Craig Conway to Direct BBP's Thriller 'Kruger'

Craig Conway to Direct BBP's Thriller 'Kruger'

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Kaleidoscope Film Distribution and Goldfinch Studios are partnering on the upcoming psychological thriller “Kruger,” to be shot in South Africa in March.

“Kruger” marks the directorial debut for British actor-producer Craig Conway(“Giantland”). The project is fully financed by Goldfinch Entertainment, and produced by Kirsty Bell and Craig Conway of Bird Box Pictures, a Goldfinch Studio company.

The movie is set within the vast and dangerous backdrop of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, focusing on a dysfunctional family’s attempts to survive. Casting is under way. “Kruger” was unveiled Saturday at the American Film Market in Santa Monica.

Kaleidoscope’s Spencer Pollard said: “We are excited to be working with Goldfinch Studios on this highly commercial genre film that we believe stands every chance of standing out in the marketplace next year. Craig’s vision and the team behind the film should lead to a lot of interest as we package the film and announce cast in the near future.”

Read the official announcement on Variety.

GSP to Become 'Goldfinch Studios'

GSP to Become 'Goldfinch Studios'

We wish to share some important news regarding Goldfinch Entertainment and GSP Studios.

Over the last 4 years the businesses have grown increasingly closer and more successful.  GSP Studios is now the largest Independent Studio and Producer in the UK.  It was most recently identified by the BFI as the most prolific production company in the UK, having produced 13 films with a combined budget of £39M between 2014-2016, such as SOLIS starring Steven Ogg, MAD TO BE NORMAL starring David Tennant, and THAT GOOD NIGHT starring Sir John Hurt.

Goldfinch Entertainment has an enviable reputation as an Executive Producer having raised and deployed over £75m in nearly 4 years, into productions such as LE MANS: RACING IS EVERYTHING, HECTOR starring Peter Mullan, Chanya Button’s BURN BURN BURN, 2016’s award-wining drama, MY FERAL HEART, THE CARER starring Brian Cox and THE EICHMANN SHOW with Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia. Recently the team launched Bird Box Pictures, their production arm, and have completed GIANTLAND and GATECRASH with an enviable slate ahead of them.

None of this would have been possible without both businesses, the teams, our industry partners and our investors.  For this we would like to say thank you and assure you that we value your continued support greatly.

As acknowledgement of this, Goldfinch Entertainment will join forces with GSP Studios, which will operate as ‘Goldfinch Studios’ going forward.  Furthermore Goldfinch Studios will become the umbrella brand under which Goldfinch Entertainment and Bird Box Pictures will operate in their own distinctive and complementary areas.

This move represents several years of hypergrowth in both businesses and an increasingly close working practices and relationship.  Goldfinch Studios will restructure the production arm, studio and post facility in York, continue the structuring and financing business of Goldfinch Entertainment, as well as develop commercial content through Bird Box Pictures, Goldfinch production companies, and 3rd party producers.

This is a hugely exciting move, and one that sets up Goldfinch Studios to be an industry leader in the UK and internationally across Film and TV providing expertise across finance, production and facilities, including editing, post and VFX.

An announcement has already been featured on Screen Daily, Deadline and Variety.

Our senior team will be attending AFM under our new moniker.  If you wish to meet then please contact us on info@goldfinchstudios.co.uk.

Once again we thank you for all your support on our journey so far and we look forward to the start of new chapter together as Goldfinch Studios.

Kind Regards,

Kirsty Bell (CEO) & Alan Latham (COO)

Bird Box Pictures Gatecrash featured in Screen Daily

Bird Box Pictures Gatecrash featured in Screen Daily

Bird Box Pictures are now in production on GATECRASH - an adaptation of the hard-hitting, Edinburgh Fringe First Award-winning play, ‘Life’s a Gatecrash’, written for the screen by playwright Terry Hughes, with Alan Pattison & Lawrence Gough, who co-wrote the 2009 thriller, SALVAGE.

Gough is directing GATECRASH, his feature film follow-up to SALVAGE. The film is the third to be produced by Bird Box Pictures’ Craig Conway and Executive Producer Kirsty Bell, in association with Goldfinch Entertainment, following Shaun Robert Smith’s BROKEN in 2016 and this year’s GIANT LAND, starring Hayley Squires and currently in post-production.

First announced in Cannes earlier this year, GATECRASH is a dark, twisted psychological thriller which follows Nicole (French-born Olivia Bonamy) and Steve (Ben Cura- television’s Marcella) as they discover themselves to be the protagonists of a terrible hit and run situation; with the evidence suggesting this was no accident.

The film co-stars Samuel West (ON CHESIL BEACH, SUFFRAGETTE) as a menacing witness to the accident, and Anton Lesser (A UNITED KINGDOM, television’s Game of Thrones) as their victim.

GATECRASH is shooting through mid- October, with an intense 22-day schedule at GSP Studios in York. The production will boast a 360-degree composite set at the studio facility, allowing performance and pace to be shot and captured in real-time takes of up to 30 minutes per act, across three acts, in order to capture the story’s theatrical rawness as well as its cinematic scope.

Independent, London-based production outfit Bird Box Pictures (formerly BB88), has an eclectic film slate that includes BHARAL- directed by Jake L Reid (THE ANTWERP DOLLS) with Sebastian Foucan (widely recognised as the founder of free-running/parkour) and Kelsey Grammer on board to star. Also on the slate is the big budget VIGILANTE, a co-production with Mann Made films. KRUGER marks the directorial debut of actor/producer Craig Conway (DOG SOLDIERS, THE DESCENT, MARA, FINAL SCORE); this dark psychological thriller/horror set within the vast and dangerous backdrop of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, twists a dysfunctional family’s attempts to repair into a desperate attempt for survival. The team are hoping to attach a sales agent for AFM, now that the project is fully-financed and greenlit, to head in to production in South Africa in March 2018.

Fine the Screen Daily announcement here.

BBP GiantLand featured in China Daily!

BBP GiantLand featured in China Daily!

BBP and its latest venture 'GiantLand' has been recently featured in China Daily. The film which is one of the three backed by Chinese film and TV financier Zhongze Culture Investment, is set to see its completion soon. Other two films in the pipeline for the Chinese fund are 'The Kruger' and 'Break'.  

Please follow up the full article about the fund and comments from our producer Craig Conway, here.

 

 

Meet BBP in Cannes 18th - 24th May

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Come and meet Craig Conway and rest of the team at this year's Festival de Cannes.

BBP invite you to meet and discuss potential production and collaboration opportunities.

With our clear mission to create international films with strong commercial elements we will be there to discuss our dynamic slate of productions and collaborations, and looking for new and exciting additions to our slate.

BBP upcoming film 'Giantland' will be unveiled in Cannes, along with announcements about the rest of our slate - one of which was launched this morning 'The Vigilante' in Variety!

Please contact silja@birdboxent.com and let us know some days and times that would work between Thursday 18th PM and Wednesday 24th AM.

BBP & Mann Made Films Co-Pro THE VIGILANTE Announced

Again our friends at Variety have been kind enough to run the exclusive launch of our co-production with Mann Made Films, 'The Vigilante' - to read all about it please click on the link below:

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/bb88-mann-made-films-the-vigilante-uk-china-fund-1202426569/  

We are very excited about teaming up with Scott and James, and look forward to discussing 'The Vigilante' along with the rest of our slate at Cannes later this week.

If you wish to talk about any of our projects or want to meet at Cannes please click here.

Variety Unveil BBP & GiantLand!

Variety Unveil BBP & GiantLand!

This morning our friends at Variety were brilliant enough to run an article launching both BBP to the wider industry and our first project GiantLand ahead of Cannes

'Giantland' Hayley Squires wins BIFA Award

'Giantland' Hayley Squires wins BIFA Award

Congratulations to Hayley Squires - one of the stars of Giantland - who won the 'Most Promising Newcomer' award at last night's BIFAs.

Hayley Squires won the award for her role in Ken Loach's Palm D'or winning 'I, Daniel Blake' which has been receiving rave reviews since it was released.

The BIFAs (British Independent Film Awards) highlight and reward the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK. They identify and encourage emerging talent like Hayley, celebrate the indie film community and promote British film / talent to the public.

Screen unveil first ‘Horror Rising Star Award’ shortlist

Screen unveil first ‘Horror Rising Star Award’ shortlist

Craig’s writing / directing / producing partner Shaun Robert-Smith has been shortlisted for their feature debut Broken, which is set to screen at this year’s FrightFest. He originally trained as a prosthetics make-up artist before turning to writing and directing.

Winner to be announced during genre festival. The full shortlist included Alice Lowe, Paul Hyett, The Ford Brothers, Kate Shenton and Shaun Robert Smith have been shortlisted for the inaugural Screen International Horror Rising Star Award.  The award, celebrating the work of emerging talent in genre cinema, has been launched with Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 (Aug 25-29).

The winner will be announced on Aug 28, following a panel discussion on the future of the UK horror film industry moderated by Screen at London’s Vue Cinema in Shepherds Bush – the main hub of the festival.

Update on Giantland

Update on Giantland

The latest cast to be attached to BBP’s first feature Giant Lands can be confirmed as:

Goran Bogdan - Bearded Man
Hayley Squires - Mum
Joshua Herdman - Jason Mitchell
Lawrence Norman - Ryan

We are extremely excited for this hugely poignant Tribeca nominated story.

Hayley who starred in the Palm D’or winning I, Daniel Blake , Goran who currently stars in The Last Panthers TV series, Josh of Harry Potter fame and Mitchell will combine to create a cast that is more than a sum of it’s already substantial parts.

Watch this space for more cast announcements and production updates as we head towards FDPP very shortly!