Writers, artists among UKFC fund recipients

Latest round of handouts worth $445,000

LONDON -- Artists, authors and playwrights are among those benefiting from the latest round of handouts from the U.K. Film Council's development fund.

The latest round, worth a total of 297,750 pounds ($445,000), is being pumped into 18 projects from new and emerging filmmakers.

Playwright Bola Agbaje's big-screen adaptation of her award-winning play "Gone Too Far!" is among the winners, securing 25,000 pounds ($37,000).

Also on the list is artist Clio Barnard, who is developing "Buttershaw," a feature documentary about the Buttershaw housing projects. The projects already have provided the setting for Andrea Dunbar's autobiographical stage plays and Alan Clark's film adaptation "Rita, Sue and Bob Too." Barnard will get 25,000 pounds ($37,000) toward her documentary.

"It's always exciting to be involved in the conception of a film, but to be on board from the very start of a new filmmaker's career is a true privilege," fund boss Tanya Seghatchian said. "The breadth of talent that we are supporting through this program is genuinely exciting and we hope that nurturing these great new voices will be key for the enrichment of our industry."

The Development Fund's First Feature Film Development Program makes awards four times a year and averages 70 applications per month, according to the UKFC.