial debut. Ed Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Vernoica Echegui and Julian Barratt star in the story of a man in his flat remembering his disastrous trek abound Europe. That project will shoot in Nottingham from June 30.
Meanwhile here at EIFF, EM Media has six of its co-financed productions in the programme: Chris Waitt's A Complete History Of My Sexual Failures, Duane Hopkins' Better Things, Martin Radich's Crack Willow, Olly Blackburn's Donkey Punch, Steven Sheil's Mum & Dad and Kenny Glenaan's Summer.