Film4, the movie division of UK broadcaster Channel Four, has announced plans for a refugee drama written by critically acclaimed British novelist Zadie Smith and her partner, Irish author Nick Laird.
In an exclusive interview with Screen Daily magazine, Film4 director David Kosse announced the drama as part of an upcoming slate of films, describing the untitled project as “half-adaptation, half original story.” The drama is inspired by Smith’s novella, The Embassy of Cambodia, which narrates the hardships of a Gambian refugee who, having traveled to the UK via Libya and Italy, finds it difficult settling into her new life in northwest London.
The drama is one of a series of upcoming titles from Film4, all of which Kosse hopes will “take the 15 million ($23 million) we’ve been allocated to go as far as possible through backing new voices and material while also seeing a return on our investments.”
Kosse, who was joined in the interview by Film4’s head of commercial and brand strategy Sue Bruce-Smith and the division’s head of development Rose garnett, also discussed other projects, such as Paddy Considine’s boxing drama Journeyman, an untitled period drama from Element Pictures—producer of Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed comedy Frank starring Michael Fassbender—and American Animals, from British director Bart Layton, who is best known for directing TV series and specials, such as Locked Up Abroad.
The untitled drama penned by Smith and Laird is to be produced by DNA Films, which also produced British director Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later.