Peckham in the movies

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South-east London’s flourishing district has a starring role in the big-screen adaptation of Bola Agbaje’s Gone Too Far! and E4’s new urban comedy-drama, Youngers, billed as the the new Skins or The Inbetweeners. Liz Hoggard goes behind the scenes…

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BFI, Poisson Rouge to back ‘Gone Too Far’

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LONDON — The British Film Institute and Poisson Rouge Pictures are joining forces to finance “Gone Too Far,” the feature adaptation of Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning play.
The film marks the feature debut of helmer Destiny Ekaragha, who has previously worked in television and shorts.

The project is one of the first announced to receive production funding from the BFI Film Fund since the launch of the BFI’s five-year plan “Film Forever: Supporting U.K. Film” on Oct. 3.

The plan talks extensively about the importance of supporting new voices and aspirant and emerging filmmakers, as part of its focus and “Gone Too Far” is a clear example of that approach.

“Getting people to the starting line is a big responsibility for us,” Ben Roberts, director BFI Film Fund, recently told Variety in an interview to appear in the upcoming issue of weekly Variety. “It’s about the quality of the filmmaking, but I would say there’s a massive commitment from this team to first-time filmmakers. “

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British Stage Play ‘Gone Too Far’ to Hit Cinema Screens

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Destiny Ekaragha will direct Bola Adbaje’s big screen version of her own play with Malachi Kirby, O.C. Ukeje and Golda John signed to star.

LONDON – The big screen adaptation of Bola Adbaje’s stage play Gone Too Far, is one of the first projects to garner backing from the BFI Film Fund after the organization’s revamp of its production cashpool.

The coming-of-age comedy marks the movie debut for director Destiny Ekaragha.
Produced by Christopher Granier-Deferre (The Hide) through his company Poisson Rouge Pictures, the project is co-funded by the BFI Film Fund.

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A Thousand Kisses Deep

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Dana Lustig’s time-travel thriller brings reconciliation to a troubled life.

The wish to go back into your past, and change things with the knowledge you have in the present, must be a universal one. It’s the subject of Israeli-US director Dana Lustig’s A Thousand Kisses Deep, which manages to make fantasy come alive for its heroine Mia (Jodie Whittaker, outstanding in the role). With the help of time travel.

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Sexy Beast

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Sarah Cooper hangs out with the sons of acting royalty on the set of Christopher Granier Deferre’s directorial debut.

When Brit producer Christopher Granier Deferre told us that he was turning his hand to directing, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit the set of his first short, Beast, even if it was on a sunny Saturday. That’s our dedication to the film industry (and a free lunch) folks!

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Granier-Deferre makes directorial debut with Le Weekend

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The British producer is directing from a script by Geoffrey Gunn.

The Hide producer Christopher Granier-Deferre is making his directorial debut with Le Weekend, a black comedy written by Geoffrey Gunn.

The History Boys actor Jamie Parker stars alongside rising French actor Pierre Perrier and British newcomer Kirsty Oswald.

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Hot projects on Screenbase

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Among this week’s newly added projects are Christopher Granier-Deferre’s comedy Le Weekend, as well as Né Quelque Part starring Jamel Debbouze.

Two reckless romantics on a doomed weekend in Normandy find themselves sharing their love nest with a disturbed fugitive in Granier-Deferre’s directorial debut Le Weekend. The comedy is based on a screenplay by Geoffrey Gunn and will star Pierre Perrier, Jamie Parker and Kirsty Oswald.

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