Screen Yorkshire is delighted to announce that it is teaming up once again with the multi talented writer, director & actor Paddy Considine & producer Diarmid Scrimshaw of Inflammable Films, following their collaboration on the BAFTA Award winning Tyrannosaur (pictured above).
Boxing drama Journeyman, financed by Film4, the BFI, Screen Yorkshire, and the Wellcome Trust, is currently in pre-production and will start shooting in Yorkshire in March. STUDIOCANAL is on board to handle the UK release and Cornerstone Films will oversee international sales and distribution.
Paddy Considine is not only writing and directing Journeyman, but also starring, alongside Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Faraz Ayub (Honour), Tony Pitts (War Horse) and Paul Popplewell (’71).
Matty Burton is the middleweight boxing champion of the world. Now, coming towards the end of his career, he knows that he must make his money and get out of the game. His aim is to secure a home with his wife Emma, and a future for their baby daughter Mia. His opponent is the brash and controversial Nassar Ali. A big puncher that courts controversy with his outlandish statements. Nassar’s intent is to rip the title from Matty, a task that Nassar feels is going to be easy. After a titanic battle, Matty returns home to Emma, but moments later collapses on the living room floor from a delayed reaction to a devastating punch. When Matty awakes from the coma, the real fight begins. Suffering from memory loss and with his personality altered, Matty must begin to piece his life back together as his world disintegrates.
Diarmid Scrimshaw commented, “Journeyman is another world class project from Paddy, it’s got strength, authenticity and is a compelling triumph over adversity story. We’re really excited to be in the process of creating another tour de force film with Paddy”.
Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder said, “We’ve long been admirers of Paddy’s work as an actor and his directing debut in the remarkable Tyrannosaur made him a filmmaker to watch. We couldn’t be more excited to be associated with his next feature. Journeyman is powerful, provocative and moving; precisely the kind of film we want Cornerstone Films to be part of”.
Rose Garnett, Head of Creative for Film4 added, “Paddy has already shown himself to be a bold film-maker with a true instinct and talent for telling powerful human stories with authenticity and vigour. We are immensely excited to be collaborating with him again and seeing him bring this moving and redemptive story to the screen”.
Lizzie Francke, Senior Production and Development Executive, BFI said, “Paddy has a brilliant talent for bringing emotional veracity to highly charged drama through script and performance. We’re excited to be working with him on his second feature Journeyman, a powerful story of masculinity in extremis”.
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