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18/05/01
BBC Wages War on Hollywood
- Large-scale film projects planned in order to stem drain to US

BBC Films has launched several ambitious film projects in an attempt to stop British
talent fleeing to Hollywood.

Films in the works include China Eyes, an Eastern take on Romeo and Juliet set during the Boxer Revolt in early 20th Century China, a screenplay by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh about two girls who escape from a Thai prison, and an adaptation of drug-dealer Howard Mark's autobiography, Mr Nice.

Director Paul Pawlikowski, the man behind the successful art-house film Last Resort, ploughs a similar bleak path in his next film about a women who enters the prostitute world in order to find her daughter's killer.

"We want to offer creative, juicy parts and attract some big directors back to the UK," said BBC Films chief David Thompson.





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