Sam Taylor-Wood’s debut feature Nowhere Boy and British gangster flick 44 Inch Chest are among a number of films to receive a funding boost from the UK Film Council.

Icon Film Distribution has received $246,124 (£150,000) to support the distribution of Nowhere Boy, which tells the story of a young John Lennon; while Momentum Pictures has been awarded $180,491 (£110,000) to boost publicity of Malcolm Venville’s 44 Inch Chest. The film stars Ray Winstone as a London gangster who kidnaps a friend’s wife to restore his damaged ego.

Meanwhile, the UKFC has also allocated $8,250 (£5,000) to help widen the distribution of a 17 titles including Alexis Do Santos’s Unmade Beds, distributed by Soda Pictures, Arrow Film Distributors for Yoijiro Takita’s Departures, Lu Chuan’s City Of Life And Death, distributed by High Fliers Films, and Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment’s micro-budget horror film, Colin.

For a full list of films that received support, visit the UKFC website.