Two films, recent recipients of Lottery cash from the UK Film Council's Premiere Fund recently started shooting and a third recipient recently opened in the UK. John Hillcoat's The Proposition, described as a "grippingly dark western" from a screenplay by legendary musician Nick Cave, stars Guy Pearce (Memento); Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast); David Wenham (Faramir in The Lord of The Rings Trilogy) and two-time Oscar® nominees John Hurt (Midnight Express) and Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves). The film received £1.8 million of Lottery dough as well as being an earlier recipient of £31,334 of script development money from the UK Film Council Development Fund.
The second film in production, an adaptation of John Le Carré's The Constant Gardner, received £2,000,000 and is being directed by Fernando Meirelles as his feature follow-up to the Oscar®-nominated City of God from a script by Jeffrey Caine (GoldenEye). The thriller stars two-time Oscar® nominee Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List) Rachel Weisz (About a Boy), Danny Huston (21 Grams), Pernilla August (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace) and Pete Postlethwaite (The Usual Suspects). The pic is being produced by Academy Award® nominated producer Simon Channing Williams (Secrets and Lies).
Recently released in European cinemas, Five Children and It, picked up some extra cash to help in the development of the film's special effects. The Premiere Fund had initially invested £2.1 million and this latest sum brings the Fund's investment in the film to just under £2.7 million. The film was directed by John Stephenson and stars three-time Oscar® nominee Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Hamlet), Zoë Wannamaker (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), Tara Fitzgerald (Sirens) and Eddie Izzard (Oceans 12, Shadow of the Vampire) as the voice of "It."
Also receiving money from the Premiere Fund was The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo's Pobby and Dingan, currently shooting in Australia (£900,000).
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