The Manchester InternationalFestival has commissioned director Greg Hall and composer Steve Martland to create a new feature film that will premiere atthe inaugural festival in 2007.
Greg Hall's feature debut The Plague, a low-budget urban dramachampioned by Mike Leigh, will be released in
The commissioned film will "explorea number of traditional fairytales from diverse mythologies such as Norse andAboriginal - retelling them in a contemporary Mancuniansetting." The project will be unscripted and partially improvised withuntrained local actors in
Festival Director Alex Poots said: "I was interested in Greg's innovative andgrassroots film-making and Steve Martland's powerfulmusical style and their idea to make a feature film about the stories ofpeople, whose lives are largely unseen and unheard. We'll find out what theyhave created at next year's Festival."