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Apostasy

Genre:
Drama
Logline:
A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God's love.

Development

Production

Completed

Raised in The Truth, sisters Andrea (18) and Nicola (21) are devoted to each other and to their faith. Their mission is to convert the large Pakistani community of Oldham before Armageddon. But when Nicola is found guilty of fornication, Andrea and her mother are forced to ostracise her as punishment for her sin. Scared of losing her sister forever, Andrea must find a way to restore God's blessing. Written and directed by a former Jehovah’s Witness, this film gives a true insight into a fundamentalist religion that seeks conformity in a world that it vehemently opposes. Told through a collection of deeply personal prayers and charged set pieces, Apostasy examines a young adult’s religious identity and the paradox of being in but not part of this world.

Follow the progress of the team and project on Twitter #ApostasyFilm and check out their Storify page here.

Apostasy is due to shoot in 2016.

You can find out more about the project on their facebook page.

Marcie is writing some blogs on her journey through the development process of iFeatures. You can read them by clicking the links below:

 

THE TEAM

Dan Kokotajlo - Writer/Director

Dan is a self-taught director from Manchester, with a background in fine arts.  This year he was a finalist of Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle scheme with a project now in development with Creative England. He was selected for iFeatures2 to develop his feature film, The Prefect. This project was also one of sixteen selected from around the world by the Biennale Cinema College 2013 in association with Venice Film Festival and Torino Film Lab.  Other development schemes he has recently participated in include EIFF Talent Lab 2013, Filmonomics 2014 and Sheffield Talent Centre Programme 2014. In just four years of film-making, Dan has had his low-budget short films screened at over a dozen major festivals, including SXSW, LSFF, Raindance and Rushes Soho. His short film, Myra, was long-listed for a 2012 BAFTA.

You can watch some of Dan's past work below and visit his website here. You can also follow him on twitter @DanPKoko.

Charlotte Wise - Writer

Charlotte is a freelance film and television screenwriter. While living in New York, she worked in film development for companies including Lions Gate and Tribeca Films, and was development executive for Peter Newman Productions. Commissioned work includes original features and rewrites for the independent production companies Circle Motion Pictures and Akiva Films. She has written several original features, including Dear Prudence - under option to Akiva Films - and the mystery drama Stranger Inside, which was shortlisted for the Red Planet Television Writing Prize and was a semi-finalist in the Screenwriters Goldmine Contest (Honourable Mention). Charlotte completed her screenwriting MA at LCC and is presently writing for Doctors (BBC). 

You can visit Charlotte's IMDB page here.

Marcie MacLellan - Producer

Marcie is founder of Incontext Productions, a London-based film and content production house established in 2001. In 2012, her feature project THE PREFECT was developed through iFeatures2 before being selected from 433 projects across 77 countries for Venice International Film Festival’s inaugural film lab.  In October 2014, THE PREFECT was singled out for continued development support through Film London. Earlier this year, Marcie was chosen by Birds Eye View, an organisation established to celebrate women’s work in film, to participate in their Filmonomics programme.  With an MA in Screenwriting and Production, she has enjoyed film festival success with a raft of narrative shorts and documentaries. 

You can visit Marcie's LinkedIn page here and follow her on twitter @marciemaclellan.

Andrea Cornwell - Producer

Andrea is currently Head of Grain Labs - a new venture from the team behind the Oscar-nominated "VIRUNGA" to produce a slate of theatrical documentaries and fiction films. Other projects in development include BLOOD RED ROAD for Scott Free with director Tom Harper and screenwriter Jack Thorne.

Her most recent film is SUITE FRANÇAISE starring Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts for eOne, TF1, TWC and BBC Films. In 2013 she produced LAST DAYS ON MARS for Universal Pictures / Focus Features starring Liev Schreiber. The film received its world premiere at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. Other films include THE SCOUTING BOOK FOR BOYS directed by Tom Harper for Film4/Pathe, and MICRO MEN for BBC (nominated for RTS, Grierson & Broadcast Awards).

As a line producer credits include SHE A CHINESE (Winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno); TRANSIT (MTV International); THE YELLOW HOUSE (C4); MY LIFE AS A POPAT (ITV) and COLOSSEUM (BBC). From 1999-2004 Andrea worked at the First Film Foundation promoting film talent in London, New York and LA. In 2013 Andrea was selected as the UK’s Producer on the Move by European Film Promotions. In 2009 she was nominated as a British Council Young Screen Entrepreneur of the Year.

 

    

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Creative England BFI BBC Films Skillset