BBC Films has diverse slate

9:37 AM PST 05/18/2008 by Stuart Kemp, AP

Roster of filmmakers remains an eclectic mix

CANNES -- BBC Films may have revamped its management and bolstered its annual budget by a couple of mil to 12 million puonds ($23.5 million) but its roster of filmmakers remains an eclectic mix.

Lynne Ramsay is writing and will direct a script based on the novel "We Need To Talk About Kevin" which BBC Films is helping develop with "Michael Clayton" producer Jennifer Fox.

Also on the slate is the latest from Andrea Arnold, entitled "Fish Tank", which is a follow-up to her debut "Red Road" which secured the Grand Jury Prize here at Cannes in 2006.

Debbie Isitt will follow up her improvised comedy "Confetti" with a project entitled "Nativity" which BBC Films said is "tightly structured" but improvised. It will include a cast of children and is based around a school nativity play.

BBC Films is also developing a script with writer David Nicholls based on Thomas Hardy's novel "Far From The Madding Crowd." He most recently penned an adaptation of "Tess of the D'Ubervilles" for BBC Drama.

This time last year BBC Films and ex-chief David Thompson parted company and the unit restructured, creating a BBC Films board.

The board comprises Christine Langan, Jamie Laurenson, Joe Oppenheimer and Jane Wright.

Langan, Laurenson and Oppenheimer report to BBC Fiction controller Jane Tranter while Wright reports to BBC Fiction Operations and Business Affairs head Claire Evans.
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