UNITED KINGDOM - January 2 2004


(CTB Film Company, Tartan Films) Prods: Sergey Selyanov, Hamish McAlpine. Dir: Alexei Balabanov. Cast: Michael Biehn. Shooting in New York and Siberia.
Contact Camilla Summers/David Freed, Tartan Films, (44) 207 494 1400

(Warner Bros) Exec prod: Larry Frankau. Prod: Emma Thomas. Dir: Christopher Nolan. Unit prod man: Nigel Gostelow. Shooting at Shepperton Studios from February.
Contact: Shepperton Studios, (44) 1932 562 611

(Random Harvest Pictures) Budget: $12m. Period drama. The moors above Yorkshire are harsh and life is severe for the Bronte family. Follows the lives of the famous writing family. Exec prods: Tim Smith, Melvyn Singer. Prods: Alistair Maclean-Clark, Basil Stephens. Dir: Marleen Gorris. Scr: Angela Workman.
Contact: Random Harvest, (44) 1753 783 900

(Impact Pictures) Budget: $30m. Backers: Constantin Film (Ger). Action/adventure. Based on Tecmo's best-selling video game franchise. Exec prod: Robert Kulzer. Prod: Jeremy Bolt, Paul WS Anderson. Scr: JF Lawton.
Contact: Impact Pictures, (44) 20 7636 7716

(Impact Pictures) Budget: $40m. Backers: Constantin Film (Ger). Action. Based on Atari/Infogrames' best-selling video game franchise. Exec prod: Robert Kulzer. Prods: Jeremy Bolt, Paul WS Anderson. Scr: James DeMonaco, James Roday, Todd Harthan.
Contact: Impact Pictures, (44) 20 7636 7716

(Tartan Films, Muse Productions) Based on the novel by Jennifer Belle. Prods: Hamish McAlpine, Chris Hanley. Scr: Roberta Hanley.
Contact: Camilla Summers, Metro Tartan, (44) 20 7494 1400

(Guns Money Films) Int'l sales: Beyond Films. UK dist: Momentum Pictures. Heist/comedy. Prod: Phillip Emanuel. Dir: Nadia Tass. Scr: Patrick Edgeworth.Cast: Vinnie Jones. Shooting from January in Cornwall and London.
Contact: Beyond Films, (44) 20 7636 9613

(Film & Music Entertainment, IMX Communications [Can], The Icelandic Film Corporation [Ice]) Int'l sales: BVI. Drama/thriller. Prods: Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Chris Zimmer. Dir: Saul Metzstein. Scr: John Paul Chapple, based on the novel No One Thinks Of Greenland by John Griesemer. Shooting in spring 2004.
Contact: Sam Lavender, Film & Music Entertainment, (44) 207 636 9292

(Film & Music Entertainment, Allegrofilm Productions [Austria], Samsa Film [Lux], T + C Film [Switz]) Drama. Prods: Helmut Grasser, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Marcel Hoehn, Claude Waringo. Dir: Simon Aeby. Scr: Susanne Freund, Steve Attridge.
Contact: Zorana Piggott, Film & Music Entertainment, (44) 207 636 9292

(Section Eight, Mandalay Pictures) Budget: $32m. Backer: VIP Medienfonds. Dist (US): Warner Bros. Int'l sales: Summit Entertainment. Suspense thriller about a man who may have been wrongly accused of murder. Prod: Peter Guber. Line prod: Peter McAleese. Dir: John Maybury. Cast: Keira Knightley, Adrien Brody. Shooting from Jan 19, 2004, for six weeks in the UK and Canada.
Contact: Summit Entertainment, (1) 310 309 8400

(Film & Music Entertainment, Tartan Film) Serial killer feature. Prods: Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Hamish McAlpine. Dir: Floria Sigismondi. Scr: Shane Smith, Eddi Moretti, based on the novel by James Ellroy. Shooting from winter 2004.
Contact: Camilla Summers, Metro Tartan (44) 207 494 1400/Sam Lavender, Film & Music Entertainment, (44) 207 636 9292

(Scott Free Productions) Backer: Twentieth Century Fox. Historical epic set during the Crusades. Prods: Terry Needham, Branko Lustig, Lisa Elizey. Dir: Ridley Scott. Scr: William Monahan. UK prod man: Emily Stillman. Casting dir: Jina Jay. Cast: Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson. Shooting in Morocco from January, 2004.
Contact: Scott Free Productions, (1) 310 360 2250

(Bill Kenwright Films) Horror thriller. A chilling thriller about three medical students vacationing in Europe who find themselves caught up in the world of human trafficking and illegal scientific experimentation. Prods: Bill Kenwright, Su Lim. Dir: Michael J Bassett. Scr: Michael J Bassett, Karen D Long. Casting: John Hubbard, Dan Hubbard. Shooting in Romania in 2004.
Contact: Su Lim, Bill Kenwright Films, (44) 20 7446 6200

(Tartan Films, Muse Productions) Based on the novel by Martin Amis. Prods: Hamish McAlpine, Chris Hanley. Scr: Roberta Hanley, Martin Amis.
Contact: Camilla Summers, Metro Tartan, (44) 20 7494 1400

(Young Alexander Ltd) Exec prods: Sami El-Adl (Egypt), Yannis Koutsomitus (Greece), Kent Walwin (UK). Prods: Ilya Salkind (US), Jeffrey Taylor (UK). Co-prods: Deborah Moore (US), Joe Majestic (US), Constantine de Naray. Dir: Jalal Merhi. Scr: Dan Skinner. DoP: Gavin Struthers. Ed: Mark Thorthon. Costume des: Hugh Durrent. Line prod: Dan Cast: Hala Sedki, Aris Papadimitriou, David Curtez, Magdy Rushwan, Sherif Ramzzy, Sherif Gameel, Kholoud Kazeem, John Moulder-Brown.Sutton (UK), Mai Fadley (Egypt), Konstantinos Markopoulos (Greece). Casting: Gillian Hawser (UK), Makis Gazis (Greece). Cast: Hala Sedki, Aris Papadimitriou, David Curtez, Magdy Rushwan, Sherif Ramzzy, Sherif Gameel, Kholoud Kazeem, John Moulder-Brown. Shooting from Feb 7, 2004, until April 7 in Greece and Egypt
Contact: Kathryn Carner, director of development, The Ilya Salkind Company, (1) 323 876 7536

(Friday Productions) Exec prods: Tom Strauss, Clive Parsons. Prod: Georgina Abrahams. Dir: Jeremy Wooding. Scr: Trix Worrell. Main cast: Pam Grier, James Fox, Laura Fraser, Fiona Shaw.
Contact: Friday Productions, (44) 20 7730 0608

(Avenue Pictures, Navidi Wilde, Spice Factory) Budget: $25m. Backers: Movision, UK Film Council, Delux Productions, Immagine Cinema. Int'l sales: Arclight Films. Dist: MGM (UK), Japan (Art Port), Spain (Manga), Russia (Paradise), Eastern Europe/Latin America (New Films). Shakespeare's story of lovers who make hasty commitments and come to understand that life is not so simple. Prods: Cary Brokaw, Barry Navidi, Michael Cowan, Jason Piette. Dir: Michael Radford. Cast: Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Lynn Collins, Joseph Fiennes. Shooting in Luxembourg and Venice.
Contact: Arclight Films, (61) 299 558 25

(Meltemi Entertainment [UK], CMW Films [Ger], Movie Web / Imago Films [It], Telema [Fr]) Backers: First Choice Films, Studio Motion Pictures Babelsberg, Filmboard Brandenburg Berlin, Grosvenor Park. Int'l sales: BVIP [Nor]. Dist: Lions Gate [US]. Fantasy adventure. Exec prods: John Evengelides, Daniel JB Taylor, Donald Starr, Udo Happel, Thierry Potok, Bjorg Veland, Daniel J Walker. Prods: Kim Barnes, Christoph Meyer-Wiel. Co-prods: Leo Pescarolo, Charles Gassot. Dir: Jonathan English. Scr: Nick Green, Stephen McDool. Shooting from March 1, 2004, for eight weeks in Studio Babelsberg, Germany.
Contact: Meltemi Entertainment, (44) 20 7580 7573

(Ultimate Pictures UK) Prods: Laura Bickford, David Kennaway, Mark Shorrock. Dir: Stephen Frears. Shooting in Miami.
Contact: Ultimate Pictures UK, (44) 20 7713 7723

(Tartan Films, Vestry Films) Prods: Hamish McAlpine, Richard Jobson. Dir/scr: Anthony Neilson.
Contact: Camilla Summers, Metro Tartan, (44) 20 7494 1400

(Koninck Studios, Lumen Films [Fr], Mediopolis [Ger]) Budget: Euros 3.4m. Backers: ARTE, Berlin Brandenburg, mdm, UK Film Council. Int'l sales: Celluloid Dreams. The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is a mystery story and a dark, fantastic fairytale. A beautiful opera singer is abducted by a demon doctor and taken to his secluded villa, where he plans to transform her into a mechanical nightingale. An innocent piano tuner attempts to rescue her, only to become trapped himself in the web of the demon doctor's perverse universe. Exec prod: Terry Gilliam. Prods: Keith Griffiths, Alexander Ris, Hengameh Panahi. Dirs: Brothers Quay. Scr: Brothers Quay, Alan Passes. DoP: Nic Knowland. Shooting in Leipzig.
Contact: Keith Griffiths, Illuminations Films / Koninck, (44) 207 288 8422

(Four Horsemen Films) Budget: $6.4m. Dist: Buena Vista International. Comedy horror. Ross and Gill have failed to pay back a loan shark. They receive a call from their friend Henry's stepfather who persuades the pair to track down the missing Henry to pay off their loan. A buddy road-movie with a zombie twist. Exec prods: Tim Smith, Melvyn Singer. Prod: Alistair Maclean-Clark. Dir: Chris Angel. Scr: Mike Czuba, Andrew Martin, Gordon Currie.
Contact: Random Harvest, (44) 1753 783 900

(Bald Films [Den], Film & Music Entertainment, BobFilm [Swe], Nordisk Film [Nor]) Backers: Zentropa (Den), Invicta Capital, Sandrew Metronome (Swe), Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute (Swe), Nordic Film & TV Fund (Den), Norwegian Film Fund (Nor), Drtv, NRK. Prods: Niels Bald, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Anders Ronnow Klarlund, Axel Helgeland, Janne Blomgren. Dir: Klarlund. Scr: Naja Marie Aidt, Anders Ronnow Klarlund.
Contact: F&ME, (44) 20 7636 9292

(Mega Films [US], Social Art Productions) Drama about a controversial English school. Exec prod: Morris S Levy. Dir: William Tyler Smith. Scr: Smith, Julian David Hoxter. Music: Ray Manzarek. Cast: Jake Weber. Shooting in Suffolk, England and Carmel, California.
Contact: Morris S Levy, (1) 212 819 9446

(Contagious Films, Mirage Enterprises [US/UK]) Int'l sales: Icon. Dark comedy. Prods: David Barron, Anthony Minghella. Dir: Paul Weiland. Co-prod: Stevie Lee. Scr: Peter Straughan.
Contact: Contagious Films, (44) 20 7287 9875

(Aardman Features) Backer: DreamWorks SKG (US). Animated comedy drama. Exec prods: Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Michael Rose. Dir: Richard Goleszowski. Scr: Rob Sprackling, John Smith.
Contact: Aardman Features, (44) 1454 859 000

(Merchant Ivory Productions, Mikado [UK/It]) Budget: $17.5m. Int'l sales: Merchant Ivory Productions. Exec prods: Roberto Cicutto. Prod s: Ismail Merchant & Paul Bradley. Dir: James Ivory. Scr: Kazuo Ishiguro. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave. Shooting from April 2004 until June 2004 in China and Italy
Contact Paul Bradley, (44) 20 7437 1200


(Intermedia) Co-prod: Pathe (Fr). Int'l sales: Summit Entertainment (US). US dist: Warner Bros. Prod: Iain Smith. Main cast: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins. Shooting from Sept.
Contact: Pinewood Studios, (44) 1753 651 700

(Working Title Films) Backer: Universal Studios (US). Dist: Universal Pictures (int'l), Miramax Films (US). Romantic comedy based on Helen Fielding's book of the same name. Exec prods: Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin. Prods: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jonathan Cavendish. Dir: Beeban Kidron. Scr: Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding, Adam Brooks, Richard Curtis. Line prod: Bernie Bellew. DoP: Adrian Biddle. Ed: Greg Hayden. Prod des: Gemma Jackson. Costume des: Jany Temime. Hair/make-up: Graham Johnston. Sound mixer: Simon Hayes. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Jacinda Barrett, Shirley Henderson, Sally Phillips, James Callis, Jessica Stephenson, Celia Imrie, Neil Pearson. Shooting from Oct 12, 2003, until Feb 1, 2004, in the UK, Thailand and Austria.
Contact: Stacy Mann, unit publicist, (44) 7768 966 122

(Orange Pictures, IMF [Ger], Franchise Pictures, SE8 Group) Int'l sales: Franchise Pictures. Black comedy thriller. A twisting tale of mistaken identities, double-crosses, merciless killers and unrequited love. Based on a story by Charley Stadler and Thomas Geiger. Exec prod: Douglas Urbanski. Prod: Dan Maag, Philip Schulz-Deyle, Elie Samaha, Matthias Deyle. Line prod: Robert How. Dir: Charley Stadler. Scr: Adam Kreutner, Dave Mitchell. DoP: Fraser Taggart. Prod des: Jean Vincent Puzos. First AD: Matthew Penry-Davey. Casting dir: Jeremy Zimmermann. Costumes: Vin Burnham. Make-up: Trefor Proud. Sound recordist:John Rodda. Ed: Geoff Payne. Cast: Gary Oldman, Robert Carlyle, Elena Anaya, Andrew Lee Potts, Jimi Mistry, Billy Zane, Karel Roden. Shooting from Oct 10 2003 on location in London.
Contact: Rob Deacon / Lawrence Atkinson, Premier PR, (44) 20 7292 8350 / 8355

(Renga Media, Sci-Fi Channel Europe) Backer: Sci-Fi Channel Europe. Anime heavy metal horror sequel. The return of Lady Violator, Extricator, Decimator and Hellkatt and Dominator himself. Exec prods: Jim Brathwaite, Doug Bradley. Prod: Brathwaite. Dir: Tony Luke. Scr: Alan Grant. Main cast: Dani Filth, Bradley, Ingrid Pitt, Liza Goddard, Mark Radcliffe, Marc Riley. In production until September 2004.
Contact: Renga Media, (44) 1273 328 658

(Magic Media Inc [Hung], EuroArts [Ger] Renegade Films [UK]) Budget: Eu10m. Backers: Hungarian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation, MDR (Ger), MDM (Ger), MFG (Ger), Ingenious Films (UK). Follows the extraordinary story of Gyorgy Koves, a Jewish boy from Budapest, who finds himself increasingly alone as the terrible events of World War II unfold around him. His father is sent off to a labour camp, and Gyorgy himself volunteers to go to a camp in Germany, convinced that his life will be safer there. At the concentration camp, Gyorgy conforms and survives, taking the realities of camp life for granted, and treating it as an everyday existence not unlike any other. Gyorgy finds that even among the cruelties of camp life, there are genuine moments of happiness. Prods: Peter Barbalics, Csaba Toro, Jonathan Olsberg, Ildiko Kemeny. Dir: Lajos Koltai. Scr: Imre Kertesz, from his own Nobel prize winning novel. Composer: Ennio Morricone. DoP: Gyula Pados. Shooting from Dec 15 for 11 weeks on location in Hungary and Germany.
Contact: Charles McDonald, M+R, (44) 207 637 2600

(Heyday Films, Warner Bros Pictures [US]) Dir: Alfonso Cuaron. Scr: Steve Kloves. Shooting at Leavesden Studios and around the UK.
Contact: Leavesden Studios, (44) 1923 685 060

(WT2, Octagon Films [Ire]) Backer: the Irish Film Board. Dist (int'l): Universal Pictures. The story of Michael, a twenty four year old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in. Michael is stunned to discover that fast talking Rory, who can move only his right hand, can understand his almost unintelligible speech. Rory's dynamic and rebellious nature soon sparks a flame in Michael, introducing him to a whole new world outside of Carrigmore. Together the two men outwit the system and set themselves up in a flat employing the beautiful Siobhan as their personal assistant, to cook, clean and take care of their needs. She soon becomes integral to the boys efforts at successful independent living and begins to realise that this responsibility brings as many complications as it does rewards. Exec prods: Morgan O'Sullivan, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Natascha Wharton. Prods: James Flynn, Juanita Wilson. Dir: Damien O'Donnell. Scr: Jeffrey Caine, based on a story by Christian O'Reilly. Cast: Romola Garai, James McAvoy, Steven Robertson, Brenda Fricker. Shooting in Dublin.
Contact: Anna Raynsford, Freud Communications, (44) 20 7291 6399

(Films Action, bolexbrothers, SPZ, Pathe Pictures) Backers: Pathe Pictures UK Film Council, FR2. Dist: Pathe (UK, Fr, Benelux, CH) Int'l sales: Pathe International. CGI animation. Dougal and his friends have to go on a perilous journey to recover three magical diamonds which will enable them to imprison evil wizard ZeeBadee. Prods: Laurent Rodon, Andy Leighton. Dir: Dave Borthwick. Scr: Paul Bassett Davies, Raoff, Stephane Sanoussi. Main voice cast: Jim Broadbent, Joanna Lumley, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Ray Winstone. In production from September 2002 until summer 2004 in Bristol and Marseilles.
Contact Patricia Gill, Pathe Distribution, (44) 207 462 4469

(Axiom Films [UK]) Co-prods: Capablanca (Arg), ABS Productions (Sp), Salud Productions (Fr). Budget: Euros 4m. Int'l sales: Axiom Films UK. Dist: Axiom Films UK. Drama. small plane touches down on a desolate runway somewhere in the high plateaus of the Andes. Pedro (Leonardo Sbaraglia), a Spaniard acting as a courier for the drug barons, disembarks carrying a black leather briefcase. He wears a typical priest's cassock and a silver cross hangs from his neck. This is his last deal, and a final chance to leave behind the life of a petty criminal. His task is simple: to exchange his case full of money for a bag containing a few kilos of pure cocaine. Nevertheless, destiny has laid other plans for him' Language: Spanish. Exec prod: Robert Duvall. Prod: Douglas Cummins. Dir: Miguel Pereira. Scr: Christopher Hampton. DoP: Xavi Giminez. Ed:George Akers. Prod des: Carmen Cornejo. Costume des: Beatriz Di Benedetto. Hair/make-up: Marissa Amenta. Cast: Leonardo Sbaraglia. Shooting from Dec 15, 2003, until March 7, 2004.
Contact: Douglas Cummins, Axiom Films, (44) 207 287 7720

(Telefilm Canada [Can]) Int'l sales: Lions Gate. Set in Canada during the turbulent days of 1758 - 1761, when France had abandoned its people and the British Regime was being established. Francois Le Gardeur returns to Canada after studying law at La Sorbonne, and rejecting his bourgeois family, he lives in the forests among Quebecois Indians. Prod: Richard Goudreau. Dir: Jean Beaudin. Cast: Irene Jacob, Gerard Depardieu, Vincent Perez, Tim Roth, Jason Isaacs, Colm Meaney, Noemie Godin Vigneau, David LaHaye. Shooting in Montreal and the UK.
Contact: Nicole Gregory, DDA, (44) 207 932 9833

(Mission Pictures, Myriad Pictures, Inside Track, the Isle of Man Film Ltd) Piccadilly Jim is a comedy set in the 1930's and follows the romantic misadventures of a dashing American ne'er do well, James Crocker who is desperate to shed his scandalous reputation to impress the girl of his dreams. Exec prods: Kirk D'Amico, Marion Pilowsky, Steve Christian, Duncan Reid. Prods: Pete Czernin, Graham Broadbent, Andrew Hauptman. Dir: John McKay. Scr: Julian Fellowes. Line Producer: Paul Ritchie. Prod man: Amanda Wilkie. Assistant prod man: Tessa Beazley. Production des: Amanda McArthur. DoP: Andrew Dunn. Costume des: Ralph Holes. Chief make-up/hair: Kirstin Chalmers. Sound mixer: Clive Copland. Casting dir: Avy Kaufman (US) Jill Trevellick (UK). First AD: David Daniels. Script supervisor: Janice Schumm. Loc man: Sam Breckman. Ed: David Freeman. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Tom Wilkinson, Brenda Blethyn, Hugh Bonneville, Frances O'Connor, Allison Janney, Austin Pendleton, Tom Hollander, Pam Ferris, Geoffrey Palmer. Shooting for 9 weeks in the Isle of Man and London from Nov 24, 2003.
Contact: Julia Finn/Nicole Gregory, DDA Public Relations, (44) 20 7932 9800

(The Opera Ghost) Exec prods: Paul Hitchcock, Austin Shaw. Prod: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Dir: Joel Schumacher. DoP: John Mathieson. Art dir: John Fenner. Prod des: Anthony Pratt. Set decorator: Celia Bobak. Ed: Terry Rawlings. Sound: Tony Dawe. Casting: David Grindrod. Music prod: Nigel Wright. Musical dir: Simon Lee. Choreographer: Peter Darling. Costume des: Alexandra Byrne. Make-up/hair: Jenny Shircore. Main cast: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson. Shooting from Sept 15, 2003, at Pinewood Studios.
Contact: (44) 1753 656 566

(Head GearFilms [UK], Beanca Films [Ger], Calle Cruzada [Sp]) Budget: $3m. Backers: Fidicine Fund (Sp), Gussi Distribution (Mex). Political thriller focusing on an innocent Mexican man who is the victim of corruption, and framed for the murder of a top government official. His fight to clear his name and bid to escape his pursuers takes him to the UK, the original home of his wife who in turn is held captive by the Mexicans. He is then forced to take on the British authorities as well in his quest for justice and freedom. Prods: Phil Hunt, Greg Cruttwell, Jorge Ramirez Suarez, Jose Luis Escolar. Dir/scr: Jorge Ramirez Suarez. DoP (Mex): Luis Sansans. Prod des (Mex): Bernardo Trujillo. Cast: Bruno Bichir, Jesus Ochoa, Alvaro Guerrero, Emilio Echevarria, Lorraine Pilkington. Shooting from Nov 17 until Dec 19 in Mexico, and in the UK from Jan 19 until Feb 7.
Contact: Phil Hunt, (44) 207 485 0907/ (44) 7956 375 705

(Nu Creation Film Group) Heist film about a rogue CIA operative in London on a covert mission to acquire a sacred work of art for an unknown 'collector'. As he recruits a gang of London lowlifes to help him, two ageing CIA agents are sent to track him down and uncover his mission. Exec prod: Marcus Vinton. Prod: Nigel Warren-Green, Michael Wearing, Mark O'Sullivan. Dir: Nick Egan. Scr: Ralph Brown. DoP: Nic Knowland. Ed: Oral Norrie Ottey. Prod des: Chris Townsend. Costume des: Andy Blake. Hair/make-up: Pertona Winton. Cast: Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, Cillian Murphy, Crispin Glover, Kate Ashfield, Rich Hall, Peter O'Toole, Roy Scheider, Tricky. Shooting in London.
Contact: Sasha Gibson, Freud Communications, (44) 20 7291 6338

(Film & Music Entertainment Ltd, Bald Film [Den], Zentropa [Den], Mainstream [Den], Radar Film [Den], Bob Film [Swe], Sandrew Metronome [Den], Nordisk {Nor]) Int'l sales: Trust Film Sales. Fantasy/animation. Prods: Niels Bald, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Anders Ronnow Klarlund, Axel Helgland, Jan Blomgren. Dir: Anders Ronnow Klarlund. Scr: Naja Marie Aidt, Anders Ronnow Klarlund. Language: English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian.
Contact: Zorana Piggot, Film & Music Entertainment Ltd, (44) 207 636 9292

(Aardman Features) Backer: DreamWorks SKG (US). Animated comedy drama starring Wallace and Gromit. Exec prods: Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Michael Rose. Prod: Carla Shelley. Dirs: Nick Park, Steve Box. Scr: Park, Box, Bob Baker.
Contact: Aardman Features, (44) 1454 859 000


(Sixteen Films, Bianca Films [It], EMC [Ger], Tornasol Films [Sp]) Budget: £3m. Backers: Matador Pictures, Scottish Screen, The Glasgow Film Office. Int'l sales: The Works. Dist: Diaphana Distribution (Fr), Cineart (Benelux), Bim Distribuzione (It), Icon Films (UK), Cine Qua Non (Jap), Film Coopi (Switz). When Casim, a young Asian Glaswegian DJ meets and falls in love with Roisin, a Catholic music teacher, sparks fly and cultures collide... Exec prod: Ulrich Felsberg. Co-exec prod: Nigel Thomas. Prod: Rebecca O'Brien. Dir: Ken Loach. Scr: Paul Laverty. Ed: Jonathan Morris. Line prod: Peter Gallagher. Prod des: Martin Johnson. DoP: Barry Ackroyd. Costume des: Carole K Millar. Hair/make up des: Sarah Fidelo. Cast: Atta Yaqub, Eva Birthistle, Ahmad Riaz, Shamshad Akhtar, Ghizala Avan, Shabana Bakhsh. Shot from June 16 until July 31, 2003, in Glasgow and Spain. Language: English and Punjabi.
Contact: Rebecca O'Brien, (44) 20 7734 0168

(Paramount Pictures) Alfie remake. Dir: Charles Shyer. Scr: Shyer, Elaine Pope. Cast: Jude Law. Shooting in the UK.
Contact: Pinewood Studios, (44) 1753 651 700

(Seven Arts Signature International) Dist (US): Paramount Classics. Dark romance. A forensic psychiatrist's wife embarks on a passionate but doom-laden affair with a mad but charismatic artist. Exec prods: Woodfall Films, Peter Hoffman, Michael Barlow, Robert Rehme, Chris Curling. Prods: Mace Neufeld, Laurie Borg. Co-prod: David Collins. Dir: David Mackenzie. Scr: Patrick Marber. Prod des: Laurence Dorman. DoP: Giles Nuttgens. First AD: Peter Agnew. Costume des: Consolata Boyle. Sound: Brendan Deasy. Ed: Colin Monie. Make-up/hair: Aileen Seaton. Casting dir: Priscilla John. Cast: Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas, Ian McKellen, Hugh Bonneville, Joss Ackland, Sean Harris, Judy Parfitt, Maria Aitken. Shot from Aug 18, 2003, for 9 weeks in Leeds and Dublin.
Contact: M+R, (44) 207 637 2600

(Serendipity Point Films [US]) Backer: First Choice. Int'l sales: Myriad Pictures (US). Set in the glittering London theatre world. Dir: Istvan Szabo. Scr: Ronald Harwood. Main cast: Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons. Shot from June, 2003.
Contact: Myriad Pictures, (1) 310 279 4000

(Archer Street (Beyond The Sea) Ltd, Quality International [Ger]) Prods: Andy Paterson, Jan Fantl, Kevin Spacey, Arthur Friedman. Dir: Kevin Spacey. Cast: Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn, Greta Scacchi, Caroline Aaron, Peter Cincotti, William Ulrich. Shooting in Berlin from Nov 10.
Contact: Archer Street, (44) 20 7534 1689

BIG SKY (working title)
(Shake the Tree Productions) Budget: £109,920.Psychological thriller. After the death of her husband, an American woman is thrown together with her British sister-in-law in this psychological thriller. Prod/dir/scr: Alan Miller. DoP: Julian Wheeler.Ed: Alan Miller. Sound: Keith Friday. Make-up/hair: Mamae Colditz.Cast: Jackie Sawiris, Joceline Brooke-Hamilton, Adrian Bouchet, Nell Cumiskey Wright, Martin Lester. Shot from Aug 11, 2003, until Aug 29 in north Norfolk.
Contact: Shake the Tree Productions, (44) 1263 768203

(Armac Films Limited) Budget: $845,000. Backers: Scottish Screen, BBC. UK dist: Armac Films Distribution. Feature-length documentary. Exec prods: Steve McIntyre, Catherine G Woodford. Prod: Desmond Wilcox. Scr: Wilcox, Alex McCall. Dir: McCall. Narr: Dougray Scott.
Contact: Phil Symes, (44) 20 7323 1200/Alex McCall, (44) 141 337 2322

(Pathe Pictures, Bride Productions, Inside Track) Backers: Pathe Pictures, Ingenious, UK Film Council; Dist: Pathe (UK, Fr, Benelux, CH); Miramax Films (North/South America, Australia, New Zealand) Pathe International (int'l sales), . Musical. A Bollywood-style retelling of the Jane Austen classic. Prods: Gurinder Chadha, Deepak Nayar. Dir: Chadha. Scr: Paul Mayeda Berges. DoP: Santosh Sivan. Ed: Justin Krish. Prod des: Nick Ellis. Costume des: Ralph Holes. Indian costume consultant: Savinder K Mahil. Hair des: Dar Singh. Make-up des: Pat Hay. Main cast: Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai, Daniel Gillies, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar. Shot from July 14, 2003, until Nov 18 in Ealing Studios, Amritsar Mumbai, Goa and Los Angeles.
Contact: Annabel Hutton, M+R, (44) 20 7637 2600

(Marloo Media) Backer: UK Films. Int'l sales: Lightning Entertainment (US). Drama. Prod: Margit Bimler. Dir: Polly Steele. Scr: Sofian James. Main cast: Valentina Cervi, Ciaran McMenamin, Bill Armstrong, James Purefoy.
Contact: Andrew Warren, (44) 20 7053 2140

(Pembridge Pictures, Davis Films [Fr], Kanzaman [Sp], Spice Factory, Movision, Scion Film Financing) Dist: Kanzaman (Sp), Metropolitan Film Export (Fr). Int'l sales: Senator International. Exec prods: Peter James, James Simpson, Jeff Abberley, Craig Darian, Howard Kanzanjian. Prods: Michael Lionello Cowan, Samuel Hadida, Garrett McGuckian, Mary McGuckian, Denise O'Dell. Dir/scr: Mary McGuckian. Main cast: F Murray Abraham, Kathy Bates, Gabriel Bryne, Geraldine Chaplin, Emilie Dequenne.
Contact: Conor Nolan, unit publicity, (44) 20 8673 0048

(Dimension Films, MGM, Mosaic Media Group, Reforma Films) Action adventure. Exec prod: John D Schofield. Prods: Charles Roven, Daniel Bobker. Dir: Terry Gilliam. Scr: Ehren Krueger, Tony Grisoni, Gilliam. DoP: Nicola Pecorini. Prod des: Guy Hendrix Dyas. Costume des: Gabriella Pescucci. Hair/make-up: Vera Mitchell Chrissie Beveridge. Sound: Ivan Sharrock. Casting dirs: Irene Lamb (UK), Jessica Horvathova (Cz). Ed: Lesley Walker. Main cast: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Lena Headey, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce. Shot from June 30, 2003, for 17 weeks at Barrendov Studios, Czech Republic.
Contact: Julia Finn, DDA London, (44) 20 7534 6000

(Samsa [Lux], Ipso Facto Films [UK], Reverse Angle Factory [Ger], Dor Films [Aust]). Budget: EUROS 6.7m. Backers: Film Fund Luxembourg, Great British Films, Filmforderung Baden-Wurttenberg (MFG), Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW), Osterreiche Filminstitut. Int'l sales: Samsa Distribution, Moviehouse Entertainment. Drama. A beautiful, tragic love story set in a circus at the turn of the century. A tale of dreams, trapese and unrequited love. Prods: Jani Thilges, Christine Alderson, Ute Schneider, Danny Krausz. Dir: Robinson Savary. Scr: Patrick Faure, Robinson Savary, Arif Ali Shah. DoP: Christophe Beaucarne. Ed: Claire Ferguson. Costume des: Hazel Pethig. Production des: Wilbert Van Dorp. Cast: Derek Jacobi, Isabello Miko, Jodhi May, James Thierree. Shot from Oct 25, 2003, until Dec 30 in Luxembourg and Germany.
Contact: Christine Alderson, (44) 191 230 2585

(Matador Pictures, Zodiac Pictures International) Backer: Azure Film Financing. Comedy drama. Prods: Peter Watson-Wood, Nigel Thomas, Lauri Apelian. Dir: Niklaus Hilber. Scr: Hilber, Drew Bird. Main cast: Nick Moran, Keeley Hawes, Hugh Fraser, Rik Mayall, Ian McNeice.
Contact: Matador Pictures, (44) 1483 472 332

(Pathe Pictures, Little Bird, Inside Track) Backers: Pathe Pictures, Ingenious, Sky Movies, UK Film Council, Isle of Man Film and Television Fund. Dist: Pathe (UK, Fr, Benelux, CH); Int'l sales: Pathe International. Comedy. Prods: Jonathan Cavendish, Ben Swaffer. Dir: Peter Richardson. Scr: Richardson, Pete Richens. Main cast: Christian Slater, Neve Campbell, Anthony Sher, Miranda Richardson, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Leslie Phillips.
Contact Patricia Gill, Pathe Distribution, (44) 207 462 4469

(Global Films, mnemonics studios, EdgeImageBank) Budget: £632,000. Backers: Barclays Bank, Global Films. Int'l sales: Global Films. Psychological Thriller based on a documentary. Exec prod: Laurent Mercier. Prods: Tom Norwood, Nick Peterson. Dir: Nick Peterson. Scr: Nicolas Gaud. Ed: Tom Norwood. Music: Virtual Alien. Costumes: Laurent Mercier. Hair and make-up: Anita C. Animations and graphics: EdgeImageBank. Cast: Dolly di Rosso, Rowland Ekperi, Paul Sere, Virtual Alien. Shot from Oct 18 until Oct 19, 2003, at Brixton Town Hall in London, Nov 18 until Nov 28 at Westferry Studios, Canary Wharf, London, and Dec 5 - 9 in New York.
Contact: Nick Peterson, Global Films (44) 207 537 4882

(Cold Films) Backers: Paradigm Hyde Films, Future Film Group, the South West Film Studios. Int'l sales: Beyond Films. Supernatural horror. Detective Sergeant John Dark is a good cop, working the tough beat of vice. His long-time mentor is the charismatic Detective Chief Inspector Mortimer Shade. He has taught Dark every trick in the book. But sometimes the fight is not just against the bad guys; sometimes it is against their own, when police bureaucracy gets in the way of good coppers bending the rules. Exec prod: Michael Gebauer. Prod/scr: Joanne Reay. Dir: Andrew Goth. Cast: Luke Goss, Kevin Howarth, Carly Turnbull, Matt Lucas, David Gant. Shot from Nov 18, 2003, for five weeks at the South West Film Studios, and on location in Cornwall.
Contact: Julie Bailey, unit publicist, (44) 7702 266113/ Kate Hughes, marketing director, South West Film Studios, (44) 1872 554131

(Film & Music Entertainment Ltd, Icelandic Film Corporation [Ice], Filmhuset [Nor], Lichtbilck Film Production [Ger]). Backers: Icelandic Film Fund, Nordic Film and TV Fund, Eurimages, Invicta Capital. Int'l sales: Media Luna. Drama. Prods: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Anna Maria Karlsdottir, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Egil Odergaard, Helga Bahr. Dir: Hilmar Oddsson. Scr: Hilmar Oddsson. Cast: Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Aslakur Ingvarsson. Language: Icelandic.
Contact: Zorana Piggott, Film & Music Entertainment Ltd, (44) 207 636 9292

(Returning Productions) Dist: Artisan (US), Momentum Pictures (UK). Drama/romance/comedy. Ned Kynaston is the most famous 'female' on the 17th-century London stage, but when a royal decree bans an actor from playing the part of a woman, he must get in touch with his masculine side with the help of the real thing - his former dresser and now a rising star, Maria. Exec prods: Michael Kuhn, James D Stern, Richard Eyre. Prods: Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Hardy Justice. Dir: Eyre. Scr: Jeffrey Hatcher. DoP: Andrew Dunn. Ed: Tariq Anwar. Prod des: Jim Clay. Costume des: Tim Hatley. Hair/make-up: Lisa Westcott. Main cast: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett, Tom Wilkinson, Ben Chaplin. Shot from June 27, 2003, until Aug 22 at Shepperton Studios and on location in London.
Contact: Liz Miller, M+R, (44) 20 7637 2600

(Studio Eight, Merlin Films [Ire], The Film Consortium, Ingenious, IDC [South Africa], Phoenix Pictures [US]) Int'l sales: The Works. Drama. Exec prod: Jamie Brown. Prods: Robert Chartoff, Mike Medavoy, Lynn Hendee, Kieran Corrigan, Mfundi Vundla, David Wicht, John Boorman. Dir: Boorman. Scr: Ann Peacock. Main cast: Samuel L Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson, Menzi Ngubane.
Contact: Lynn Hendee, (27) 215 110 207/(27) 837 777 034

(Dan Films, Zero West [Ger]) Backers: UK Film Council's Premiere Fund, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalia (NRW). Int'l sales: Capitol Films. Dist: Pathe (UK), X-Filme (Ger). Horror film set in subterranean London. London, midnight, on a cold evening. Unable to find a taxi, Kate (Franka Potente) heads for the Underground. She takes a seat away from the crowd of late-night revelers and waits for the last train. Before long she drifts off to sleep... and wakes to find everyone gone. She momentarily panics until another train pulls in. She boards, unnerved that she's the only passenger, but relieved at last to be on her way. Halfway through the tunnel the train jerks to a violent halt. The lights shut off and the train is plunged into darkness. Kate screams... she is trapped, in the dark... and she is not alone... her nightmare has only just begun. Prod: Julie Baines, Jason Newmark. Dir/scr: Chris Smith. Prod des: John Frankish. DoP: Daniel Cohen. Cast: Franka Potente, Vas Blackwood, Sean Harris. Shot from Oct 20, 2003, in London and Cologne.
Contact: Keeley Naylor / Zoe Flower, emfoundation, (44) 20 7247 4171

(Warp Films) Backers: FilmFour, East Midlands Media Investments. Dist (UK): Optimum Releasing. A genre-busting and distinctly mind-bending tale of vengeance. Exec prods: Peter Carlton, Will Clarke, Steve Beckett. Prod: Mark Herbert. Co-prod: Louise Knight. Dir: Shane Meadows. Scr: Paddy Considine, Meadows. Main cast: Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell.
Contact: Keeley Naylor, emfoundation, (44) 20 7247 4171

(Raphael Films [Fr], Psychology News [UK], Cinetelefilms [Tunis]) Backers: Raphael Films, Groupe AB, Baker Street, The Film Consortium, UK Film Council. Int'l sales: The Works. Dist: Spentzos Film (Gr). Thriller. Alex Randall, a young reporter with far more bravado than experience, arrives in the war-torn city to cover the deadly double bombing of America's US Marine barracks and France's paratroopers' base. In the mayhem, he meets Julia Muller, a beautiful, enigmatic photographer. Exec prods: Emma Hayter, Bill Allan, Aline Perry, Chris Auty. Prods: Ludi Boeken, Eric Dussart. Dirs: Boeken, Michael Alan Lerner. Scr: Michael Alan Lerner. Music: Justin Adams. DoP: Ivan Strasburg. Ed: Suzanne Fenn. Prod des: Taoufik Behi. Costume des: Magdalena Garcia Caniz. Sound: Faouzi Thabet, Hugh Johnson. Main cast: Stephen Moyer, Anne Parillaud, Omid Djalili, Georges Siatidis.
Contact: The Works, (44) 20 7612 1080

(Pathe Pictures, Scorpio Films, Inside Track ) Backers: Pathe Pictures, Ingenious, UK Film Council, Scottish Screen. Dist: Pathe (UK, Fr, Benelux, CH); Miramax (North/South America, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Australia); int'l sales: Pathe International. The story of nine year-old Frankie, whose mother makes up stories about his absent father travelling in exotic lands until fantasy and reality clash. Prod: Caroline Wood. Dir: Shona Auerbach. Cast: Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone.
Contact: Patricia Gill, Pathe Distribution: (44) 207 462 4469

(MGM) Exec prods: Simon Channing Williams, Gail Egan. Prods: Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan, Charles Winkler. Dir: Irwin Winkler. Scr: Jay Cocks. Main cast: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Allan Corduner, Kevin McNally.
Contact: Matthew Sanders, M+R, (44) 20 7637 2600

(Lucky Ukfs Productions, CurbSide Pictures) Int'l sales: Bauer Martinez Studios.Crime thriller. Exec prods: Armand Assante, Andrew Charas, Rob Malkani. Prods: Philippe Martinez, Alan Latham. Dir: John Irvin. Scr: Andrew Charas, Rob Malkani. Main cast: Armand Assante, Sonny Marinelli, Raffaello Degruttola, Sam Douglas, Jason Durran.
Contact: Phil Symes, (44) 20 7323 1200

(Raven West Films [Can], Meltemi Entertainment) Int'l sales: BV International Pictures (Nor). Drama. Exec prods: Bjorg Veland, Arvi Liimatainen, Kimberly Barnes. Prods: Jonathan English, Jacquelyn Renner. Dir/scr: Carl Bessai. Main cast: Ian McKellen, Debra Kara Unger.
Contact: Meltemi Entertainment, (44) 20 287 6393

(Pathe Pictures, Free Range Films, Inside Track) Backers: Pathe Pictures, FilmFour, Ingenious, UK Film Council. Dist: Pathe(UK, Fr, Benelux, CH) Int'l sales: Pathe International . Psychological thriller, based on the novel Enduring Love by Ian McEwan. Prod: Kevin Loader. Dir: Roger Michell. Scr: Joe Penhall. DoP: Harris Zambarloukas. Ed: Nic Gaster. Prod des: JP Kelly. Costume des: Natalie Ward. Hair/make-up: Konnie Daniels. Cast: Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans, Samantha Morton. Shot from Sept 15, 2003, until Nov 21, 2003, in The Chilterns and on location in London.
Contact: Katie Bullock-Webster, (44) 20 7609 1535/Charles McDonald, M+R, (44) 7637 2600

(Faking It Productions, Kleparski & Bee, Janes Films) Comedy crime adventure. Prods: Claire Bee. Dir: Richard Janes. Scr: Paul Gerstenberger. Main cast: Matthew Rhys, Kate Ashfield, Tony Haygarth, Art Malik.
Contact: Phil Symes, (44) 20 7323 1200

(Entertainment Film Distributors, Artists Independent Network) Dist (UK): Entertainment Film Distributors. Adapted from the highly successful VIZ comic strip, Fat Slags follows the rise and fall of two eponymous heroines who are unrepentantly vulgar and crass. Obsessed with shagging and drinking, whilst harboring the desire to become famous celebrities, Sandra and Tracey leave their hometown in the north of England in search of fame and fortune in London. Exec prods: Nigel Green, John Brown. Prods: Luc Roeg, Charles Finch. Dir: Ed Bye. Scr: William Osborne. Line prod: Richard Johns. Prod exec: Clea Tammes. Prod co-ord: Victoria Lorkin-Lange. Prod des: Grenville Horner. DoP: John Sorapure. First AD: Joe Geary. Casting dir: Daniel Hubbard. Script Supervisor: Danuta Skarszewska. Costume des: Linda Alderson. Ed: Mark Wybourne. Make-up/hair: Joan Hills. Loc man: Ben Greenacre. Sound: Alistair Widgery. Accountant: Terry Connors. Music supervisor: Dan Rose. Post production supervisor: Emma Zee. Cast: Fiona Allen, Sophie Thompson, Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Head, Geri Halliwell.
Contact: Julia Finn/Nicole Gregory, DDA London, (44) 20 7534 6000

(Capitol Films/Endgame/Jim Henson Pictures) Int'l sales: Capitol Films. An action-packed summer adventure that blends magic, fun and perilous exploits and proves that the power of wishes is not as strong as the power of family. From the author of The Railway Children. Prods: Nick Hirschkorn, Lisa Henson. Dir: John Stephenson. Scr: David Solomons. DoP: Mike Brewster. Prod des: Roger Hall. Ed: Colin Green. Sound: Simon Okin. Line prod: Kathy Sykes. Prod man: Emma Mager. Loc man: Clive Miles. Casting: Michelle Guish. Project supervisor: Jamie Courtier. Visual effects supervisor: Mike Turoff. Special effects supervisor: Richard Conway. Stunt co-ord: Lee Sheward. Costume des: Phoebe de Gaye. Make-up/hair: Suzanne Jansen. Main cast: Eddie Izzard, Kenneth Branagh, Zoe Wanamaker, Freddie Highmore, Tara Fitzgerald. Shot from June 30, 2003, for 10 weeks on the Isle of Man and at Shepperton Studios.
Contact: Anya Noakes, unit publicist, (44) 20 7483 2005

(Liminal Films, RS Productions, Shoreline Films, Freedonia Films) Backers: Living Films, Scottish Screen, North West Vision, Northern Film & Media, Film London, Zentropa Entertainments5 ApS (Den). Int'l sales: Trust Film Sales. Psychological thriller. A young woman's attempt to unravel the mystery of her sister's disappearance two years earlier. Prod: Mark Lavender. Co-prod: Jim Hickey. Dir: Juliet McKoen. Scr: McKoen, Jayne Steel. DoP: Phil Robertson. Prod man: Rebecca Knapp. Prod des: Loren Slater. Costume des: Bobby McCulla. Hair/make-up: Claire McAndrew. Casting dir: Chloe Emmerson. Cast: Shirley Henderson; Roshan Seth, Ralf Little, Kerry Fox, Ger Ryan; Richard Armitage; Jamie Sives; Lyndsey Marshal; Rebecca Palmer; Sean Harris; Shireen Shah, George Costigan, Karl Johnson, Maxine Peake, Richard Ridings, Danny Cunningham, Stephen Lord, Nick Bagnall, Emma Lowndes, Jayne Ashbourne. Shooting from Aug 16 until Sept 26, 2003, in England; Scotland and Sweden.
Contact: Mark Lavender, (44) 7710 064 632/ Jim Hickey, (44) 7986 026 672

(Mission Pictures, Stock Productions, Icon Entertainment) Backer: Icon Entertainment International. Int'l sales: Icon Entertainment International. Dist (UK, Aus): Icon Film Distribution. Comedy adventure. Exec prods: Andrew Hauptman, Nick Hill, Jim Reeve. Prods: Damian Jones, Graham Broadbent, Bruce Davey. Dir: Brian Grant. Scr: Nick Whitby. Main cast: Sally Phillips, Doon Mackichan, Fiona Allen, David Hayman, Anna Wilson-Jones.
Contact: Julia Finn/Nicole Gregory, DDA London, (44) 20 7534 6000

(Meltemi Entertainment [UK], International Arts Entertainment [US], Lighthouse Entertainment [US], Buskin Film [It], KanZaman [Sp]) Backers: Thema Productions [Lux], Magic Hour Film Finance [UK], Matrix Film Finance [UK]. Int'l sales: Beyond Films. Romantic comedy. Adapted from the Oscar Wilde play Lady Windermere's Fan, A Good Woman is a scandalous yet comic story set in New York and the Amalfi Coast during the 1930s. Exec prods: John Evangelides, Mikael Borglund, Hilary Davis, Jimmy DeBrabant, Michael Dounaev, Liam Badger, Duncan Hopper, Rupert Preston. Prods: Alan Greenspan, Jonathan English, Steven Siebert, Howard Himelstein. Dir: Mike Barker. Scr: Howard Himelstein. Ed: Neil Farrell. DoP: Ben Seresin. Prod des: Ben Scott. Costume des: John Bloomfield. Cast: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson. Shooting from Nov 3, 2003, until Dec 20, on the Amalfi Coast and Rome, Italy.
Contact: Beyond Films, (44) 20 7636 9613

(Hitc Productions [UK-Can]) Co-prods: Bertil Ohlsson, Remstar, Dakota, Spice Factory, Tusk, Movision. Int'l sales: Arclight Films. Dist: Manga (Sp), Gaga (Jap), Tobis (Ger), Remstar/Alliance Atlantis (Can), Blue Star (It). Epic romance. Exec prods: Julia Palau, Matthew Payne, Charlize Theron, Julien Remillard. Prods: Bertil Ohlsson, Maxime Remillard, Andre Rouleau, Jonathan Olsberg, Michael L Cowan, Jason Piette. Dir/scr: John Duigan. Main cast: Theron, Penelope Cruz, Stuart Townsend, Thomas Kretschmann, Karine Vanasse.
Contact: Mia Farrell, DDA Los Angeles, (310) 205 4868/Julia Finn, DDA London, (44) 20 7534 6000

(Merchant Ivory Productions) Budget: $2.5 m. Int'l sales: c/o Merchant Ivory Productions. Comedy drama. On a summer night in New York City, five lives intertwine and unravel. Isabel, a beautiful twenty-five year old photographer, wavers on her commitment to her upcoming wedding. Her mother Diana, a legendary actress, discovers her husband is cheating. Jonathan, Isabel's fiance, tries to protect a secret that will endanger his marriage. Peter, a young writer, faces his lover's past while researching a story for The New Yorker and Alec, an actor, wonders if his affections will ever be returned. Set in the nightspots, theaters, rooftops, and streets of Manhattan over one night, Heights is a contemporary story of young people in New York that sparkles with the wit that is the trademark of Merchant Ivory films. At the center of the story is Isabel, a young woman trying to decide between her life in the city and the prospect of a quiet existence as a suburban wife. The story takes us from downtown bars to upscale roof gardens to gay bars in Chelsea to the geriatric crowd at a Jewish wedding. Isabel - like a modern day Jane Austen heroine, a woman on the verge of adulthood - must decide in a single night what kind of life she is going to lead. Exec prod: Paul Bradley. Prods: Ismail Merchant & Richard Hawley. Dir: Chris Terrio. Scr: Chris Terrio, Amy Fox. Cast: Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, Matt Davis, James Marsden, Thomas Lennon, Alan Arkin, Wallace Shawn, Mia Farrow. Shooting from October 2003 until December 2003 in the US.
Contact Paul Bradley, (44) 20 7437 1200

(Fecund Films) Budget: $1m. Prods: Nick Stubbs, John Keates, Hugh Gurney. Dir: John Keates. Rave clubbing ecstasy induced hedonism, sexually thrusting office politics, dead end jobs for a generation raised to be pop stars.
Contact: (44) 20 885 88075

(Tartan Films, Constant Howling Productions [US]) Int'l sales: Tartan Films Distribution. Murder thriller. The true story of two cousins whose infamy was immortalised as the notorious Hillside Stranglers. Preying on women, the cousins reigned over the Hillside area of Los Angeles over a two-year period before being apprehended by the authorities. Exec prods: Carole Siller, Mike Avery. Prods: Hamish McAlpine, Michael Muscal. Assoc prod: Laura De Casto. Dir: Charles Parello. Scr: Parello, Steve Johnston. DoP: John Pirozzi. Line prod: Matt Compton. Prod des: Gregg Gibbs. Costume des: Niklas Palm. Make-up/hair: Tracy Wilcox. Main cast: C Thomas Howell, Nick Turturro, Allison Lange, Tricia Dickson, Roz Witt. Shot for four weeks on location in California.
Contact: Constant Howling Productions, (1) 323 468 0364/David Freed, Tartan Films Distribution, (44) 20 7440 1016

(Mad As Hell Films) Budget: low. Backer: Private investors. Dist: All territories available. Genre: Thriller. A man is spying on his neighbours illegally with CCTV. When one of them is murdered on camera, he decides to find the killer himself rather than go to the police. Prods: Sean Martin, Steve Skitt. Dir: Steve Skitt. Scr: Sean Martin, Steve Skitt. DoP: Steve Skitt. Ed: Jon Lovell. Sound: Andy Gaze. Music: Ravi McArthur. Hair/make-up: Molly Dickie. Cast: Nik Renouf, Henrietta Nelson, Erich Redman, Steve Dineen, Simon Roberts. Shot from 25 April, 2003, until 1 July in London. Delivery: Spring 2004.
Contact: Sean Martin, (44) 870 128 3086

(David Productions) Backer: Walden Media (US). Int'l sales: Summit. Family drama. Prods: Clive Parsons, Davina Belling, Lauren Levine. Dir/scr: Paul Feig. Main cast: Ben Tibber, Joan Plowright, Jim Caviezel.
Contact: Clive Parsons, (44) 20 7235 4495

(Dan Films UK, Samsa Films [Lux], Fado Films [Port]) Backers: Film Fund Luxembourg, RTP, Lusomundo, Ingenious. Drama. Prod: Jani Thiltges. Dir/scr: Antonio-Pedro Vasconcelos. Main cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Joaquim de Almeida, Nicolau Breyner.
Contact: Dan Films, (44) 20 7916 4771

(T.H.E. Film Ltd [NZ], Little Bird [UK]) Backers: UK Film Council, New Zealand Film Commission, Visionview, NZ On Air, Optimum Releasing (UK). Int'l sales: ElementX, NZ Film. Dist: Icon (Aust/NZ), Optimum Releasing (UK). Psychological mystery. A renowned war journalist returning home develops an intriguing friendship with a teenage girl, but when she mysteriously disappears he is implicated and forced to face dark family secrets. Exec prods: Sue Bruce Smith James Mitchell, Steve Robbins, Jim Reeves, Paul Trijbits. Prods: Trevor Haysom, Dixie Linder. Dir/scr: Brad McGann. DoP: Stuart Dryburgh. Ed: Chris Plummer. Prod design: Jennifer Kernke. Cost design: Kirsty Cameron. Hair/make-up: Denise Kym. 1st AD: Axel Paton. Main cast: Matthew MacFadyen, Miranda Otto, Colin Moy, Jodie Rimmer, Emily Barclay. Shot in Otago and Auckland from Sept 8, 2003, to Oct 31.
Contact: Anne Chamberlain, unit publicist, (64) 21 399 159

(Visionary Films, Balagan Productions) Budget: £2.6m. Dist: Visionary Films. Romantic comedy. Prod: Jonathan Weissler. Dir: Agan. DoP: Bejini Li. Ed: Tang Wei Wen. Prod des: Alice Herrick. Art dir: Byron Broadbent. Costume des: Maggie Yan. UPM: Guy Allon. First AD: Mike Higgins. Unit man: Mark Tyack. Loc man: Philip Morris. Prod Co-ord: Paul Butterworth. Set dec: Kate Wicks. SFX supervisor: Steve Miller. Hair/make-up: Sjaan Gillings. Casting dir: Jenni Green. Sound mixer: Wu Jiang. Cast: Eddison Chan, Jennifer Li, Cary Woodworth, Naomi Gibson, Chris Frampton, Danya Lababedi, Don Klass, Ciaron Doyle, Samantha Johannson, Jo Wang, Shan Li, Aden Cardy Brown, Patricia Kensley, Jo Price, Jonathan Rhodes. Shot from Oct 12, 2003, for eight weeks in Oxford, Bristol, London and Shanghai.
Contact: production office, (44) 1256 884 817

(WT2, New Moon Pictures) Backers: Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, the Irish Film Board, the Northern Ireland Film and Television Committee. Dist (int'l): Universal Pictures. In the summer of 1970, Belfast's lines of division were still being drawn. Two young boys from "up the road" and "over the bridge" escape the confines of a city overshadowed by hatred and fear by becoming their heroes, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Together they swear an oath to be blood brothers for life and flee an imploding city for the freedom of the Australian outback. Based on Owen McCafferty's award winning play, Mojo Mickybo. Exec prods: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Natascha Wharton, Stephen Daldry. Prods: Mark Huffam, Michael McGeagh. Dir/scr: Terry Loane. Cast: Julie Walters, Ciaran Hinds, Adrian Dunbar, Gina McKee, Susan Lynch, Niall Wright, John Jo McNeill. Shoting from Oct 15, 2003, for eight weeks in Belfast and on location in Northern Ireland.
Contact: Anna Raynsford, Freud Communications, (44) 20 7291 6399

(Jerry Bruckheimer Films [US]) Budget: $85m. Backer: Disney. Int'l dist: Buena Vista/Touchstone. Exec prods: Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Ned Dowd, David Franzoni. Prod: Jerry Bruckheimer. Dir: Antoine Fuqua. Scr: Franzoni, John Lee Hancock. DoP: Slawomir Idziak. Ed: Conrad Buff. Prod des: Dan Weil. Costume des: Penny Rose. Hair/make-up: Ailbhe Lemass, Dee Corcoran. Main cast: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, Stellan Skarsgard. Shot from June 23, 2003, until Oct 28 in Ireland.
Contact: Kate Bowe, unit publicist, (353) 167 136 72

(Scala Productions) Backers: UK Film Council Premiere Fund, Baker Street Media Finance, Paradigm Hyde Films. Dist (UK): Entertainment Film Distributors. Int'l sales: Lakeshore Entertainment. Based on the short story by William J. Locke, Ladies In Lavender is the poignant and heart-warming story of two elderly sister whose lives are turned upside down when they discover a handsome and charismatic Polish castaway on the beach below their house. Prods: Nik Powell, Nicolas Brown, Elizabeth Karlsen. Dir/scr: Charles Dance. Prod exec: Ian Prior. Line prod: Bill Shephard. DoP: Peter Biziou. Prod co-ord: Patsy de Lord. Prod des: Caroline Amies. Costume des: Barbara Kidd. Hair/make-up: Fae Hammond. Script supervisor: Cathy Doubleday. First AD: Paul Cowan. Sound mixer: Jim Greenhorn. Ed: Michael Parker. Casting dir: Sarah Bird. Composer: Nigel Hess. Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Bruhl, Miriam Margolyes, Natasha McElhone, David Warner, Freddie Jones, Clive Russell, Toby Jones. Shot from Sept 15, 2003, for seven weeks in Cornwall, London and Pinewood Studios.
Contact: Julia Finn/Nicole Gregory, DDA London, (44) 20 7932 9800

(Columbia TriStar Films UK, Ska Films) Int'l dist: Columbia Tristar Film Distributors International. Fast-talking, fast-paced comedic thriller set in present day London. Prod: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling. Dir: Vaughn. Scr: JJ Connolly. DoP: Ben Davis. Ed: Jon Harris. Art dir: Steve Carter. Prod des: Kave Quinn. Music: John Murphy. Costume des: Stephanie Collie. Make-up/hair: Fae Hammond. Main cast: Daniel Craig, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy, Colm Meaney, Jamie Foreman, Sienna Miller. Shooting from June 30, 2003, until Aug 31.
Contact: Diane Kelly, Freud Communications, (44) 20 7291 6321

(HBO Films/Company Pictures) Exec prods: George Faber, Charles Pattinson, Freddy DeMann. Prod: Simon Bosenquet. Dir: Stephen Hopkins. Scr: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely. Main cast: Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, Emily Watson, John Lithgow, Miriam Margolyes.
Contact: HBO Films, (44) 20 7984 5051

(Film & Music Entertainment, Yodi Movie Craftsman) Backers: Serbian Ministry of Culture, European Co-production Fund. Romantic comedy. Prods: Mike Downey, Zoran Cvijanovic, Milko Josifov, Sam Taylor. Dir/scr: Srdjan Karanovic. Main cast: Senad Alihodzic, Ivana Bolanca, Jelena Dokic, Gorica Popovic, Milena Dravic.
Contact: Zorana Piggott, Film & Music Entertainment, (44) 20 7636 9292

(Max Productions London, Stray Dog Films [Romania]) Budget: $2.6m. Supernatural action thriller. Exec prod: Andrew Stear. Prod: Gary Douglas. Dir: Bogdan Albu. Scr: Parv Bancil. Main cast: Gary Douglas, Ian Wright, Marcel Iures, Monica Davidescu, Stefan Booth.
Contact: Elaine Thompson, unit publicist, (44) 7944 903 022

(Global Films, mnemonics studios, EdgeImageBank) Budget: £682,000. Backers: Barclays Bank, Global Films, EdgeImageBank. Int'l sales: Global Films. Psychological Thriller. Exec prod: Laurent Mercier. Prods: Tom Norwood, Nick Peterson. Dir: Nick Peterson. Scr: Nicolas Gaud. Ed: Tom Norwood. Music: Virtual Alien. Costumes: Laurent Mercier. Hair and make-up: Anita C. Animations and graphics: EdgeImageBank. Cast: Dolly di Rosso, Paul Sere, James Waterhouse, Jimmy Ryland, Stewart Timings, Virtual Alien. Shot from June 15 until Nov 15 at Westferry Studios, Canary Wharf, London.
Contact: Nick Peterson, Global Films, (44) 207 537 4882

(Thin Man Films) Int'l sales: Studio Canal. Exec prods: Alain Sarde, Robert Jones, Gail Egan, Duncan Reid. Line prod: Georgina Lowe. Prod: Simon Channing Williams. Dir/scr: Mike Leigh. DoP: Dick Pope. Ed: Jim Clark. Prod des: Eve Stewart. Costume des: Jacqueline Durran. Hair/make-up des: Christine Blundell. Cast: Imelda Staunton, Phil Davis, Daniel Mays, Alex Kelly, Adrian Scarborough, Heather Craney. Shot from Sept 30, 2003, until Dec 18.
Contact: Jonathan Rutter, M+R, (44) 20 7637 2600/ Thin Man Films, (44) 20 7734 7372

(Pathe Pictures, Mission Pictures, Inside Track ) Backers: Pathe Pictures, BBC Films, Ingenious, UK Film Council. Dist: Pathe (UK, Fr, Benelux, CH ); Intnl Sales: Pathe International. Quirky comic tale. Prods: Graham Broadbent, Andrew Hauptman, Damian Jones. Dir: Danny Boyle. Scr: Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Main cast: James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan, Lewis McGibbon, Alex Etel.
Contact Patricia Gill, Pathe Distribution, (44) 207 462 4469

(Lucky Ukfs Productions, Media Pro Pictures [Rom]) Int'l sales: Bauer Martinez Studios. Period drama. Set in Paris 1919, this is the untold story of the bitter rivalry between Modigliani and Picasso: two men whose rivalry is fuelled by their brilliance, arrogance and passions. Prods: Philippe Martinez, Andre Djaoui. Co-prods: Stephanie Martinez, Alan Latham. Dir/scr: Mick Davis. DoP: Manu Kadosh. Art dirs: Giantito Burchiellaro, Luigi Marchione. Ed: Emma Hickox. First AD: Mary Soan. Line prods: Michael Frenschkowski, Irina Chirita. Casting: Jeremy Zimmermann (UK); Andreea Tanasescu (Rom). Costume des: Pam Downe. Make-up des: Giannetto de Rossi. Main cast: Andy Garcia, Elsa Zylberstein, Hippolyte Girardot, Steven Rimkuss, Louis Hilyer. Shooting on location in Romania.
Contact: Phil Symes, The PR Contact, (44) 20 7323 1200

(Film & Music Entertainment Ltd, Tradewind Pictures[Ger], Bos Bros Film and TV Productions [Netherlands])Int'l sales: Bavaria Films International. Family. Prods: Thomas Springer, Helmut G Weber, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Michiel de Rooij, Burny Bos. Dir: Peter Timm. Scr: Thomas Springer. Cast: Maria Ehrich, Martin Lindow, Monika Bauert, Christine Newbauer. Shot from Oct 1, 2003, until Dec 2. Language: German.
Contact: Zorana Piggott Film & Music Entertainment, (44) 207 636 9292

(Apocalypso Pictures) Backers: BBC, The Film Consortium, UK Film Council, Baker Street. Int'l sales: The Works.Dist: BBC (UK). Drama. A bold and innovative tale of teenage friendship and burgeoning sexuality. Exec prod: Chris Auty. Prods: Tanya Seghatchian, Chris Collins. Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski. Scr: Michael Wynne, Pawel Pawlikowski. Main cast: Paddy Considine, Emily Blunt, Nathalie Press. Shot from Aug 4, 2003, until Sept 12.
Contact: The Works, (44) 20 7612 1080

(Zik Zak Filmworks [Ice], Film & Music Entertainment Ltd, Tradewind Pictures [Ger], Nimbus Film [Den]) Backers: Icelandic Film Fund, Nordisk Film & TV Fund, NRW Filmstiftung, Hamburg Film Fund, Eurimages, Invicta Capital. Int'l sales: Bavaria Films International. Drama. Prods: Skuli Fr Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Thomas Springer, Helmut Weber, Meta Louise Foldager, Bo Erhardt. Dir: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Scr: Huldar Breidfjord. Cast: Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Kerry Fox, Peter Capaldi.
Contact: Zorana Piggot, Film & Music Entertainment Ltd, (44) 207 636 9292

(Perception Pictures) Budget: low. Backer: Ravenwolf Films. Int'l sales: Perception Pictures. Dist: All territories available. Psychological thriller about a man who has worked out that the layout of certain London streets and buildings contains an ancient secret, a discovery that has put his life in danger. He leaves his findings, preserved in a series of hidden notebooks, to his protege, Jack Cade, who must uncover their meaning before a threatening and dangerous secret organisation finds him and exacts their vengeance. Exec prod: Scott Flynn. Prod: Douglas Elford-Argent. Dir: Sean Martin. Scr: Nicholas Mark Harding, Sean Martin. DoP: Ray Wadia. Ed: Richard Bellamy. Sound: Andy Gaze. Hair/make-up: Molly Dickie. Cast: Adso Brown, Siri Ingul, Christopher Dunne, Louise Dumayne, Claire Nowell. Shot from 18 August, 2003, for six weeks in London. Delivery: January 2004.
Contact: Sean Martin, (44) 870 128 3086/Douglas Elford-Argent, (1) 310 497 4930

(Marbella Films, Versatile Film [Sp]) Dir: Piers Ashworth.
Contact: Giles Brown, (34) 637 275 464

(Hero Films, Motlys) Backers: Vision View, Scottish Screen, Glasgow Film Office, Momentum Pictures, Norwegian Film Fund (Nor). Dist: Momentum Pictures (UK), SF Norway (Nordic terrs). Int'l sales: Myriad Pictures (US). Black comedy. Exec prod: Dougray Scott. Prod: Anne Batz. Dir/scr: Stewart Svaasand. Main cast: Jamie Sives, Kevin McKidd, Iain Robertson, Neve McIntosh, Dougray Scott.
Contact: Julia Finn/Nicole Gregory, DDA London, (44) 20 7534 6000

(Anthony Buckley Films, Oyster Farmer Films) Backers: Film Finance Corporation, Showtime, Ocean/Dendy, Beyond Films, Little Wing Films, Future Film Group, New South Wales Film & Television Office. Contemporary romantic western set in frontier Australia. Moving from Sydney to an isolated river community to work for impoverished eighth generation oyster farmers may not be an obvious career move. If, however, you are a desperate young man with an enterprising streak and a big heart then the Hawkesbury may well be your salvation. This is a love story about an inept thief who ends up a local hero. Prods: Anthony Buckley, Piers Tempest. Dir/scr: Anna Reeves. Ed: Peter Beston. DoP: Alun Bollinger. Sound: Chris Alderton. Cast: Alex O'Lachlan, Jim Norton, Diana Glenn, Jack Thompson, David Field, Kerry Armstrong. Shot from 10 Nov, 2003, for six weeks in Hawkesbury River Valley, Australia.
Contact: Beyond Films, (44) 20 7636 9613

(Ukfs LLP) Co-prods: Lucky Ukfs, Framewerk (Ger), Media Pro (Rom), The Tower Limited Liability Partnership, Electric Dog & Bear, erinfilm. Dist (int'l): Bauer Martinez Studios. Thriller/drama. Exec prods: Philippe Martinez, Douglas W Miller, Alan Latham. Prod: Kim Leggatt. Dir/scr: Jevon O'Neill. Main cast: Dennis Hopper, Gina Gershon, Jordan Frieda, Dominique Swain, Jim Carter.
Contact: Karrine Martinez, Bauer Martinez Studios, (727) 582 99 39

(Theta Films [UK], Out On A Limb [South Africa]) Facilitating co: Faith Creations. Budget: approx £1m. Backers: Private Equity/ IDC S.A. Int'l sales: Vine International. Comedy Siege. Take one television chef, passed his sell by date, add three armed robbers, stir in the police and simmer for three days. Bring to the boil and serve with a dressing of sexual tension and confusion. Exec prod: C Theo. Prod: Joy Mellins, Dave Shanks. Dir: Robert Heath. Scr: Bob McCabe, Rob Churchill. DoP: Mike Downey. Ed: Jacqui Le Cordeur. Prod des: Hayden Griffin. Cost des: Dihantus Englebrecht. Hair/make-up: Colin Polson. Cast: Henry Goodman, Neil Stuke, Julianne White, Costa Milton. Shot from Nov 24, 2003, until Dec 16, 2003, in Cape Town.
Contact: Joy Mellins, Theta Films, (44) 207 240 3464/ (44) 7801 862 131/(27) 215 512 702

(Meltemi Entertainment, MediaFonds1 [Ger], Eclypse Filmproduktion [Aust]) Dir: Paul Hills.
Contact: Meltemi Entertainment, (44) 20 7287 6393

(Theorema Films [Neth], David P. Kelly Productions[UK], Samsa Films [Lux]) Budget: EUROS: 3.3m. Backers: Dutch Film Fund, VARA Television (Neth), Dutch COBO Fund, NOS, Luxembourg Samsa Film, David P. Kelly Productions. Crime thriller. A fictionalised version of the fascinating true story of the Amsterdam drugs baron Klaas Bruinsma. Klaas began as a lowly cannabis dealer, then formed a partnership with champion kickboxer Adri Slotemaker, and this wife Annet, a former crime lord's bookkeeper. Together the three of them took over the cannabis trade, and became legendary figures, before eventually, they betrayed each other. Dutch language. Prods: Frank Bak, David P. Kelly, Janni Thiltges. Dir/scr: Gerard Verhage. DoP: Theo Bierkens. Ed: Charlotte Van Veen. Prod des: Marco Rooth. Costume des: John Krausa, Hair/make-up supervisor: Winnie Gallis. Cast: Peter Paul Muller, Frank Lammers, Chantal Janzen. Shot from Sept 8, 2003, until Nov 1 in Amsterdam and Luxembourg.
Contact: Emma Webb, David P. Kelly Productions, (44) 207 8450400

(Miramax Films [US], Hart Sharp Entertainment [US]) Proof explores the links between genius and madness, the relationship between fathers and daughters and the nature of truth and family. Prods: John Hart, Jeff Sharp, Alison Owen, Robert Kessel. Co-prod: Mark Cooper. Dir: John Madden. Scr: Rebecca Miller, based on the play by David Auburn. Prod man: Hilary Benson. Prod co-ord: Simon Fraser. First AD: Deborah Saban. DoP: Alwin Kuchler. Ed: Mick Audsley. Production des: Alice Normington. Costume des: Jill Taylor. Chief make-up artist: Rebecca Lafford. Chief hair-dresser: Nicola Clarke. Sound mixer: Peter Lindsay. Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis. Shot from Sept 24, 2003, in Chicago and London for eight weeks.
Contact: Production office, (44) 208 324 2837, Claudia Kalindjian, claudiak@primex.co.uk

(Wide Eye Films) Co-prods: Grosvenor Park, Peter Stockhaus Filmproduktion (Ger), Octagon Films (Ire). Int'l sales: Media Luna Entertainment. Comedy. Exec prod: James Flynn. Prod: Nathalie Lichtenthaeler. Dir/scr: David Gleeson. Main cast: Michael Legge, Alan Leech, Amy Shiels, Frank Kelly, David Murray.
Contact: Wide Eye Films, (353) 1678 7930

(Palm Tree UK) Romance. Exec prod: Robbie Moffat. Prod: Mairi Sutherland. Dir: Moffat. Scr: Sutherland. Main cast: Michael Rodgers, Lucy Russell, Rebecca Palmer.
Contact: (44) 1290 553 322

(Impact Pictures) Budget: $40m. Backers: Constantin Film (Ger), Sony Screen Gems (US). Action horror sequel, based on Capcom's best-selling video game franchise. Exec prod: Robert Kulzer, Victor Hadida. Prods: Paul WS Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Bernd Eichenger, Samuel Hadida, Don Carmody. Dir: Alexander Witt. Scr: Anderson. Main cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Snoop Doggy Dogg. Shot in Toronto.
Contact: Impact Pictures, (44) 20 7636 7716

(RDL Productions Limited) Budget: under $1.5m. Gangster thriller. Prod: Pearl Nitusgau. Dir/scr: Stephen Jackson. Main cast: Terrance Anderson, Moshe Dennis, Richard Field, Ricky Hards, Edward Bryant.
Contact: Lucy Baxter, (44) 20 8672 0252

(Ipso Facto Films, UKFS 5 LLP, AV Pictures, Redbus Pictures) Budget: £3.3m. Backers: UKFS, AV Pictures, Redbus, Telepool (Ger). Int'l sales: AV Pictures. Dist: Redbus (UK) Telepool (Ger). Comedy drama. An Italian femme fatale arrives in Newcastle to teach the art of seduction. Exec prods: Vic Batemen, Ashley Sidaway, Zygi Kamasa, Simon Franks. Prods: Steve Bowden, Christine Alderson, Angad Paul. Dir: Sue Heel. Scr: Sue Heel, Martin Herron. DoP: Tony Imi. Ed: David Martin. Cast: Kelly Brook, Emily Woof, Dervla Kirwan, Margi Clarke, Jessica Johnson. Shot from 30 March, 2003, until May 20 in the UK and Italy.
Contact: Hayley Manning, Ipso Facto Films, (44) 191 230 2585

(Devotion Films) Backers: Film Council, Entertainment Film Distributors. Dist (UK): Entertainment Film Distributors. Comedy. Exec prods: Robert Jones, Nigel Green. Prod: Anita Overland. Dir/scr: Andy Humphries. Main cast: Johnny Vegas, Mackenzie Crook, Mark Gatiss, Dominic Coleman, Julia Davis.
Contact: Julia Finn/Nicole Gregory, DDA London, (44) 20 7534 6000

(WT2, Big Talk Productions) Backer: Universal (US). Dist (int'l): UIP. Romantic zombie comedy. Exec prods: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Natascha Wharton, James Wilson, Alison Owen. Prod: Nira Park. Dir: Edgar Wright. Scr: Wright, Simon Pegg. Main cast: Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran.
Contact: WT2, (44) 20 7307 3000

(Dan Films UK, UGC Images [Fr]) Budget: e19m. Backer: UGC (Fr), Ingenious Media. Dist: UGC. Martial arts action. The Yamakasi are a gang of fearless street acrobats, roaming the world in search of the best combatants in their chosen sport: rooftop basketball. Prod: Yves Marmion. Main cast: The Yamakasi, Burt Kwok. Shooting from March 17, 2003, for 18 weeks in Bangkok and London.
Contact: Dan Films, (44) 20 7916 4771

(Channel 4, Parallax) Backer: Screen Yorkshire. Int'l sales: Moviehouse Entertainment. Drama about the experience of British Muslims post-September 11. Tells the story of Yasmin, a British Muslim woman whose husband is falsely imprisoned as a terrorist suspect. Prod: Sally Hibbin. Dir: Kenny Glenaan. Scr: Simon Beaufoy. Cast: Archie Panjabi.
Int'l sales: Moviehouse Entertainment, (44) 207 380 3999

(Serendipity Point Films [US], Odessa Films, Company Pictures) Adapted from the novel by Brian Moore. Prod: Robert Lantos. Co-prods: Sandra Cunningham, Robyn Slovo, Yannick Bernard. Dir: Norman Jewison. Scr: Ronald Harwood. Main cast: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Northam.
Contact: Jackie Page, DDA Paris, (33) 1 42 78 38 24/Julia Finn, Nicole Gregory, DDA London, (44) 20 7534 6000

(Stella Street, Absolutely Productions) Backer/dist: Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. Comedy. Exec prod: John Goldstone. Prod: Ben Swaffer. Dir: Peter Richardson. Scr: Phil Cornwell, Richardson, John Sessions. Main cast: Cornwell, Sessions, Ronni Ancona.
Contact: Lawrence Atkinson, Premier PR, (44) 20 7494 3478

(PathePictures, Green Wolf Films, Inside Track) Backers: Pathe Pictures, Ingenious, UK Film Council, Sky Movies , Isle of Man Film and Television Fund. Dist: Pathe (UK, Fr, Benelux, CH). Village Roadshow (Australia/NewZealand) Int'l sales: Pathe International. Romantic comedy. Prod: Rebecca Green. Dir: Ric Cantor. Scr: Cantor, Carry Franklin, Lisa Ratner. Main cast: Summer Phoenix.
Contact: Patricia Gill, Pathe Pictures, (44) 20 7462 4469

(Martin Pope Productions, Sienna Films [Can]) Backers: Telefilm Canada, Astral Media, Canadian Television Fund, Chum Television, Harold Greenberg Fund, Movie Central, The Movie Network, Invicta Film Partnership. Int'l sales: Alliance Atlantis. Dist: Redbus Film Distribution (UK), Mongrel Media (Can). Comedy. Prods: Jennifer Kawaja, Martin Pope, Julia Sereny. Dir/scr: Ian Iqbal Rashid. Main cast: Jimi Mistry, Kyle MacLachlan, Kristen Holden Ried, Suleika Mathew.
Contact: Joel Green, unit publicity, (1) 416 465 5155

(Redbus Pictures, Archangel Filmworks) Budget: $12m. Backer: Redbus Pictures. Int'l sales: Lakeshore Entertainment (US). Dist: Redbus Film Distribution (UK, Fr, Ger, Eastern Eur). Children's fantasy comedy. Exec prods: David Smith, Sandy Macclesfield. Prods: Susie Brooks-Smith, Zygi Kamasa, Simon Franks. Dir/scr: Edouard Nammour. Main cast: Harry Enfield, Stephen Fry, Jim Broadbent, Richard E Grant, Phyllida Law.
Contact: Susie Barton, Redbus Film Distribution, (44) 20 7299 8800

(Working Title Films) Int'l dist: Universal Pictures. Jeff Tracy and his five sons find themselves and their top secret organisation under threat from the master criminal The Hood. Prods: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Mark Huffam. Co-prods: Debra Hayward, Lisa Chasin, Jo Burn. Dir: Jonathan Frakes. Scr: William Osborne, Michael McCullers. DoP: Brendan Galvin. Prod man: Angus More Gordon. Art dir: John Frankish. Prod des: John Beard. First AD: Tommy Gormley. Sound recordist: Peter Lindsay. Casting dir: Mary Selway. Costume des: Marit Allen. Make-up/hair: Peter King. VFX supervisor: Mark Nelmes. SFX supervisor: Paul Corbould. Main cast: Ben Kingsley, Bill Paxton, Anthony Edwards, Sophia Myles, Brady Corbet.
Contact: Sarah Clark, (44) 1753 651 700

(Little Bird, Ministry of Fear) Backers: BBC Films, Warner Bros (US), First Choice Films, Isle of Man Film Commission. Int'l sales: Myriad Pictures (US). Dist: Warner Bros (UK), Filmax (Sp), Nordisk (Scand). Psychological chiller. Prods: Jonathan Cavendish, Nicky Kentish Barnes. Dir: Marc Evans. Scr: Richard Smith. Main cast: Colin Firth, Mena Suvari.
Contact: M+R, (44) 20 7637 2600

(Scott Free Productions) Period drama. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Irish King Donnchadh (David O'Hara) brutally subjugates tribal England. There, young orphaned Tristan (James Franco) is raised by family ally Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell). As a young man, the charismatic Tristan leads guerilla attacks on Irish occupying forces, ultimately defeating King Donnchadh's elite warriors. Believing himself to be mortally wounded, Tristan requests a funeral boat that eventually washes up on the Irish coast. Discovered by Irish Princess Isolde (Sophia Myles), the two fall passionately in love. All too soon Tristan must flee back to the safety of England. Meanwhile, King Donnchadh invites the English lords to contest for Isolde's hand, hoping to cause further discord among the bickering English barons. Unaware of Isolde's identity, Tristan fights in the tournament as Marke's champion. Tristan is victorious but is devastated to learn Isolde's true identity. Lord Marke weds Isolde and prepares to become King of the now united England, ruining Donnchadh's plan. Despite their best efforts to stay apart, Tristan and Isolde eventually resume their affair. When King Donnchadh arrives in England for Marke's coronation, he deviously unmasks the affair causing an English rebellion. Lord Marke forgives Tristan and Isolde as they defend Castle Dor from Irish troops. Tristan leads a battle against the Irish but is fatally wounded. As Lord Marke leads the reunited English troops to drive out the Irish, Tristan dies peacefully in Isolde's arms. Exec prods: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Jim Lemley, Frank Hubner. Prods: Lisa Ellzey, Giannina Facio, Moshe Diamant, Elie Samaha. Co-prods: Anne Lai, Jan Fantl. Dir: Kevin Reynolds. Scr: Dean Georgaris. DoP: Arthur Reinhart. Ed: Peter Boyle. Prod des: Mark Geraghty. Art dir: Jan Svoboda (Czech), David Wilson (Ireland). Costume des: Maurizio Millennotti. SFX supervisor: Pavel Sagner. Cast: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell, David O'Hara, Dexter Fletcher, Bronagh Gallagher, Mark Strong. Shot from Sept 3, 2003, until Dec 6 in Ireland and Prague.
Contact: m.houlihan@btopenworld.com

(Warner Bros, Latina [Malta]) Int'l dist: Warner Bros/Village Roadshow. Epic drama about the Trojan War. Prods: Wolfgang Petersen, Diana Rathbun, Colin Wilson. Dir: Petersen. Scr: David Benoit. DoP: Roger Pratt. Ed: Peter Honess. Prod des: Nigel Phelps. Costume des: Robert Ringwood. Hair/make-up: Aldo Signoretti, Paul Engelen. Main cast: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Peter O'Toole, Rose Byrne. Shooting in the UK, Malta and Mexico.
Contact: Warner Bros, (44) 207 984 5000

(MDP Worldwide) Comedy. A woman and her four daughters try to cope with the loss of the man of the family. A long time friend becomes a part of their lives. Exec prods: Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid. Prods: Alex Gartner, Jack Binder, Mark Damon, Sammy Lee. Line prod: Peter Heslop. Dir/scr: Mike Binder. Prod des: Chris Roope. First AD: Melanie Dicks. DoP: Richard Greatrex. Casting dir: Danielle Roffe. Costume des: Deborah Scott. Production Co-ord: Katryna Samut Tagliaferro. Ed: Robin Sales. Cast: Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell, Alicia Witt, Mike Binder.
Contact: Diane Slattery, (44) 771 766 0809

(Focus Features, Tempesta Films, Granada Film Production) Period adaptation. Exec prod: Pippa Cross. Prods: Janette Day, Donna Gigliotti, Lydia Dean Pilcher. Dir: Mira Nair. Scr: Mark Skeet, Matthew Faulk, Julian Fellowes. Main cast: Reese Witherspoon, James Purefoy, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne.
Contact: Claudia Kalindjian, (44) 7957 361 866/Dennis Davidson, (44) 20 7534 6000

(Awol Films) Backers: UK Film Council New Cinema Fund, Arts Council of Wales, HTV) Int'l sales: Portman Films. Dist (UK): Verve Pictures. A teenage tragedy which offers a chilling insight into racism whilst connecting us with the lives of five adolescents struggling to cling to their dreams. Prods: Charlie Hanson, Patrick Cassavetti, Peter Edwards. Dir/scr: Amma Asante. DoP: Ian Wilson. Prod des: Hayden Pearce. Casting dir: Gary Howe. Ed: Clare Douglas. Costume des: Susie Lewis. Hair/make-up: Magi Vaughan. Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Oliver Haden, Stephanie James, Gary Sheppeard, Dean Wong, Sara Gregory. Shot from Sept 1, 2003, for 6 weeks on location in Wales.
Contact: Keeley Naylor/Zoe Flower, emfoundation, (44) 20 7247 4171

(Cinerenta) Thriller. Patricia Highsmith's eponymous anti-hero Tom Ripley has just left college. When an artist friend crashes his car Ripley covers up the death to increase the worth of the dead man's work ' leading the young schemer into forgery and extortion. Prods: Michael Ohoven, William Vince, Marco Mehlitz, Steve Ujlaki, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre. Dir: Roger Spottiswoode. Scr: Donald Westlake, W Blake Herron. DoP: Paul Sarossy. Line prod: David Barron. Prod man: Nikolas Korda. First AD: Jonathan Benson. Sound: Brian Simmons. Prod des: Ben Scott. Costume des: Caroline Harris. Make-up des: Lizzie Yianni Georgiou. Main cast: Barry Pepper, Willem Dafoe, Claire Forlani, Jacinda Barrett, Alan Cumming. Shot for eight weeks from June 29, 2003, on location in London and on the Isle of Man.
Contact: Pete Daly, (44) 788 799 0035

(Working Title Films) Int'l dist: Universal Pictures. Romantic comedy set at the No 1 tennis championship in the world. Exec prods: Liza Chasin, Debra Hayward, David Livingstone. Prods: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Mary Richards. Dir: Richard Loncraine. Scr: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, Adam Brooks. Casting dir: Irene Lamb. DoP: Darius Khondji. Prod des: Brian Morris. Ed: Humphrey Dixon. Costume des: Louise Stjernsward. First AD: Richard Whelan. Prod man: Jeremy Johns. Location man: Adam Richards. Makeup/hair: Liz Tagg. Main cast: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Sam Neill, Jon Favreau, Bernard Hill, Eleanor Bron, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Austin Nichols. Shot from July 14, 2003, for 13 weeks at Wimbledon, Shepperton Studios and locations around London.
Contact: Sarah Clark, unit publicist, (44) 7979 604 111

(Samuelson Productions) Backers: First Choice Films 2004, Momentum Pictures, Royal Bank of Scotland, Isle of Man Film Ltd. Dist (UK): Momentum Pictures. Int'l sales: Alliance Atlantis. A smart, sexy and poignant comedy drama about a group of twenty-something friends desperately resisting the inevitable - adulthood and responsibility. Exec prods: Sally Caplan, Steve Christian, Rolf Koot, David Kosse, Donald A. Starr, Daniel J.B. Taylor. Prods: Marc Samuelson, Peter Samuelson. Asst Producer: Jessica Parker. Dir: Simon Shore. Scr: Patrick Wilde. Line prod/post prod supervisor: Lee Ruette. Ed: Barrie Vince. Music supervisor: Amy Coffey, David Rubinson. Prod accountant: Freya Pinsent. Legals: Olswang. Cast: Dougray Scott, Jimi Mistry, Emilia Fox, Shaun Parkes, Billie Piper.
Contact: Graham Smith/Julia Finn, DDA London, (44) 207 534 6000

(Barryfilms, MBP [Ger]) Dir: John Henderson.
Contact: Overseas Film Group, (1) 310 855 1199

(Celador) Dist worldwide: Fox Searchlight. Romantic drama. Anne has a seemingly perfect marriage to James until the arrival of Bill, and a tragic accident in their idyllic country village that looks set to unravel their lives forever. Exec prod: Paul Smith. Prod: Christian Colson. Dir/scr: Julian Fellowes. DoP: Tony Pierce - Roberts. Ed: Alex Mackie. Prod des: Alison Riva. Costume des: Michele Clapton. Hair/make-up: Jamie Pritchard/Roseann Samuels. Cast: Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Everett. Shot from Sept 8, 2003, until Oct 31.
Contact: Kate Hudson/Ginger Corbett, Premier PR, (44) 20 7292 8330