First Features to be ‘Microwaved’
Date posted: 01.12.2006
Film London is pleased to announce the first two green lit Microwave projects.
Microwave, the new micro-budget film fund, challenges film-makers to shoot a full length feature film for up to £100,000 with cash and in-kind support.
The scheme will provide an intensive approach to film-making, with an emphasis on tightly focused scripts, short production schedules and commercial potential.
71 applications were received for the first round of the scheme. Eleven film-making teams were shortlisted to take part in ‘Microschool’ - a three-day intensive programme of seminars and workshops, culminating in a final pitching session.
Details of the two successful projects are as follows:
- Mum and Dad
Writer/Director: Steven Sheil; Producer: Lisa Trnovski
Mum and Dad is an intense, relentless, chilling and nerve-fraying horror film about a murderous family living in the shadow of a major London airport. The film is the story of a family where an insane way of life has become normalised – a recognisable family dynamic twisted into something perverse and wrong.
- Shady (working title)
Writer/Director: Eran Creevy; Producers: Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh
The story follows 24 hours in the life of a Muslim crack dealer. The main protagonist, Shady, is both intelligent and enigmatic, religious, doesn’t drink or do drugs but happens to be the most prolific crack cocaine dealer in the entire town. Over the course of that day we watch as Shady carries out a series of intriguing and often blackly-comic array of drug deals.
A short development period to polish scripts and work on budget and schedules will now follow, with films expected to go into production before the end of the year.
The second call for applications to the Microwave scheme will be in early 2007.
Please read further details in the full press release.