Sky Pictures, the feature production arm of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, is readying three features to start shooting over the next month, kicking off with Gypsy Woman.
The film, scheduled to crank up on September 25, stars The Talented Mr Ripley's Jack Davenport and Neve Mackintosh, whose credits include the recent BBC2 drama Gormenghast. Sheree Folkson will direct.
Gypsy Woman is a romantic comedy about the unlikely relationship between a London property developer and a gypsy who wants to keep her people's traditions alive. The film is configured as a co-production between Sky Pictures and Starfield Productions, Paul Raphael will produce, with Oversees Film Group handling international sales.
Also readying to shoot in Ibiza from October 2 is Sky Pictures' first digital feature, Is Harry On The Boat'. Billed as a TV event movie, the film is fully funded by Sky Pictures and co-produced by Alison Owen for Ruby Films. Menhaj Huda will direct the film, which has been adapted from the book by Colin Butts.
Is Harry On The Boat' is part of Sky Pictures' aim to produce a separate slate of TV event movies in addition to ten to twelve theatrical features per year.
Also shooting from October in Liverpool is Don Boyd's My Kingdom. Starring Richard Harris and Lynn Redgrave, the gangster movie is produced by Sky Pictures along with Neal Weisman of Close Grip Films and Gabriela Bacher of Primary Pictures. Oversees Film Group will handle international sales.