The Hungry, written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee (writer/director, Let’s Be Out, The Sun Is Shining), co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta (executive producer, Ludo) and Kurban Kassam (line producer, 20,000 Days on Earth) will be Film London’s first India-UK co-production. The film is a contemporary retelling of Shakespearian tragedyTitus Andronicus, reset in an Indian wedding.
Produced through Film London’s Microwave International: Shakespeare India scheme, the film has a budget of £300,000, raised by Indian funders Cinestaan Film Company and a UK Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme. Twickenham Studios will provide of post-production support. The training elements of the scheme, including the week long Microschool, are funded by the British Council.
Film London has also announced that Sir Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet) will be the patron of Shakespeare on Screen, a year long programme marking 400 years since Shakespeare’s death.
Six teams have been shortlisted for the British Council and Film London’s Shakespeare’s Sister scheme, supported by WFTV, where two all-female teams are offered £15,000 each and support from Film4 to produce shorts. These are:Marina and Adrienne (based on Pericles, Price of Tyre) by Lucy Campbell; Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote (featuring Shakespearian quotes for dialogue) by WFTV ex mentee Christiana Ebohon; The Players (inspired by Twelfth Nightand As You Like It) by WFTV member Aurora Fearnley; WYRDOES (based on Macbeth) by Nat Luurtsema; The Lovers’ Guide to Hunting (inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream) by WFTV member Ita Fitzgerald; and The Tempest(inspired by The Tempest) by WFTV member Debs Paterson.
This article by Naman Ramachandran was re-posted from the Cineuropa website.