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UK sales outfit Starline Entertainment have taken worldwide rights to Shoot From The Hip for investigative documentary My Grandfather The Spy.
Co-directed by Martin Scanlan, the film follows Dave Evans attempt to unearth secrets from his family’s past – to solve the mystery behind his grandfather’s frequent trips behind the Iron Curtain during the height of the Cold War.
The project was developed through the New Discoveries programme at The Balkan Documentary Center, and had support from Ffilm Cymru Wales, as well as BBC Wales. It received a special mention at Kosovo’s DokuFest in 2015 and was selected to participate in the Distribution Rewired market at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016.
Production is scheduled to be completed in December this year.
Shoot From the Hip Co-Founder Dave Evans said, "It's been quite a journey and the team here are absolutely delighted to be working with Film Cymru, BBC Wales and Starline. It's a real story off discovery- do we ever really know the people around us? Even those in our own family? This provocative and thoughtful documentary explores the story of "My Grandfather the Spy."
Starline’s director of acquisitions, Piers Nightingale commented: “Life – not least family life – is so often stranger than fiction, and when Dave came in to tell us his extraordinary story, we were completely transfixed,”. He added, “With his and Martin’s combined filmmaking talents evident from the footage so far, we can’t wait to bring this thrilling documentary to the international market.”