The UK Film Council reveals the latest round of projects to benefit from its Development Fund.

The UK Film Council has announced the latest batch of projects it is supporting with lottery backed development funding, including two projects from Number 9 Films.

Strangers, which is being written by Conor McPherson, will be directed by Man On Wire director James Marsh. The film, a ghost story based on the novel by Taichi Yamada, has received $137,300 (£88,988) of development funding.

Number 9’s second project to receive support is Dusty based on the authorised Dusty Springfield biography Dancing With Demons. It is being adapted by Enda Walsh.

Blueprint Pictures has received $82,900 (£53,750) in development funding for a film version of Laura Wade’s stage play Posh, about an elite Oxford University dining society which is beginning a run at the Royal Court Theatre in London in April. Blueprint also picked up $66,700 (£43,250) for the film adaption of Sadie Jones’ novel The Outcast to be directed by John Madden.

Meanwhile, the film adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, which is being directed by Lynne Ramsay and produced by Independent Film Productions, has received $28,500 (£18,500) of funding.

Ruby Films’ mafia thriller Corsica 72 to be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, has received $32,400 (£21,000), while AG Cross Street Films has been awarded $154,300 (£100,000) for the development of Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall’s For The End of Time about French musical genius, Olivier Messiaen.

Meanwhile, Paddy Considine’s (pictured) directorial feature debut The Journeyman, which is being produced by Diarmid Scrimshaw for Inflammable Films has received $54,000 (£35,000).