Amy Flanagan, Deputy Head of Factual at Channel 4,has commissioned Minnow Films to make an ambitious five-year longitudinal project charting the progress of bright teenagers from low-income families as they attempt to follow their dreams and push against the tide of seemingly insurmountable inequality facing them.
Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY has acquired inner-city UK crime drama Honeytrap.
Based on a real 2009 crime, the debut feature from director/writer Rebecca Johnson follows 15-year old Layla, newly transplanted from Trinidad to Brixton, as she navigates between gang culture, power, bullying, sex, romance and betrayal. Jessica Sula of Freeform’s now cancelled Recovery Road stars as Layla with Scream Queens‘Lucien Laviscount, Guardians of The Galaxy‘sNaomi Ryan and Leave To Remain‘s Ntonga Mwanza also in the cast. Honeytrap will get a limited release in September.
The Walking Dead actor Lennie James is set to join the Blade Runner sequel starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
Directed by Sicario helmer Denis Villeneuve, the film also stars Robin Wright and Mackenzie Davis. Cinematographer Roger Deakins will reunite with Villeneuve on the project. James has been a British TV staple and is now best known as Morgan on AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead. On the film side, he most recently portrayed James Brown’s father, Joseph Gardner Brown, in the biopic Get on Up.
Sky has hired BBC comedy commissioner Tilusha Ghelani as part of its latest push into comedy. Ghelani has joined as commissioning editor, comedy and will work across Sky’s portfolio of channels including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, and Sky Arts, as well as its on-demand service.
The BFI's Black Star season highlights will include Boys N the Hood and In the Heat of the Night back on screens across the UK, a Desmond’s reunion event and a BFI London Film Festival global symposium event examining on-screen representation.
Nicole Albarelli’s debut feature, starring Ed Hayter, Freddie Thorp, Adam Deacon and Diana Vickers, will premiere at the British Urban Film Festival in September.
In To Dream, Ed Hayter and Freddie Thorp star as two self-destructive teenagers who won’t let anything come between their friendship and their ultimate plan. But when dysfunctional family life becomes intolerable, loyalty leads one to make a choice that will change their lives forever. Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and previous X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers also star in the Neo-noir drama from first-time director Nicole Albarelli, born in Baltimore but now residing in London. The movie marks the screen debut of Freddie Thorp who has just completed filming for upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Overdrive, starring alongside Sean Eastwood, son of actor Clint Eastwood. To Dream also marks Adam Deacon's return to the big screen after a 2 year hiatus. Deacon won the BAFTA rising star award in 2012. Watch the teaser-trailer below.