Altitude Acquires Georgia Oakley’s Feature ‘Blue Jean’ For U.K., Ireland – Global Bulletin

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ACQUISITION

Altitude has acquired Georgia Oakley’s feature “Blue Jean” for distribution in the U.K. and Ireland.

The film, from U.K./French outfit Film Constellation, is headed to Venice, Toronto and the BFI’s London Film Festival this fall. It will premiere in Venice on Sept. 3.

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In “Blue Jean,” Rosy McEwen (“Vesper”) stars as lesbian P.E. teacher Jean, who lives against the backdrop of the 1980s U.K. where being gay is still stigmatised. When a new girl arrives at the school, Jean finds herself facing a crisis that will challenge her to her core.

Hélène Sifre’s Kleio Films produced the feature with backing by BBC Film and the BFI (awarding National Lottery funding), in association with Great Point Media.

ADAPTATION

“Guns Akimbo” director Jason Howden is set to adapt his upcoming Opus Comics book “Monsters of Metal” for the big screen.

“Monsters of Metal,” which Howden co-wrote with Opus publisher Llexi Leon, tells the story of five mythical creatures, Frankenstein’s monster (named Frank), Medusa, Jack O’Lantern, Werewolf and the Bride, who form a heavy metal band prone to rehearsing in Dracula’s castle – unbeknown to the slumbering vampire. When Drac wakes up and boots the gang out, they set off on the road where gory high jinks ensue. It’s billed as a cross between between “Spinal Tap” and “The Monster Squad.”

Howden previously directed Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving in the wacky action comedy “Guns Akimbo,” which followed his break-out hit “Deathgasm.” Leon, who directed Iron Maiden’s “Speed of Light” video, will exec produce on behalf of Opus’ parent company Incendium.

Monsters of Metal
Monsters of Metal

KIDS

TG Entertainment’s animated show “The Brilliant World of Tom Gates” is getting a Halloween special, Sky announced today – and it’s going to guest star YouTube sensation DanTDM.

The Halloween special sees DanTDM join the gang as they go Trick or Treating – and try to stop a monster from clearing out all the candy before anyone else can get their paws on it.

Featuring a mixed-media magazine format, the show is based on the best-selling Tom Gates books from Liz Pichon. WildBrain are handling global distribution.

“I am really excited about playing myself in ‘The Brilliant World of Tom Gates: A Monster Halloween’ special and cannot wait to see myself animated in Liz’s unique illustrative style,” said DanTDM. “I had great fun playing the Tom Gates game and am thrilled that I am going to be a small and permanent part of Tom’s world!”

MUSIC

“Music School,” the Indian musical with compositions by maestro Ilaiyaraaja is getting final touches in Budapest. The background score of the film was orchestrated and recorded by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Laszlo Kovacs. Featuring 11 songs, the film is written and directed by Papa Rao Biyyala and includes three songs orchestrated by the London Philharmonic Orchestra from “The Sound of Music.”

The film, produced by India’s Yamini Films, is about how school systems and parents put pressure on children to continue with endless hours of studies, with the hope of producing doctors and engineers, thereby leaving no time for art and leisure activities.

The film’s cast is led by Shriya Saran, Sharman Joshi, Shaan, Prakash Raj, Suhasini Mulay, Benjamin Gilani, Gracy Goswami and Ozu Barua.

“Music School” will be screened on Sept. 12 and 18 at the Toronto International Film Festival‘s industry section.

Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja

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