Shaftesbury Avenue Ltd
Shaftesbury Avenue Ltd is a British musical production company which was formed to capitalise on the enormous popularity of musicals amongst theatre-goers to today’s West End and regional playhouses. The Company is managed by experienced musical and entertainment producers who have demonstrated their ability both to identify and to stage successful musicals in the UK and around the world. One of the familiar obstacles facing potential investors in theatre is the lack of awareness of what might be available to them, since many theatrical producers maintain their own private contacts of regular returning investors. By creating a new slate of musical productions, Shaftesbury Avenue will allow Investors to spread the risk of their investment across a number of productions over the coming years, thus maximising potential returns.
Each production will be run from a 100% owned subsidiary of the Company, ensuring that all costs relating to each production are retained within a separate limited company. As revenues arise from each production, once costs are paid these will flow up to the Company.
Shaftesbury Avenue’s production and management team intends to make use of the latest multi-screen technology in the staging of major events, and maximise the audience experience at its shows by utilising this technology to the full. The vision is to be a leading independent entertainment and content producer. The company aim to achieve this by developing their own intellectual property and producing rights and owned content. Growth will be built on leveraging its existing expertise in the UK and will additionally, take advantage of opportunities in other territories.
FOS (Revolution) Ltd
REVolution is a feature film which is inspired by the extraordinary true story of the kidnapping of world motor racing champion Juan Manuel Fangio by Fidel Castro’s 26th July movement on the eve of the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix in Havana, nine months before the revolution of 31st December 1958 which saw the dictator Batista overthrown.
Havana in 1958 is a place of savage beauty, with crime and violence bubbling underneath a dazzling surface of colour, Caribbean music and gorgeous sports cars. Cuba is about to explode into revolution but Havana continues to party like never before.
There are many undercurrents in the film which the storyline works through: the impending arrival of the new Cuban government; the collapse of the Batista regime; the significance and impact of American wealth, as represented by the casinos and the cars; the duplicity of the British, dealing in arms with Batista until the very end; and overall, the yearning of a people to be free.
Jonny Pepa is a young working class and poor Cuban who dreams of making it big like all the rich Americans who flood the casino where he works. He longs to be a racing driver and is in love with a beautiful Cuban, Angelica Romero, with whom he was close when they were younger and living in the poor part of Havana, but who now appears to associate with the American jet set who are associated with the Grand Prix. Jonny is unaware of her secret involvement in the July 26th movement and her loyalty to her new intellectual partner, Castro’s trusted lieutenant Sebastian Ortiz. Ortiz and his team, including Angelica, kidnap Fangio the night before the Grand Prix, creating a global media storm and a savage overnight backlash from Batista’s thugs. When he realises that the kidnappers have been compromised by the duplicitous English arms merchant Jim Drake, Jonny seeks the help of cynical American driver Rich Clayton to save the woman he loves.
The finished script has been delivered, senior appointments for the film have been made and locations are now being identified. Production is slated to commence in 2020.
FOS (Will) Ltd
FOS optioned the acclaimed novel based on the life of Shakespeare, Will, by Christopher Rush in 2017. The novel opens with William Shakespeare on his deathbed, summoning his lawyer Francis Collins to his bedside in order to make some final amendments to his will. As he goes through the provisions of his will, Shakespeare reveals the stories of his life which both explain the elements of his will and reveal the inspirations behind his work.
Other successful Shakespeare films have portrayed different aspects of the playwright’s life – Will is the first film to show him talking about his life in the first person, with flashbacks to all the major incidents and loves of his life which contributed to the writing of his plays.
Shakespeare in Love took almost $300 million worldwide and Shakespeare remains the most famous name in the world in terms of theatre and the public interest in his life – Who was his Dark Lady? Why did he give only his “second bed” to his wife in his will? Did he have collaborators in his writing, or was it him alone? – shows no sign of slowing down around the world.
The budget for the film is £5.5million. FOS has commissioned a first script which is currently undergoing analysis. Funding will be sought once the script has reached an acceptable stage.