The UK Film Council is joining forces with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and digital distributor Emerging Pictures to present From Britain With Love, a showcase that will give six independent UK films screenings in ten cities across the US.
Three of the films - S J Clarkson’s biopic Toast, with Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore; Brian Welsh’s In Our Name, with Joanne Froggatt as a British soldier returning from Iraq; and Hattie Dalton’s Third Star, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing a young man with a terminal illness - will be getting their US premieres.
The others - Brian Percival’s family drama A Boy Called Dad, Debs Gardner-Paterson’s adventure Africa United and Peter Mullan’s drama NEDS - have previously screened at US festivals.
The showcase will make its debut on June 11 at New York’s Lincoln Center and simultaneous screenings will be held throughout the country through the Emerging Pictures digital cinema network. The films will screen in four Laemmle Theatre locations in Los Angeles from June 18 to July 24.
The series, supported by UK Trade and Investment, BAFTA and Creative Screen Associates, was inspired by the March 2010 UK/Indian initiative, From Blighty With Love, which screened seven UK independent films across 2K digital cinemas in three Indian cities.
Scott Foundas, associate program director for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said: “We’re delighted to be curating From Britain with Love, which highlights the exceptional vibrancy of the British film industry, and offers our audience a wonderful opportunity to engage with new emerging UK talent.”
Sarah McKenzie, the UK Film Council’s head of export, added: “This initiative is another example of how the UK Film Council has worked hard to open up UK film to international markets and audiences, and to promote our home-grown talent to new viewers.”