UK Production Update - October 20


(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. Shooting from Oct 20, 2003, in London and Cologne
Contact: Keeley Naylor / Zoe Flower, emfoundation, (44) 20 7247 4171

(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 on location in London.
Contact: Rob Deacon / Lawrence Atkinson, Premier PR, (44) 20 7292 8350 / 8355

(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. Shooting from Oct 12, 2003, for eight weeks in Oxford, Bristol, London and Shanghai
Contact: production office, (44) 1256 884 817