(Tartan Films) Dir: Meloni Poole
Contact Camilla Summers, Tartan Films, (44) 207 494 1400

(Warner Bros) Dir: Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore.
Contact: Pinewood Studios, (44) 1932 562 611

(Theta Films [South Africa], Samson Films [Eire]) Budget: $6m. Backer/int'lsales: Vine International. Romantic comedy. What do you do if the man you loveisn't the man you want' Exec prods: Christopher Theo, Costa John Theo, CostaTheo. Prods: Joy Mellins, Dave Shanks, Dir: Aisling Walsh. Scr: Clive King.Shooting from August/September 2004.
Contact: Joy Mellins, (44) 207 240 3464

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

(Impact Pictures) Budget: $50m. Backers: Constantin Film (Ger). Action. Basedon Atari/Infogrames' best-selling video game franchise. Exec prod: RobertKulzer. Prods: Jeremy Bolt, Paul WS Anderson. Scr: James DeMonaco, James Roday,Todd Harthan.
Contact: Impact Pictures, (44) 20 7636 7716

(Film & Music Entertainment, Peter Rommell Productions [Ger]) Thriller.Prods: Sam Taylor, Mike Downey, Peter Rommell. Dir: Phillip Stolzl, Scr: PeterMilligan. Shooting from late Autumn 2004.
Contact: Sam Lavender 44 20 7636 9292.

(Milkshake Films, Icon Entertainment) Dist (UK, Aus): Icon. Int'l sales: Icon.The first film in a trilogy that follows a Latino soccer player as he moves tothe UK to play for one of the territory's top-flight Premiership teams. Execprod: Lawrence Bender. Prods: Mike Jefferies, Matt Barrelle, Bruce Davey.Co-prod: Paul Tucker. Assoc prod: Anita Overland. Scr: Don McPherson. Cast:Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgard, James Nesbitt.
Contact: Freud Communications, (44) 207 580 2626

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

(Film & Music Entertainment, Sintra S.R.L. [It], Mate Productions [Sp])Drama. Prods: Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Rosanna Seregni, Mate Cantero. Dir:Miguel Alcantud Scr: Martin Casariego, Salvatore De Mola, Fiorenzo Senese,Steve Attridge. Shooting autumn 2004.
Contact: Zorana Piggott, (44) 20 7636 9292.

(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 in Cornwall and London.
Contact: Beyond Films, (44) 20 7636 9613

(Film & Music Entertainment, Allegrofilm Productions [Austria], Samsa Film[Lux], T+C Film [Switz]) Drama. Prods: Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Helmut Grasser,Claude Waringo, Marcel Hoehn, Dir: Simon Aeby. Scr: Susanne Freund and SteveAttridge. Shooting late autumn 2004.
Contact: Zorana Piggott, (44) 20 7636 9292

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

(Firstsight Films) Int'l sales: Classic Media. Dist (UK): Entertainment FilmDistributors. Live action based on Eric Knight's best-selling 1938 novel LassieCome Home. Exec prods: Douglas Schwalbe, Eric Ellenbogen. Prods: FrancescaBarra, Selwyn Roberts. Dir/scr: Charles Sturridge. Shooting from September inthe UK.
Contact: Classic Media, (1) 212 659 3011

(Film & Music Entertainment, Twenty Twenty Vision [Ger], Pandora Film[Ger], Victories Productions [Fr], Vviss Co [Rus], Slovo [Rus]) Drama. Prods:Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Sergey Melkumov, Thanassis Karathanos, Claudie Ossard,Rusht Rushtov, Karl Baumgartner. Dir: Bakhtiar Khudoynazarov. Scr: OlegAntonov, Bakthiar Khudoynazarov. Shooting July 2004.
Contact: Zorana Piggott (44) 20 7636 9292

(Tartan Films, Muse Productions) Based on the novel by Martin Amis. Prods:Hamish McAlpine, Chris Hanley. Dir/scr: David Cronenberg.
Contact: Camilla Summers, Tartan Films, (44) 20 7494 1400

(Axiom Films [UK]) Co-prods: Capablanca (Arg), ABS Productions (Sp). Budget:Euros 4m. Int'l sales: Axiom Films UK. Dist: Axiom Films UK. Drama. A smallplane touches down on a desolate runway somewhere in the high plateaus of theAndes. Pedro (Leonardo Sbaraglia), a Spaniard acting as a courier for the drugbarons, disembarks carrying a black leather briefcase. He wears a typicalpriest'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 issimple: to exchange his case full of money for a bag containing a few kilos ofpure 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: CarmenCornejo. Costume des: Beatriz Di Benedetto. Hair/make-up: Marissa Amenta. Cast:Leonardo Sbaraglia.
Contact: Douglas Cummins, Axiom Films, (44) 207 287 7720

(Meltemi Entertainment [UK], CMW Films [Ger], Telema (Fr) Backers: StudioMotion Pictures Babelsberg, Filmboard Brandenburg Berlin. Int'l sales: FirstLook International [US] Dist: Lions Gate [US]. Fantasy adventure. Exec prods:John Evangelides, Udo Happel, Thierry Potok, Bjorg Veland, Daniel J Walker.Prods: Kim Barnes, Christoph Meyer-Wiel. Co-prods: Charles Gassot. Dir:Jonathan English. Scr: Nick Green, Stephen McDool. Shooting from Aug 23 for 8weeks in Studio Babelsberg, Germany.
Contact: Meltemi Entertainment, (44) 20 7580 7573

(Kintop) Prods: Deepak Nayar, Gurinder Chadha. Dir: Paul Mayeda-Berges. Basedon the book by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Line prod: Paul Ritchie. Shootingfrom August 2 on the Isle Of Man and London.

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

(RP Productions, Runteam [UK], Medusa [It]) Dist: Pathe (UK, Fr), Medusa (It),Tobis (Ger) An adaptation of the Dickens novel. Prods: Roman Polanski, RobertBenmussa, Alain Sarde. Dir: Roman Polanski. Scr: Ronald Harwood. Shooting fromJune in Prague.
Contact: Summit Entertainment, (1) 310 309 8400

(Sandcastle 5, Capitol Films) Backers: Capitol Films, VIP (Ger). Dist: SonyClassics (US). Medusa (Italy), Scanbox (Scandinavia). New York-set thrillerbased in the art world. Prods: David Levy, Josh Astrachan, Robert Altman. Dir:Robert Altman. Scr: Jeffrey Lewis. Cast: Salma Hayek, James Franco.
Contact: Capitol Films, (44) 207 471 6000

(Zephyr Films) Prods: Thom Mount, Bill Sadleir, Chris Curling. Dir: AdrianNoble. Scr: Denne Bart Petit-Clerc. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Meg Ryan. Shootingfrom June 2004.
Contact: Zephyr Films, (44) 207 255 3555

(Aesop Entertainment [UK], Archer Film [AUS]) Budget: $7m. Romantic drama.Young love in WW2 occupied British Isles. Prods: M Kasher, A Bowman. Dir/scr: ABowman. Line prod: Simon Hardy. Casting: The Hubbards. Designer: Iain Andrews.Cast: Peter O'Toole, Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer. Shooting in summer 2004.

(Audience Films, APMS Productions) Exec prod/int'l sales: Arclight Films.Budget: £2.5m. Family drama. An English girl andher mother share a rite of passage amid the dynamic and passionate world of modern Flamenco.Prods: Paul Sarony, Terence Daw. Dir/scr: Terence Daw. Shooting: 2004 in theUK.
Contact: Audience Films, (44) 1245 493 350

(Aardman Features) Backer: DreamWorks SKG (US). Animated comedy drama. Execprods: 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. Prods: Ismail Merchant& Paul Bradley. Dir: James Ivory. Scr: Kazuo Ishiguro. Cast: Ralph Fiennes,Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave. Shooting from autumn 2004 in China andItaly.
Contact Paul Bradley, (44) 20 7437 1200

Backers: BBC Films, Magic Hour Media, Thema Production, Invicta Capital, Bankof Ireland. Int'l sales: Hanway Films. Exec prod: Stephen Tenenbaum. Prods:Letty Aronson, Lucy Darwin, Gareth Wiley. Dir/scr: Woody Allen, DoP: RemiAdesfarian, casting dirs: Juliet Taylor (NY), Gail Stevens (Lon), prod des: JimClay, cost des: Jill Taylor. The casting directors are Juliet Taylor in NewYork and Gail Stevens in London. Main cast:Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, James Nesbitt and Scarlett Johansson. Shooting in London from June.


(C/W Productions) Backers: VIP (Ger), Capitol Films. Dist: Paramount Pictures(US), Pathe (UK), Gaga (Japan), Filmax (Spain), Scanbox (Scandinavia), CRC(Italy). Drama. Passion and ambition drive two dreamers in 1930s Los Angeles.Their love affair is ferocious and hot-blooded as they fight both the city andthemselves to make their dreams come true. Prods: Paula Wagner, Tom Cruise,Jonas McCord. Dir/scr: Robert Towne. Cast: Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek.
Contact: Capitol Films, (44) 207 471 6000

(Warner Bros) Explores the superhero's origins as a New York vigilante. Execprods: Ben Melniker, Michael Uslan. Prods: Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, LarryFranco. Dir: Christopher Nolan. Scr: Nolan, David Goyer. Unit prod man: NigelGostelow. Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Katie Holmes, LiamNeeson, Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe. Shooting in Iceland, London and Chicago.
Contact: Shepperton Studios, (44) 1932 562 611

(Potboiler Productions) Backers: Focus Features, Scion Films. Int'l sales:Focus Features. Dist (US): Focus Features. Thriller. When activist Tessa Quayleis found brutally murdered at a remote location in Northern Kenya, herhusband's colleagues at the British High Commission in Nairobi assume thatmild-mannered, Justin Quayle will leave the matter in their hands. But Quaylesurprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey in search of the truth.Prods: Simon Channing Williams. Dir: Fernando Meirelles. Scr: Jeffrey Caine.Co-prods: Tracey Seaward. Exec prods: Don Ranvaud, Gail Egan, Julia Blackman,Jeff Abberley. Script exec: Sarah Golding. Casting: Leo Davis. Prod des: MarkTildesley. DoP: Cesar Charlone. Costume des: Odile Dicks Mireaux. Make-up des:Christine Blundell. Supervising production accountant: Will Tyler. First AD:Richard Styles. Sound mixer: Stuart Wilson. Ed: Chris Gill. Cast: RalphFiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Archie Panjabi, Donald Sumpter, HubertKounde, Pernilla August, Gerard McSorley. Shooting from 10 May until 29 July,2004, on location in the UK, Germany, Canada and Kenya.
Contact: Jonathan Rutter/Liz Miller, McDonald and Rutter, (44) 207 637 2600

(Impact Pictures) Budget: $12m. Backers: Constantin Film (Ger), Isle of ManFilm Commission. Dist (UK): Momentum Pictures. Int'l sales: Summit. Psychologicalhorror. Based on the novel Sheep by Simon Maginn. Exec Prod: Robert Kulzer,Steve Christian, Paul Tamasy. Prods: Jeremy Bolt, Paul WS Anderson. Co-Prod:Robert How. Dir: John Fawcett. Scr: Paul Tamasy, Stephen Massicotte. DoP:Christian Sebaldt. Ed: Chris Gill. Production Des: Eve Stewart. Costume Des:Ffion Elinor. Cast: Maria Bello, Sean Bean. Shooting from June 21st 2004 inLondon and the Isle of Man.
Contact: Premier PR (44) 20 7292 8330.

(Renga Media, Sci-Fi Channel Europe) Backer: Sci-Fi Channel Europe. Anime heavymetal horror sequel. The return of Lady Violator, Extricator, Decimator andHellkatt 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 untilSeptember 2004.
Contact: Renga Media, (44) 1273 328 658

(Heyday Films, Warner Bros Pictures [US]) Fourth instalment in the franchise. Dir:Mike Newell. Scr: Steve Kloves. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, RupertGrint. Shooting at Leavesden Studios and around the UK.
Contact: Leavesden Studios, (44) 1923 685 060

(Mostly Harmless) Backers: Walt Disney, Spyglass Entertainment. Dist (US):Disney. Dist (int'l): BVI. Comedy. Don't panic! Stick out your thumb to join the most ordinary man in the worldon an extraordinary adventure across the universe in the hilarious comedy, TheHitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.Earthman Arthur Dent is having a very bad day. His house is about to be bulldozed, he discovers that his bestfriend is an alien, and to top things off, planet Earth is about to bedemolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Arthur's only chance forsurvival: hitch a ride on a passing spacecraft. For the novice space traveller,the greatest adventure in the universe begins when the world ends. Arthur setsout on a journey in which he finds that nothing is as it seems: he learns thata towel is just about the most useful thing in the universe, finds the meaningof life, and discovers that everything he needs to know can be found in onebook: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Exec prods: Douglas Adams, RobbieStamp, Derek Evans. Prods: Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Nick Goldsmith, JohnGlickman, Jay Roach. Dir: Garth Jennings. Scr: Douglas Adams, KareyKirkpatrick, based on the novel by Douglas Adams. Dop: Igor Jadue-Lillo.Editor: Niven Howie. Prod design: Joel Collins. Costumes: Sammy Sheldon. Cast:Sam Rockwell, Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Nighy. Shootingfrom 19 April 2004 until August 2004 At Elstree Studios and on location in theUK.
Contact: Deborah Simmrin, unit publicist, (44) 020 8324 2306

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

(Treasure Entertainment) A gutsy story of a 14-year-old boy and his greyhound.Backers: BBC Films, Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Film and TelevisionCommission, TV3. Int'l sales: The Works. Prods: Robert Walpole, Paddy McDonald,Paddy Breathnach. Dir/scr: Pearse Elliott. DoP: Seamus Deasy. First AD: AndrewHegarty. Cast: Robert Carlyle, Gillian Anderson, Ken Stott, Tyrone McKenna,Sean McGinley. Shooting from May 17,2004, for six weeks around Belfast.
Contact : Carol McCullough, (44) 7836 613363/ Charles McDonald, M+R (44) 207637 2600

(Working Title Films) Backer: Universal Pictures. Dist: UIP (worldwide). Familycomedy. Exec prods: Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin. Co-prod: Glynis Murray. Prods:Lindsay Doran, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner. Dir: Kirk Jones. Scr: Emma Thompson.Line prod: David Brown. DoP: Henry Braham. Ed: Justin Krish. Prod des: MichaelHowells. Costume des: Nic Ede. Hair/make-up: Peter King. Sound mixer: SimonHayes. Cast: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Kelly Macdonald,Thomas Sangster. Shooting from 1 April, 2004, until 9 July in the UK.
Contact: Kate Luczyc- Wyhowska, Universal Pictures Int'l, (44) 20 7307 1364/Stacy Mann, unit publicist, (44) 7768 966 122

(Icon Entertainment International) Backers: the Take Film Partnerships, Isle ofMan Film Limited, Glasgow Film Finance Ltd, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc,Scottish Screen, Icon. Dist (UK/Aus): Icon Film Distribution. Int'l sales: IconEntertainment International. An inspiring story of a man's fight to regain hisdignity. Frank (Mullan) is a hard-working 55 year-old, respected in his localcommunity, who suddenly finds himself without a job. For the first time in hislife, Frank is without direction. Whenhis friend Danny (Boyd) jokes that on a clear day he could swim to France, an ideais planted in his mind. Concealing hisplans from his loving wife Joan (Blethyn) Frank determines to put his life backtogether by attempting the ultimate test of endurance - to swim the EnglishChannel. Prods: Sarah Curtis, Dorothy Berwin. Dir: Gaby Dellal. Scr: Alex Rose.Cast: Peter Mullan, Brenda Blethyn, Jamie Sives , Billy Boyd, Sean McGinley,Ron Cook, Jodhi May, Benedict Wong. Shooting on locations in and around Glasgowand the Isle of Man.
Contact: Matthew Sanders/Sue Watkins, M+R, (44) 20 7637 2600
(GreeneStreet [US], BBC) Int'l sales: GreeneStreet. Feature documentary. The genesis anddemise of the 1970s pro-soccer team The New York Cosmos is used to illustratean era of lavish creativity and decadence in New York City. Exec prods: John Penotti, Fisher Stevens, AndrewRuhemann. Prod: John Battsek. Dir: John Dower. Scr: John Dower. DoP: RichardNumeroff. Ed: Jake Martin. Cast: Jay Emmet, Giorgio Chinaglia, Pele, AhmetErtegun, Henry Kissinger. Shooting from January 2004 until June 2004.
Contact: Cedric Jeanson, Greenestreet Films, (1) 212 609 9000

(Koninck Studios, Lumen Films [Fr], Mediopolis [Ger]) Budget: Euros 3.m.Backers: ARTE France/Germany, Berlin Brandenburg, mdm, UK Film Council, DrefaGmbh Int'l sales: Celluloid Dreams. The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is a mysterystory and a dark, fantastic fairytale. A beautiful opera singer is abducted bya demon doctor and taken to his secluded villa, where he plans to transform herinto a mechanical nightingale. An innocent piano tuner attempts to rescue her,only to become trapped himself in the web of the demon doctor's perverseuniverse. Exec prod: Terry Gilliam. Prods: Keith Griffiths, Alexander Ris,Hengameh Panahi. Dirs: Brothers Quay. Scr: Brothers Quay, Alan Passes. DoP: NicKnowland. Shooting in Leipzig from June 7.
Contact: Keith Griffiths, Illuminations Films / Koninck, (44) 207 288 8422

(Denholm Trading Inc) Int'l sales: Lightning Entertainment. Brain-guzzlingzombies are raised from the dead once again in these hair- raising sequels tothe original cult classic Return Of The Living Dead. Exec prods: Nikolai Makarov, Tom Fox, Vladimir Dostal. Prods:Anatoly Fradis, Steve Scarduzio. Dir: Ellory Elkayem. Scr: William Butler,Aaron Strongoni. Line prod: Angelo Pastore. DoP: Gabi Kosuth. Unit prod man:Eugen Dinca. First AD: Adrian Conerth. Second AD: Aniela Mocanasu. Sound Mixer1: Tibi Borcoman. Production des: Steven Legler, Calin Papura. Key make-upartist: Dana Busoiu. Costume des: Ana Ioneci. Gaffer: Dan Lita. Prostheticssupervisor: John Vulich. Special effects: Optic Nerve Studios. Locationmanager: Bogdan Stefanescu. Casting dirs: Donald Remrik, Dean Fronk, Floriela Grapini. Production legal services:Robert M. Nau, Alexander, Nau, Lawrence & Frumes. Cast: Peter Coyote, AimeeLynn Chadwick, Cory Hardrict, John Keefe, Jana Kramer. Shooting for 13 weeksfrom 7 June, 2004, on location in Bucharest, Romania and Chernobyl, Ukraine.
Contact: Julia Finn/Nicole Gregory, DDA London, (44) 207 932 9800/ Castel FilmStudios, Romania, (40) 212 315 533

(Zephyr Films, Lemming Films, Egoli Tossell) Children's drama. Prods: Joost deVries, Phil Robertson, Oliver Damian. Dir: Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen.Shooting from March 2004.
Contact: Zephyr Films, (44) 207 255 3555

(Fandango [It], Sixteen Films [UK]) Budget: £2.5m. Backers: Fandango Films, TheUK Film Council. Int'l sales: The Works. Dist: Fandango (It) Artificial Eye(UK). Drama. A train travels through Europe to Rome. We meet an aging pharmacist who has just fallen in love for maybethe last time; a puffed-up self-important senora whose demands prove too muchfor her personal assistant and three Celtic fans who need to get to Rome forthe big match and some mischief. Theirpaths are crossed by members of an Albanian refugee family whose needs aregreater than any of their travelling companions' Prod: Carlo Cresto Dina,Domenico Procacci, Babak Karimi, Rebecca O'Brien. Dir: Ermanno Olmi, AbbasKiarostami, Ken Loach. Scr: Olmi, Kiarostami, Paul Laverty. DoP: Fabbio Olmi(Olmi), Mahmoud Karimi (Kiarostami), Chris Menges ( Loach). Ed: PaoloCottignola (Olmi), Babak Karimi (Kiarostami), Jonathan Morris (Loach). Proddes: AlessandroVannucu. Costume des: Maurizio Basile.Hair: Mary Mancuso (Olmi) Adriana La Macchia (Kiarostami, Loach). Make-up: Susanna Gastaldi (Olmi) Fernanda Perez(Kiarostami, Loach). Line prod: Valeria Licurgo. Cast: Carlo Delle Piane, Silvana DeSantis, Martin Compston, William Ruane, Gary Maitland. Shooting from 4 June until 9 July in Italy.
Contact: The Works, (44) 207 612 1080

(The UK Film & TV Production Company, Moviworld [SA]) Budget: approx $4m. Backers: The UK Film & TV Production Company, The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, The National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa. Tsotsi traces the last six days in the lonely, violent life of a ruthless young gang leader, who gradually rediscovers his humanity, dignity and capacity to love through having to take care of a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car jacking. Exec prods: Robbie Little, Joe D'Morais, Basil Ford, Rupert Lywood, Alan Howden. Prods: Peter Fudakowski. Co-prod: Paul Raleigh. Dir: Gavin Hood. Line prod: Gavin Joubert. Casting director: MLA, Moonyeenn Lee. Extras casting: Mavis Khanye. Production manager: Candice Tennant. Production co-ord: Monica Keys. Transport co-ord: Lauren Van Rensburg. Post production supervisor: Louise Mycielski. First AD: Richard Kellond. Location/unit man: Jaco Espach. DoP: Lance Gewer. Camera operator: Marc Brower. Camera clapper loader: Jason Musgrave. Sound mixer: Shaun Murdoch. Gaffer: Oliver Wilter. Production des: Emelia Weavind. Art director: Mark Walker. Set decorator: Johnny Bengu. Costume des: Nadia Kruger. Key make-up/hair: Tania Brooke. Stunt & SFX co-ordinator: Cordell McQueen. Ed: Megan Gill. Cast: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Kenneth Nkosi, Zenzo Ngqobe, Terry Pheto, Jerry Mofokeng, Rapulana Seiphemo, Nambitha Mpumlwana, Zola, Ian Roberts, Percy Matsemela, Owen Sejake. Shooting from 17 June, 2004, for seven weeks in Johannesburg.
Contact: David Wilson, unit publicists, (27) 836 292 587/

(Hurricane Films) Social surrealism. A family are brought back together bytheir daughter's imaginary friend. Prods: Sol Papadopoulos, Roy Boulter, JulieCurrie. Dir: Sol Papadopoulos. Scr: Sophia Barlow, Roy Boulter, DavidCatterall, Mick Colligan, Julie Currie, Howard Davies, David Dearden, DaveHart, Ged Hunter, Graham Mullen, Natalie Southern, Tanya Taylor, SolonPapadopoulos, Lenny Wood. DoP: Sol Papadopoulos. Casting: Sarah Wilkinson. Proddes: Noel McAlley. Sound design: Alan Watson, Mike Moran. Music: Pete Wylie.Cast: Drew Schofield, Kate Fitzgerald, Dave Hart, Lauren Steele, Laura Hoey,Lenny Wood, Mick Colligan, Lisa Parry, James McMartin, Chris Bernard. Shootingfrom April in Liverpool.
Contact: Hurricane Films, (44) 151 707 9700

(Aardman Features) Backer: DreamWorks SKG (US). Animated comedy drama starringWallace 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


(Intermedia) Co-prod: Pathe (Fr). Int'l sales: Intermedia. US dist: WarnerBros. Story of a relentless conqueror who by the age of 32 had amassed thegreatest empire the world had ever seen. Prods: Thomas Schuehly, Moritz Borman,Jon Kilik, Iain Smith. Cast: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie.
Contact: Intermedia, (1) 310 777 0007

(The Ilya Salkind Company [US], Young Alexander Ltd [UK], El Adl FilmProduction [Egypt], The Final Cut[Greece]) Int'l sales: Monando Film Distribution. Action/adventure/mystery.Freely inspired by the life and times of Alexander the Great, the film centresaround the coming of age of young Alexander, future world conqueror, from hisboyhood in Greece to his assumption of Regent of the Land, after proving hisworth to his father, the demanding King Phillip. Exec prods: Sami El-Adl,Yannis Koutsomitis, Kent Walwin. Prods: Ilya Salkind (US), Jeffrey Taylor (UK). Dir: Jalal Merhi. Scr: Dan Skinner. DoP:Gavin Struthers. Costume designer: Boo Williams. Art director: Salah Elshazly.Make-up: Mohsen Fahmy. Hair: Ahmed Abdel Wahab. Cast: Sam Heughan, ChristopherCazenove, John Moulder-Brown, Hala Sedki, David Curtiz. Shot from February 2004until May 2004.
Contact: Dan Skinner, (44) 20 7247 3444

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

(Seven Arts Signature International) Dist (US): Paramount Classics. Darkromance. A forensic psychiatrist's wife embarks on a passionate but doom-ladenaffair with a mad but charismatic artist. Exec prods: Woodfall Films, PeterHoffman, 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. Costumedes: Consolata Boyle. Sound: Brendan Deasy. Ed: Colin Monie. Make-up/hair:Aileen Seaton. Casting dir: Priscilla John. Cast: Natasha Richardson, MartonCsokas, 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: MyriadPictures (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: AndyPaterson, Jan Fantl, Kevin Spacey, Arthur Friedman. Dir: Kevin Spacey. Cast:Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman, Bob Hoskins, Brenda Blethyn, GretaScacchi, Caroline Aaron, Peter Cincotti, William Ulrich. Shot in Berlin fromNov 10.
Contact: Archer Street, (44) 20 7534 1689

BIG SKY (working title)
(Shake the Tree Productions) Budget: £109,920.Psychological thriller. After thedeath of her husband, an American woman is thrown together with her Britishsister-in-law in this psychological thriller. Prod/dir/scr: Alan Miller. DoP:Julian Wheeler.Ed: Alan Miller. Sound: Keith Friday. Make-up/hair: MamaeColditz.Cast: Jackie Sawiris, Joceline Brooke-Hamilton, Adrian Bouchet, NellCumiskey Wright, Martin Lester. Shot from Aug 11, 2003, until Aug 29 in northNorfolk.
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: SteveMcIntyre, 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). int'l sales: PatheInternational. 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: RalphHoles. Indian costume consultant: Savinder K Mahil. Hair des: Dar Singh.Make-up des: Pat Hay. Main cast: Martin Henderson, Aishwarya Rai, DanielGillies, Naveen Andrews, Namrata Shirodkar. Shot from July 14, 2003, until Nov18 in Ealing Studios, Amritsar Mumbai, Goa and Los Angeles.
Contact: Pathe Pictures, (44) 207 323 5151

(Working Title Films) Backer: Universal Studios (US). Dist: Universal Pictures(int'l), Miramax Films (US). Romantic comedy based on Helen Fielding's book ofthe same name. Exec prods: Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin. Prods: Tim Bevan, EricFellner, Jonathan Cavendish. Dir: Beeban Kidron. Scr: Andrew Davies, HelenFielding, Adam Brooks, Richard Curtis. Line prod: Bernie Bellew. DoP: AdrianBiddle. 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, ShirleyHenderson, Sally Phillips, James Callis, Jessica Stephenson, Celia Imrie, NeilPearson. Shot from Oct 12, 2003, until Feb 1, 2004, in the UK, Thailand andAustria.
Contact: Stacy Mann, unit publicist, (44) 7768 966 122

(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'lsales: Senator International. Exec prods: Peter James, James Simpson, JeffAbberley, Craig Darian, Howard Kanzanjian. Prods: Michael Lionello Cowan,Samuel Hadida, Garrett McGuckian, Mary McGuckian, Denise O'Dell. Dir/scr: MaryMcGuckian. Main cast: Robert DeNiro, F Murray Abraham, Kathy Bates, GabrielBryne, 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: TerryGilliam. Scr: Ehren Krueger, Tony Grisoni, Gilliam. DoP: Nicola Pecorini. Proddes: Guy Hendrix Dyas. Costume des: Gabriella Pescucci. Hair/make-up: VeraMitchell Chrissie Beveridge. Sound: Ivan Sharrock. Casting dirs: Irene Lamb(UK), Jessica Horvathova (Cz). Ed: Lesley Walker. Main cast: Matt Damon, HeathLedger, 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

(BBC Films, UK Film Council New Cinema Fund, Shine Entertainment) Backers: BBCFilms, UK Film Council New Cinema Fund, Shine Entertainment. Int'l sales:Portman Films. Dist (UK): Verve Pictures. A story of two brothers - 12-year-oldCurtis and Ricky, who is 18, set in a world where friendships and loyalties aretested to the extreme. Exec prods: Paul Hamann, David M. Thompson, PaulTrijbits. Prods: Marc Boothe, Ruth Caleb. Dir: Saul Dibb. Scr: Saul Dibb, Catherine Johnson. DoP: Marcel Zyskind. Ed:John Mister. Prod des: Melanie Allen. Make-up: Sam Headley. Cast: AshleyWalters, Luke Fraser, Clare Perkins, Leon Black, Curtis Walker.
Contact: Charles McDonald, M+R, (44) 020 7637 2600

(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, MoviehouseEntertainment. Drama. A beautiful, tragic love story set in a circus at theturn of the century. A tale of dreams, trapeze and unrequited love. Prods: JaniThilges, 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 VanDorp. Cast: Derek Jacobi, Isabello Miko, Jodhi May, James Thierree. Shot fromOct 25, 2003, until Dec 30 in Luxembourg and Germany.
Contact: Christine Alderson, (44) 191 230 2585

(Icarus, Avenue Pictures, Columbia Pictures) Int'l sales: Sony PicturesEntertainment. Adaptation of the award winning play by Patrick Marber. Execprods: Celia Costas, Scott Rudin, Robert Fox, Duncan Reid. Prods: John Calley,Cary Brokaw. Dir: Mike Nichols. Scr: Patrick Marber. Co-prod/first AD: MikeHaley. Assoc prod/script supervisor: Mary Bailey. DoP: Stephen Goldblatt. UPM:Rachel Neale. Prod co-ord: Francesca Castellano. Prod des: Tim Hatley. Costumedes: Ann Roth. Make-up/hair: Linda de Vetta. Editor: John Bloom. Sound mixer:Ivan Sharrock. Cast: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen. Shotfrom Jan 19, 2004, on location for nine weeks in London and at Elstree Studios.
Contact: Elstree Studios, (44) 324 2221

(Global Films, mnemonics studios, EdgeImageBank) Budget: £632,000. Backers:Barclays Bank, Global Films. Int'l sales: Global Films. Psychological Thrillerbased on a documentary. Exec prod: Laurent Mercier. Prods: Tom Norwood, NickPeterson. Dir: Nick Peterson. Scr: Nicolas Gaud. Ed: Tom Norwood. Music:Virtual Alien. Costumes: Laurent Mercier. Hair and make-up: Anita C. Animationsand graphics: EdgeImageBank. Cast: Dolly di Rosso, Rowland Ekperi, Paul Sere,Virtual Alien. Shot from Oct 18 until Oct 19, 2003, at Brixton Town Hall inLondon, Nov 18 until Nov 28 at Westferry Studios, Canary Wharf, London, and Dec5-9 in New York.
Contact: Nick Peterson, Global Films (44) 207 537 4882

(Studio Hamburg International Production) Backer: FilmFoerderung Hamburg.Budget: Euros 8.5m. Satirical comedy. The true story of a man in London whopretended to be the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick during the shoot ofEyes Wide Shut, thereby financing a lavish lifestyle for himself. Exec prods:Stuart Pollok, Sytze van der Laan. Prod: Michael Fitzgerald. Dir: Brian Cook.Scr: Anthony Frewin. Cast: John Malkovich. Shooting in London, Hamburg, Bremenand Amsterdam.
Contact: Studio Hamburg International Production, (1) 323 525 0023

(Global Films) A trilogy of films based on The Kelvin TV game-show where thecontestants are being psychoanalysed. The features combine live footage,graphics and animations. Prod: Tom Norwood. Dir/scr: Nick Peterson. Cast: Dollydi Rosso, Paul Sere, James Waterhouse, Jimmy Ryland, Stewart Timings. Set fordelivery in June.
Contact: Nick Peterson, Global Films, (44) 207 537 4882

(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 theUnderground. She takes a seat away from the crowd of late-night revellers andwaits for the last train. Before long she drifts off to sleep... and wakes tofind everyone gone. She momentarily panics until another train pulls in. Sheboards, unnerved that she's the only passenger, but relieved at last to be onher way. Halfway through the tunnel the train jerks to a violent halt. Thelights shut off and the train is plunged into darkness. Kate screams... she istrapped, in the dark... and she is not alone... her nightmare has only justbegun. Prod: Julie Baines, Jason Newmark. Dir/scr: Chris Smith. Prod des: JohnFrankish. DoP: Daniel Cohen. Cast: Franka Potente, Vas Blackwood, Sean Harris.Shot from Oct 20, 2003, in London and Cologne.
Contact: Capitol Films, (44) 207 471 6000

(Orange Pictures, IMF [Ger], Franchise Pictures, SE8 Group) Int'l sales:Franchise Pictures. Black comedy thriller. A twisting tale of mistakenidentities, double-crosses, merciless killers and unrequited love. Based on astory by Charley Stadler and Thomas Geiger. Exec prod: Douglas Urbanski. Prods:Dan Maag, Philip Schulz-Deyle, Elie Samaha, Matthias Deyle. Line prod: RobertHow. Dir: Charley Stadler. Scr: Adam Kreutner, Dave Mitchell. DoP: FraserTaggart. Prod des: Jean Vincent Puzos. First AD: Matthew Penry-Davey. Castingdir: Jeremy Zimmermann. Costumes: Vin Burnham. Make-up: Trefor Proud. Soundrecordist:John Rodda. Ed: Geoff Payne. Cast: Gary Oldman, Robert Carlyle, ElenaAnaya, Andrew Lee Potts, Jimi Mistry, Billy Zane, Karel Roden. Shot from Oct10, 2003, on location in London.
Contact: Franchise Pictures

(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, ayoung reporter with far more bravado than experience, arrives in the war-torncity to cover the deadly double bombing of America's US Marine barracks andFrance's paratroopers' base. In the mayhem, he meets Julia Muller, a beautiful,enigmatic photographer. Exec prods: Emma Hayter, Bill Allan, Aline Perry, ChrisAuty. 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: FaouziThabet, Hugh Johnson. Main cast: Stephen Moyer, Anne Parillaud, Omid Djalili,Georges Siatidis.
Contact: The Works, (44) 20 7612 1080

(Pathe Pictures, Free Range Films, Inside Track) Backers: Pathe Pictures,FilmFour, Ingenious, UK Film Council. Dist: Pathe(UK, Fr, Benelux, CH) Int'lsales: Pathe International . Psychological thriller, based on the novelEnduring Love by Ian McEwan. Prod: Kevin Loader. Dir: Roger Michell. Scr: JoePenhall. DoP: Harris Zambarloukas. Ed: Nic Gaster. Prod des: JP Kelly. Costumedes: Natalie Ward. Hair/make-up: Konnie Daniels. Cast: Daniel Craig, RhysIfans, Samantha Morton. Shot from Sept 15, 2003, until Nov 21, 2003, in TheChilterns and on location in London.
Contact: Pathe Pictures, (44) 207 323 5151

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

(Ace Film, Northern film) Urban fairy tale. A statue comes alive and chaosensues. Set in the heart of Liverpool night life, a story about love, and anunobtainable kiss. Exec prods: Harry Fogg, Abi Franz. Prod: Joe Scott. Dir:Lesley Manning. Scr: Nicola Scott. DoP: Rory Taylor. Prod des: Humphrey Jaeger.Ed: Chris Swanson. Composer: Andy Stevenson. Hair/make-up: Sjaan Gillings.Cast: Brendan Makay, Katrine de Canole, Michael Angelis, Lee Boardman, CraigCharles, Kate Robbins, Nicola Scott. Shooting Feb until April 5, 2003.
Contact: Ace Film, (44) 151 706 0135

(Magic Media Inc [Hung], EuroArts [Ger] Renegade Films [UK]) Budget: Euros 10m.Backers: Hungarian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Hungarian Motion PictureFoundation, MDR (Ger), MDM (Ger), MFG (Ger), Ingenious Films (UK). Follows theextraordinary story of Gyorgy Koves, a Jewish boy from Budapest, who findshimself increasingly alone as the terrible events of World War II unfold aroundhim. His father is sent off to a labour camp, and Gyorgy himself volunteers togo to a camp in Germany, convinced that his life will be safer there. At theconcentration camp, Gyorgy conforms and survives, taking the realities of camplife for granted, and treating it as an everyday existence not unlike anyother. Gyorgy finds that even among the cruelties of camp life, there aregenuine moments of happiness. Prods: Peter Barbalics, Csaba Toro, JonathanOlsberg, Ildiko Kemeny. Dir: Lajos Koltai. Scr: Imre Kertesz, from his ownNobel prize winning novel. Composer: Ennio Morricone. DoP: Gyula Pados. Shotfrom Dec 15 for 11 weeks on location in Hungary and Germany.
Contact: Charles McDonald, M+R, (44) 207 637 2600

(Capitol Films/Endgame/Jim Henson Pictures) Int'l sales: Capitol Films. Anaction-packed summer adventure that blends magic, fun and perilous exploits andproves that the power of wishes is not as strong as the power of family. Fromthe 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: EmmaMager. Loc man: Clive Miles. Casting: Michelle Guish. Project supervisor: JamieCourtier. 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, ZoeWanamaker, Freddie Highmore, Tara Fitzgerald. Shot from June 30, 2003, for 10weeks on the Isle of Man and at Shepperton Studios.
Contact: Capitol Films, (44) 207 471 6000

(Meltemi Entertainment [UK], International Arts Entertainment [US], LighthouseEntertainment [US], Buskin Film [It], Kanzaman [Sp]) Backers: Thema Production[Lux], Magic Hour Film Finance [UK], Matrix Film Finance [UK], Buskin Film[It], Kanzaman [Sp]. Int'l sales: Beyond Films. Romantic comedy. Adapted fromthe Oscar Wilde play Lady Windermere's Fan. Exec prods: John Evangelides, JimmyDe Brabant, Michael Dounaev, Liam Badger, Duncan Hopper, Mikael Borglund,Hilary Davis, Rupert Preston. Prods: Alan Greenspan, Jonathan English, StevenSiebert, Howard Himelstein. Co-prods: Antonio Guadalupi, Roberto Bessi, DeniseO'Dell. Dir: Mike Barker. Scr: Howard Himelstein. DoP: Ben Seresin. Editor:Neil Farrell. Prod des: Ben Scott. Costume des: John Bloomfield. Make-up: AnneOldham. Cast: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Steven CampbellMore, Mark Umbers. Shot from Nov 3 until Dec 20, 2003, on the Amalfi Coast andRome, Italy.
Contact: Beyond Films, (44) 20 7636 9613

(Film and Music Entertainment, Spice Factory) Dist: Scanbox (Scand), Tartan Films (UK), Seville (Can) andGreenlight (Ice). A black comedy set in a secret Arctic military base in the aftermath ofthe Vietnam War. Exec prods: StephenDaldry, Chris Auty, Neil Peplow James Simpson, Peter James. Prods: Mike Downey, SamTaylor, Michael Cowan, Jason Piette, Simpson. Co-prods: Allan Joli-Coeur (Can),Anna Maria Karlsdottir & Fridrik Thor Fridriksson (Ice). Assoc prods: SamLavender, Zorana Piggott, Alex Marshall. Dir: Saul Metzstein. Scr: SteveAttridge, John Paul Chapple. DoP: Francois Dagenais. Ed: Anne Sopel. Prod des:Mike Gunn. Costume des: Stewart Meachem. Hair/make-up: Annick Chartier. Cast:Jason Biggs, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Northam, Michael Ironside. Shooting fromApril 26, 2004 until 12 June on location in Iceland and in Canada.
Contact: Sue Watkins/Charles McDonald, M+R: (44) 207 637 2600/ Anna MariaKarlsdottir (Iceland): (354) 551 2260/ Allan Joli Coeur (Canada): (1) 514 4843539

(Hitc Productions [UK-Can]) Co-prods: Bertil Ohlsson, Remstar, Dakota, SpiceFactory, Tusk, Movision. Int'l sales: Arclight Films. Dist: Manga (Sp), Gaga(Jap), Tobis (Ger), Remstar/Alliance Atlantis (Can), Blue Star (It). Epicromance. Exec prods: Julia Palau, Matthew Payne, Charlize Theron, JulienRemillard. Prods: Bertil Ohlsson, Maxime Remillard, Andre Rouleau, JonathanOlsberg, 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 IvoryProductions. Comedy drama. On a summer night in New York City, five livesintertwine and unravel. Isabel, a beautiful twenty-five year old photographer,wavers on her commitment to her upcoming wedding. Her mother Diana, a legendaryactress, discovers her husband is cheating. Jonathan, Isabel's fiance, tries toprotect a secret that will endanger his marriage. Peter, a young writer, faceshis lover's past while researching a story for The New Yorker and Alec, anactor, wonders if his affections will ever be returned. Set in the nightspots,theaters, rooftops, and streets of Manhattan over one night, Heights is acontemporary story of young people in New York that sparkles with the wit thatis 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 ofa quiet existence as a suburban wife. The story takes us from downtown bars toupscale roof gardens to gay bars in Chelsea to the geriatric crowd at a Jewishwedding. Isabel - like a modern day Jane Austen heroine, a woman on the vergeof adulthood - must decide in a single night what kind of life she is going tolead. Exec prod: Paul Bradley. Prods: Ismail Merchant & Richard Hawley.Dir: Chris Terrio. Scr: Chris Terrio, Amy Fox. Cast: Glenn Close, ElizabethBanks, Matt Davis, James Marsden, Thomas Lennon, Alan Arkin, Wallace Shawn, MiaFarrow. Shot from October 2003 until December 2003 in the US.
Contact Paul Bradley, (44) 20 7437 1200

(Tartan Films, Constant Howling Productions [US]) Int'l sales: Tartan FilmsDistribution. Murder thriller. The true story of two cousins whose infamy wasimmortalised as the notorious Hillside Stranglers. Preying on women, thecousins reigned over the Hillside area of Los Angeles over a two-year periodbefore being apprehended by the authorities. Exec prods: Carole Siller, MikeAvery. 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, TriciaDickson, Roz Witt. Shot for four weeks on location in California.
Contact: Constant Howling Productions, (1) 323 468 0364/David Freed, TartanFilms, (44) 20 7440 1016

(Mad As Hell Films) Budget: low. Thriller. Billy is spying on the girl nextdoor with an illegally installed CCTV system. When she is murdered on camera,rather than hand his footage over to the police, he decides to find the killerhimself. Exec prod: Michael Doherty. Prods: Sean Martin, Steve Skitt. Dir: SteveSkitt. Scr: Sean Martin, Steve Skitt. DoP: Steve Skitt. Ed: Jon Lovell. Music:Ravi McArthur. Hair/make-up: Molly Dickie. Cast: Nik Renouf, Henrietta Nelson,Erich Redman, Steve Dineen, Ines Glanznig, Simon Roberts. Shot from September2003 until December 2003 in London and Essex. Delivery date: October 2004.
Contact: Sean Martin, (44) 870 128 3086

(Reguard [Syria], Hannaywood Studios) Budget: $3.5m. Backers: Reguard,Hannaywood Studios. Contemporary thriller. The Hunt Feast charts the final monthsof a once high-ranking officer of the fallen Iraqi regime, culminating in hisown downfall at the hands of the least likely of sources. Having detachedhimself from the fallen regime with several million American dollars earmarkedfor a campaign of insurgency, Majid lies low in the mountains of Lebanon. Inhis attempt to evade the wrath of Col. Jabber and his heavies who want 'their'money back, Majid embarks on a series of cloak and dagger missions whilstplanning his ultimate escape from Beirut to the West. However, he drops hisguard when a seemingly hapless group of tourists descend upon his peacefulmountain retreat, and Samia's charms distort his judgement. His past ultimatelycatches up with him when Samia's autistic son shoots Majid - the man who undera ruthless regime murdered the boy's father. Exec prods: Zuher Harba, Das Abra.Prod: Marwan Akkawi. Dir: Nabil Maleh. Scr: Nabil Maleh, Alexander Robertson.DoP: Simon Dennis. Hair/make-up: Polly Duncan. Cast: Simon Dutton, LailaRouass, Andy Lucas. Shooting from April 12 until May 22 in Syria and Lebanon.
Contact: Ian Rattray, Ian Rattray Films, (44) 20 8296 0555/(44) 7970 842 387/

(David Productions) Backer: Walden Media (US). Int'l sales: Summit. Familydrama. 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 FundLuxembourg, 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

(WT2, Octagon) Backer: Universal Pictures. Dist: UIP (worldwide), MomentumPictures (UK). Drama. Exec prods: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Natascha Wharton,Morgan O' Sullivan. Prods: James Flynn, Juanita Wilson. Dir: Damien O'Donnell.DoP: Peter Robertson. Ed: Fran Parker. Prod des: Tom Conroy. Costume des: LornaMarie Mugan. Chief make-up artist: Morna Ferguson. Cast: Steven Robertson,James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Brenda Fricker.
Contact: Kate Luczyc - Wyhowska, (44) 20 7307 1364

(Section Eight, Mandalay Pictures) Budget: $32m. Backer: VIP Medienfonds. Dist(US): Warner Bros. Int'l sales: Summit Entertainment. Suspense thriller about aman 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

(Visionary Films, Balagan Productions) Budget: £2.6m. Dist: Visionary Films.Romantic comedy. Prod: Jonathan Weissler. Dir: Agan. DoP: Bejini Li. Ed: TangWei Wen. Prod des: Alice Herrick. Art dir: Byron Broadbent. Costume des: MaggieYan. UPM: Guy Allon. First AD: Mike Higgins. Unit man: Mark Tyack. Loc man:Philip Morris. Prod Co-ord: Paul Butterworth. Set dec: Kate Wicks. SFXsupervisor: Steve Miller. Hair/make-up: Sjaan Gillings. Casting dir: JenniGreen. Sound mixer: Wu Jiang. Cast: Eddison Chan, Jennifer Li, Cary Woodworth,Naomi Gibson, Chris Frampton, Danya Lababedi, Don Klass, Ciaron Doyle, SamanthaJohannson, 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) Backer: Universal Pictures. Dist: UIP (worldwide),Momentum Pictures (UK). Comedy/drama. Exec prods: Stephen Daldry, Tim Bevan,Eric Fellner, Natascha Wharton. Prods: Mark Huffam, Mike McGeagh. Dir/scr:Terry Loane. DoP: Roman Osin. Ed: Scott Thomas. Prod des: Tom McCullagh.Costume des: Hazel Webb-Crozier. Make-up des: Liz Boston. Cast: Niall Wright,John Jo McNeil, Adrian Dunbar, Ciaran Hinds, Gina Mckee, Julie Walters, SusanLynch. Shot from Oct 15, 2003, for eight weeks in Belfast and on location inNorthern Ireland.
Contact: Kate Luczyc - Wyhowska, (44) 20 7307 1364

(Scott Free Productions) Backer: Twentieth Century Fox. Historical epic setduring the Crusades. Prods: Ridley Scott, Terry Needham, Branko Lustig, LisaEllzey. Dir: Ridley Scott. Scr: William Monahan. Uk prod man: Emily Stillman.Casting dir: Jina Jay. Cast: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson. Shooting inMorocco from January, 2004.
Contact: Scott Free Productions, (1) 310 360 2250

(Mr Mudd) Backers: First Choice, Isle of Man Film. Int'l sales: OdysseyEntertainment. Dist (UK): Entertainment Film Distributors. Dir: LaurenceDunmore. Exec prods: Chase Bailey, Steve Christian, Marc Samuelson, PeterSamuelson. Prods: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russ Smith. Scr: StephenJeffreys. Line prod: Mairi Bett. Prod manager: Marshall Leviten. Prod co-ord:Sasha Harris. DoP: Alexander Melman. First AD: Max Keene. Prod des: Ben Van Os.Casting dir: Mary Selway. Costume des: Dien van Straalen. Hair & make-updesigner: Peter Owen. Sound mixer: John Hayes. Ed: Jill Bilcock. Cast: JohnnyDepp, John Malkovich, Samantha Morton, Rosamund Pike, Kelly Reilly, TomHollander, Johnny Vegas. Shooting from the end of February for 9 weeks inEngland, Wales and the Isle of Man.
Contact: Julia Finn, DDA Public Relations, (44) 207 932 9830

(Versatile Film) Budget: Euros 1m. Backer: Versatile Film Partners. Dist: MangaFilms (Sp). Psychological thriller. Ninety-eight percent of so called Satanistsare merely lost souls who get their thrills out of dancing in churchyards usingthe devil as an excuse to procure sex. Then there's the other two percent...After a traumatic experience, Jack and Eve move to Southern Spain to start anew life, however, under the surface of the glamour and cosmopolitan lifestylelies an evil which will turn their lives inside out! Exec prods: Keith Welch,Saki Belitsas, Chris Ouwinga. Prod: Darryn W. Welch. Co-prods: David Mahoney,Tarek Sule, Fabienne Villette. Dir: Darryn W. Welch. Scr: Francis Megahy, PiersAshworth, Dave Heels, David Mahoney. DoP: Toby Moore. Ed: Claus Wehlisch. Cast:Jason London, David Gant. Shooting from April 12, 2004, until May 10th, 2004
Contact: Darryn W Welch: (34) 902 180 940

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

(Lucky Ukfs Productions, Media Pro Pictures [Rom]) Int'l sales: Bauer MartinezStudios. Period drama. Set in Paris 1919, this is the untold story of thebitter rivalry between Modigliani and Picasso: two men whose rivalry is fuelledby their brilliance, arrogance and passions. Prods: Philippe Martinez, AndreDjaoui. 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. Shot on location in Romania.
Contact: Bauer Martinez Studios, (1) 727 582 9939

(Telefilm Canada [Can]) Int'l sales: Lions Gate. Set in Canada during theturbulent days of 1758 - 1761, when France had abandoned its people and theBritish Regime was being established. Francois Le Gardeur returns to Canadaafter studying law at La Sorbonne, and rejecting his bourgeois family, he livesin the forests among Quebecois Indians. Prod: Richard Goudreau. Dir: JeanBeaudin. Cast: Irene Jacob, Gerard Depardieu, Vincent Perez, Tim Roth, JasonIsaacs, Colm Meaney, Noemie Godin Vigneau, David LaHaye. Shot in Montreal andthe UK.
Contact: Lions Gate Films International, (1) 310 255 3700

(Anthony Buckley Films, Oyster Farmer Films) Backers: Film Finance Corporation,Showtime, Ocean/Dendy, Beyond Films, Little Wing Films, Future Film Group, NewSouth Wales Film & Television Office. Contemporary romantic western set infrontier Australia. Moving from Sydney to an isolated river community to workfor impoverished eighth generation oyster farmers may not be an obvious careermove. If, however, you are a desperate young man with an enterprising streakand a big heart then the Hawkesbury may well be your salvation. This is a lovestory 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, JackThompson, David Field, Kerry Armstrong. Shot from 10 Nov, 2003, for six weeksin Hawkesbury River Valley, Australia.
Contact: Beyond Films, (44) 20 7636 9613

(Ukfs LLP) Co-prods: Lucky Ukfs, Framewerk (Ger), Media Pro (Rom), The TowerLimited Liability Partnership, Electric Dog & Bear, erinfilm. Dist (int'l):Bauer Martinez Studios. Thriller/drama. Exec prods: Philippe Martinez, DouglasW Miller, Alan Latham. Prod: Kim Leggatt. Dir/scr: Jevon O'Neill. Main cast:Dennis Hopper, Gina Gershon, Jordan Frieda, Dominique Swain, Jim Carter.
Contact: Bauer Martinez Studios, (1) 727 582 9939

(The Opera Ghost) Exec prods: Paul Hitchcock, Austin Shaw. Prod: Andrew LloydWebber. Dir: Joel Schumacher. DoP: John Mathieson. Art dir: John Fenner. Proddes: Anthony Pratt. Set decorator: Celia Bobak. Ed: Terry Rawlings. Sound: TonyDawe. Casting: David Grindrod. Music prod: Nigel Wright. Musical dir: Simon Lee.Choreographer: Peter Darling. Costume des: Alexandra Byrne. Make-up/hair: JennyShircore. Main cast: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson. Shot from Sept15, 2003, at Pinewood Studios.
Contact: (44) 1753 656 566

(Mission Pictures, Myriad Pictures, Inside Track, the Isle of Man Film Ltd)Piccadilly Jim is a comedy set in the 1930s and follows the romanticmisadventures of a dashing American ne'er do well, James Crocker who isdesperate to shed his scandalous reputation to impress the girl of his dreams.Exec prods: Kirk D'Amico, Marion Pilowsky, Steve Christian, Duncan Reid. Prods:AndrewHauptman, Pete Czernin, Graham Broadbent.Dir: John McKay. Scr: Julian Fellowes. Line Producer: Paul Ritchie. Prod man:Amanda Wilkie. Assistant prod man: Tessa Beazley. Production des: AmandaMcArthur. 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: JaniceSchumm. Loc man: Sam Breckman. Ed: David Freeman. Cast: Sam Rockwell, TomWilkinson, Brenda Blethyn, Hugh Bonneville, Frances O'Connor, Allison Janney,Austin Pendleton, Tom Hollander, Pam Ferris, Geoffrey Palmer. Shot for 9 weeksin the Isle of Man and London from Nov 24, 2003.
Contact: Julia Finn/Nicole Gregory, DDA Public Relations, (44) 20 7932 9800

(Theorema Films [Neth], David P. Kelly Productions[UK], Samsa Films [Lux])Budget: EUROS: 3.3m. Backers: Dutch Film Fund, VARA Television (Neth), DutchCOBO Fund, NOS, Luxembourg Samsa Film, David P. Kelly Productions. Crimethriller. A fictionalised version of the fascinating true story of theAmsterdam drugs baron Klaas Bruinsma. Klaas began as a lowly cannabis dealer, thenformed a partnership with champion kickboxer Adri Slotemaker, and this wifeAnnet, a former crime lord's bookkeeper. Together the three of them took overthe cannabis trade, and became legendary figures, before eventually, theybetrayed each other. Dutch language. Prods: Frank Bak, David P. Kelly, JanniThiltges. 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. Shotfrom Sept 8, 2003, until Nov 1 in Amsterdam and Luxembourg.
Contact: Emma Webb, David P. Kelly Productions, (44) 207 8450 400

(AGAV, MP Productions, Recorded Picture Company) French-Israeli co-production.Int'l sales: HanWay. Drama. An investigative journalist on an official tour inthe Gaza Strip becomes embroiled in a sinister trade between Arabs and Israelis- human trafficking - selling girls into enslaved prostitution. Prod/dir: AmosGitai. DoP: Caroline Champetier. Ed: Isabelle Ingold. Prod des: Eli Zion.Costume des: Laura Sheim Dinulescu. Cast: Rosamund Pike, Diana Bespechni, HannaSchygulla, Anne Parillaud. Shot from Jan 4, 2004, until Feb 20 in Israel andGeorgia.
Contact: Jonathan Lynch-Staunton, HanWay, (44) 207 290 0750

(Miramax Films [US], Hart Sharp Entertainment [US]) Proof explores the linksbetween genius and madness, the relationship between fathers and daughters andthe 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: SimonFraser. First AD: Deborah Saban. DoP: Alwin Kuchler. Ed: Mick Audsley.Production des: Alice Normington. Costume des: Jill Taylor. Chief make-upartist: Rebecca Lafford. Chief hair-dresser: Nicola Clarke. Sound mixer: PeterLindsay. Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis.Shot from Sept 24, 2003, in Chicago and London for eight weeks.
Contact: Miramax Films, (1) 212 219 4100

(Head GearFilms [UK], Beanca Films [Ger], Calle Cruzada [Sp]) Budget: $3m.Backers: Fidicine Fund (Sp), Gussi Distribution (Mex). Political thrillerfocusing on an innocent Mexican man who is the victim of corruption, and framedfor the murder of a top government official. His fight to clear his name andbid to escape his pursuers takes him to the UK, the original home of his wifewho in turn is held captive by the Mexicans. He is then forced to take on theBritish authorities as well in his quest for justice and freedom. Prods: PhilHunt, Greg Cruttwell, Jorge Ramirez Suarez, Jose Luis Escolar. Dir/scr: JorgeRamirez Suarez. DoP (Mex): Luis Sansans. Prod des (Mex): Bernardo Trujillo.Cast: Bruno Bichir, Jesus Ochoa, Alvaro Guerrero, Emilio Echevarria, LorrainePilkington. Shot from Nov 17 until Dec 19 2003 in Mexico, and in the UK fromJan 19 2004 until Feb 7.
Contact: Phil Hunt, (44) 207 485 0907/ (44) 7956 375 705

(BBC Films, Distant Horizon) Drama. Adaptation of the Gillian Slovo novel. Execprod: David Thompson, Helena Spring. Prods: Anant Singh, Ruth Caleb. Dir:Thomas Hooper. Scr: Troy Kennedy Martin. Cast: Hilary Swank, Chjwetel Ejiofor.Shot in South Africa.
Contact: BBC Films, (44) 207 580 4468

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

(Myriad Pictures [US], Kismet Film Company, Spice Factory, imX Communications[Can]) Backers: Myriad Pictures, Movision, Spice Factory. Supernatural murdermystery about a small town cop who smells foul play while investigating asupposed suicide at an elite prep school. Exec prods: Kirk D'Amico, JoshuaAndrews, Peter James, James Simpson. Prods: Michele Camarda, Michael LionelloCowan, Jason Piette, Chris Zimmer, Marion Pilowsky. Dir: Nick Willing. Scr:David Kane, adapted from from Alice Hoffman's best-selling novel. Cast: EdwardBurns, Jennifer Ehle. Shooting in Canada from March, 2004.
Contact: Myriad Pictures, (1) 310 279 4000

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

(Crusader Entertainment, jk livin, KanZaman, Massarde) Dist (US): ParamountPictures. Dist (int'l): Paramount, Crusader Entertainment, LLC. Int'l sales: ISFilm. Co-prods: Moguletta, LLC, Babelsberg Film, KanZaman, MassardeProductions. Action/adventure. Exec prods: Clive Cussler, Matthew McConaughey,Gus Gustawes, William J Immerman. Prods: Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin, MaceNeufeld, Stephanie Austin. Co-prod: Vicki Dee Rock, Denise O'Dell, Mark Albela,Henning Molfenter, Thierry Potok, David Barron. Dir: Breck Eisner. UPM: ScottThaler. UK line prod: Chris Thompson. Unit prod man: Frederic Bovis (Mor), AnnaCassini (Spain). Scr: James V Hart, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Josh Oppenheimer,Josh Friedman, David Ward, John Richards, Mark Skeet, Matthew Faulk, based onthe novel by Clive Cussler. Prod des: Allan Cameron. Art dirs: Giles Masters,Tony Reading. Set dec: Anna Pinnock. DoP: Seamus McGarvey. Cam op: PeterRobertson. Ads: Chris Newman, Ahmed Hatimi (Mor). Loc man: Thierry Zemmour(Mor), Bill Barringer (UK), Jose Maria Gonzalez Sinde (Sp). Casting dir: AnneMcCarthy, Nina Gold. Costume des: Anna Sheppard. Ed: Andrew MacRitchie. Sound:Chris Munro. Stunts: Lee Sheward. Aerial: Marc Wolff. Marine: Launce Julian.Armourer: Joss Skottowe. SFX: Dominic Tuohy. 2nd unit dir: EJ Foerster. 2ndunit cam: Harvey Harrison. Main cast: Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, PenelopeCruz. Shot from Nov 3, 2003 on location in the UK, Morocco and Spain and atShepperton Studios.
Contact: Susan d'Arcy, unit publicist, (44) 1932 562 611

(Mell Wade Films) Caper movie, based on a true story. In 1999, 41 members of aRomanian choir obtained visas to perform at the Sligo choral festival inWestern Ireland. Upon arrival at Dublin airport, they disappeared. It soonbecame clear that the 41 were not part of a choir, were not even musicians orsingers, but part of a giant immigration scam. Sliding Dice is the story ofthat scam. Exec prods: Rod Weinberg, Andrew Stear. Prod: Dave Duce. Dirs: JohnRiley, John Ketchum. Scr: Barry Mulligan, John Riley, John Ketchum. DoP: OlegMutu. Ed: Catalin Leescu. Prod des: Adrian Cancer. Costume des: Ramona Stanca.Hair: Angela Tugui, Georgiana Creanga. Make-up: Cristina Ilie. Cast: BarryMulligan, Adrian Ciglenean, Irina Dinescu, Emil Hostina, Eamon Rohan, Yann LeBlay, Dragos Bucur, Alexandru Dragoi. Shot from Nov 10 until Dec 21, 2003, InRomania and Ireland.
Contact: Rod Weinberg, (44) 20 7729 7384

(Dan Films UK, UGC Images [Fr]) Budget: e19m. Backer: UGC (Fr), IngeniousMedia. Dist: UGC. Martial arts action. The Yamakasi are a gang of fearlessstreet acrobats, roaming the world in search of the best combatants in theirchosen sport: rooftop basketball. Prod: Yves Marmion. Main cast: The Yamakasi,Burt Kwok. Shot 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: MoviehouseEntertainment. Drama about the experience of British Muslims post-September 11.Tells the story of Yasmin, a British Muslim woman whose husband is falselyimprisoned as a terrorist suspect. Prod: Sally Hibbin. Dir: Kenny Glenaan. Scr:Simon Beaufoy. Cast: Archie Panjabi.
Contact: Moviehouse Entertainment, (44) 207 380 3999

(Samuelson Productions) Backers: First Choice Films 2004, Momentum Pictures, RoyalBank of Scotland, Isle of Man Film Ltd. Dist (UK): Momentum Pictures. Int'lsales: Alliance Atlantis. A smart, sexy and poignant comedy drama about a groupof twenty-something friends desperately resisting the inevitable - adulthoodand responsibility. Exec prods: Sally Caplan, Steve Christian, Rolf Koot, DavidKosse, Donald A. Starr, Daniel J.B. Taylor. Prods: Marc Samuelson, PeterSamuelson. 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: Alliance Atlantis, (1) 416 967 1174

(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 attackson Irish occupying forces, ultimately defeating King Donnchadh's elitewarriors. Believing himself to be mortally wounded, Tristan requests a funeralboat that eventually washes up on the Irish coast. Discovered by Irish PrincessIsolde (Sophia Myles), the two fall passionately in love. All too soon Tristanmust flee back to the safety of England. Meanwhile, King Donnchadh invites theEnglish lords to contest for Isolde's hand, hoping to cause further discord amongthe bickering English barons. Unaware of Isolde's identity, Tristan fights inthe tournament as Marke's champion. Tristan is victorious but is devastated tolearn Isolde's true identity. Lord Marke weds Isolde and prepares to becomeKing of the now united England, ruining Donnchadh's plan. Despite their bestefforts to stay apart, Tristan and Isolde eventually resume their affair. WhenKing Donnchadh arrives in England for Marke's coronation, he deviously unmasksthe affair causing an English rebellion. Lord Marke forgives Tristan and Isoldeas they defend Castle Dor from Irish troops. Tristan leads a battle against theIrish but is fatally wounded. As Lord Marke leads the reunited English troopsto 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: JamesFranco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell, David O'Hara, Dexter Fletcher, BronaghGallagher, Mark Strong. Shot from Sept 3, 2003, until Dec 6 in Ireland andPrague.
Contact: Scott Free Productions,(44) 207 437 7426

(Piccadilly Pictures, Lex Filmed Entertainment) Backers: Piccadilly Pictures,Baker Street, Take Partnerships, the Bank of Ireland, Impact Films, the UK FilmCouncil's New Cinema Fund. Dist (UK): Redbus Film Distribution. Int'l sales:Lakeshore Entertainment. A romantic comedy in which not everyone or everythingis as it first appears. Exec prods: Jeremy Bolt, Ivan Mactaggart, Bill Allan.Prod: Tracey Adam. Co-prod: Christopher Figg. Dir: John Hay. Scr: Peter Bloore,William Johnston. Line prod: Richard Johns. DoP: Graham Frake. Ed: DavidMartin. Production des: Simon Waters. Sound mixer: Graham Ross. Costume des:Mary Jane Reyner. Chief hair & make-up: Roseann Samuels. Cast: JenniferLove Hewitt, Dougray Scott, Jimi Mistry, Branka Katic, Simon Webbe. Shot from11 April, 2004, for six weeks in Bristol and the south west of England.
Contact: Jessica Kirsch, CK Publicity, (44) 20 793 533 37

(ULTRAVI Productions, Screen Gems) Dist (int'l): Columbia Pictures Int'l.Action/horror. Believed to be a myth, something only to be found in horror films,people soon discover that vampires do indeed live among humans. However, theseblood-thirsty creatures are not the infallible undead from folklore but livingbeings with one significant trait that sets them apart from others - infectedblood that speeds up their metabolism. With an increased bone density, theseVampires have the ability to move a thousand times faster and be hundred timesstronger. To the government's dismay, more of the population is becominghemophages (vampires), and they have set out to rid the world of what they deemas a menace to society. One rogue vampire is bent on protecting her race - andseeking revenge on those that changed her life forever. With fierce fightingskills and the ability to change and project her image, Violet (Milla Jovovich)sets out to destroy a government-designed time bomb that will kill allhemophages. To Violet's surprise, the deadly device is a nine-year-old boy, whogoes by the name Six (Cameron Bright) and was raised in a laboratory.Determined to save the child, Violet wages her own personal war against theother vampires who want the boy dead and the special security forces who needhim alive. Drawing upon every power given to her by the virus, she becomes aone-person army, blazing her way through vicious attacks and taking noprisoners. However, Violet soon discovers that Six was created for a larger andmuch deadlier purpose - a secret government conspiracy that threatens to notonly exterminate Violet and her people but all of mankind. Executive prods:Tony Mark, Charles Wang, Sue Jett. Prod: John Baldecchi. Dir/scr: Kurt Wimmer.DoP: Arthur Wong. Ed: Willliam Yeh. Prod des: James Choo. Supervising art dir:Bernardo Trujillo. Costume des: Joseph Porro. Casting dir: Kim Davis, JustineBaddeley, Madalena Chan. Stunt co-ord: Mike Smith. Cast: Milla Jovovich,William Fichtner, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund, Sebastien Andrieu. Shootingfrom Feb 9, 2004, until June 16 in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Contact: Moira Houlihan, unit publicist: (852) 918 003 98 (Hong Kong cell); 447770 363 753 (UK cell); 852 2337 1969 (Production office); (862) 156 659 090(Shanghai production office)

(Focus Features, Tempesta Films, Granada Film Production) Period adaptation.Exec prod: Pippa Cross. Prods: Janette Day, Donna Gigliotti, Lydia DeanPilcher. Dir: Mira Nair. Scr: Mark Skeet, Matthew Faulk, Julian Fellowes. Maincast: Reese Witherspoon, James Purefoy, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, GabrielByrne.
Contact: Focus Features, (1) 212 343 9230

(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 tragedywhich offers a chilling insight into racism whilst connecting us with the livesof five adolescents struggling to cling to their dreams. Prods: Charlie Hanson,Patrick Cassavetti, Peter Edwards. Dir/scr: Amma Asante. DoP: Ian Wilson. Proddes: 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

(Celador Films) Dist worldwide: Fox Searchlight. Romantic drama. Anne has aseemingly perfect marriage to James until the arrival of Bill, and a tragicaccident in their idyllic country village that looks set to unravel their livesforever. Exec prod: Paul Smith. Prod: Christian Colson. Dir/scr: JulianFellowes. 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: Celador Films, (44) 207 845 6999

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

(Working Title Films) Int'l dist: Universal Pictures. Romantic comedy set atthe No 1 tennis championship in the world. Exec prods: Liza Chasin, DebraHayward, David Livingstone. Prods: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Mary Richards. Dir:Richard Loncraine. Scr: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, Adam Brooks. Castingdir: Irene Lamb. DoP: Darius Khondji. Prod des: Brian Morris. Ed: HumphreyDixon. 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 atWimbledon, Shepperton Studios and locations around London.
Contact: Working Title Films, (44) 207 307 3000

(VFP, Versatile Film [Sp]) Budget: EUROS 1.2m. Dist: Manga Films (Sp).Thriller. A holiday in Southern Spain turns into a man's worst nightmare whenhis girlfriend goes missing and is being held captive by a debauchedbillionaire in the middle of the Mediterranean. Exec prods: Chris Ouwinga,Keith Welch, Paul Taicher, Rick Tyler, Laurence Selman, Edward Adams.Prod: Darryn W Welch. Co-prods:Fabienne Villette, Tarek Sule. Dir: Darryn W Welch. Scr: Brett Goldstein. DoP:Toby Moore. Editor: Alex Soskin. Prod man: John Lighten. First AD: SteveNewton. Cast: Sam Page, Natassia Malthe, Howard Marks, Eddie Webber, DavidGant. Shot mid-April to mid-May 2004.
Contact: Darryn W Welch, (34) 902 180 940

(Baker Street, Odd Lot Entertainment [US]) Budget: $5.5m. Int'l sales: SenatorInternational. After being expelled unfairly from Harvard just short of hisgraduation, American Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) travels to England to takerefuge with his married sister (Claire Forlani). Buckner quickly falls in lovewith the game of soccer and in particular, West Ham United. He's introduced tothe sport through his brother-in-law, Pete Dunham (Charlie Hunnam), and Pete'sclose group of friends. Buckner witnesses the rivalries that exist betweenEnglish soccer clubs and is enlightened to the passion, loyalty and friendshipthat can be found within a tight-knit group of British males. Exec prods: BillAllen, Lexi Alexander. Prods: Gigi Pritzker, Deborah Del Prete, DonaldZuckerman. Dir: Lexi Alexander. Scr: Josh Shelov, Dougie Brimson, LexiAlexander. DoP: Alex Buono. Des: Tom Brown. Costume des: John Krausa.Hair/make-up des: Lesley Lamont-Fisher. Ed: Paul Trejo. Stunt co-ord: PatJohnson. 2nd unit dir: Matt Jensen. Line prod: Kevan Van Thompson. Prod man:Ingrid Litman. Sound mixer: Les Honess. Cast: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam,Claire Forlani, Marc Warren, Leo Gregory, Henry Goodman, Geoff Bell, RafeSpall, Kieran Bew, Ross McCall, Francis Pope, Christopher Hehir. Shooting untilMay 1, 2004.
Contact: Ceris Price, unit publicist (44) 7879 638 557

(Adventure Pictures, Studio Fierberg) Backers: GreeneStreet Films, UK FilmCouncil. Int'l sales: GreeneStreet Films International. Dist: GAGA (Japan); Svensk(Scandinavia), Forum (Israel , Hungary and Poland), Village Roadshow (Greece& Cyprus), West Film (Russia), RCV (Benelux), Castelo Lopes (Portugal), Creativa (ex-Yugoslavia), New Films (Romania and Bulgaria), WEG(India). Drama. Suffocating ina failed marriage with Anthony (Sam Neill), SHE (Joan Allen), an Irish-Americanscientist, sparks an affair with HE (Simon Abkarian), a Lebanese surgeon exiledin London where he now works as a cook. As their passion ignites, each willfind themselves on their own personal journey as they try to come to terms withtheir lives and losses. This bittersweet affair will bring them on a globalride from London to New York, Beirut and Havana and force them to reevaluatetheir faiths, beliefs, and ultimately, each other. Exec prods: John Penotti, Paul Trijbits, FisherStevens, Cedric Jeanson. Prods: Christopher Sheppard, Andrew Fierberg. Dir/scr: Sally Potter. DoP: Alexei Rodionov. Ed:Daniel Goddard. Prod designer: Carlos Conti. Costume des: Jacqueline Durran.Cast: Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, Sam Neill, Samantha Bond, Shirley Henderson.
Contact: Cedric Jeanson, (1) (212) 609 9000