Richard Jobson is finishing theHD feature A Woman In Winter, which shot in Edinburgh and stars Jason Flemyng, Brian Cox, French actress JulieGayet and newcomer Jamie Sives.

The story involves a destructive love affair between an astronomer and a mysteriousFrench photographer.

Regular Jobson collaborator Chris Atkinsand Hamish McAlpine serve as producers on the project, a VestryFilms/S2S/Tartan Films production.

The picture is co-funded by Tartan Films and the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund,which is investing £392,200 of Lottery money into the film.

Tartan has acquired UK rights and HanWay Films will handle international sales.

"With A Woman in Winter I amtrying to show Scottish culture in a positive enlightened way," Jobson said in astatement. "Hopefully the audience will see that Edinburgh has joined the 21stcentury. This is a film about big ideas, and is being made using the verylatest digital technology."

"Richard's approach to state-of-the-art filmmaking shows that experimentationis truly alive and kicking in the UK," New Cinema Fund chief Paul Trijbitsadded.

"Richard and Chris Atkins areone of the most productive director-producerteams around, constantly embracing new digital technology and using highlyeffective production techniques to produce unique stories.

"This latest investment continues The New Cinema Fund's avid support of thiskind of progressive filmmaking, which has already delivered us This Is Not ALove Song, Bullet Boy, and Tomorrow La Scala!

The New Cinema Fund is also investing £28,300 in Under The Mud, a collaboration between a group of teenage writers,director Sol Papadopoulos and British production company Hurricane Films.

The story centres on a day in the life of a 'family from hell' and is producedby Julie Curry, Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos.