Hackney's Finest, co-produced by North East producer Jack Tarling of Shudder Films, enjoyed its world premiere on Saturday 14 June at the East End Film Festival. The festival are calling the crime thriller "a riotous, knowing comedy-thriller that pits a group of hopeless Hackney drug dealers against corrupt policemen, Russian thugs and Welsh-Jamaican arms dealers".
The film was also acquired for world sales by Moviehouse Entertainment in a pre-Cannes deal, and a UK distribution deal will also be announced shortly.
Hackney's Finest is directed by Chris Bouchard, whose fan film The Hunt for Gollum has been viewed more than 15 million times online. The film is exec-produced and post-produced by Oscar winning VFX studio Framestore (Gravity) alongside Rickety Shack Films and Shudder Films. Arin Alldridge produced and stars alongside Nathanael Wiseman, Enoch Frost and Marlon G. Day.
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Tarling’s second feature God's Own Country has also been selected as one of 18 projects that will make up the next iFeatures development slate. One of just under 400 submissions, God’s Own Country will now undergo an intensive process of creative and commercial development with support from the organsising partners, led by Creative England. Three films will be ‘greenlit’ in March 2015 at budgets of £350,000. God’s Own Country is written and will be directed by Francis Lee and produced by Jack Tarling and Manon Ardisson.