U.K. Film Council supports 'Eric'

Ken Loach movie among P&A cash recipients

LONDON -- Ken Loach's "Looking For Eric," which unspooled In Competition this month at the Festival de Cannes, has scored £125,000 ($200,000) from the U.K. Film Council's prints and advertising cashpool.

The cash goes to U.K. indie distributor Icon Film Distribution to widen the movie's release here, pushing it from 100 to 200 screens. It also will see Icon plugging the film during Wednesday evening's Champion's league cup final between Manchester United and Barcelona. The movie opens June 12.

The Council also said that Stephen Frears' "Cheri" will walk off with £150,000 ($240,000) from the fund, with Pathe Prods. widening the movie's May 8 release from 40 to 80 screens.

Metrodome Distribution, listed here on the stock exchange, grabbed an initial £100,000 ($160,000) for Fred Cavaye's "Anything for Her," a French thriller. The P&A funding will increase the size of the film's June 5 release from 30 to 40 sites and go toward publicity and media costs.

Warner Music Entertainment secured £29,000 ($46,000) to increase the distribution of Jamie Jay Johnson's documentary "Sounds Like Teen Spirit," a behind-the-scenes look at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The doc previously secured production funding from the U.K. Film Council's New Cinema Fund.

And Glasgow-based restoration distributor Park Circus took off with £25,675 ($41,000) for the Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli Centenary/James Bond Season, a season of classic James Bond films that have been digitally restored and are returning to cinemas nationwide in June to celebrate the centenary of producer Broccoli.

Restored versions of "Dr. No," "From Russia With Love," "Goldfinger" and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," will unspool on consecutive Sundays at more than 60 cinemas around the country.