'Gypsies' among the band using EM Media's capital


The gloves are off for writer-director Shane Meadows, who is reteaming with Paddy Considine to develop "King of the Gypsies" for Meadows to direct and Considine to star in.

The movie, which details the true-life story of Bartley Gorman III, last of the bare-knuckle world champion fighters, reunites Meadows and Considine four years after their collaboration on "Dead Man's Shoes."

The development is buoyed by a £46,000 ($91,000) cash injection from EM Media, the regional screen agency funding body in the East Midlands area of England.

EM Media chief executive Debbie Williams — in the Scottish capital to trumpet six EM Media co-financed productions that will bow during the Edinburgh International Film Festival — said she hopes the agency will "continue to punch above its weight."

EM Media is one of the main partners in Warp X, a digital film studio established to revitalize low-budget British filmmaking set up by the U.K. Film Council's New Cinema Fund, Film4 and Screen Yorkshire. Projects have U.K. distribution through partner Optimum Releasing and air on British broadcaster Channel 4.

Williams also said that Considine's script "Tyrannosaur" will get £25,000 ($49,000) to develop into a movie that will mark his directorial debut. Considine, who is teaming with producer Diarmid Scrimshaw for Warp Films on the project, developed and produced the BAFTA-winning short "Dog Altogether."

The script is billed as a moving and frank insight into the life of a good woman trapped in a violent relationship with a vicious businessman.

Other projects on the EM Media slate include one from Paul King, director of the cult British TV comedy "The Mighty Boosh." Titled "Bunny and the Bull," the film is described as a road movie "set entirely in a flat" and marks the big-screen debut for King from his own script.