Multi-hyphenate Paddy Considine is re-teaming with his Tyrannosaur producing partner Diarmid Scrimshaw on Journeyman, a drama about an ageing boxer. The project is being financed by Film4, the BFI, Screen Yorkshire, and the Wellcome Trust. Leading indie StudioCanal will release in the UK with Cornerstone Films selling international.
The film is currently in pre-production and will start shooting in the North of England in early March. Paddy is writing and directing and also stars alongside Jodie Whittaker (One Day), Faraz Ayub (Honour), Tony Pitts (War Horse) and Paul Popplewell (’71).
The film follows Matty Burton (Considine), the middleweight boxing champion of the world. Now, coming towards 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 that 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.
“Journeyman is another world class project from Paddy, it’s got strength, authenticity and is a compelling triumph over adversity story,” said Diarmid Scrimshaw. “We’re really excited to be in the process of creating another tour de force film with Paddy”
“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,” added Cornerstone’s Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder. “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”.
Considine’s directorial debut Tyrannosaur was a devastating portrayal of domestic abuse and unexpected love, featuring a bravura performance from Olivia Colman.