'45 Years', a drama co-funded by Creative England and starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay has been selected for competition at the Berlin Film Festival due to take place in early February.
Shot in Norfolk and helmed by Brit director Andrew Haigh (Weekend, HBO's Looking), '45 Years' is the first completed project to be supported through Creative England's Production Funding, an incentive designed to help non-London based filmmakers tell stories set in or around the English regions.
Richard Holmes, "Creative England is delighted that our first completed film has been chosen to premiere at the Berlinale. It's a testament to the filmmakers and to our partners in the financing of this stand-out feature film."
The film follows Kate Mercer (Rampling) in the five days leading up to her forty-fifth wedding anniversary. Party plans are going well, until a letter arrives for her husband (Courtenay) informing him that the body of his first love has been found frozen in the ice glaciers of the Swiss Alps. As their wedding celebrations get closer, the couple's relationship starts to drift further apart, leaving their future uncertain.
Utopia star Geraldine James and Doll & Em's Dolly Wells co-star in the production, with writer/director Haigh working from a script adapted from a short story by the Award winning poet David Constantine.
Available to both emerging talent and already established filmmakers, the Creative England Production Fund aims to support innovative feature films with budgets of up to £2 million, with preference given to those that display a strong regional voice.
Alongside Creative England, '45 Years' was also financed by Film4 and The BFI Film Fund and co-developed by Film4 and BFI.
Creative England at Berlinale
In addition to '45 Years', Creative England will also be showcasing two training programmes at this year's Berlinale, including:
Run in partnership with Creative Skillset and the BFI, Market Trader is a training programme aimed at giving emerging Producers, Executives and Sales Agents a better understanding of the international marketplace.
Navigating a film market for the first time can be a daunting experience. By honing their pitching, negotiating and closing skills, Market Trader is designed to give participants the confidence to tackle a market, and achieve success.
Next week, our group of 12 applicants are heading to Berlin alongside expert mentors, to put their new found talents to the test. For more information on our Market Trader programme, head here.
Creative England will also be at Berlinale to promote TalentX, the world’s first international forum specifically designed for talent developers working with emerging film talent. The team will be announcing a stellar line-up for the forum, to be held at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam from 18-20 March 2015, including Tristan Goligher, producer of ’45 Years’.
TalentX is being hosted by Creative England in partnership with the Danish Film Institute, the Netherlands Film Fund and the Irish Film Board, and is supported by the EU’s Creative Europe programme. For more information on how to take part in TalentX (18-20 March 2014), head here.
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