Cannes 2012: Mark Jay Punk Drama 'Two Sevens Clash' Tunes Up (Exclusive)
U.K. production banner Hurricane Films pacts with Germany's ostlicht filmproduktion to produce.
U.K. based production banner Hurricane Films has sealed a co-production deal with German outfit ostlicht filmproduktion on coming-of-age tale Two Sevens Clash from writer and director Mark Jay (Dolphins). Set in north London in 1977 against a backdrop of a divided Britain, it details the story of 16-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy who escapes family pressures by plunging into the love of punk rock.
Hurricane is run by producers Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos who brought Terence Davies' Of Time And the City to the Festival de Cannes in 2008. Boulter and Papadopoulos met ostlicht producers Marcel Lenz and Guido Schwab via Full ON Production's Nigel Thew and Mark Jay in Berlin and concluded the co-production pact during the Marche du Film in Cannes.
Hurricane is also currently documenting Mick Jones of The Clash's latest project The Justice Tonight Band, of which Boulter is also a member. Boulter said: "To be playing and filming Mick is a great buzz and honour to hear him praise Two Sevens Clash after reading it was an equal thrill, and he has pledged his support for the project along with Don Letts, legendary documenter of the punk scene."
Papadopoulos said: "The fact that Mark [Jay] was so involved in the early days of punk (actually attending the infamous Sex Pistol's Jubilee boat party) brings a real authenticity to the material, which was a huge attraction for us."
Marcel Lenz and Guido Schwab said they "were immediately caught by Mark's script that captures the birth of punk rock which was as influential in Germany as in U.K."