The Film Consortium (TFC), the UK National Lottery studio franchise which last week agreed in principle to be bought by production umbrella WhiteCliff, has secured lottery cash worth £1.2m ($1.9m) for its feature Jimmy Spud.

The £3.7m ($6m) project, adapted by Lee Hall from his radio play I Luv You, Jimmy Spud, is the story of a boy who believes he can save his dying father if he becomes an angel.

Other features awarded lottery support in the latest round of awards from lottery administrator the Arts Council of England include Mass Productions' Cassandra At The Wedding. The £5.5m ($8.9m) tale of a woman setting out to scupper her identical twin's wedding secured lottery funding of £1m ($1.6m).

Top-up awards went to studio franchise Pathe Pictures for It Was An Accident and jonescompany for Simon Magus.