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28/04/2004

Scottish film 'Dear Frankie' sent to Cannes

'Dear Frankie' produced by Caroline Wood for Scorpio Films, directed by Shona Auerbach and starring Gerry Butler, Emily Mortimer and Sharon Small, has been selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes International Film Festival.
This is the only Scottish film - and one of only two British films - in competition in Cannes this year, the other being 'The Life & Death of Peter Sellers' by Stephen Hopkins, which is in the main competition.
Dear Frankie is the second feature written by Andrea Gibb (Afterlife won the audience award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2003) and tells the story of a single mother who invents a father for her son, only one day to be confronted with the chance of discovery and has to act fast to save the day.
Steve McIntyre, Chief Executive of Scottish Screen, is delighted that Dear Frankie has been selected for Cannes: "This is a really excellent and heart-warming tale with some fine performances from a great ensemble cast. We are delighted to have been associated with the film from the beginning and have high hopes for its success in Cannes. It has of course already been picked up by Miramax so it will have wide distribution and undoubtedly raise the profile of Scottish film even higher."
Producer Caroline Wood said: "Shona, Andrea and I are all passionate about the film, which we have collaborated on closely from the beginning and we are thrilled that it has received this recognition from the Cannes Film Festival."
Scotland also has a short film 'Propheties du Passe' by Fabien Greenberg in competition in the Cinefondation category. Fabien Greenberg, who is from the South of France, is a 2003 BA (Hons) in Photography, Film and Imaging from Napier University's School of Media Arts.
Scottish Screen, www.scottishscreen.com
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