David Mackenzie is to direct Hallam Foe on location in Scotland from March 27. Mackenzie1s fourth feature after The Last Great Wilderness (2002), Young Adam (2003) and Asylum (2005) is a $5.4m ( £3.1m) adaptation of the Peter Jinks novel in which JamieBell stars as a misfit teenager who becomes convinced that hisstepmother is the one responsible for his mother1s suicide.

Gillian Berrie is producingfor Sigma Films, the company she jointly runs with Mackenzie. Financed by FilmFour, Scottish Screen, the Glasgow Film Fund and Ingenious, the production hasbeen acquired by BVI for the UK. Independent Film Sales are handling internationalsales on the title which also stars Sophia Myles and CiaranHinds and will shoot for six weeks in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Peebleshire.