JACKDAW is the feature-length writing and directing debut of local filmmaker Jamie Childs. His previous appearances include numerous popular TV shows such as “Doctor Who,” “Vera,” “His Dark Materials,” as well as “Willow” for Disney+ and “The Sandman” for Netflix.
His new feature film was shot entirely locally – including locations such as Seal Sands, Nunthorpe and at Northern Studios, the only major film and television production facility in the North East.
£300,000 was invested from the North East Production Fund, delivered by regional film agency North East Screen on behalf of the North East Screen Industries Partnership (NESIP), as part of its ambitious plans to make the region one of the leading in the UK make film and television production centers.
The title character of the film is Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“The Invisible Man”, “The Haunting of Hill House”), other well-known names include Jenna Coleman – also known for her work in “Doctor Who”, “The Sandman” and ” Victoria – This Is England” star Thomas Rory McCann of Turgoose and Game of Thrones.
It’s about a struggling former motocross champion and army veteran who, while looking after his younger brother, agrees to pick up an illegal package in the North Sea. His brother’s subsequent disappearance leads him on a violent search across northeast England.
To mark the film’s release in UK cinemas by Vertigo Releasing, a glittering, star-studded premiere will take place in Tees Valley, before a series of local pre-release screenings.
The Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority contributed £4.5 million to a North East wide screening industry development program delivered by the region’s screening agency, North East Screen, in collaboration with all 12 of the North East’s local and combined authorities.
JACKDAW producer Callum Grant said: “The North East has unique creative potential that has been systematically overlooked by the UK film industry. For example, look at what people like Sam Fender are doing in music. There is an energy and ambition here that deserves to be taken seriously.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Jamie is taking charge of our next generation of creators and there has never been a better time for local talent to shine as we continue to grow our sector – not just writers and directors , but also for the future.” for engineers, costume designers and technicians. Our money will help us get into cinemas and in front of people across the UK whilst promoting regional skills.”
Julie Gilhespie, chief executive of the Tees Valley Combined Authority and co-chair of NESIP, said: “This is a huge win for our programme, our region and its ambitious workforce in television and film, and the benefits are being felt far and wide.”
Gayle Woodruffe, operations director for North East Screen, said: “We have world-class talent, world-class crew and world-class filming locations here in the North East and it’s all showcased in JACKDAW – a testament to the work we do.” We build on the growing screen industry in the region.”