The Bureau Slate 2016

The Bureau Film Company

Development: Slate

England

2016

Total project grant (euros)

150,000

Percentage of budget funded

46%

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

MEDIA

Funding scheme

Development: Slate

Call number

19/2015

Call publication date

27 Oct 2015

Application deadline

4 Feb 2016

Result publication date

4 Jul 2016

The Bureau is a group of associated producers, individually independent in their editorial choices and collectively united around a shared goal: to find and stimulate new talent and lead them towards excellence and distinction. They gamble on groundbreaking and unique filmmakers and lead them to success in world markets through links with major UK & French players as well as European international sales companies.

The grant supported the development of four projects. To date, details of one of these projects has been announced:

- Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, stability is hard to find. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland, Oregon where Charley takes a summer job, with a washed-up horse trainer, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete. The film premieres at Venice Film Festival in September 2017.

Tristan Goligher, producer of Lean on Pete said:

“Creative Europe support has been vital in The Bureau’s works to develop and produce the highest quality cinema. This was especially so with Lean On Pete. Set in the US the film was none the less a very European film, both in financing and sensibility. The backing of Creative Europe helped ensure we could stay in creative control and support Andrew Haigh’s vision for the film.” 

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