The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund has announced four new investments, including new projects from Under The Skin director Carine Adler and One Day In September producer John Battsek.
Carine Adler will write and direct Finding Out, a love story set in a small English seaside town about a lonely adolescent girl and an older man with a past he is trying to hide. Producers are Kate Ogborn and Bertrand Faivre (Ratcatcher, The Warrior).
The New Cinema Fund, which has an annual budget of $7.7m (£5m) to support first-time film-makers and innovative projects, has invested $465,000 (£300,000) in Finding Out, which will be Adler's second feature after her acclaimed debut Under The Skin. The 1997 film starred Samantha Morton.
The fund has also given $294,000 (£190,000) to an untitled feature documentary project from producer John Battsek. Directed by John Dower, the film is billed as a 'rock and roll odyssey' which analyses the key British musical phenomena of the 1990s. Contributors include Blur frontman Damon Albarn, Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher and 1990s Brit art ringleader Damien Hirst. The BBC and Horsebridge Productions are also backing the film. International sales are handled by Electric Sales.
One For The Road, a low-budget digital debut feature from writer-director Chris Cooke has received $371,000 (£240,000). Set in Nottingham, the film explores the frailties of male bonding within a drunk driving rehabilitation course. Kate Ogborn produces, with Helen Solomon and Alex O'Neil co-producing. Other backers include FilmFour Lab and the East Midlands Media Initiative (EMMI).
The New Cinema Fund is also investing $155,000 (£100,000) in supporting post-production on A.K.A. The film is a triptych-format feature and stars Bill Nighy, Diana Quick, Lindsey Coulson and Matthew Leitch. The film is produced and directed by Duncan Roy and executive produced by Margaret Matheson, and will be digitally distributed by independent UK distributor City Screen through its circuit.
The fund has also invested $15,500 (£10,000) as part of its pilot programme in Dom Rotheroe's Home Movie produced by Darren Bender.