Named Coming Up, Channel 4’s annual talent initiative that offers up-and-coming writers and directors an opportunity to showcase their work on national TV, has unveiled its 2012 lineup, which also happens to be the programs 11th year in existence.
This year’s lineup will include 7 brand new original drama feature films to be shown on Channel 4, some involving Brit talent we’ve covered here on S&A like Ashley Walters (Top Boy) and Michael Ajao (Attack The Block), as well as names that I didn’t immediately recognize but will now start to follow, like Lydia Adetunji., who, my research tells me was originally a journalist, and then became a playwright and has now penned a screenplay for one of the 7 Coming Up features.
“Coming Up epitomises Channel 4’s passion for discovering and supporting new talent. It’s a fantastic opportunity for emerging writers and directors to see their distinctive ideas realised on screen, whilst allowing audiences to get the first glimpse of the storytellers of the future. Add to the mix some of the most exciting current acting talent, and I think we can expect some thrilling pieces of work,” said Ben Stoll, Drama Commissioning Editor for Channel 4.
No details yet on each specific project, except the titles and the names of the talents attached, which follow below (Lydia Adetunji penned the script for Camouflage, which Ashley Walters will star in; and Michael Ajao stars in another project titled Colour):
BEN AND LUMP
Writer: Tom Wells
Director: MJ Delaney
Starring Lewis Reeves, Thomas Turgoose (This is England)
Writer: Lydia Adetunji
Director: Robert McKillop
Starring Lara Pulver (Sherlock), Ashley Walters (Top Boy)
Writer: Vivienne Franzmann
Director: Lynsey Miller
Starring Leah Nathan, Michael Ajao (Attack the Block), and MyAnna Buring (White Heat)
Writer: Laura Neal
Director: David Stoddart
Starring Russell Tovey (Being Human) and Alice Saunders
IF WE DEAD AWAKEN
Writer: James Phillips
Director: Luke McManus
Starring Branko Djuric (In the Land of Blood and Honey, No Man’s Land), Ingaborga Dapkunaite (Burnt by the Sun), Phoebe Fox (Black Mirror) and Stanley Townsend (The Shadow Line)
Writer: Laurence Wilson
Director: Tom Marshall
Starring Con O’Neill (Criminal Justice), Jo Hartley (This is England), Debra Stephenson (The Impressions Show)