In the first quarter of the board’s funding decisions, Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger received production funding of €350,000. The wartime ghost story is set in a country house in rural Warwickshire.
English novelist and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) will be adapting it from Sarah Waters’ gothic novel and Element Pictures is co-producing. Domhnall Gleeson, who also worked with Abrahamson on his film Frank, has been attached to the project since 2015.
Other projects of interest include Trade, Damo & Ivor: The Movie and A Girl From Moghadishu, which were all awarded €500,000. Trade will be directed by Hong Khaou (best-known for Lilting) and written by Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul, Viva) while A Girl From Moghadishu comes from from writer-director Mary McGuckian (The Price Of Desire). Damo & Ivor will be based on the Republic of Telly characters who also had their own spin-off TV series.
Float Like A Butterfly, written and directed by Carmel Winters, whose last project was the 2010 film Snap, received the highest production funding grant of €600,000.
Darren and Colin Thornton’s (who were behind last year’s hit film A Date For Mad Mary) Here Comes the Night was the highest recipient of script development funding of €16,000. In project development funding, Duck, to be directed by Paddy Breathnach (Viva) from a script by Mark O’Halloran, was in receipt of €50,000. Owned, directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) was one of the projects in receipt of project development funding.