CREATIVE ENGLAND ANNOUNCES THREE IFEATURES PROJECTS GREENLIT FOR PRODUCTION
TWO OUT OF THREE PROJECTS LED BY FEMALE WRITER DIRECTORS
SELECTION INCLUDES FIRST BRITISH FILM IN SIGN LANGUAGE BY ONE OF UK’S LEADING DEAF FILM-MAKERS
Creative England, together with its partners the BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset, today announces the three projects selected for production from the fourth iteration of iFeatures.
The final three films are:
PERFECT TEN, Brighton based story about a teenage gymnast who finds an escape from her insecurities when her long-lost brother introduces her to an exciting world of scooter crime. Written and directed by Eva Riley and produced by Jacob Thomas. Eva studied photography and film in Edinburgh before attending the National Film and Television School, where her graduation film Patriot competed for the short film Palme D’Or in Cannes.
RETREAT, Bristol based thriller about a deaf young woman who decides to leave the hearing world to live in an all-deaf commune. Written and directed by Ted Evans, one of UK’s leading deaf film-makers and produced by Michelle Eastwood and Alex Usborne (“Notes on Blindness”). Ted has made a number of TV programmes through BBC See Hear and the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust and he directed and co-wrote the Paralympic Opening Ceremony film Look Up.
MAKE-UP, a psycho-sexual thriller set in Cornwall by writer/director Claire Oakley about a young woman who is forced to question her sexuality when she is stalked by another woman. Screen International Star of Tomorrow Emily Morgan is producing. Claire has previously made a number of award-winning short films, which screened at festivals such as Toronto, London and Edinburgh. She is co-founder of the collective of female directors Cinesisters.
Zorana Piggott, iFeatures Executive Producer, said:
“The standard of projects on this year’s iFeatures’ slate has been incredibly high and I am very proud that we go forward with Ted Evans and his extraordinary vision for the first British film in Sign Language, and Eva Riley and Claire Oakley, two powerful new female voices in British Cinema.”
Caroline Norbury, CEO, Creative England, comments: “Ensuring we develop a new generation of diverse, gender balanced voices in film-making is a huge priority for Creative England and iFeatures, so we are delighted to have green-lit these excellent projects and are honoured to be developing the first film in British Sign Language. The films are in great company following the recent success of Lady Macbeth, The Levelling and Spaceship.”
iFeatures is Creative England’s low-budget film initiative, designed to discover, support and develop the next generation of UK feature film-makers. iFeatures is passionate about supporting submissions from women, BAME and other groups currently under-represented in film, and with two out of three selected projects being led by female-directors, Creative England reaffirm its commitment to supporting gender equality.
Now in its fourth iteration, iFeatures has developed an exciting array of regional film productions, including Lady Macbeth by William Oldroyd, one of the hottest films of 2016 which premiered at 2016 TIFF; The Levelling by Hope Dickson Leach which also premiered at 2016 TIFF; and Spaceship by Alex Taylor which premiered at 2016 SXSW. All films have since continued to enjoy a successful festival life world-wide.