Anna Higgs announces two new Film4.0 projects working with emerging filmmaking talent, plus a Digital Partner Project to Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England
We’re completely thrilled today here at Film4.0 today to be announcing not one but two new projects from exciting emerging filmmaking talents, plus a unique digital partner project to our first feature film, Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, which you’ll hopefully have seen announced by me on the Film4 blog in November (click here if you didn’t!)
We’re very proud to be working with Shynola – renowned for their extraordinary commercials, music videos and title sequences – on Dr. Easy, a London-set short film based on Matthew De Abaitua’s novel The Red Men. It stars Tom Hollander, is shot by DOP Barry Ackroyd and produced by Warp Films. Michael is a broken man with a gun, surrounded by armed police. A robot with a medical degree is dispatched – but can it save him?
Next up, Jonathan Entwistle has written and will direct End of the F*cking World, a dark teen comedy based on the comic book by cartoonist Charles S. Forsman, following the journey of James and Alyssa, two teenagers on the brink of adulthood who are forced to go on the run from their boring town. Produced by Dominic Buchanan and set to shoot early 2013, my ambition is for it to be the first in a series of beautifully crafted cinematic shorts that will be released in instalments to audiences online.
And last but far from least, I’m thrilled to announce A Film in England, the interactive digital accompaniment to Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England. Ben and Rook Films are working with Film4.0 on an integrated digital masterclass charting the development, shoot and post of the film – and we hope the project will engage audiences in the wider world of A Field in England, with content including an in-depth look at a specific scene to allow film fans, audiences and emerging filmmakers alike to understand Wheatley’s unique filmmaking approaches.
Another part of what we’ll be doing with Ben’s film is a series of really beautifully crafted bespoke items – starting with the gorgeous teaser poster you can see above, exclusive to the Film4 blog of course! The poster was designed by the brilliant Luke Insect Studio and features Michael Smiley in a very evocative image. A limited edition run of 75 hand-crafted posters will go on sale soon, signed by the designers and Ben himself. We’ll post info on how you’ll be able to get your mitts on one here next week…
Between them, these projects showcase exactly what Film4.0 is about – innovative storytelling, experimenting with ways of reaching and engaging with audiences, bridging the gap between other creative industries and film – and at its heart brilliant, distinctive talent. Ben, Shynola and Jonathan are all at the cutting edge of their creative disciplines, and share our passion at Film4 for doing things differently – I’m so excited to be working with them.