Niamh Algar Prano Bailey-Bond c Peter Searle

Irish actress Niamh Algar has signed to star in Prano Bailey-Bond’s debut feature Censor which has begun shooting in Leeds.

Both Algar, who recently co-starred alongside Stephen Graham in Shane Meadows’ Channel 4 drama The Virtues, and Bailey-Bond, were Screen Stars Of Tomorrow in 2018.

The film is about a censor who starts to lose her grasp on reality after watching a 1980s video nasty. It is produced by London-based Silver Salt Films, which was set up by Helen Jones and Naomi Wright in 2015.

Protagonist Pictures is handling worldwide sales. 

Michael Smiley (Jawbone), Vincent Franklin (Bodyguard), Nicholas Burns (Ghost Stories), Adrian Schiller (Victoria), Max Bennett (Poldark) and Sophia La Porta (Hulu’s Four Weddings And A Funeral) also star. 

Bailey-Bond co-wrote the script with Anthony Fletcher. Horror writer Kim Newman is serving as executive producer alongside Ant Timpson of Timpson Films and Andy Starke of Rook Films, producer of Sightseers, Kill List and In Fabric.  Mary Burke (BFI), Lauren Dark (Film4) and Kimberley Warner (Ffilm Cymru Wales) also serve as executive producers.

The project was developed by the BFI, Film4, Creative England via the BFI NETWORK and Ffilm Cymru Wales, and is funded by the BFI and Ffilm Cymru Wales (both awarding National Lottery funding) and by Film4.

Bailey-Bond’s previous work includes 2015 short Nasty, which screened at more than 100 festivals and made the longlist for the BIFA best British short award in 2016.

Algar’s feature credits include Nick Rowland’s Film4-backed Calm With Horses which premiered at Toronto. She recently wrapped filming on Ridley Scott’s Raised By Wolves for TNT.