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New Welsh Films in Development

Ffilm Cymru invests National Lottery development funding in five new films from Welsh talent.

This fresh crop of projects reflects a broad spectrum of stories and voices, from innovative, international documentaries to fantastical Welsh-language thriller. These latest development awards also support Catherine Linstrum and Ryan Andrew Hooper in progressing to make their sophomore films following their Ffilm Cymru-funded debuts.

Introducing the new projects to Ffilm Cymru’s development slate, Kimberley Warner, Head of Production, comments: “All of these projects have something distinctive to say, as well as a clear route to market. We’re excited to support such a breadth of genres, and to maintain our 50/50 gender commitment for funded writers, directors and producers.”

The five new films now in development with Ffilm Cymru are:

A Man with a Fork in a World of Soup

This feature documentary tells the incredible story of a Cardiff man whose rare disorder forces him to live unplugged from modern civilisation. A Man with a Fork in a World of Soup is produced by Welsh filmmaker David Evans (My Grandfather the Spy) and Monika Braid (Guidance through the Black Hole), written by Anna Baumgart (Fresh Cherries) and directed by Grzegorz Pacek (Wednesday, Thursday Morning), and is a European co-production with funding from the Polish Film Institute and Polish Television.

Llwyn Cadno

In the woods of Coed Llwyn Cadno, a desperate mother, lost between reality and fantasy, must fiercely protect her children from a monstrous shape-shifting fox. This Welsh-language fantasy-thriller will be the debut feature from writer Mared Swain following her short film Baich, which was produced through Ffilm Cymru’s BFI NETWORK Wales Beacons fund. Llwyn Cadno is produced by Hannah Thomas (Craith / Hidden) for Severn Screen, with Ed Talfan (Apostle) as Executive Producer.

Off the Rails

Why does a man surf trains, climb cranes and scale skyscrapers? Is it for fame or something darker? This innovative feature documentary tells the rites-of-passage story of Rikke Brewer, a young man struggling to escape his past while forging a career in the dangerous world of Urban Exploration YouTubers. Rob Alexander (Gary Numan: Android in La La Land) will produce the film for perfectmotion with co-production partners Faction Films’ Peter Day (producer/director) and Faction North's Grant Keir (producer, From Scotland with Love).

The Life and Death of Daniel Dee

With this black comedy thriller, writer Matt Redd and director Ryan Andrew Hooper expand the cinematic universe they established in their forthcoming feature debut The Toll. The Life and Death of Daniel Dee follows a life insurance salesman that hires a mother & daughter team to help him fake his own death, only to discover that they actually kill all their clients. Mark Hopkins produces the film for Standoff Pictures, the production company that the three filmmakers established in February 2019 with help from Ffilm Cymru’s Company Support fund.

This Earth is not Our Home

On a dusty volcanic island off the coast of Africa, a brilliant astronomer struggles with her brother’s desire to leave the planet. Writer-director Catherine Linstrum and producer Stella Nwimo explore mental health issues through this distinct prism of sci-fi and drama, following their forthcoming debut feature Nuclear, which was funded by Ffilm Cymru through their Cinematic scheme.

Projects awarded development funding by Ffilm Cymru earlier this year include Chuck Chuck Baby, Janis Pugh’s musical love story set in a north Wales chicken factory, Jamie Jones’ historical thriller Ironmistress, Tracy Spottiswoode’s epic survival story Spy on the Roof of the World, Gabriel Range’s thriller Ava, A Pub is Bombed - the new feature documentary from the Irish-Welsh team behind The Ballymurphy Precedent, and The Owl Service, a contemporary adaptation of medieval Welsh myth from Bethan Jones and Elwen Rowlands, whose new company Little Door Productions was also established with Ffilm Cymru’s Company Support.

The next deadline for applications for Ffilm Cymru’s development fund is 31st October 2019. Find out more here.