Forward Films foundersTracy Brimm and Kate Myers are working on their firstslate of 10 features in development, with directors including Peter Cattaneo, John Crowley, David Yates and Nigel Cole.
Brimm and Myers quietly startedthe London-based production company in January 2004 after meeting years earlieras colleagues at ICM -- Brimm in Los Angeles andMyers in London -- before Brimm was president of TFIUSA, and Myers went on to work in development for Guy Ritchie's Ska Films and with Jonathan Glazer's Academy Features.
Brimm says they hope to fill aniche in terms of close relationships with directors as well as working onprojects that show modern
Danish director Kristian Levring, who made Dogme film The KingIs Alive, has become a partner in Forward and also a founder.
Forward has a developmentdeal with the
Forward's two films indevelopment with Pathe are John Crowley's Home, a story written by former Pathe executive Richard Warlowabout a liberal middle class family in Hampstead who are taken hostage by ayouth gang. Brimm says that one could start shootingbefore 2007, on a budget of under $5.2m (£3m).
Also with Pathe is Nigel Cole's Blackout,written by Ben Richards, about how lives intersect during a
Otherwise, Forward is developing David Yates's Harry Potter follow-up TheBride Stripped Bare, adapted by Andrew Bovellfrom Nikki Gemmell's novel. Brimmcalls the film a "provocative" look at the anatomy of a marriage from a woman'spoint of view.
The first Forward projectlikely to shoot this autumn will be BeachParty, a comedy about a single mother living on a council estate whosechildren try to find her a husband. Rowan Joffe (Roland's son) wrote thescript, and Sheree Folksonof BBC's Casanova will direct.Casting is starting now.
And even more projects arein the works with Cattaneo and Pete Travis, directorof Omagh.
Abroad, Forwardis the
For more on Forward Films,see this week's Screen International.