The last time Film Four was operating at peak, Welsh filmmaker Karl Francis and others made numerous films about life in Wales. Will there be money for Welsh films, again, this time?
Company has films screening at Cannes, $65 mil deal
By ADAM DAWTREY
Five years after U.K. pubcaster Channel 4 cut its movie arm back to basics, Film4 is finally firing on all cylinders again.
The company is advancing on all fronts, with Lenny Abrahamson's tiny Irish movie "Garage" premiering in Director's Fortnight, Harmony Korine's "Mister Lonely" in Un Certain Regard, the $25 million Gotham satire "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" pre-selling strongly in the market, and a $65 million deal just closed with DreamWorks for its biggest ever project, Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones."
"Peter Carlton, Film4's senior production exec under Ross, believes the banner is moving into a more cosmopolitan phase. "We were very, very British-centred in the first few years, but now we're recognizing that some stories merit an outside eye," he says."
"There's a strong international flavor to many of Film4's upcoming projects -- whether that involves U.K. filmmakers looking abroad for stories, or foreign directors casting their eye upon Britain."
"Film4 is working with Danny Boyle on his next project, "Slumdog Millionaire," based on a novel about an Indian streetkid who wins the local version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
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