U.K. Film Council shores up 'Triangle'

Christopher Smith's thriller nets Premiere Fund cash

LONDON -- The U.K. Film Council is pumping a whopping 1.6 million pounds ($2.8 million) into Christopher Smith's psychological thriller "Triangle."

The cash will come from the Council's Premiere Fund, the government-backed body said Monday.

Written and directed by Smith, who shot to cult status here with the low-budget slasher "Creep," the movie is produced by Jason Newmark and Julie Baines of U.K.-based Dan Films and Christ Brown from Australian banner Pictures in Paradise.

"Triangle" will be distributed worldwide by Icon Entertainment International, soon to be under new management after Stewart Till's buyout.

Starring Melissa George and Michael Dorman, the film tells the story of a woman on a sailing ship who, after a freak storm, finds herself clinging to the upturned hull of the boat. Rescue comes in the form of a giant ocean liner that arrives in the fog. The project had previously attracted 53,000 pounds ($93,500) from the Council's development cashpool.

The UKFC's Premiere Fund also has awarded 500,000 pounds ($882,500) to Oliver Parker's upcoming take on "Dorian Gray," based on Oscar Wilde's classic novel "A Picture of Dorian Gray."