UK distributor Momentum Pictures has signed a first-look deal with the new London- and Sydney-based production company See-Saw Films.
Momentum previously worked with one of See-Saw's founders, Iain Canning, with Anton Corbijn's hit Control.
See-Saw, formed by Canning and producer Emile Sherman, is concentrating on producing and executive producing UK and Australian films. Momentum will be investing equity into See-Saw productions.
The first collaboration between the companies will be Paul Catling's Tomo, a feature developed on the Sundance winning short of the same name. The film is set to shoot at the end of the year in Norway and the UK. Matthew Justice's Lunar Films will produce with See-Saw.
See-Saw is also working later this year on thriller The Uninvited Guest (with Rodar y Rodar). In 2009, the company will shoot John Polson's next film Jungle, written by Justin Monjo from Yossi Ghinsberg's bestseller and produced by Ghinsberg, Dana Lustig and See-Saw.
See-Saw is also working with Corbijn on a London-based contemporary thriller.
'From the moment Momentum's Robert Walak recommended I read the script of Control, we have been talking about a way of working together on a slate of projects,' said Canning, who sold Control in his prior post at Becker Films. 'Momentum's ability to release a range of films from auteur-driven projects to genre films fits well with the See-Saw slate. Sam Nichols and her team did an incredible job releasing Control and we look forward to more successes in the future.'