'The King's Speech' Scribe David Seidler's Latest Movie Attracts U.K. Development Backing

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LONDON -- Startup U.K. based film and television company Cascade has chosen its first feature film investment, The Lady Who Went Too Far.

The Lady Who Went Too Far tells the true story of Lady Hester Stanhope, who rejected London society in the early 1800s to travel across the Mediterranean and into the Middle East, where she played a major role in stifling Napoleon's advances toward India.

The project reunites two members of the BAFTA and Oscar-winning team behind The King’s Speech, producer Gareth Unwin of Bedlam Productions and writer David Seidler, who is adapting the screenplay for The Lady Who Went Too Far from Kirsten Ellis’ biography, Star of the Morning.

Unwin, who produced The King’s Speech with Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, recently produced Erik RiklisZaytoun.

The Lady Who Went Too Far is scheduled to go into production later this year.

Produced by Bedlam Films, the film is being supported by Cascade and the British Film Institute Film Fund, British Film Company, HW Buffalo & RPTVA.

Cascade Media Development is set up as a film and TV production company investing in and developing new writers through its project, the Cascade Writers Couch, as well as working with experienced filmmakers on projects that have international commercial appeal.

Cascade CEO Mark Fisher said: "Working with Gareth [Unwin] and David [Seidler] to bring this enthralling story to screen is the best opening scene for Cascade as a company. To work with such talented and creative people on a project that has such international commercial appeal is a dream for us and fits perfectly with our ambitions to build Cascade as a company that can help finance and package films from established filmmakers, as well as the emerging talent that we are supporting in other ways."

Cascade COO Cora Palfrey added: "Getting our development fund off the ground shortly after launching the company has meant that we have been able to move swiftly in providing crucial development funding to support the breadth of filmmakers we are working with, both emerging filmmakers through our Cascade Writers Couch and experienced producers. We are delighted that The Lady Who Went Too Far, which has all the makings of a fantastic film, is the first development project on the Cascade slate."

No financial details were disclosed.

Cascade was set up ahead of the Toronto Film Festival in 2012 by a trio of film veterans, former Icon U.K. CFO Mark Fisher, Palfrey, a former European CFO of Exclusive Media Group and Daniel Campos Pavoncelli whose resume boasts stints with the Rome Film Festival, Exclusive Media and Fandango Portobello.

The trio will attend the Berlin Film Festival from Feb. 7 through Feb. 12.

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