Sweet NFA for 104

NFA, starring Patrick Baladi, made by 104 films, the Sheffield based film production company led by producer Alex Usborne, is premiering at the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival
NFA, starring Patrick Baladi, made by 104 films, the Sheffield based film production company led by producer Alex Usborne, is premiering at the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival
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SHEFFIELD-based production company 104 films, led by producer Alex Usborne, has announced a forthcoming slate of films which it hopes will offer a challenge to fellow Sheffielders Warp Films as the busiest production company in the UK.

104 Films, which has established itself as the world leader in disability and disadvantaged cinema, will premiere its new feature film, NFA, at the Edinburgh Film Festival next month.

NFA, which stars Patrick Baladi (Neil Godwin in The Office) is a psychological thriller about a man who wakes up in a homeless hostel and has to piece together why he is there and what has happened to him. The company has also just wrapped production on a teen comedy called We Are The Freaks directed by Justin Edgar and stars Michael Smiley (Kill List), Rosamund Hanson (This is England) and Sean Teale (Skins).

The £600,000 film tells the story of a wild weekend in the West Midlands and will be released in the cinemas later in the year.

The company is also putting the final touches to a documentary feature film called Breathing, directed by BAFTA winning director Morag McKinnon and Emma Davie following the last six months in the life of Yorkshireman Neil Platt as he battles to raise awareness of motor neurone disease to help save his son, Oscar. The film was made in partnership with the Scottish Documentary Institute and will premiere later in the year.

The company also runs training and development programmes for disabled and disadvantaged film talent in partnership with the BFI, Creative England and Skillset and has just completed a major contract for the Film Nation: Shorts programme of the Cultural Olympiad.

Says producer Usborne, best known for the cult Sheffield documentary Tales from a Hard City and feature films The Acid House and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, “It’s been a tough couple of years for us all in the creative industries but I’m pleased that our Sheffield-based company has gone from strength to strength and we hope that the three feature films that we will release this year will further raise the profile of the company and enable 104 films to continue to expand and grow.”

104 Films, which has established itself as the world leader in disability and disadvantaged cinema, will premiere its new feature film, NFA, at the Edinburgh Film Festival next month.

NFA, which stars Patrick Baladi (Neil Godwin in The Office) is a psychological thriller about a man who wakes up in a homeless hostel and has to piece together why he is there and what has happened to him. The company has also just wrapped production on a teen comedy called We Are The Freaks directed by Justin Edgar and stars Michael Smiley (Kill List), Rosamund Hanson (This is England) and Sean Teale (Skins).

The £600,000 film tells the story of a wild weekend in the West Midlands and will be released in the cinemas later in the year.

The company is also putting the final touches to a documentary feature film called Breathing, directed by BAFTA winning director Morag McKinnon and Emma Davie following the last six months in the life of Yorkshireman Neil Platt as he battles to raise awareness of motor neurone disease to help save his son, Oscar. The film was made in partnership with the Scottish Documentary Institute and will premiere later in the year.

The company also runs training and development programmes for disabled and disadvantaged film talent in partnership with the BFI, Creative England and Skillset and has just completed a major contract for the Film Nation: Shorts programme of the Cultural Olympiad.

Says producer Usborne, best known for the cult Sheffield documentary Tales from a Hard City and feature films The Acid House and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, “It’s been a tough couple of years for us all in the creative industries but I’m pleased that our Sheffield-based company has gone from strength to strength and we hope that the three feature films that we will release this year will further raise the profile of the company and enable 104 films to continue to expand and grow.”