EXCLUSIVE: Rising UK director is attached to Polly Stenham’s Origin/Film4 Brit List script which is gearing up to shoot this year.

UK director Adam Smith is newly attached to Origin Pictures/Film 4 drama Tusk from acclaimed playwright Polly Stenham.

Stenham’s anticipated Brit List script, adapted from her own acclaimed play, charts the coming of age of three children who are left to fend for themselves in a London flat when their mother goes missing.

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Skins and Doctor Who director Smith made his feature debut on concert doc The Chemical Brothers: Don’t Think.

The drama is gearing up to shoot this year with David Thompson and Ed Rubin of London-based Origin Pictures, producer Michael Elliott and Film4 currently putting financing and cast together. Shaheen Baig is on board as casting director.

Smith told Screen: “I’m very excited to be working with the brilliant Polly Stenham on Tusk. She is doing an amazing job adapting her play for film, and it is great to be part of that process. I’m very grateful for the fantastic support, belief and vision from Film4 and Origin which is enabling all this to happen.”

Origin chief David Thompson added: “We are thrilled to be bringing Polly’s striking voice to the screen, and to be making Adam’s first feature as he’s a perfect fit for the film and one of the most visually inventive and exciting British directing talents.”