We are excited to announce that Escape Films and 104 Films are now casting for the two lead roles in Retreat, the first feature film predominantly in BSL, written and directed by Ted Evans, which will shoot next year. You can find all the information you need to know on the link below so please have a thorough read. In brief we are looking for two young deaf adults who are fluent in BSL to play the roles of Matt and Eva – we are open to non-actors as well as experienced actors and the first step is to send in a self tape. Please see the links for more details.
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We have moved! After a wonderful time shooting the iWrite Films in 2016, producer Michelle Stein has relocated to Manchester and Escape Films is now based in the plush offices of Beehive Lofts in Ancoats, Manchester.
Moin Hussain’s latest sci-fi short NAPTHA shoots in Cornwall. Michelle Stein is executive producing, Foreign Materials and Conspire Pictures are producing and Film 4 and Film London are Funding.
To Know Him is broadcast and launched on BSLBT’s BSL Zone player to great acclaim. Watch it here
A terrific Behind The Scenes featurette is here
The Big Day director, Dawn Shadforth, starts to shoot her episodes of TRUST this month about the kidnap of John Paul Getty and starring Brendan Fraser and Hilary Swank. The series’ lead director is Danny Boyle and it is written by Simon Beaufoy.
To Know Him – our 28minute co-production with Penciltrick Productions from director Ted Evans and writer Kellie Smith shoots! Michelle also gives birth in September so she’ll be off-set for this one.
Real Gods Require Blood has its premiere at Frightfest this month! And we’re pleased to announce more festivals in the pipeline – Encounters, Strasbourg Fantasy Film Festival and LA Screamfest. We’re also delighted to announce that the film has been nominated for the Best Short Film Award at the BFI London Film Festival – such an honour!
Dependent premieres on the 11th July at the Galway Film Fleadh! It was selected as part of the New Irish Shorts strand and named by IFTN as a must-see Irish short.
June brings the UK premiere of Real Gods Require Blood at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 23rd June. Buy your tickets here!
It was fantastic to take Real Gods Require Blood to Cannes Film Festival – the film played as part of La Semaine De La Critique amongst just 9 other short films. A wonderful time was had by the director, writer, cast and crew who were able to attend.
We are delighted to announce that Real Gods Require Blood has been selected as one of just 10 films in competition in La Semaine De La Critique in Cannes this year. There were 1,700 submissions are we are honoured to be part of the selection. Real Gods was directed by Moin Hussain, written by Tom Benn and funded by Creative England and the BFI Net.Work. For more information click here.
Creative England have named Escape Films, one of the top 50 Creative companies in the country. Read all about it here.
We are so happy to announce that Ted Evans’ debut feature project Retreat successfully secured production funding as part of the iFeatures initiative. Escape Films will produce with Alex Usborne of 104 Films. Let the planning and plotting begin!
Read the full story here.
What a year it’s been for Escape Films! And it’s topped off by an announcement that we are developing a feature animation penned by brilliant writer and long-time collaborator Andrew Yerlett, housed by Aardman Animation and financed by the BFI. It’s about moles, and it’s funny.
Read the article in Screen International here.
We are about to go into production on three very exciting short films, funded and originating from Creative England’s iWrite scheme. We’ve been in Manchester for a month and a half prepping these shorts that shoot for a total of 9 days between the 17th and 27th October.
The Big Day: Written by Kellie Smith, Directed by Dawn Shadforth, shot and lit by Robbie Ryan
Couldn’t Care Less: Written by Curtis Cole, Directed by Phil Sheerin, shot and lit by Steven Cameron Ferguson
Real Gods Require Blood: Written by Tom Benn, Directed by Moin Hussain, shot and lit by Nick Cooke
Escape Films will receive a Visions Award from the BFI! Screen International named 22 companies who will receive awards of £100,000 over two years, with £50,000 earmarked for companies to invest in new projects and talent. We are very excited and grateful to be working with the BFI and to start investing in new projects soon.
We are delighted to announce that Escape Films are taking part in ifeatures this year! In co-production with 104 Films we are producing Ted Evans’ feature film Retreat. It will be directed by Ted, who is a leading award-winning deaf film-maker and written by E.V Crowe. More info can be found here
Glorious GUTPUNCH is now available to watch for free on Vice. Here’s a great article about the piece and the film itself: GUTPUNCH
We ‘ve just completed our second commercial! We’re helping Teach First recruit more career changers. The film can be watched online and will be screened at Waterloo station on Tuesday 26th January between 6 and 7pm. The film can be watched here.
We ‘ve just completed our first commercial, which was featured on BBC Breakfast news! An important online ad for Hertfordshire child services. The film can be watched here.
Gutpunch is playing on Bondi Beach courtesy of Flickerfest. We wonder, with unease, how Roddy will get on down under. To keep updated with Gutpunch click on it!
Gutpunch is playing in the Houston Comedy Film Festival and we’ve been nominated for an award – BEST COMEDY SHORT! Here is one of our 1980s video daters to celebrate
After our post production period we’re happy to say that Gutpunch is going to premiere at the LA Comedy Shorts Festival!
We’ve wrapped on BFI funded film Gutpunch! After a fantastic 8 day shoot in Ruislip, we start editing on Monday 12th November. Gutpunch stars Rufus Jones, Justin Edwards, Rebekah Staton, Leila Hoffman and Christian Lees.
Michelle is on the Jury of the British Independent Film Awards 2012. The nominees can be found here.
The Ellington Kid was screened on Channel 4 in the first week in November as part of their ‘Random Acts’ series. It’s also being screened in cinemas across London as part of Soda Pictures’ New British quarterly.
We will be going into production on Gutpunch soon. It’s a fantastic new short written by Andrew Yerlett and directed by double BAFTA winner Adrian McDowall. The BFI Film Fund are funding Gutpunch through their new shorts scheme which is being run by Lighthouse. We are producing the film with production company Archer’s Mark and look forward to starting a fruitful relationship with them.
We are pleased to announce that The Ellington Kid will be premiering at the BFI London Film Festival this year on the 11th and 13th October as part of the Crime and Punishment shorts. Please click here for more information about the screening.
Michelle completed the first part of the prestigious Inside Pictures programme in June and was in the company of fantastic producers and executives from all over Europe. For more information on Inside Pictures please click here.
February saw Michelle and Andrew, the producer and writer of Bummer descend on Berlin for the Berlinale Co-production market. The project proved extremely popular with financiers, distributors, sales agents and co-producers, click here to read the Variety article listing the project as one of the most popular in the market.
lt’s been a wonderful start the the year at Escape, with Bummer garnering interest from the international film community by becoming the only UK project to be selected for the Berlinale Co-production market through the Talent Project Market in February 2012. For more details please click here for the Screen International article. Michelle will be attending the film festival between the 10th and 17th February.
In other Bummer news, we’re happy to say that the BFI Film Fund are continuing to support the project by granting us further development funding.
Our horror feature,The Good People, has made it on to this year’s Brit List. The Brit List is modelled on Hollywood’s Black List, which asks a pool of development execs, agents and producers to recommend their favorite unproduced scripts. The The Good People is one of 26 projects that was chosen from a list of over 160.
In Our Name has won the Golden Zenith for Best First Feature at the Montreal World Film Festival.
We are very excited to be working with the BFI Film Fund on Bummer – the teen comedy we’ve been developing with writer Andrew Yerlett. The first draft is being written at the moment. Please see “Projects” for more details about Bummer.
The Isis is scheduled to be broadcast on the 18th of June on the BBC’s HD channel. It will be aired at 00.15 am (technically,the 19th of June),and will be followed by the rest of the short films from this year’s scheme. Details of the broadcast can be found here.
The Film will also be available to view on iPlayer from the 18th onwards.
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund are hosting a preview screening of The Isis on Friday, the 17th of June at the Apollo Cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Director, Andrew Saunders, received funding support from the CTBF towards making the film
In Our Name has been released on DVD on 25th April and is available in store at HMV and FOPP and is also available online at Amazon and various other shops.
The Isis was screened to the industry and other BBCHD short film-makers on 8th April at the Soho Hotel screening room. A great night was had by all. Congratulations should also go to the team behind Wish 143, a BBCHD short that was nominated for the short film Oscar this year.
We’ve wrapped on The Isis. This short film is currently being edited by Lawrence Huck and will be transmitted on the BBC HD channel later in the year.
Escape Films are making their first short film in a long time! The Isis, which was written by Matt Wilkinson and Tim Saunders will be directed by Andrew Saunders and produced by Purnima Ramadorai as part of the BBCHD Shorts scheme. The film will go into production in February 2011.
The worldwide rights to In Our Name have been taken by Highpoint Films and will be sold at the Berlin film festival in February 2011.
In Our Name was released on 10th December to great critical acclaim receiving 4 star reviews in Time Out and Total Film as well as lots of attention for its star Joanne Froggatt. For the trailer and details of press coverage click HERE
The 5th December 2010 saw the Ceremony for the annual British Indepedent Film Awards for which In Our Name received 2 nominations and we’re very happy to say that our star JOANNE FROGGATT won the BIFA for the Most Promising Newcomer for her magnificent performance in the film. Congratualations Joanne. A wonderful night was had by all.
Joanne with Kayvan Novak and Riz Ahmed, stars of Four Lions
Following an amazing premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and a nomination for Brian and Michelle, In Our Name has been nominated for 2 BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS. Best Achievement in Production and Most Promising Newcomer for Joanne Froggatt’s much talked about stunning lead performance.
To keep up with the news about In Our Name please visit:
In Our Name has been getting some great reviews – including 4 stars in Time Out and a wonderful write-up in I-D Magazine that described the film as “electrifying…timely, gripping and important viewing”. Check out the new website HERE
In Our Name producer Michelle Eastwood and writer/director Brian Welsh have been nominated for the Best British Newcomer Award at the BFI London Film Festival. Film-makers nominated include Richard Ayoade (Submarine) and Clio Barnard (The Arbor).
In Our Name will have its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Friday 15th October at the Vue, Leicester Square!
The film will be playing as part of the festival’s New British Cinema section, and tickets will be available to purchase from the festval’s website from the 27th of September.
The film is also the focus of two education events at the LFF – one involving a Q&A with producer, Michelle Eastwood, writer/director Brian Welsh, and actress Joanne Froggatt for older school and university students; the other involving a masterclass with Michelle and Brian, followed by a directing workshop with Brian. Workshop link
We’ve had some nice press coverage so far. Check out this article and interview on Digital Spy: Press link
By The Grace of God by Ralitza Petrova, which was produced by Michelle, and premiered in Cannes last year, is going to be available on DVD through the label Filmarmalade. The launch of this stand-alone DVD is on Sunday, 3rd October, at 5 pm. Tickets are free and you can call to book. Tickets link
The DVD will then be available to buy from the Tate Modern Bookshop, ICA Bookshop, BFI filmstore, Saatchi Gallery bookshop, Walter Koenig bookshop, Close-up film library, and the IMT gallery.
Estephan’s back from his final research trip, which took him to Minquin county in China. We’re now editing material in order to help us raise interest in and money for the full production of The Vanishing Worlds.
Estephan has just come back from the second research trip of our feature documentary, The Vanishing Worlds, that’s in development with the UKFC and the BBC. He went out to the Sunderban islands in West Bengal for three weeks and talked to some wonderful and resilient people on the island of Ghoromara, which is sinking into the sea.
We have completed filming After The Last Goal. Director Mahdi Fleifel has returned after a seven week shoot in Ain-El-Helweh camp, Lebanon, where he experienced the World Cup frenzy of the inhabitants and chased some amazing stories about the Palestinian refugees and their dreams. The edit commences at the beginning of August.
Cherry On the Cake has now taken part in over 40 international film festivals! The most recent include Rushes Soho Short Film Festival, Seoul International Youth Film Festival, San Franscisco International Film Festival, and we were also awarded a Special Jury mention at Seattle International Film Festival.
We finished the edit of In Our Name! The next month will be spent working on the sound, music, grade, and online edit of the film.We are also waiting to hear from various festivals and should soon have some news about where the premiere will be.
May saw Purnima and Michelle travel to Cannes with In Our Name director Brian Welsh, courtesy of the NFTS/MEDIA scheme, Passion To Market. Michelle and Brian have been taking part in this scheme for the last year, and In Our Name is the first feature film to be dveloped and made with the help of this scheme. Cannes was the final event in the Passion To Market Calendar which included trips to the Polish Film School, La Femis and the Berlin Film Festival.