Film4 hascome on board for Duane Hopkins' Better Things, soon to start shooting in theUK, and Fabrice de Welz's Vinyan, in development.
Hopkins,who previously wrote and directed award-winning shorts Field and Love Me Or Leave Me Alone, will make his feature debut withBetter Things,a story about troubled teenagers in the picturesque Cotswolds.
Hisshorts collaborator Samm Haillay is producing for Newcastle-based Third Filmswith Film4's Peter Carlton executive producing. Rachel Robey and Al Clark'sWellington Films is also on board. The script won the MEDIA New Talent Prize atCannes 2004.
De Welz,who previously directed 2004's The Ordeal (Calvaire), is now developing the horror filmset in the aftermath of the South-Asian tsunami, about a British couple whoventure into the jungle haunted by the spirit of their lost child. MichaelGentile is producing for France-based The Film, with backing from Film4 andBackup Films.