Catalyst Global Media, the London-based television and film production company led by Charlotte Walls, is making a feature film version of poet and novelist Owen Sheers’ Pink Mist.
The drama, which has already been made into a stage version at the Bush Theatre and The Bristol Old Vic, is about three young soldiers from Bristol who are deployed to Afghanistan. Childhood friends still in their teens, each have their reasons for enlisting and within a short space fo time they return home to the women in their lives (a mother, a wife, a girlfriend), all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of their service.
The novel was winner of the Wales Book of the Year and was read originally on BBC Radio 4. Sheers recently wrote the BBC-commissioned The Green Hollow, based on the events surrounding the deaths of 144 people in a Welsh village.
Pink Mist is the latest project to join Catalyst’s burgeoning film slate. The company is currently exec producing another stage adaptation from Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, the supernatural thriller Ghost Stories, starring Nyman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther and Martin Freeman and produced by Claire Jones and Robin Gutch for Warp Films. The company is also exec producing British coming-of-age comedy Finding Your Feet, starring Imelda Staunton, as well rock and roll black comedy The Hype, which is the first film launching from Catalyst’s multi-year, multi-picture partnership with Warner Music.