MISS SHIRLEY BASSEY
The triumphs and tragedies faced by an impoverished teenage girl from Cardiff’s Tiger Bay on the stony road to becoming the last-surviving icon of old-style glamour.
Miss Shirely Bassey is adapted from John L. Williams’ biography.
Screenwriter: Brian Fillis
Director: Marc Evans (House of America, My Little Eye, Trauma, Snowcake, Patagonia, Hunky Dory).
’This is not a biopic charting a hugely successful career. It’s a film about a young girl from Tiger Bay, the vibrant dockside neighbourhood of Cardiff, who did not yet know that she would become Shirley Bassey the superstar. The film explores a disappeared world of pubs and clubs and an enduring dream that gripped a generation but allowed only a very few to live in reality. The story is told in a way that the young Shirley might have recognised or imagined it would be told. It draws inspiration from those silver monochrome fables of working-class life such as A Taste of Honey and those torch songs that filled the smokey air. This is a film about yearning.’ – Marc Evans
CROAK (WORKING TITLE)
Death is his profession; death is her passion. Two teenagers hand-made for one another meet and fall in love when a trainee Grim Reaper is sent by his reforming Head Teacher from the hard-line Limbo Academy to learn empathy at a high school on Earth.
Writer: Lucy Moore (Gone, Undone).
‘It’s always scary sending out a spec script – especially when you are dipping your writerly toe into a new genre – in this case, teen comedy. Fortunately the ladies at Rainy Day totally “got” the script and I was thrilled when they decided to take it on. Every writer dreads development hell. Working with Rainy Day has so far been development heaven. Oh, and they also know the best places in London to get a cracking cream tea.’ – Lucy Moore
A courageous girl, Silver, and her only ally, a boy from a tribe of underground dwellers, confront a powerful sorceress who has harnessed alchemy, then the laws of physics, in order to control time. In a London smitten by Time Tornadoes, at the perplexing Einstein Line, across the shifting Sands of Time, in this and parallel multiverses, the future of our world and beyond lies in the frail hands of young Silver.
Screenwriter: Alex Rose (On a Clear Day, A Long Way Home, The Wish List).
Tanglewreck is adapted from Jeanette Winterson’s novel. Published by Bloomsbury
‘Life is too short to make yourself deliberately unhappy, and film deals have a way of doing that to writers. I love working with Rainy Day because they are real about what they do. And that is because they are real people, not robots. Tanglewreck is a book I feel close to and although I am happy to change its shape, as one must for a movie, I want to keep close to the spirit of what it is. I trust Rainy Day, not because I am an idiot but because they are that strange thing in movie land – the real deal.’
- Jeanette Winterson
THE ICE PALACE
As revolution simmers in Tehran, a privileged young woman struggles to escape the web of lies and deceit woven by her scheming mother so that she can find freedom and love.
The Ice Palace was voted onto the Brit List, 2008.
Screenwriter: Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls, Testament of Youth).
‘The Ice Palace is a dark fairytale set against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. As the youth rise up against their corrupt and decadent leaders, Mariam, like a beautiful Princess locked in a tower, realises she’s in a prison of her own and her Mother’s making. As she struggles to free herself, she becomes locked in an increasingly deadly battle with her scheming mother, until it becomes a fight for her very soul. Politics, myth and star-crossed lovers – the Ice Palace is an intoxicating, noirish brew.’ - Juliette Towhidi