David Tennant in 1939

David Tennant will appear in the forthcoming Stephen Poliakoff movie 1939, which has just received around £1million lottery funding from the UK Film Council.

Described as a "tense psychological thriller", 1939 features David Tennant appearing alongside a remarkable cast: Romola Garai (Atonement), Bill Nighy (Love Actually), the great Julie Christie and equally great Christopher Lee (Lord of The Rings), Eddie Redmayne (The Other Boleyn Girl), Juno Temple (Wild Child),  Charlie Cox (Stardust) and Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park).

1939 is set between the present day and the dark world of political intrigue in England leading up to the outbreak of World War II.  The movie has been jointly funded and produced by talkbackTHAMES production in association with Magic Light Pictures, BBC Films, the UK Film Council’s Premiere Fund and Screen East Content Investment Fund and is the first film to receive financing from Quickfire Films.  Location shooting for the movie has been completed in London and Norfolk.

Sally Caplan, Head of the UK Film Council’s Premiere Fund, says; “It’s very exciting to be supporting debut feature films from talented newcomers Daniel Barber and Sam Taylor-Wood, as well as being a part of Stephen Poliakoff’s long-awaited return to the big screen. These are three very different and unique projects which all have contemporary relevance to audiences today and we are very pleased to be backing each of them.”

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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