Filming Underway On Slow West
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Filming Underway On Slow West - DMC Film and See-Saw Films produce Hanway Films handle international sales
LONDON, Monday October 21 2013
Principal photography has begun on Slow West today. Michael Fassbender (Shame, 12 Years A Slave), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Place Beyond The Pines) and Caren Pistorius (The Most Fun You Can Have Dying) star in the western. The film is the feature debut of John Maclean, BAFTA award-winning director of the short film Pitch Black Heist, which also starred Fassbender.
Set at the end of the 19th Century, Slow West follows the story of 17-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as he journeys across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves, accompanied by a mysterious traveller named Silas (Michael Fassbender).
Slow West is being produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (Shame, Tracks), Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan of DMC Film (Pitch Black Heist) and Rachel Gardner of Rachel Gardner Films. The film was developed by Film4 and is co-financed by Film4, the British Film Institute, the New Zealand Film Commission and Fulcrum Media Finance. This is the second collaboration between Film4, the BFI and John Maclean following the BAFTA-winning Pitch Black Heist.
Set in Colorado and the Scottish highlands, Slow West is filming on location in New Zealand and Scotland.
Hanway are handling international sales. Lionsgate will release in the UK.
Other members of the creative team are: director of photography Robbie Ryan (Philomena, Pitch Black Heist), Academy Award-winning art director Kim Sinclair (Avatar, Man of Steel ) is the production designer, costume designer is Kirsty Cameron (Whale Rider) and the make-up designer is Dannelle Satherley (The Hobbit).
Academy Award®-winning producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning founded See-Saw Films in 2008. See-Saw is a UK and Australian company specialising in international Film and Television. Recent productions include the multi-Academy Award®-winning The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, and starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. See-Saw followed The King’s Speech with Steve McQueen’s award-winning Shame, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. See-Saw’s next project, Tracks, directed by John Curran and starring Mia Wasikowska premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival. See-Saw’s first television series, Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake, starring Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter recently received eight Emmy® nominations.
Formed in 2010, DMC Film is the production company of Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan. The company’s first production was Pitch Black Heist, with director John Maclean, which went on to win the BAFTA for best short film in 2012. DMC continued to work with Maclean to develop and produce Slow West, the company's first feature. Other projects include Assassin’s Creed with Ubisoft and New Regency as well as Garagistas with BBC Films.