Reliant Pictures International headed by London-based managing director Penny Wolf has been meeting with buyers at its inaugural Cannes to introduce a diverse slate featuring projects with Guy Pearce, Sam Neill and Bruce Beresford.

Pearce and Neill are about to begin shooting alongside Miranda Otto on the Australian thriller How To Change In Nine Weeks.

Simone North will direct from her own screenplay about an Australian teenager gripped by morbid self-obsession.

Reliant Pictures president and former president of Universal Pictures Thom Mount, who recently secured a $75m credit facility from Allied Irish Bank to help finance the slate, is producing with Tony Cavanaugh.

The roster continues with Have Dreams, Will Travel a rites-of-passage drama set in the Mid West that is screening in the market here and stars Val Kilmer, Heather Graham, AnnaSophia Robb and newcomer Cayden Boyd.

Meanwhile Beresford is preparing an untitled drama set in Durham, South Carolina, based on Horton Foote's screenplay about small town life in the Deep South.

Reliant is also ramping up production on Perfect Curve, which centres on a dissatisfied wealthy American housewife who takes on the male-dominated world of fast cars.

The Previously announced thriller Penitentiary is currently shooting in New Mexico and is a futuristic tale of prison corruption set in the United States.

Wolf previously headed sales divisions at HBO Films, Peace Arch Entertainment and Capitol Films.