UK Film Council backed films to screen in Sundance

UK Film Council backed films to screen in Sundance


MUMBAI: Two films backed with Lottery funding through the UK Film Council will screen at the Sundance Film Festival from 21-31 January, 2010.


Mohamed Al Daradji’s Son of Babylon and Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy have been selected by Sundance from a record number of films submitted from around the world.  Both films have been supported with development and production funding by the UK Film Council.


Son of Babylon is a UK/Iraqi film directed and written by Daradji, which tells the tale of a young Kurdish boy and his grandmother as they travel through Iraq searching for their father/son in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s fall from power. Starring Yasser Talib, Shazda Hussein, Bashir Al-Majid, Son of Babylon will have its international premiere at Sundance and will compete in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.


Son of Babylon is a multi-national collaboration between the Sundance Institute (US), the UK Film Council (UK), Screen Yorkshire (UK), CNC (France), Hivos, Doen, Nederland Fond and Rotterdam Media Fonds (Netherlands), Pyramedia and ADACH (UAE).


Nowhere Boy is the debut feature from Wood, written by Matthew Greenhalgh.  Set in Liverpool in 1955, the film sheds light on the early years of Lennon, who since the age of five has been raised by his controlling Aunt Mimi.


Nowhere Boy is an Ecosse Films production in association with Film4, the UK Film Council, NorthWest Vision and Media, Lip Sync Productions and Aver Media. Icon Film Distribution will release the film in the UK on 26 December 2009.  HanWay Films is selling international rights and The Weinstein Company has US rights.


UK Film Council chief executive officer John Woodward said, "It’s great to see that for the third year running, UK Film Council backed films have been selected for such a key festival for independent film in the US. Son of Babylon and Nowhere Boy are two very different films which the UK Film Council is proud to have backed from development through to production and are really representative of the exciting range of independent filmmaking in the UK.  Selection for Sundance can launch new film talent, really boost international sales potential, seriously enhance a film’s profile, as we saw last year with the Lottery-funded Man on Wire for example, which went on to achieve Oscar success."