Contender takes on Daddy's Girl starring Jamie Winstone
By Wendy Mitchell,Screen International, March 15th 2007
UK distribution company Contender Entertainment Group has taken all UK rights from Carnaby International to horror film Daddy's Girl.
The UK psychological thriller was directed by Welsh first-time feature director DJ Evans. Nerys Lloyd of Boda Cyf produced.
The project is a Boda/Carnaby co-production in association with the Arts Council of Wales.
Daddy's Girl stars Richard Harrington and Jaime Winstone in the story of a widowed psychiatrist who meets a teenage girl who exhibits sinister behaviour.
Contender has been known for its home-video business and its Asian theatrical hits including The Grudge, but the company has recently branched out into more non-Asian theatrical acquisitions. Daddy's Girl marks the company's first UK feature acquisition and will hit cinemas later in 2007.
Tristan Woods-Scawen, the new film manager at Contender, says: "In Daddy's Girl we are delighted to have acquired what we consider to be British film making at its best - high quality, intelligent and using the best of emerging British talent."
Will Machin of Carnaby International added: "We are delighted to have Contender Films releasing our film in its home territory. They have a reputation for formulating innovative, intelligent and engaging campaigns for their films, which we believe will serve Daddy's Girl very well."
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Cardiff Welcomes 'Daddy's Girl'
New feature film now shooting in Wales, April 3rd 2006
Principal photography has begun on feature film "Daddy's Girl", starring Richard Harrington (TV Bleak House, Spooks), Louise Delamere (Stories of Lost Souls, Bullet Boy), and Jaime Winstone (daughter of Ray). Jaime is currently enjoying rave reviews for her starring role in "Kidulthood", recently released in the UK by Revolver Entertainment.
The psychological thriller is a Boda / Carnaby co-production co-financed by the Arts Council of Wales and Carnaby International. Nerys Lloyd is the lead producer with Trudy Sargent co-producing for Carnaby.
First time feature writer /director, David Evans started filming in and around Cardiff on Monday 27th March.
Former Catatonia songwriter and guitarist, Owen Powell is composing the film's score and John Richards ("Band of Brothers") is editing.
"Daddy's Girl" was developed by Film Four and The Arts Council of Wales.