London Film Festival Unveils Works-in-Progress Showcase

London Film Festival Unveils Works-in-Progress Showcase


The BFI London Film Festival’s annual Works-in-Progress showcase, now in its third edition, will showcase nine new feature films and documentaries from British filmmakers.

Part of the festival’s UK Talent Days focus, the showcase will be a personal event on October 8, showcasing clips from each project introduced by their producer to an invited audience of international buyers and festival programmers. The projects are in production or post-production. Clips will also be available online through a secure platform to a larger pool of invited international industry professionals.

The annual Buyers & Sellers event returns as an in-person event for international sales agents to meet UK buyers, and [email protected] will host masterclasses and events for 12 UK-based writers, directors and producers to interact with international filmmakers and the industry executives at the festival.


Festival director, Tricia Tuttle, said: “Connecting independent filmmakers and moving visual creatives in the UK with commissioners, distributors and funders is vital for co-investment and distribution, as well as for creative development and future collaboration.”

Showcase in progress


Director: Christian Cooke; Writers: Christian Cooke, Dave Florez; Producers: April Kelley, Sara Huxley, Arthur Landon, Marnie Paxton-Harris; Cast: Ruth Bradley, Christian Cooke, David Wilmot, Clare Perkins, Samuel Anderson.

Amy, a sexual surrogate mother, is brought in to help a high-security mental patient overcome his intimacy issues in order to be paroled. Dan has been imprisoned for 18 years and must face his dark past if he is to have any chance at freedom.


Director-Writer: Adura Onashile; producers Rosie Crerar, Ciara Barry; Cast: Deborah Lukumuena, Danny Sapani, Leshantey Bonsu, Lana Turner.

A love story between 24-year-old Grace and her 11-year-old daughter, Ama, a double coming of age that centers on Grace’s inability to leave the past behind or allow herself to become the woman she could be against Ama’s budding puberty and curiosity of the world. As Grace is forced to face the truth about her past, she must deal with her trauma and its consequences for Ama.


Director-writer Luna Carmoon; Producers: Loran Dunn, Helen Simmons, Andy Starke; Cast: Hayley Squires, Joseph Quinn, Saura Lightfoot Leon.

This story of mother and daughter follows them in their loving routines. After a man named Michael comes to stay, once-repressed glittering memories begin to haunt, as grief never truly heals.

“To light”

Director-Writer: Connor O’Hara; producers Jamie Gamache, Mark Foligno; Cast: George Somner, Conrad Khan, Wilson Mbomio, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Tara Fitzgerald.

The film follows a group of young men who return to their hometowns to make their friend Sid’s last summer a celebration of life, love and friendship. Sid gives each person a category — love, home, friends, family, and location — and asks them to find an item that connects them all to the word they were given.

“Robin” (documentary)

Director-Producer: Orban Wallace; co-producer: Charlie Whitehead; executive producers: Kat Mansoor, Orlando von Eisendel.

A young woman, Charlie, decides to reimagine/reveal the film her sister Robin made before dying of an overdose in 2010 at the age of 27. Robin’s film was a portrait of the musician Peter Doherty at the height of his fame. a project brought to her by her writer and filmmaker, father Peter Whitehead, who had made a film with the Rolling Stones. Ten years after Robin’s death, Charlie discovers Robin’s rushes.

“Sandcastles” (documentary)

Director: Inma De Reyes; Producers: Aimara Reques, Beth Earl, Ronny Merdinger; Cast: Borja Miranda, Erik Miranda, Matias Miranda, Raquel Miranda.

Filmed over the course of five years, the film follows Borja, a young boy in the provincial Spanish town of Castellon. His patriarch grandfather Matias pins his own unfulfilled dreams of becoming a professional bullfighter on his grandchild, hoping it will lift the family out of poverty. But the reality of bullfighting is not as grandfather remembers it; yet the family believes that Borja will be the one who will make it against all odds.

“Scala Club Cinema” (documentary)

Directors: Jane Giles, Ali Catterall; Producers: Andy Starke, Alan Marke, Jim Reid; Cast: John Waters, Adam Buxton, Stewart Lee, James O’Brien, Isaac Julien, Caroline Catz, Mary Harron, Beeban Kidron, Princess Julia.

The riotous inside story of the infamous sex, drug and rock ‘n’ roll repertoire cinema that inspired a generation during Britain’s turbulent Thatcher years. It features new interviews with diverse audience members who later became filmmakers, musicians, writers, actors, activists and artists, combined with never-before-seen archival footage, iconic film clips, animation and graphics.

“The Secret Army – the movie you should never have seen” (documentary)

Director: John O’Kane; Producers: John O’Kane, Darragh Macintyre.

Commissioned by BBC Storyville and BBC Northern Ireland, the documentary follows Northern Irish journalist Darragh MacIntyre as he unravels the story behind a 1972 American documentary, “The Secret Army”, made with and about the IRA during the bloodiest year in all of Northern Ireland. Ireland conflict.

“Silent roar”

Director-Writer: Johnny Barrington; producer: Christopher Young; Cast: Louis McCartney, Ella LIly Hyland, Mark Lockyer.

Dondo is a young surfer. His fishing father Willy disappeared a year ago. Dondo finds a friend in local pastor Paddy. Sas is a young firefighter, sailing through exams but looking for more meaning in life. She doubts Dondo’s newfound religion and wonders why he would go to church without parental pressure. Sas herself has religious parents who daily remind her to run away. They build a strong bond through passionate discord, cemented on a journey to sea – for Dondo to find Willy, for Sas to escape.


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