9:52am PT by Stuart Kemp
U.K. Producer Tim Bevan to Help Steer Projects With Peter Mullan, Cynthia Nixon
LONDON – Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter's Liverpool based production banner Hurricane Films got a welcome boost to ambitions to produce Terence Davies's Sunset Song for the big screen Thursday.
The company has appointed Working Title co-chairman Tim Bevan as part of the 2013 mentor set-up administered by independent charity organization Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).
Bevan, one of the U.K.'s biggest producer names, will provide support in areas of project development and production for Hurricane Films through the mentoring process, focusing on the banner's next two features, Sunset Song and A Quiet Passion.
First to go into production this summer is Davies' Sunset Song, billed as an intimate epic based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's 1930s classic novel of the same name.
Agyness Deyn (Pusher) and Peter Mullan (War Horse) are lined up to star
Hurricane is also aiming to produce A Quiet Passion, with Cynthia Nixon (Sex And The City 2) attached to star as poet Emily Dickinson.
Bevan will work alongside Hurricane Films for a 12 month period on a one-to-one basis noting he hopes "not only inspire Hurricane further but offer them real guidance, support and encouragement throughout our 12 months together."
Papadopoulos described Bevan as "an inspiring and visionary mentor for us."
Boulter added: "Tim’s proven expertise in both production and business development will be crucial to us as we continue to grow and produce heartfelt and moving feature films."
Papadopoulos is a multi-award winning documentary film maker with six Royal Television Society awards to his name while Boulter is the ex-drummer with pop sensation The Farm turned television scriptwriter on Brookside, EastEnders and The Street.
The duo produced the BAFTA nominated documentary Of Time and The City by Davies which debuted at the Festival de Cannes in 2008 to critical acclaim and was named in Time Magazine’s top ten films of 2009.