January 16, 2017
Writer/Director: Margaret Constantas
Composer: Judith Weir
Producers: Margaret Constantas and Philip Cowan
A cinematic opera made up of three allegorical tales set in contemporary Cardiff.
Margaret Constantas, a member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations has been working on a feature film project with Judith Weir. It has been selected as a slate of ten for Cinematic, a Ffilm Cymru Wales / BFI / S4C feature film scheme.
Ten teams of Welsh writers, directors and producers have been shortlisted for Ffilm Cymru Wales’ Cinematic feature film scheme, financed in partnership with the BFI and S4C, with additional support from Fields Park Entertainment and Warner Music Supervision.
The slate demonstrates both the diversity of supported talent, and the scope of their stories and styles. Ffilm Cymru Wales representative Adam Partridge remarks, “It really is encouraging to see the breadth of talent from Wales, and to be able to support a wide range of voices and perspectives. The projects range from comedy capers to elevated horror, and even an opera film. We hope there’s something here for everyone!”
Margaret’s work 'Lavish’ is that cinematic opera which is made up of three allegorical tales set in contemporary Cardiff.
All 10 teams will now progress into the development phase, including training supported by the sector skills council Creative Skillset, and led by experienced facilitator Angus Finney, who manages the annual Production Funding Market and Micromarkets in London. The focus will be on both creatively progressing the work, and carefully considering the market opportunities for the supported projects. Training providers include a range of industry experts, including experienced producers Julie Baines (Creep, Triangle) and Emily Leo (Under the Shadow), director Ben Parker (The Chamber, OTM Entertainment), and sales and distribution representatives Jezz Vernon (Port Royal London, formerly of Metrodome) and Deborah Rowland (We are the Tonic).
Senior BFI executive, Mary Burke comments “The BFI are happy to continue our support for strong Welsh talent through Cinematic, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the projects unfold over the course of development from the teams selected.”
S4C’s Drama Content Commissioner, Gwawr Martha Lloyd adds; “Having taken great pride in the films born out the first Cinematic scheme, S4C is very excited to embark on the second round of stories. Cinematic is an opportunity to bring forward talents in the field of film and I am in no doubt that we will continue to build writing relationships with new and emerging talent, as well as encouraging more experienced writers to step in to world of film for the first time. I can’t wait to see the results.”
The Cinematic programme will culminate in the selection and production of three of the features that go through development. But as Partridge notes, “The scheme generates more value than the final three films – as it looks to build relationships and ways of working across the pool of talent.”
Previous films produced through Cinematic comprise Craig Roberts’ directorial debut Just Jim, Euros Lyn’s and Fflur Dafydd’s adaptation of Welsh-language novel Y Llyfgrell / The Library Suicides, and Chris Crow’s historical chiller The Lighthouse.