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Tamara Drewe Case Study (2010)

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 27, 2011

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, British Film, Comedy, Independent Film, Romance


  • Directed by Stephen Frears
  • Shot on location in Dorset and at Pinewood Studios
  • Adapted screenplay by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre, 2011) from a Graphic Novel by Posy Simmonds (The Guardian). Ready made Storyboard.
  • Produced by BBC Films (Exec Production), Ruby Films (Production Company) and West End Films (Sales Agents/Casting)
  • Ruby Films (Fish Tank 2009, Jane Eyre 2011) are an independent production company that specialise in literary adaptations
  • West End Films are sales agents and a finance/production company/casting agency
  • BBC Films Unit now make 7-8 ‘independent’  films per year e.g. West is West (2010), Jane Eyre (2011), Fish Tank (2009), The Damned United (2009), The Duchess (2008), Notes On A Scandal (2006), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005).
  • Frears liked the ‘charm and challenge’ of the graphic novels. As an independent auteur his films range across genres including The Queen (2006), My Beautiful Laundrette (1989), High Fidelity, Mrs Henderson Presents, The Deal, The Snapper, Dangerous Liaisons and has worked with the BBC before.
  • Distributed by UK Independent MomentumThe King’s Speech (2010), Another Year (Mike Leigh, 2010), 44 Inch Chest, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Lesbian Vampire Killers, Happy Go Lucky
  • Distributed in the U.S. by Sony (wider distribution).
  • Independent British Film with significant funding but with the look and feel in terms of mise-en-scene of a UK/US Collaboration (358 prints distributed)
  • Part funded (one of the last awards) by the UK Film Council. Premiere Fund award (Production) - £780,000 and Development Fund (Scripts) - £102,625
  • Recent UKFC awards include: The King’s Speech (£1m – Premiere Fund), Made in Dagenham (£850,000 – Premiere Fund)
  • UKFC to be shut down as of October / November 2010 but The Conservative government still claim £15m per year will go into British film funding.
  • Approximate Production Budget - £6-8m
  • Approximate Distribution Budget - £3m
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