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Dartmoor Killing gets green light for June 2014 shoot

Date posted: 19.03.2014

Film London's production support schemes got another boost this week when Dartmoor Killing was greenlit for June 2014. The team behind the dark and atmospheric story of female friendship benefited from our Build Your Audience programme, as well as last year's inaugural Film London Micro-Market – a dedicated finance market for for financiers looking for great projects with a small price tag.

From Build Your Audience to Micro-Market: the road to production

A psychological thriller that reunites the team behind the Emmy Award-winning Pompeii and BAFTA-winning Nuremberg, Dartmoor Killing has started pre-production and will shoot in June 2014.

Momentum for the project built over the autumn when the team pitched to financiers at the Film London Micro-Market, launched in 2013 alongside the established Production Finance Market.

The Producers are now in advanced talks with a prominent film sales company and a number of UK distributors and strategic distribution partners.

Find out more about Film London Micro-Market

Addressing the rapidly changing face of feature film distribution across the globe, Build Your Audience provides participants with the skills, knowledge and networks to face the challenge of selling their film. Producer Jayne Chard and writer/director Peter Nicholson say that it:

"helped us develop a 'hybrid' distribution strategy, combining traditional partnerships, innovative digital media and event screenings.  For example The Barn Cinema, Dartington, has proposed a spectacular 'outdoor' drive- in screening on Dartmoor as part of the film's launch."

Find out more about Build Your Audience

Film London's production support

Both Build Your Audience and Micro-Market are representative of Film London's approach to production support: they combine practical advice and on the ground experience with industry connections and mentoring.

Deborah Sathe, Head of Talent Development and Production at Film London, said "I am delighted Dartmoor Killing will be shooting this summer. We have very much enjoyed meeting the team and developing their project through our training programmes Build Your Audience and the Micro-Market".

Dartmoor Killing - a tense psychological drama

Co-written by BAFTA winning writer/director Peter Nicholson and Isabelle Grey, Dartmoor Killing tells the story of inseparable friends Susan and Becky. When, on a weekend trip to Dartmoor they encounter the charismatic Chris, they are led into a web of mind games, sexual deceit and betrayal.

The film has been financed through a mix of private SEIS/EIS investors and corporate equity and production partner Films@59 in Bristol. Arri Media and DUK have also given their support to the film.

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