Michael Whyte’s documentary No Greater Love, has been awarded the Best Feature Film Audience Award at the 10th Britspotting Festival in Berlin.
The film, which has been picked up by UK distributor Soda Pictures for a 2010 release, is about a closed order of Carmelite nuns in London’s Notting Hill.
It beat off competition from films including Michael Winterbottom’s Genova, Armando Iannucci’s In The Loop, Gideon Koppel’s Sleep Furiously and Duane Hopkins’ Better Things to win the prize, which includes 14,000 euros worth of post production work in Berlin.
No Greater Love is produced by BAFTA winner Janine Marmot (Bodysong) through her company Hot Property Films. Marmot was director of film at UK training body Skillset until March this year.
Current films on Marmot’s slate include Slow Motion Explosion, written and directed by Simon Pummell about two identical twins living in the east end of London, both played by Timothy Spall, which has secured UKFC development funding.
Also on the slate is Kieran Evans’ Kelly + Victor, which has been adapted from the novel by Niall Griffiths and has secured funding from Film4 and the Film Agency of Wales. Natalie Press is attached to the project, which will be shot in Liverpool and Wales next year.
Marmot is also gearing up to start shooting “cross media” films Shock Head Soul in the Netherlands in February. Also directed by Simon Pummell, itexplores the life of Paul Schreber, who spent nine years in an asylum and has been funded by the Wellcome Institute.
Other films in the pipeline include an adaption of Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman, which Marmot is developing with Canadian Partners, to be directed by Francine Zuckerman.
Marmot said: ““I loved the challenge of strategic planning and leading on the Film Skills training strategy while working as Director of Film at Skillset but was desperate to get back to producing.”
I’m delighted that No Greater Love, which was made entirely outside of the commissioning system, is connecting with audiences,” she added.