Receiving Cannes’ official selection stamp of approval in June has given “a new lease of life” to Sophie Littman’s Sudden Light, according to producer Tom Wood.
The BFI-funded short will now tour international festivals at soon-to-be-announced locations.
Wood is also working with Littman on her untitled debut feature, about a teenager who enlists the help of her great-grandmother’s ghost in a trampoline competition. It is part of his slate at Wellington Films, where he has worked since 2009. The company has “a mentality to just keep things going — to calmly get films through production and not stop until something gets made.”
Wood has three untitled horror features in development: one with A Prayer Before Dawn co-writer Nick Saltrese, another with playwright Omar El-Khairy, and a third with writer Joseph Wilde. Post-production is nearing completion on Film4-commissioned Such Small Hands, Maria Martinez Bayona’s short based on Andres Barba’s novella; and Wood is developing features with Bayona (also with Film4) and writer/director Ruth Paxton.
He has a separate slate at Western Edge Pictures, where Wood has worked for over two years. Timestalker will be the second feature from Alice Lowe (Prevenge) — a bawdy rom-com full of temporal jumps, that is aiming to shoot at the end of 2020. He will also produce Crusaders, a sword-and-sandals buddy comedy to be directed next year by Western Edge CEO Vaughan Sivell.
Independently of the two companies, he is also developing feature Son Of A Preacher Man with Serena Armitage at Red Breast Productions and BBC Films, about a British-Nigerian drag queen.
After cutting his teeth as an associate producer for Christopher Simon and Cat Villiers on 2009’s Boogie Woogie, Wood worked as a development producer with Simon on Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already (2015). In 2018 he was a co-producer on Billie Piper’s directorial debut Rare Beasts, which Wood says taught him how to keep up with the “runaway train” of a film production. It launched in Critics’ Week at Venice 2019. “There wasn’t an empty seat in the house, it was gratifying to see it turn out so well,” he says.