Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Extraordinary hostage story to be told on film

Brian Keenan's account of his and John McCarthy's kidnapping and imprisonment in the Lebanon in the 1980s has completed filming in Northern Ireland, Glasgow and Tunisia with support from the Film Council's New Cinema Fund.
'Blind Flight', which will appear in UK cinemas later this year, is based on Keenan's book 'An Evil Cradling', a timely and provocative story of hostage taking in the Middle East of two British envoys, is a stark reminder of the current tensions that grip the region.
First-time director John Furse co-wrote the script in close collaboration with Keenan, with John McCarthy acting as Consultant. Paul Trijbits, Head of the New Cinema Fund says of the fund's £460,500 investment: "This powerful and important story of survival and belief is one that needs to be told cinematically. Its message is universal, its subject matter very much part of British culture. We are proud to be supporting such a dedicated cast and crew through this difficult journey."
'Blind Flight' is an international collaboration drawing talented crew and resources from Ireland, Scotland and England.
The film also benefited from an £29,250 development investment from the Film Council's Development Fund.
Solidmate Ltd Memory Card Hire London

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

London Celebrates Local Film-making Talent
ITV Local London, ITV’s regional broadband TV service in the London area, is entering into a partnership with Film London, in order to raise the profi
UK Film Council Announce Funding And Policy Priorities
The UK Film Council published its new funding and policy priorities from April 2007 – March 2010. The document, Film in the Digital Age, includes the
Film London Launches Its Biggest Ever Borough Film Fund Challenge
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Film London have launched the largest ever London Borough Film Fund Challenge (LBFFC) plus a brand new element of th
Future Film Skills – An Action Plan
The BFI has launched Future Film Skills – An Action Plan at the House of Commons alongside the Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, and producer Barbara
British Film Gets Major Boost
The UK Film Council has launched a new £15m film fund to champion British filmmakers. As part of its three-year plan, launched at the beginning of Apr
Film Council 'To Steer Film Through Recession'
The UK Film Council has launched a three-month public consultation into the most significant revision of its activities since it was created in 2000.
Skills schemes set to boost new talent in London more investment in training and development
Film London today announced the launch of two new rounds of funding schemes to develop the capital’s film, TV and animation professionals and support
Skylark Aerial Photography Teams Up With IDP Film
Skylark Aerial Photography has teamed up with IDP Film as a Northern Office to ensure better coverage throughout England, it has been announced. Skyla
UK Film Council Launches New £15M Film Fund
The UK Film Council have today published a three year plan to launch a new £15m Film Fund. In developing the final plan, the Council spent three month
Film Festivals To Benefit From Film London's Audience Development Fund
A new range of film festivals and cinema projects is set to benefit from the latest round of Film London's Audience Development Fund. In all 14 projec
Film London’s digital film fund announces slate of new projects
Eight talented directors have been awarded a share of £68,000 of production funding and skills development with the London’s leading digital short fil
Film Council's Development Fund invests in UK film companies
The Film Council Development Fund is to renew its commitment to three slate deals set up last year to invest in production companies and their project
Film Council Appoint Fund Boss
The UK Film Council has just announced that Tanya Seghatchian is to be head of its new Film Fund. The new role will see Ms Seghatchian heading up a si
THE FILM Council's New Cinema Fund is investing £1.5 million over three years, £500,000 annually, in a new scheme to support the production of digital
Mayor Of London Pledges His Support For Film In The Capital
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has held his first meeting with prominent figures from the film, television and production industries. The film summit h