MEDIA funds Future slate

$216,000 backing for six projects

London- and L.A.-based financier and production banner Future Films has boosted its current development slate with a cash injection of €150,000 ($216,000) from European Union funding body the MEDIA Program.

Future Films chief Stephen Margolis said the cash injection will be used to bolster in-house development at the finance and production house.

"With our new development cash, we are now able to finance and convert more projects developed in-house with a much greater degree of direct, practical involvement from the start," Margolis said.

Six projects are in line for a development boost using the MEDIA cash from Future's slate.

"Nursery" is being developed with director Michael Radford ("Flawless") from an original screenplay by novelist Chris Wooding. The story focuses on a young couple who move into a beautiful but eerie house during the wife's pregnancy. She soon discovers her unborn child's life is at risk.

Two-time Palme d'Or winner Bille August ("Goodbye Bafana") is developing "Burden of Desire" with writer Robert MacNeil. Future is developing MacNeil's love triangle project in partnership with Capri Films, Sweden's Moviola and Nordisk of Denmark.

"Quiver" is a new comedy feature from director Steve Barron ("Mike Bassett: England Manager") currently being developed by Barron and screenwriter Liam Gavin. Produced in partnership with First Foot Films, Quiver follows Cupid, a confessed alcoholic who is given one last chance to get love back on track or be killed off.

"Durruti," written by Alejo Flah, is in development with Iconica, Jose Nolla's Spain-based production company. Durruti Buenaventura, a key figure of the Spanish Civil War, spent part of his life in South America robbing banks to support the revolution.

South African screenwriter Greg Latter ("Goodbye Bafana") is developing "Garden Boy," which tells the story of a middle-aged police inspector investigating a series of murders in which the victims bodies have been dumped in the mines.

Finally, "Malaga 1937" is billed as a romantic epic based on the true story of a prisoner exchange in the Spanish Civil War. The film is being developed in partnership with Carlos Taillefer's Teyso film company in Spain.

Outside of its MEDIA program investments, Future is continuing to develop other projects including "Blue Turtle," a comedy written by Douglas Wilson and produced in conjunction with Nadine Luque of Viceversa Films.