This year’s Cannes Film Festival lineup may once again be tight on British films, but UK public funders such as BFI, Film4 and BBC Film have teamed up with the British Council to launch the fourth edition of their ‘Great 8 ‘, showing emerging British filmmakers. to international distributors and fixed programmers. Scroll down to see the full list.
In previous years the ‘Great 8’ was launched during the physical Cannes festival, but this year the event will air on June 17 before the virtual Cannes market at the end of the month. Festival buyers and programmers will have exclusive access to previously unreleased images of each of the titles, which will be presented by their filmmakers and available in five different time zones.
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All titles are now in post-production and available to buyers during the Cannes Marché online, which takes place June 21-25. Films selected in previous years include the Michaela Coel musical. Spent so long, which was bought by Netflix in a flashy post-festival deal in 2017 and BAFTA-nominated horror. Santa maud.
Here’s this year’s list:
UK / Ireland
Director: Prasanna Puwanarajah
Writer: Stacey Gregg
Producers: James Bierman, Nik Bower
Cast: Seána Kerslake, Patrick Kielty
Production – Empire Street Productions / Riverstone Pictures / Cowtown Pictures
Sales: Bankside Films
Synopsis: Eileen is a caustic and unrepentant college dropout whose dreams of a successful life in London have fallen by the wayside. Back home with her mother, she makes ends meet working as an unlicensed driver in her ex-boyfriend’s minicab. Shane has gone into exile in Ballywalter following the breakdown of his marriage, but is trying to get his life back on track by enrolling in a stand-up comedy course. When Shane calls a cab to take him to his classes, Eileen responds and a surprising connection is made. As the two of them spend time together back and forth, a beautiful friendship develops.
Director: Ruth Paxton
Writer: Justin Bull
Producers: Leonora Darby, Mark Lane, James Harris, Nik Bower, Laure Vaysse
Cast: Sienna Guillory, Jessica Alexander, Ruby Stokes, Kaine Zajaz, Lindsay Duncan
Production: Tea Shop Productions / Riverstone Pictures / REP Productions 8
Sales: Hanway Films
Synopsis: Widowed mother Holly is radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey experiences profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer hers but is in the service of a higher power. Tied to her newfound faith, Betsey refuses to eat, but doesn’t lose weight. In an agonizing dilemma, torn between love and fear, Holly is forced to confront the limits of her own beliefs.
Director: Aml Ameen
Writer: Aml Ameen, Bruce Purnell
Producers: Matthew G Zamias, Damian Jones, Aml Ameen, Dominique Telson, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
Cast: Aml Ameen, Aja Naomi King, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Tamara Lawrence
Production: DJ Films, Studi0 113, BFI, Film4, Warner Bros UK
Sales: Rocket Science
Synopsis: St. Stephen’s Day is a celebration of love and family through a Black-British lens, inspired by director Aml Ameen’s own life. The film follows Melvin, a British author living in the United States who returns to London at Christmas to introduce his American fiancee Lisa to his eccentric British-Caribbean family. Their relationship is put to the test, as she discovers the world her fiancé has left behind.
BRIAN AND CHARLES
Director: Jim Archer
Writer: David Earl, Chris Hayward
Producer: Rupert Majendie
Cast: David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey, Jamie Michie, Nina Sosanya
Production: Mr Box, BFI, Film4
Sales: Bankside Films
Synopsis: Brian lives alone in a remote valley in Wales. Somewhat marginalized, he spends his free time inventing things and one day decides to build a robot for his company. Not only is Charles Brian’s most successful invention, he seems to have a personality of his own. However, it creates more problems than Brian expected, and the shy inventor has to deal with several problems in his life: his eccentric ways, a local bully, and a woman he has always been a background for but never had the courage to. speak. .
THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN
Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Writers: Oliver Kindeberg, Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Producers: Ben Limberg, John Battsek, Mike Brett, Steve Jamieson, Jo-Jo Ellison
Production: Archers Mark, Passion Pictures, Smaller Biggie, BFI, Film4, Showtime
Sales: Altitude Movie Sales
Synopsis: From the award-winning creative team behind Notes on blindness other Listen to me marlon comes a contemporary version of the most iconic figure in cinema. In a groundbreaking mix of newly discovered audio recordings, dramatic reconstructions and personal archives, the film follows Charlie Chaplin’s meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the heights of Hollywood stardom, before his scandalous fall from grace. Refracting his life through a never-before-heard kaleidoscope of voices and perspectives, the film sheds new light on the many sides of an innovative, controversial, and visionary artist.
RIDE THE WAVE
Director: Martyn Robinson
Producers: Martyn Robinson, Louise Storrie
Production: Blackhouse Films
Sales: MetFilm Sales
Synopsis: Having participated in surfing competitions since he turned 11, 14-year-old Scottish champion Ben Larg is not afraid of a challenge, and what a greater challenge for a young surfer than one of the largest and most dangerous cold water waves in the world. . in Mullaghmore, Ireland. If you do well, you join an elite group. If he is wrong, the consequences are terrifying.
SHE WILL DO IT
Director: Charlotte Colbert
Writer: Kitty Percy, Charlotte Colbert
Producers: Jessica Malik, Bob Last
Cast: Alice Krige, Kota Eberhardt, Malcolm McDowell, Rupert Everett
Production: Popcorn Group, Rocket Science, Intermission Film, Pressman Film
Sales: Rocket Science
Synopsis: After a double mastectomy, failing star Veronica Ghent goes on a healing retreat in rural Scotland with her young nurse Desi. The two develop an unlikely bond after mysterious forces give Veronica the power to take revenge in her dreams.
Director: Harry Wootliff
Writer: Harry Wootliff, Molly Davies
Producers: Tristan Goligher, Ruth Wilson, Ben Jackson, Jude Law
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Tom Burke
Production: The Bureau, Lady Lazarus, Riff Raff UK, BFI, BBC Film
Sales: The Bureau Sales
Synopsis: Kate sleepwalks through life when a casual sexual encounter with a charismatic stranger awakens her. Filled with infatuation, what follows is a heady car accident.