uglyduckling films
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You see these queens around you?
They’re all working. We’re all working hard to be loved and adored. Sometimes we even convince ourselves that we’ve succeeded. But you’ll always see them back here a few weeks later.


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Paper Babylon

A true story about love and friendship, obsession and self-acceptance, Paper Babylon is ultimately about the continual struggle to find love in a loveless world.

The script has been written by Greer Ellison (Butterfly Kisses) and Henry Eagleton, and is being co-produced with Blue Shadows Films (Butterfly Kisses) and developed in association with Northern Ireland ScreenDes Hamilton (Nymphomaniac, Only God Forgives) is casting.

It’s seven islands. The city, underneath. More maybe. Reshaped, changed. Bombay, Mumbai.
Used to just be fishing colonies. You’d never know now.

7 Island City

Written by James Higginson (Early Man), R. Yula and Mark McNally, 7 Island City is a fast-paced, dark thriller set in Mumbai City that explores what makes us human, what binds families together, and how we discover and assert our identities in this ever-changing, mercurial landscape.

The script is being developed in association with Northern Ireland Screen.

My best friend Siggi’s a banker. Sara only saw him first because he’s 10cm taller than me.
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One Kiss

In the smallest big city in the world, a striving advertising creative has only one kiss left to find out what is more important to him: status or true love. Written by international best-selling author Hallgrimur Helgason (101 Reykjavik), the film will be directed by Reynir Lyngdal (Frost, The Lava Field) and produced with Pegasus Pictures (Fortitude, Game of Thrones).

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Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning

Adapted from the international bestseller by Hallgrimur Helgason by James Higginson and Robert Yula, 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 (1864, Those Who Kill). Christoffer Boe (Reconstruction, Sex, Drugs and Taxation) will direct.


Dark Before Dawn

It's the summer of 1945, and young mobster TOMMY STRAND, on his return home from the war, sees a golden opportunity to flood a now lawless London with the guns from war-torn Europe and seize control of organised crime in the capital. As Election Day approaches, another war rages: the battle to save London has begun. Written by Blaise Douglas, the film will be directed by Simon Aboud (The Beautiful Fantastic, Comes a Bright Day) and is produced with Amber Entertainment (Romeo and Juliet, Molly Moon).