Erin Harrison in Film & TV


Creative England in Film - Edinburgh Film Festival 2017

We have a diverse list of Creative England supported features and shorts premiering at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival. See below for a list of what we have to offer and what you can expect from us in the near future!


GOD’S OWN COUNTRY is CE50 Francis Lee’s debut feature, which shows the story of Johnny Saxby, a sheep farmer in Yorkshire whose life is significantly warped with the arrival of a migrant worker to his farm; depicting a tale of indiscriminative love.

Director Francis Lee received the best international director award whilst premiering at Sundance Film Festival 2017, which was a beginning venture for industry spotlight; Little White Lies and The Hollywood Reporter describing it as “the UK’s answer to Brokeback Mountain”.

The team took their Canadian premiere by opening at Inside Out festival on the 25th of May.

The film was developed through our iFeatures programme and then went on to be funded via our Lottery Production Fund. GOD’s OWN COUNTRY will be Edinburgh Gala’s opening film this year which of course is fantastic news; also premiering in the UK on the same day. It will see its release in the USA by Goldwyn and Orion in September.

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THE MARKER (feature) –

‘The Marker’ follows a criminal on the desperate search for deliverance as he tries to trace the daughter of the woman that he has murdered. He’s haunted by the woman’s ghost and the guilt he can never escape throughout his pilgrimage. Cast members include Struan Rodger (‘Kill List’), Andrew Shimm (‘This is England 90’) and Cathy Tyson (‘Mona Lisa’).

‘The Marker’ was directed by 104 Film’s director, Justin Edgar and funded via Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund.  Further funding for ‘The Marker’ came from Met Film Post and Achilles Entertainments with Creative England’s Senior Film Executive Richard Holmes joining Met Film Post’s Cavan Ash as Executive Producer. Ian Sharpe and Rebecca Joerin-Sharp from Achilles Entertainments have produced the film in conjunction with Alex Usborne and Justin Edgar.

 ‘The Marker’ is set and was filmed in Birmingham and Sheffield. It will see it’s world premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival this year and will be competing for the Michael Powell Award,  so not one to miss!

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ENGLAND IS MINE (feature) –

‘England Is Mine’ is a Biopic unravelling the early life of one Manchester’s most iconic alternative rock singers, Steven Patrick Morrissey. The film follows a troubled young boy growing up in 1970’s Manchester, before a guitarist named Johnny Marr turned up at his door to ask if he would like to front a new post-punk/alternative rock band with him named “The Smith’s”.

Creative England supported the development of ‘England Is Mine’ through our BFI Network Emerging Talent Fund and the film is to be debuted by Mark Gill. CE’s Production Services Team assisted with filming in Stretford, Manchester, to ensure as much authenticity as possible when piecing together the background of Manchester’s emblematic front man.

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“Real God’s Require Blood” is a short film set on a troubled estate in 1990 in an inscrutable area of Manchester. Alice is persuaded to babysit for her neighbour, whose children claim to be looking after a nocturnal being from Hell. With neighbourhood rumours, drug withdrawal’s and local gangs surrounding her thoughts, Alice must decide whether to stay and face the suspicions or escape fleetingly in to the night.

“Real God’s Require Blood” is by Moin Hussain, and is Creative England’s iWrite short which recently had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival; the European premiere being at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival.

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Also at Edinburgh Film Festival:

ONLY MY VOICE (documentary short) –

by Myriam Rey, funded through our Emerging Talent fund in a scheme/partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute

HOWLS (short) –

by Catriona McInnes, world premiere, funded through our Emerging Talent fund in co-production with Scottish Film Talent Network:

THE FULL STORY (animated short) – 

by Daisy Jacobs funded by Emerging Talent fund, competing for the McLaren Award, this is the UK premiere

The Bigger Picture from daisy jacobs on Vimeo.

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