By Leo Barraclough | Variety
BERLIN — Writer-director-actor Paddy Considine is continuing his collaboration with his “Tyrannosaur” producing partner Diarmid Scrimshaw of Inflammable Films on “Journeyman,” which is being financed by Film4, the BFI, Screen Yorkshire and the Wellcome Trust. Studiocanal is on board to handle the U.K. release and Cornerstone Films will oversee international sales and distribution.
Considine and Scrimshaw won a BAFTA for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer for “Tyrannosaur” in 2012.
“Journeyman” is in pre-production and will start shooting in the North of England in early March. Considine is not only writing and directing the film but also starring, alongside Jodie Whittaker (“One Day”), Faraz Ayub (“Honour”), Tony Pitts (“War Horse”) and Paul Popplewell (“’71″).
The film centers on Matty Burton, the middleweight boxing champion of the world. Now, coming toward the end of his career, he knows that he must make his money and get out of the game. His aim is to secure a home with his wife Emma, and a future for their baby daughter Mia. His opponent is the brash and controversial Nassar Ali. A big puncher who courts controversy with his outlandish statements. Nassar’s intent is to rip the title from Matty, a task that Nassar feels is going to be easy.
After a titanic battle, Matty returns home to Emma, but moments later collapses on the living-room floor from a delayed reaction to a devastating punch. When Matty awakes from the coma, the real fight begins. Suffering from memory loss and with his personality altered, Matty must begin to piece his life back together as his world disintegrates.
Scrimshaw commented: “’Journeyman’ is another world-class project from Paddy, it’s got strength, authenticity and is a compelling triumph over adversity story.”
Cornerstone’s Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder said: “We’ve long been admirers of Paddy’s work as an actor and his directing debut in the remarkable ‘Tyrannosaur’ made him a filmmaker to watch. We couldn’t be more excited to be associated with his next feature. ‘Journeyman’ is powerful, provocative and moving; precisely the kind of film we want Cornerstone Films to be part of.”