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Shifting into Second Gear

Date posted: 06.08.2007

Principal photography on micro-budget feature film, Shifty, starts today. It is the second film to go into production through Film London’s Microwave scheme.

Microwave is a ground breaking initiative for London-based film-makers to produce ten micro-budget feature film projects. The scheme challenges film-makers to shoot a full length feature film for up to £100,000 with cash and in-kind support.

Shifty tells the dark story of the life and actions of a young Asian crack cocaine dealer, played by Riz Ahmed. It takes place over 24 hours, but considers the past and future of the lead characters. Jason Flemyng, Daniel Mays and Francesca Annis also star.

Between The Eyes Film, run by producing partnership Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken, contributed £40,000 to the production budget. Eran Creevy makes his feature film debut as writer and director of Shifty.

In addition to her role as marketing consultant for the scheme, Mia Bays has joined as Microwave production executive, taking over from Sol Gatti-Pascual.

Mia has 13 years sales, marketing and distribution experience at companies such as Mainline Pictures/Screen Cinemas, Granada Film and The Film Consortium. She produced the recent documentary feature Scott Walker - 30 Century Man. She also produced the 2005 Oscar®-winning BAFTA-nominated short Six Shooter by Martin McDonagh.

Find out more about Microwave.

Read the full press release.

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