Still from Sunset Song

MEDIA films on UK screens: December

Sunset Song

Celebrated director Terence Davies returns with his adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's novel about a farming family struggling to eke out a living in northeast Scotland. The film stars Agyness Deyn (Electricity) as Chris, a Scottish farm worker who sees family trauma merge into global catastrophe as the first world war devastates her village. Alongside her, Peter Mullan (Neds, Tyrannosaur) co-stars as Chris's abusive father. 

Produced by Hurricane Films, the film's release in Croatia was supported by Creative Europe's Automatic scheme for distribution. It is released in UK cinemas on 4 December by Metrodome.

West

Based on the novel Lagerfeuer by Julia Franck, this German drama was supported by Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme at development stage. It tells the story of the East German Nelly Senff (Jördis Triebel) and her young son who emigrate to the Federal Republic of Germany in the late 1970s. UK distributor New Wave Films were also awarded a grant through the Automatic distribution scheme to support their release of the film in June this year. 

West is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer until 22 December. 

Stick Man 

CGI animated half hour Christmas special Stick Man is based on the best-selling children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The programme is produced by Magic Light Pictures with a Creative Europe TV Programming grant, who also worked on popular MEDIA-funded shows The GruffaloThe Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom.

Brought to life this Christmas for BBC One, the special is voiced by an all-star cast: Martin Freeman is Stick Man, Hugh Bonneville is Santa and Jennifer Saunders narrates, with Russell Tovey, Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins completing the cast.

Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas

A half-hour special based on the family favourite television series, The Farmer's Llamas will premiere on BBC One this Christmas. Created by Richard Starzak, the stop-frame animation will chronicle another of Shaun’s adventures and introduce a mischievous pack of llamas (Hector, Fernando and Raul) to our screens. Producers Aardman Animations received funding from Creative Europe's TV Programming scheme for the project.

Shaun steals away with Farmer and Bitzer when they go to a Country Fair, intent on causing mischief. Besotted by the exotic creatures he spots at auction, he cleverly gets the unwitting Farmer to buy them. Back at Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun is delighted with his prank and convinces the flock that the llamas are just what they need to spice up their lives. At first, everything is great fun, but soon their new llama roommates get a bit too comfortable in their new home. 

Photo: Sunset Song