With the AFM set to kick off in Santa Monica next week, producers Hamish McAlpine, Colin Vaines and Carole Siller have teamed to launch Broadstairs Films. The company will develop and produce joint projects, dividing time between the UK and LA. McAlpine, who founded UK-based distributor Tartan Films in 1984, is often credited with bringing Asian genre films to wider audiences. Tartan shuttered in 2008 and McAlpine took some time off before dipping back into the film business. Siller was an exec producer on Michael Haneke’s U.S. remake of his own Funny Games, which McAlpine produced, and CEO of the UK’s Black Hangar Studios at its launch in 2012. Vaines’ recent credits include producing Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus. The partners will continue to develop their own slates which will be unaffected by the new shingle. Broadstairs is bringing two projects to the AFM: Supernatural thriller Lost Girls, based on a story by McAlpine, and documentary Bhopal about the 1984 industrial gas disaster in India.
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