Charlie Murphy and Flora Nicholson will lead the cast of Miss Pirie And Miss Woods, a true story LGBTQI+ drama from director Sophie Heldman and Winners producer Paul Welsh.
Based on historian Lilian Faderman’s book Scotch Verdict, it tells the 1810 story of a scandal when a Scottish student accused two of her teachers of having an affair. The producers hope to close financing this week in Cannes ahead of a shoot taking place in Scotland and Germany, in autumn 2023. Edge City Films producer Welsh is working with Bettina Brokemper of Germany’s Heimatfilm and Karin Koch of Switzerland’s Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion on the feature.
Backing is in place from WDR/Arte, German fund BKM, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Culture and Zurcher Filmstiftung. The project is part of a new slate of projects from Glasgow-based Welsh whose Edge City Films receives Screen Scotland support. Other upcoming titles include A Great Hunger which is an adaptation of a Liam O’Flaherty novel to which
filmmaker Pete Mackie Burns is attached; mystery romance 50 Days North; and
Last Woman In Europe Other upcoming titles include A Great Hunger, an adaptation of a Liam O’Flaherty novel to which Daphne filmmaker Pete Mackie Burns is attached; body horror I Am Beast; mystery romance 50 Days North; and Last Woman In Europe, the story of the creation of George Orwell’s 1984
.Welsh’s previous features include Hassan Nazer’s Winners
, which was the UK entry for best international feature at the 2023 Oscars.Buyers flock to Red Sea Media’s Confidential Informant
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