Creative England has announced the final two films to be greenlit through its iFeatures2 low budget filmmaking initiative which supports emerging filmmakers in creatively developing their films and getting them made.
Spaceship from writer/director Alex Taylor and The Goob from writer/director Guy Myhill join Martin Radich’s Norfolk which was greenlit in February.
All three films will be made later this year, each with a budget of £350,000. The projects were chosen through a highly competitive process which attracted almost 400 submissions, which were whittled down to 16, then eight and finally, through a nine-month development process the final three projects.
This low-budget development, production and training initiative, partnered by BBC Films, BFI Film Fund and Creative Skillset, exemplifies our commitment to first and second time feature filmmakers and to fresh, imaginative stories that speak to a wider international audience.
iFeatures2 is a national version of the original iFeatures which saw three films set and made in Bristol, including the recently released Flying Blind directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, produced by Alison Sterling and starring Helen McCrory.
Tristan Goligher (left), iFeatures Executive Producer, said: “Across a diverse slate featuring violent misanthropy, summer stewed sexual tension, and unabashed pop culture the three iFeatures2 films have one clear common thread – singularity of voice. Alex Taylor’s Spaceship, and Guy Myhill’s The Goob will, alongside Martin Radich’s Norfolk, provide a cinematic and curious discourse on what it means to live in England today.
“The development process of iFeatures2 is based on a lab concept. This gives us the opportunity to provide not just story development, but also a forum to share the experiences of many industry experts, which can develop the projects as a whole. Perhaps even more importantly it brings together a collection of highly talented, enthusiastic film makers, who have supported each other on their way to becoming the next wave of UK cinematic talent.”
Chris Collins, Senior Executive in the BFI Film Fund, said: “iFeatures offers a great opportunity for filmmakers with distinctive visions to bring diverse new stories to the screen – and Alex, Guy and Martin perfectly fit the bill. We’re looking forward to seeing their ideas realised as the films now prepare to enter production.”
Steve Jenkins from BBC Films said: “Each of these projects is from a writer/director with a very personal, focused and distinctive vision for their film. I’m sure that the iFeatures brief for developing fresh and original talent will be fulfilled in the most exciting way”.
Alex Taylor’s Spaceship (right) is set past the city, before the countryside begins, and tells the story of a small town hinterland where teenagers search for themselves in a space between fantasy and reality.
Guy Myhill’s The Goob is an emotionally charged tale of divided family loyalties played out over a sizzling hot summer, in Fenland, England.
In Martin Radich’s Norfolk, two very different worlds collide as a man’s unspeakable past starts to catch up with him, and he is finally forced to confront what is right and what is wrong in order to protect his family’s future.
Creative England is taking producers Lee Groombridge and Mike Elliott of The Goob, along with Nicola Bowen for Spaceship, to Cannes this month to meet international producers.
The executive producers for all three films are Christopher Moll, Creative England’s Head of Talent, Steve Jenkins for BBC Films, Chris Collins, Senior Executive, BFI Film Fund and Tristan Goligher, iFeatures Executive Producer.