Fall Grant 2014 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
When a Middle Eastern man kidnaps his sickly daughter, her mother recruits a dubious neighbour to hunt them down. With the child’s life hanging in the balance, a greater danger reveals itself.
‘Baby Mine’ is a high-stakes, atmospheric thriller inspired by true events. It is a gripping story that will challenge and deceive expectations.
- Nour Wazzi
- Shirine Best, Ellie Emptage, Nour Wazzi
- Kyran Speirs, Andrew Ornitharis, Shirine Best, Nour Wazzi
About the Director
Tipped as a future star on BBC's talent hotlist, award-winning filmmaker Nour Wazzi has worked in the industry for over ten years, collaborating on and developing short and feature-length films. She has won awards for a number of shorts, including 'Up on the Roof' (2013) which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, was selected at over 30 festivals and named Best Short Film at the Naoussa International Film Festival. She has also won Best Foreign Short at the Mexico International Film Festival, where her short 'Shackled' starring Emilia Clarke (‘Game of Thrones’), took the Golden Palm for Best Short Film in 2012. Based on a story by Academy Award nominee Ari Folman (‘Waltz with Bashir’), 'Habibti' (2010) starring Hiam Abbass (‘The Visitor’) and Yasmine Al Massri (‘Caramel’), was selected for more than 40 international festivals, won five awards and was broadcast on the BBC in 2012. Most recently, Nour directed two episodes of the BBC short film series ‘The Break’. She is currently co-writing her debut feature-length film, based on her recent short thriller, ‘Baby Mine’ (2016) starring Alexander Siddig (‘Kingdom of Heaven’).
Production Company Profile
With over ten years’ experience in the industry, award-winning filmmaker Nour Wazzi set up UK-based Panacea Productions with the intention of making distinctive, thought-provoking and compelling films with strong commercial potential. Panacea has made a number of award-winning shorts that have found VOD, airline and international TV distribution, and is currently building an exciting slate of genre features and television shows with emerging talent. Wazzi’s debut feature-length films, ‘Don’t Tell a Soul’ (thriller) and ‘Chimera’ (horror/sci-fi) are the current focus on her development slate.
Finished Films was founded by producer Shirine Best, who is currently in post-production on her feature ‘Westwood’, about the life of iconic fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood, with Academy Award-winning producer John Battsek and Dogwoof handling international sales. Best has amassed credits on more than 20 feature-length films since starting in the industry in 2001. She has produced more than ten short films, including a fashion film starring Lilly Cole and a number of fiction films that star Emilia Clarke, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Alexander Siddig, among others.