OPEN PALM FILMS ANNOUNCES FOUR PICTURE PRODUCTION SLATE FOR 2017 INCLUDING SIMON AMSTELL’S NEW FILM

Film production company Open Palm Films, led by the former Artistic Director of the Globe Dominic Dromgoole, announces four fully financed UK film productions. Open Palm’s first film MAKING NOISE QUIETLY, directed by Dromgoole, has had successful industry screenings and is currently being submitted to international festivals.

BENJAMIN, written and directed by Simon Amstell, will begin shooting in the summer. The film is a comedy about intimacy and despair, and is Amstell’s first feature film. Amstell wrote and starred in the hugely popular BBC sitcom GRANDMA’S HOUSE, and his 2017 feature documentary CARNAGE, out now on BBC iPlayer, is being met with critical acclaim.

Open Palm Films will also go into production in May for PARADE, directed by Lisa Mulcahy (THE MOONSTONE & THE LEGEND OF LONGWOOD) and written by Bruce McLeod (THE WAR BOYS & FLYING BLIND). Set in Bradford, the film follows a young man Stevie, who is left with severe memory loss after a brutal attack. As he begins to piece together his identity, he’s ashamed to learn of the person he became, and the price he will have to pay.

POND LIFE, directed by Bill Buckhurst (Pie and Mash SWEENEY TODD now running on Broadway) and written by acclaimed writer Richard Cameron (THE GLEE CLUB & STONE, SCISSORS, PAPER) is shooting in July. It’s summertime, 1994. In a quiet mining village just outside Doncaster, the air is thick with the legend of a giant carp in the nearby decoy ponds. A brigade of young friends and neighbours embark on a night-time fishing expedition to see the legend for themselves. It turns out to be summer night none of them will ever forget.

DEAD HEAD, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, is adapted by Ché Walker (THE FRONTLINE at The Globe & BEEN SO LONG) from the acclaimed 1986 BBC mini-series written by Howard Brenton. Reimagined for the present day, the film tells the story of small-time crook Jimmy Cass. Things take a nasty turn when he opens a hatbox and finds a woman’s severed head within. He’s been framed and he will stop at nothing to find out why.

Open Palm Films have also optioned two of Nell Leyshon’s novels for development; BLACK DIRT (long-listed for the Orange Prize) and THE COLOUR OF MILK (winner of the Prix de l’Union Interalliée). Leyshon is a highly acclaimed West Country dramatist and novelist with many accolades to her name, including an Evening Standard Award and an Olivier Award nomination for her play COMFORT ME WITH APPLES. Leyshon will be adapting both novels for the big screen.

“With MAKING NOISE QUIETLY, and with these new stories, Open Palm is delighted to celebrate the scope of the chamber epic, and the sharp edge of human truth. We are delighted to be working with a host of great storytellers, all interested in the stuff of life.”
- Dominic Dromgoole

MORE ABOUT OPEN PALM FILMS:
Open Palm Films was established in July 2016 by celebrated theatre director and writer Dominic Dromgoole. Its mission is to produce quality films that reflect its tradition of direct, raw and honest storytelling, and that touch on themes that resonate in our present time. Collaborating with a wealth of acting, writing and filmmaking talent, Open Palm aims to produce films that speak out to audiences around the world.

The company sets out to make three features a year for which funding has already been secured for the first three years. Open Palm completed principle photography on its first feature, MAKING NOISE QUIETLY, in September 2016. The film is an adaptation of Robert Holman’s play by the same name and was filmed on location in Germany, Kent and Yorkshire.