CinemaNX on Tourists Trophy track

Agency will film 3-D footage of motorcycle race

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CANNES -- CinemaNX, the Isle of Man's government-backed production and finance body, is looking to capture the thrills and spills of the island's famous Tourists Trophy motorcycle road race.

The agency, which has a rolling fund of about £50 million ($76 million), will capture 3-D footage with cameras mounted on bikes and at strategic points along the road course during next month's race.

CinemaNX chairman Steve Christian said his agency will spend about £40,000 ($60,000), aiming to see what footage can be corralled to splice together 20 minutes.

"We'll see what sort of 3-D footage we can get and then look to develop it into a feature-length documentary that we'll finance," he said.

Christian said the idea stems from having seen hundreds of script ideas come across his desk in the past few years that feature the annual race as a key part of the backdrop.

"We have never seen a script good enough and one that properly captures the race, the atmosphere and the adrenaline rush it gives," he said. "So we'll shoot this 3-D footage and see where it leads us."

The aim is to put the project out to feature documentary makers if the footage of riders tearing around the island's roads jumps out at viewers.

CinemaNX is becoming more involved in fully financing British projects as part of a corporate strategy to concentrate on homegrown fare and maintain a bigger stake in finished movie rights.

The agency is in postproduction on "The Disappearance of Alice Creed," which stars Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston. Bankrolled by CinemaNX, the movie is billed as a contemporary kidnap thriller with a twist.

The plot revolves around two kidnappers (Marsan and Compston) who carry out an immaculately planned job after targeting a rich girl (Arterton). But things quickly unravel as the kidnap plays out, with all three characters revealing a secret agenda.

"Creed" marks the directorial debut of writer and shorts filmmaker J Blakeson, who co-wrote "The Descent 2" for Celador.