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Edinburgh adds Creative England’s “Flying Blind” To Its Slate

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 by

Flying Blind, the third film to be made under Creative England’s exciting low budget feature film initiative, iFeatures, is to have its world première at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival.

The film stars Helen McCrory (Hugo, Skyfall, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and soon to open at the National Theatre in Last Of The Haussmans ) as Frankie, a high-flying aerospace engineer whose ordered existence is undone by a passionate love affair with Kahil, a Muslim student twenty years her junior. The multinational cast also includes French-Algerian Najib Oudghiri (Rendition, The Wedding Song) and Kenneth Cranham (Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie).

Billed as a ‘passionate post 9/11 love story’, the film, which premieres on June 24, is shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Powell Award for the Best New British Feature Film.

Flying Blind at Edinburgh. [She] hope[s] that the film will appeal to audiences from all over the world.  [She has] tried to create a film which addresses universal themes of love and betrayal, in a context which is very much of our times.”

Producer Alison Sterling’s credits include the BAFTA nominated Turning and the screenplay credit is shared by Naomi Wallace (Lawn Dogs, The War Boys), Bruce McLeod (The War Boys), and Bristol-based writer Caroline Harrington.

Producer Alison Sterling said of the film: “Flying Blind is a British film with an international flavour. Our talented team come from the UK, Poland, France, Sweden and Australia not to mention Scotland, so we feel very privileged to be launching the film at Edinburgh.”

Chris Moll, Executive Producer and Head of Talent at Creative England added that “in a year when other festivals have been mired in controversy about a lack of female voices, we’re delighted to bring Kasia, Alison, Naomi, Caroline and Helen’s potent collaboration to the newly invigorated Edinburgh International Film Festival.”

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