Warp X harnesses cutting edge digital technology and low budget production methods to make high value movies that can reach cinema audiences across the world.
Warp X’s first slate consisted of A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MY SEXUAL FAILURES, DONKEY PUNCH (both released Summer 08) and HUSH (released March 09). ATP, BUNNY AND THE BULL and LA CHINOISE are due for release this year.
Slate one was managed and produced by Warp X for the Low Budget Feature Film Scheme set up by UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund and Film4 to revitalise the low-budget sector of the British film industry. Our other key financial backers were EM Media and Screen Yorkshire. Optimum Releasing were closely involved in the development process and distribute the films theatrically and on DVD in the UK. Channel 4 take UK television rights. The current slate is being funded until the end of 2010 by the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Film4, Screen Yorkshire and Optimum Releasing.
Warp X is a brand new venture in the British film industry - a sustainable digital studio that is driven by creative talent and a dynamic digital business model that rewards everyone involved in the films. Our financiers have agreed that creative talent should share in the gross revenue of any film once the commission and expenses of distributors and sales agents have been deducted.
Warp X is building on Warp Film’s reputation for combining creative originality with commercial success, with releases like Shane Meadows’ THIS IS ENGLAND and DEAD MAN’S SHOES, Chris Cunningham’s RUBBER JOHNNY and Chris Morris’ MY WRONGS 8245-8249 and 117. Warp Films latest film by Shane Meadows LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE will be out on DVD on 26 October 2009. Visit www.ledonk.com for more information.
Warp X JOINT OBJECTIVES:
as outlined by the UK Film Council and Film4
| To source a diverse range of filmmaking talent and mentors.
| To develop a more integrated and cost-effective model for the development and production of low-budget films by accessing a core team of production, financing and business affairs expertise and taking into account the cultural and commercial needs of the UK film industry.
| To provide new opportunities to increase participation of groups currently under-represented in the UK film industry such as writers, directors, producers and actors who are disabled, women and/or from black and minority ethnic groups.
| To encourage filmmakers to explore social issues of disability, cultural/ethnic diversity and social exclusion through the content and range of individual film projects.
| To create much-needed progression routes into the UK film industry for identified filmmaking talent, who may have experienced some success through their first feature film or through short filmmaking, but who need further infrastructural and other support to make their next film(s) a success.
| To provide an opportunity for and to encourage established filmmaking talent to reinvest their expertise in the talent of the tomorrow, both in front of and behind the camera.