Simon Bland in Film & TV


Creative England at SXSW 2015

South by Southwest kicks off in Austin, Texas this weekend, boasting ten days of film music and interactive culture at one of America’s biggest festivals for the arts. 

The line up includes a host of musicians, filmmakers and creative minds alongside a number of Creative England supported projects which will be attending as part of the event. Projects like…

‘The Goob’

Directed by Norfolk native Guy MyHill, ‘The Goob’ was backed by Creative England’s iFeatures programme which aims to support the production of three films with a micro-budget of £350,000. Since receiving its world premier at 2014’s Venice Film Festival, the film has gone from strength to strength, taking home the Top Prize at the 25th Annual Dinard Festival and Best Achievement in Production at the BIFAs. 

‘The Goob’’s appearance at South By Southwest 2015 will act as its US premier and the first time an iFeatures film has been been screened in America. For more information on ‘The Goob’ read our interview with director Guy MyHill and to find out more about our iFeatures programme, head here.

‘Orion: The Man Who Would Be King’

Documentary filmmaker Jeanie Finlay will be in attendance at this year’s SXSW festival to take part in a panel which explores the idea of finding big power in small moments. Her latest documentary ‘Orion: The Man who Would Be King’ follows the bizarre real-life story of Jimmy ‘Orion’ Ellis, an Elvis sound-alike who rose to fame in the years following The King’s death thanks to some quick thinking studio execs and a jewel encrusted eyemask. Jeanie received funding for this documentary through Creative England’s Production Fund which supports films with innovative approaches and budgets under £1.5 million. To find out more, head here.

To learn more about Jeanie’s activity at SXSW 2015 and to find out what you can expect from her panel Finding Big Power in the Small Moments, head here.

'The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson' 

Julien Temple’s touching and uplifting documentary ‘The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson’ is set to receive its world premier at this year’s South by Southwest festival. It tells the story of musician Wilko Johnson who, following a bleak diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and faced with just a few months left to live, sets out on a farewell tour to play music and embrace the world one last time. Creative England supported ‘The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson’ through an equity investment. This is just one of the various forms of funding and support offered by our Film team, for more information what they can offer filmmakers, directors and producers, visit the Film section of our website. 

To find out more about the events happening at this year’s South by South West festival 2015, head over to the SXSW website.

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