Flying Blind world premiere in Edinburgh

22 06 2012

Flying Blind, the Bristol-set feature film starring Helen McCrory about the illicit romance between a high-flying aerospace engineer and a French-Algerian student, is receiving its world premiere this weekend at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it is also in competition for best UK film.

The film, described as “a passionate post 9/11 love story driven by cultural, racial and sexual taboos”, filmed at locations across Bristol including the Downs, Corn Street and The Paragon in Clifton.

It was made as part of the iFeatures scheme from former regional screen agency South West Screen in which three feature films telling strong Bristol stories were made on budgets of just £300,000.

That figure is nearer the catering budget on a film like Skyfall which McCrory, best known as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films and currently starring alongside Julie Walters in The Last Of The Haussmans at the National Theatre, is shooting next.

The film is headed by young Polish director Kasia Klimkiewicz, whose short film, Hanoi Warsaw, won the 2010 European Film Award for Best Short. It is produced by Alison Sterling, who co-produced the 2010 BAFTA nominated short film Turning.

The second iteration of iFeatures, now led by Creative England, will soon announce the shortlist of 16 teams who will go on to develop their ideas of stories from the English regions, before three films are greenlit later in the year.



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