Last month the BFI (British Film Institute) Film Fund announced that it will back the feature film directorial debut of black British playwright Debbie Tucker Green, titled Second Coming.
This was part of a quarterly BFI initiative that gives first time directors opportunities to make their first features, with budgets under £2 million (just over $3 million).
Second Coming is a drama that centers on a London family dealing with the impact of a pregnancy of a member who isn’t entirely mentally stable.
Film4 is co-financing Tucker Green’s feature debut, with Hillbilly Films. And shooting is said to be underway currently.
In an announcement made by Film4 this afternoon, revealing its upcoming slate of film projects, Idris Elba is listed as the star of Second Coming (courtesy of ScreenDaily), which comes as a bit of a surprise, especially since the actor said he would be taking the year off from acting to focus on his music.
Starring alongside Elba will be Nadine Marshall, who starred in Tucker Green’s 2011 docu-dram, Random, also backed by Film4 – a combo documentary, stage and feature narrative used to tell the story of 24 hours in the life of a Black British woman on the day her younger brother is killed in a random act of violence. The film starred Marshall, as well as Daniel Kaluuya, Jay Byrd, and Louis Mahoney.
It’s a project we highlighted 2 years ago.
Tucker Green is an award-winning playwright who’s also written for British television. Dirty Butterfly, her debut play, was produced by Soho Theatre, and her next work, Born Bad, won the 2004 Laurence Olivier award.
Second coming is certainly a film to watch for in the next 12 months.