Cocky young con-artists, Jenn (Kyla Frye – Edge of Tomorrow, The Key, West10 LDN) and George (Sam Benjamin – BBC's The Crimson Field, Sky One's Little Crackers) have been making all the right moves, breaking the law, and having fun doing it. But one night after making suspiciously light work of a heavy score, they find themselves crossing the line into dangerous territory…in more ways than one…
Written, produced and starring Kyla Frye and Sam Benjamin. Directed by Sam Bradford and shot on RED (cameras used for Hollywood movies like Skyfall, Avengers and The Hobbit) with Praxima Film (who have just finished work on Will.I.Am's Lexus Commercial), DOUBLE CROSS is a five minute crime caper about two con artists who bite off more than they can chew.
Film Movement has acquired Olivier Award-winning playwright Debra Tucker Green’s feature film debut Second Coming, which stars Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall as a modern-day London couple who find themselves in the middle of a miracle.
Written and directed by Tucker Green, Second Coming follows Jackie (Marshall) and Mark (Elba), a middle- class couple who, along with their 11-year old son, Jerome (Kai Francis Lewis), must grapple with a unique situation. Jackie has just learned that she is pregnant, but she hasn’t been intimate with anyone for a long time, including her husband. She confides in her co-workers but takes a while before she tells Mark. When she finally breaks the news, Mark does not take it well, and the family must find a way to recover. Click here to watch the trailer.
BWNG TV is launching a brand new web series on their YouTube platform. Wedding Dates, created by Daniel Rusteau, follows engaged childhood sweethearts Sean and Jamie as they try to spice up their ten-year relationship by dating other people. Everything should be fine as long as they don't break "the rules". Watch the trailer above.
Polly Hill, the BBC executive responsible for WolfHall, Poldark and The Missing, has been appointed the new controller of BBC drama commissioning, one of the most powerful jobs in UK television. Hill succeeds Ben Stephenson, who is leaving to join Star Wars director JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in the US.
Hill, who is currently head of independent drama at the BBC, has overseen productions including BBC1’s Poldark, The Missing, Ripper Street and Death in Paradise, and Wolf Hall, The Honourable Woman and The Shadow Line on BBC2.
Television newcomer Kascion Franklin has been tapped to play the lead role in Danny And The Human Zoo, BBC One’s upcoming 90 minute one-off drama which is inspired by the life of Lenny Henry and hails from Happy Valley indie Red Production Company.
Danny And The Human Zoo tell the story of Danny, a talented impressionist from a working class Jamaican family. When Danny wins a talent competition, he soon finds himself working the comedy circuit. Audiences can’t get enough and applaud Danny as he effortlessly morphs into Mohammed Ali, Tommy Cooper and Frank Spencer, eventually hitting the big time on TV. But when an unscrupulous manager takes advantage of Danny, he hits rock bottom. Having made his name by becoming other people, Danny has to save himself by finding out who he really is.
Kascion Franklin, repped by RED Talent Management, will lead the cast of the one-off drama as Danny. Other cast members include Lenny Henry (The Syndicate) as Danny’s dad Samson, Cecilia Noble (The Bill) as Danny’s mum Myrtle, Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who) as Danny’s Manager Jonesy, Richard Wilson (One Foot In The Grave) as promoter James Broughton and Mark Benton (Waterloo Road) as seasoned entertainer Syd Bolton.
Set in Brixton, South London and inspired by true events, HONEYTRAP tells the story of 15-year-old Layla, who sets up the boy in love with her to be killed. SKINS alumnus Jessica Sula gives a star-making performance as Layla, perfectly capturing the agonising contradiction of Layla’s choice, caught between local top boy Troy (Lucien Laviscount) and loyal but low status friend Shaun (Ntonga Mwanza). Writer/Director Rebecca Johnson makes her feature debut with a rarely seen female perspective on gang culture, as Layla negotiates becoming a woman in an unforgiving, hyper-masculine world. Tense, shocking and incredibly moving film is a true tour de force.
Remel London has teamed up with Simply Justified Productions and Circle Channel to executively produce her the second series of her entertainment show The Show Room. For this brand new three part series, Remel London invites her talented celebrity friends George The Poet, the cast of Sky Living's Venus vs Mars, actor and 4Music presenter Jazzie Zonzolo and more for fun and games. Check out the trailer above.
The Show Room launches on Monday 11th May 2015 at 7pm
The BFI (British Film Institute) has appointed Deborah Williams to the new role of diversity manager. Williams commences her role at the BFI on June 1 to help push forward its diversity agenda and augment the Three Ticks initiative across all BFI funding activities. Joining the BFI from Arts Council England (ACE) where she was senior officer, policy and research, equality and diversity, Williams will sit within the BFI Film Fund team and report directly to Film Fund director Ben Roberts.
Developed by the BFI and backed by UK producers’ association Pact, Three Ticks requires all recipients of BFI Lottery film production funding to demonstrate commitment to encouraging diverse representation across their workforces, creating opportunities for training and skills development and on-going career progression, and advancing the portrayal of under-represented stories and groups on screen. Williams’ responsibilities will include working with BFI head of production Fiona Morham to support producers of BFI-backed productions – of which there are an average of 25-30 per year – to implement the Three Ticks guidelines.
Roberts said he had been encouraged to see the industry engage with the Three Ticks guidelines introduced last year and said Williams had an “inspiring approach to diversity which is constructive and enabling”.
“Deborah’s appointment is the most important next step for us in supporting the implementation of the guidelines and working with the industry on addressing perceived challenges to diversity, as well as supporting us here at the BFI as we strive to diversify the UK’s filmmakers, the kind of stories told on film, and the audiences who enjoy them,” he added.
Williams said the BFI had “set the tone and shown real leadership around diversity in the industry”.
“Developing the three ticks, working with partners and supporting the industry as it rethinks and reimagines the world around us on film is an opportunity that I relish and am greatly looking forward to embracing,” she said of her new role.
TriForce Creative Network (TCN), (formerly known as TriForce Promotions), has announced the launch of its new production company TriForce Productions. Supported by Red Planet Pictures, TriForce Productions will focus on creating quality, mainstream content, showcasing new voices and emerging talent to the broadest audience.
Tony Jordan MD, Red Planet Pictures, says; “I have followed the TCN’s work over the years and have always seen them as a driven company, genuinely invested in the development of talent and in changing the face of our industry for the better. The issue with diversity in the industry is not a lack of talent, just a lack of avenues for that talent to be reached. The TCN are opening up those avenues. We are delighted to provide creative backing to TriForce Productions, to help broadcasters access that talent and engage their audiences with programming that better reflects our contemporary culture.”
Set in present day London, Jackie (Nadine Marshall) is pregnant and knows it’s not her husband’s (Idris Elba). She says she hasn’t slept with anybody else, now she doesn’t know if she is losing her mind. Communication, trust and intimacy are at the heart of this warm, fearless family drama as Jackie struggles to explain news of her pregnancy. Over the course of a year the film follows Jackie, husband Mark and their 11 year old son JJ (Kai Francis Lewis) as this ordinary family struggles for answers as accusations start to fly.