EXCLUSIVE: UK sales company Film Constellation launches with drama from Fish Tank producer.

Sally Hawkins Jack Lowden

Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and rising actor Jack Lowden (’71) are set to star in UK drama Cross My Mind, the first film on the slate of fledgling UK sales outfit Film Constellation.

Written by MacArthur Fellowship recipient Naomi Wallace and Bruce McLeod (Flying Blind), the film follows the intense and erotic love affair between a recovering blinded soldier (Lowden) and a married woman (Hawkins) who is taking care of him.

But the clock is ticking, as he is beginning to recover his sight, and the carer is not who the young soldier thinks she is.

Set against Glasgow’s iconic waterfront docks, the feature is produced by Fish Tank producer and Peter Greenaway regular Kees Kasander with Julia Ton under their Cinatura banner alongside John Archer’s Hopscotch Films, who initiated the project together with the late director Antonia Bird, who was on board to direct an earlier version of the film in 2010.

The film will mark the English-language debut of European Film Award-winning director János Szász, whose 2013 war-drama The Notebook won awards at festivals including Karlovy Vary, Haifa and Les Arcs and was Hungary’s selection for the foreign language Oscar. Sony Classics released in the US.

Fabien Westerhoff of Film Constellation will handle international sales and will introduce the film to buyers in Cannes.

The drama was developed with the support of the BFI, Screen Yorkshire and MEDIA programme, with Film Constellation co-financing. Shoot is due to get underway this winter.

Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) most recently starred in upcoming Aisling Walsh drama Maudie and Morgan Matthews’ X+Y (aka A Brilliant Young Mind) while burgeoning star Lowden, a former Screen Star Of Tomorrow, had a supporting role in BBC’s high-end period-drama War And Peace and also stars in upcoming Rachel Weisz feature Denial and Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom.

The fast-ascending Lowden has also been tipped for roles in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Morrissey biopic Steven.

“This is a dangerously sexy and moving film, where nothing is quite what it appears to be,” said Film Constellation boss Westerhoff. “It draws upon the emotional power of desire, seeing and not seeing, and will keep audiences on the edge if their seat worldwide.”

London-based Film Constellation is run by former WestEnd and HanWay executive Westerhoff with part of its backing coming from European sales outfit Films Distribution.

Sally Hawkins and Jack Lowden are represented by John Grant at Conway van Gelder Grant.