The Algarve was one of the two film locations chosen for the British feature drama. ´There’s always Hope`, is a production from Eagle Films, Bad Penny Productions and Monte Productions in association with Spy Manor Productions. All film organisations behind this project have plans to bring film productions to the region.
A statement by Spy Manor Production says that “November marks a successful month for the Film & Entertainment industries in the Algarve. The Algarve Film Collective unveiled that eight film organisations from both the UK and Portugal are currently collaborating in over four important initiatives”.
Directed by Tim Lewiston, the movie features Colm Meaney (Hell On Wheels), Kate Ashfield (Shaun Of The Dead) and newcomer Hannah Chinn with Oscar-nominated production designer Tim Hutchinson (Victor Victoria), composer Guy Farley (Anthropoid), DoP Ali Asad (Mad To Be Normal) and editor Jeremy Gibb (Property Of The State) as part of the crew.
With a budget of £1 million, the production generated around one hundred jobs for the local community and went ahead despite restrictions imposed by COVID-19. The producers created a separate Covid-19 team that was responsible for the execution of the strict regulations given by the Portuguese authorities. Among the crew there was a very important person on set, Otto Linden, who was hired as the production’s COVID-19 compliance officer, a role that will become crucial in the years ahead, according to the press release.
During the same month, Spy Manor Productions initiated a global search for Portuguese screenwriters to take part in a ground-breaking, free workshop that will produce a new Algarve based television series.
In the beginning of November, the Moviebox Premiere Streaming platform was also launched, the platform showcases independent films to independent filmmakers, giving independent producers a chance not only to reach a wider audience but also to further develop their work.