James Marsh’s Man On Wire (pictured) and Armando Iannucci’s In The Loop are among the films that have been selected for the UK Film Council’s From Blighty With Love, a showcase aimed at promoting British independent film in India.
Julian Jarrold’s 2008 film version of Brideshead Revisited, Stephan Elliott’s period romp Easy Virtue, Michael Winterbottom’s supernatural drama Genova, Stephen Poliakoff’s war drama Glorious 39, Sally Potter’s fashion spoof documentary Rage and Francois Ozon’s romantic drama Angel have also been selected.
The eight films, which have not previously been available to the cinema going public in India, will screen in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore from 26 February to 11 March. It will be the first time that independent British films have been presented to the English speaking audience in India.
The initiative is also being supported by partners including the Mumbai Film Festival, BBC Entertainment and Reliance.
Sarah McKenzie, the UKFC’s senior executive for export development, said: “The UKFC is working hard to open up UK film to international markets and audiences, and to promote our home-grown talent to new viewers.”
Director Shekhar Kapur, the project’s joint patron, said: “I’m absolutely honoured and delighted to be the joint patron for From Blighty with Love, which is an exciting season of some great new British cinema.”