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Pinewood Studios backs first Short Film

Pinewood Studios backs first Short Film

Pinewood Studios presents its first short film amongst its production slate; Alpha : Omega.

A short film about a century-long civil war where the battle-line isn’t race or religion: it’s gender; and the resource at stake isn’t land or wealth: it’s reproduction. A dynamic female-helmed Production Company Gobby and Specs are behind the project that Producer, Director and Co-Writer Chanya Button and Writer Sian Robins-Grace are developing into a feature film realisation. Pinewood’s Chief Executive Ivan Dunleavy and Head of Apollo Productions Steve Norris at Pinewood Studios singled out this unique and exciting project for support.

Ivan Dunleavy and Steve Norris saw the great potential for this project to be the first steps towards these exciting emerging film-makers crafting a uniquely British Sci-Fi feature, and offered to support the film.

Steve commented: "Pinewood has been steadily building its involvement in British, independent film in the last couple of years and has already backed some really exciting projects with some of the best new talent working in the UK. Alpha : Omega is the first short film Pinewood has put money into and we're excited about the results. Chanya has worked hard to assemble some great partners and has produced a fantastic short sci-fi film that will certainly get people talking. We wish the team every success with their plans to turn this into a full length feature.”

Other industry professionals and companies followed suit in supporting the project, amongst many others: Technicolour, Panavision, DNeg, Oscar winning Neil Corbould Special Effects (Gravity, War Horse, Gladiator), and Greg Powell (Stunt Co-Ordinator: Harry Potter, Children of Men, Skyfall). ALPHA : OMEGA is an important example of the exceptional craftsmen of the British Film Industry supporting emerging talent. There is an enormous amount of good-will for emerging film-makers from within the British Film Industry, and Pinewood’s support of Alpha : Omega singles this project, and these film-makers out as ones to watch.

In development, ALPHA : OMEGA the feature, is a political thriller with a sci-fi edge, set in 50 years time. It follows the story of a pioneering female politician and her family, as she fights for a potent new fertility technology to be made available to the general public. After an announcement that she is to have a child via a controversial and heavily sanctioned technology – ectogenesis – Francesca Rosenbaum launches a campaign to move up the ranks of a stagnant coalition cabinet, and ascend to power. Tumult is incited amongst her political rivals, as well as within her family, as the very DNA of the family unit is unravelled. The film-makers have been inspired by the potential for a close relationship between Science and the Arts, and seek to ask the question: if women no longer needed to bear children, what effect would that have on the way families are comprised, on the workplace, on politics, and on the very fabric of our society? A family drama set amongst the seeds of a biological revolution, and exploring the role international corporations have to play in medical science, politics, and the family unit ALPHA : OMEGA the feature is the prequel to ALPHA : OMEGA the short.

ALPHA : OMEGA stars a wide range of established and up and coming British talent. Avaigail Tlailim (Asa) who recently played the lead in ITV’s The Town, Amanda Hadingue (Black Pond, The Queen), Maggie Steed (A Promise, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Michael Thomson (Holby City), and Sebastian Armesto (Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger Tides, Anonymous).

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Chanya Button’s last short film, FIRE, was commission by Film London for the Dickens’ Bicentennial and toured internationally with the British Council. FIRE was also selected for the BFI London Film Festival 2012, TIFF 2012, Underwire 2013 and was chosen for the 2012 DGA New Director’s showcase in NYC. Chanya is now developing Alpha : Omega the feature, and is also working with writer and actress Charlie Covell on their feature titled BURN, BURN, BURN – a ‘Thelma and Louise’ style British road trip comedy. Like On the Road, but with less misogyny and more Little Chefs – which is due to shoot in Summer 2014. Co-Writer Sian Robins-Grace works in development at Sixteen Productions is developing the Alpha : Omega feature alongside Chanya. Co-Producer of the short, Tim Phillips, is in post-production on his first feature, Peterman.