Ugly Duckling Films actively acquires and develops intellectual property. Below is just a sample of projects on our current slate.

We Are Your Children

Inspired by true events, We Are Your Children follows a female cop, gay rights activist and drag queen unite to stop a series of targeted homosexual killings in 1970s San Francisco. 

The series is written and created by BAFTA Rocliffe winner Ryan Brown, and is a 2018 UK TV Brit List nominee. It is being actively packaged by WME, with development funds provided via Ingenious Media.

Sea of Teeth

Award-winning artist and filmmaker Muzi Quawson (Doll Parts) returns to her exploration into cinematic art forms with an experimental piece titled Sea of Teeth, starring folk musician Devendra Banhart and Rodrigo Amarante — a captured moment of both stillness and anguish, love and death, the present and the past.

The Bike Thief

Set in multicultural modern day north London, The Bike Thief follows an immigrant pizza deliverer, who works long hours to keep a roof over his wife and kids’ heads. When his bike is stolen, however, the man finds himself isolated and forced to rethink his moral compass in order to keep his family safe. Taking place over just a few days, The Bike Thief is a fast-paced thriller that also explores what it means to be human amidst the concept of anonymity.

The screenplay is written by Matt Chambers and will be his debut feature. The film is being produced with Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes.

One Kiss

It’s summer in 2007 and Iceland is riding high on the economic boom. Like the balmy Icelandic summer nights, the parties are wild and endless; money is flowing like the Trevi fountain and it’s THE time to live in the smallest biggest city in the world that is Reykjavik.

It’s almost 2008 and although Iceland doesn’t know it yet, Europe is on the brink of a financial crash. Immersed in this world is Ari, a frustrated advertising creative looking for love. But after a random encounter with a psychic, he’s told that he only has one kiss left in this superficial world if he’s to really find true love -- will it be too late?

Written by Hallgrimur Helgasson (Reykjavik 101), One Kiss is a coproduction with Pegasus Pictures and Reynir Lyngdal (The Lava Fields) attached to direct.




Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning

Adapted from the international bestseller by Hallgrimur Helgason Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning follows a hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York City, as he is forced to flee the States and accidentally ends up in Iceland disguised as a Southern televangelist. A satirical yet poignant exploration into the good and bad in all of us, the film is produced with Denmark's Miso Films.

The screenplay is written by James Higginson and Robert Yula.