INDEPENDENT and CAMP ready production on Carol Morley's OUT OF BLUE

11 May 2017

Announcing Patricia Clarkson in the lead role

INDEPENDENT and CAMP will go into production on director Carol Morley’s OUT OF BLUE, continuing a relationship started in 2014 with Morley’s critically acclaimed THE FALLING.  Independent will also be handling international sales on OUT OF BLUE and will be introducing the film to buyers in Cannes.

OUT OF BLUE, based on Martin Amis’s NIGHT TRAIN, will start shooting in Autumn 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. Oscar nominated actress Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, Shutter Island, The Station Agent) will play the lead role of homicide detective Mike Hoolihan, with Toby Jones (Happy End, Berberian Sound Studio, Captain America), Mamie Gummer (The End of the Tour, Ricki and the Flash) and Teyonah Parris (Chi-Raq, Dear White People) also attached.  Further cast announcements are expected soon. 

Developed with the support of the BFI, with National Lottery funding, and BBC FILMS, OUT OF BLUE will be produced by Luc Roeg (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Mr Nice, Spider) and Cairo Cannon (The Falling, Dreams of a Life).

Patricia Clarkson is represented by CAA and Anonymous Content.  Carol Morley is represented by Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen.   Teyonah Parris is represented by APA and Vanguard Management.

Luc Roeg of Independent and Cairo Cannon of CAMP said: “THE FALLING established Carol Morley as an exciting and unique voice in British Cinema and it’s a privilege to be producing her new film OUT OF BLUE.  Carol has written such an original and distinctive screenplay that OUT OF BLUE will be sure to consolidate her reputation as one of the UK’s most dynamic directorial talents.  Patricia Clarkson is an actor we have always admired and we know her Mike will be an iconic character, a complex woman on screen to watch again and again.”

Andrew Orr of Independent Film Sales said of the project, “Carol's a distinctive and compelling voice in contemporary cinema: from DREAMS OF A LIFE to THE FALLING, her storytelling draws you in beyond the plot, to levels of meaning and universal questions about our lives and selves, which lie just below the surface of our everyday existence.  Even on the page, OUT OF BLUE, is a truly cinematic story - a distinct and original vision which belongs on the big screen."

When homicide detective Mike Hoolihan is called to investigate the shooting of leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, Jennifer Rockwell, she is affected in ways she struggles to comprehend. Revolving around contemporary Atlanta and the mysteries of the universe, OUT OF BLUE is a neo-noir detective story, a metaphysical mystery, in which Mike’s quest for the truth destabilizes her view of the world, and herself.


About Independent:

Independent specializes in the development, financing, production and distribution of independent feature films. Led by CEO Luc Roeg, Independent has a team of highly motivated and experienced professionals with expertise in project development, production, structured finance, distribution, sales and marketing. 

Independent’s production credits include: Carol Morley’s THE FALLING.  John Banville’s Booker Prize winning novel THE SEA, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.  Tolstoy adaptation BOXING DAY which had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.  In 2011 Independent produced the critically acclaimed adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, directed by Lynne Ramsay, which premiered in competition in Cannes.

Independent also acquires third party rights to manage through its sales division. Latest titles include Jim Jarmusch's documentary GIMME DANGER about Iggy Pop and the Stooges, upcoming drama THE ESCAPE, starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper, powerful boxing drama JAWBONE directed by Thomas Napper, and the ultimate documentary on Oasis, SUPERSONIC, directed by Mat Whitecross, as well as Michael Winterbottom's ON THE ROAD. 

About CAMP:

Cannon and Morley Productions (CAMP) is run by BAFTA nominated Writer/Director Carol Morley and Producer Cairo Cannon. They have made award winning shorts, documentaries and feature films that have played in cinemas, on TV, in galleries and at festivals world wide. Theatrically released films include The Alcohol Years (winner Melbourne International Film Festival, Grierson Award), Edge (premiere BFI LFF and Shanghai Film Festival), Dreams of a Life (BFI LFF, US premiere SXSW) with Zawe Ashton and The Falling made with Luc Roeg and Independent. The Falling features Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh, Maxine Peake, Monica Dolan and Greta Scacchi.

About the BFI:

The BFI Film Fund supports first-class British filmmaking from talent and project development, through production, to audience development across exhibition, distribution and international sales. With over £50 million of National Lottery funding to invest each year, the BFI is the UK's largest public investor in film.

Films supported by the BFI include last year’s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner and BAFTA-winning I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach and the Jury Prize award-winning and BAFTA-nominated American Honey by filmmaker Andrea Arnold; Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, the opening and closing galas respectively at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival; Viceroy’s House from Gurinder Chadha, which celebrated its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival; and Lady Macbeth directed by William Oldroyd, released on 28 April following its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and UK premiere at last year’s BFI London Film Festival.

Highly anticipated films backed by the BFI include Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here and Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, both premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in Competition and Directors’ Fortnight respectively; Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, winner of the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic at Sundance 2017 and screened in Panorama at Berlin; Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete; Clio Barnard’s Dark River; Andy Serkis’ Breathe; Sophie Fiennes’ Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life; Nick Park’s Early Man; Paddy Considine’s Journeyman; Lucy Cohen’s Fly Away; Michael Pearce’s Beast; Peter Mackie Burns’ Daphne; Thomas Clay’s Fanny Lye Delivr’d; Haifaa Al Mansour’s A Storm in the Stars and Mercedes Grower’s Brakes.

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK - investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world 
  • Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences


BBC Films: 

BBC Films is at the forefront of independent filmmaking in the UK, developing and co-producing around twelve films a year. In 2015 BBC Films was awarded the Michael Balcon BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. Joe Oppenheimer is Acting Head for BBC Films.

Recent and current releases include Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest starring Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin, William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth starring rising star Florence Pugh, Sean Foley’s Mindhorn co-written by and starring Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson and Steve Cantor’s Dancer.

Their latest award-winning and nominated films include Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, which won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film and was the winner of the 2016 Cannes Palme d’Or, Mick Jackson’s Denial, BAFTA Award nominee for Outstanding British Film and Florence Foster Jenkins starring Oscar and BAFTA Award nominee Meryl Streep and BAFTA Award nominee Hugh Grant.

Upcoming films include Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling coming to cinemas on 12th May, Stephen Frears’ Victoria and Abdul out via Universal Pictures in September and Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, with STX due to release the film later this year. Currently in production is Stan & Ollie starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.

BBC Films’ eclectic back catalogue includes Brooklyn, The Lady in the Van, Mr Holmes, Far from the Madding Crowd, Pride, Saving Mr. Banks, Philomena, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, My Week with Marilyn, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Jane Eyre, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Made in Dagenham, An Education, In the Loop, Fish Tank, My Summer of Love, Truly Madly Deeply, andBilly Elliot. 

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