Top Marks For "The First Grader" And LipSync


Investment and post production provided to award-winning feature film which opens in UK

Last Updated: June 20, 2011 5:04 pm GMT
(London, UK--June 20, 2011) LipSync Productions, the investment and equity services company, and LipSync Post, the leading post-production facility, provided investment and post production services for The First Grader, which will be released in the UK from 24 June 2011.

The First Grader has been selected to appear at many festivals worldwide including the London Film Festival, and has won several awards including Best Feature Film at the Palm Beach Film Festival and the Audience Prize for Best Narrative Film at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

The film tells the true story of an 84 year old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to primary school to get the education he was never allowed. It was directed by BAFTA-winner Justin Chadwick (Bleak House, The Other Boleyn Girl) and produced by David M. Thompson (Billy Elliott, An Education), Sam Feuer and Richard Harding.

LipSync provided grading, VFX, audio post-production and online editing facilities as well as investment for the film.

David Thompson, Producer, Origin Pictures, said, “It has been a real pleasure collaborating with LipSync on The First Grader. The whole team is top draw and we couldn’t be happier with the work they’ve done on it. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.”

Origin has also worked with LipSync on the acclaimed BBC TWO drama The Crimson Petal and the White and the upcoming feature film The Awakening, and its conspiracy thriller Undisclosed is currently in post at LipSync.

The First Grader is a BBC Films and UK Film Council production in association with Videovision Entertainment, LipSync and ARTE France. It is a Sixth Sense /Origin Pictures production directed by Justin Chadwick and stars Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Vusi Kunene, Tony Kgoroge and David Chege. It is written by Ann Peacock, produced by David M. Thompson, Sam Feuer and Richard Harding and executive produced by Anant Singh, Helena Spring, Joe Oppeheimer and Norman Merry.

Since 2006 LipSync Productions has provided investment and equity services for over 25 independent feature films, offering financial, creative and technical support to filmmakers and producers. In its capacity as Executive Producer/Co-producer on numerous productions, LipSync’s experienced staff are able to advise on all aspects of production, from concept to completion, ensuring the client can be completely confident that every possible penny makes it into the image onscreen. LipSync’s co-productions include Toast, Jane Eyre, Coriolanus, We Need to Talk about Kevin, Shame, The Awakening, Dark Tide, Made in Dagenham, Nowhere Boy, Deep Blue Sea, United, The Red Riding Trilogy and Lay the Favourite.

LipSync Post a complete post-production facility, providing every aspect of the post production process for film and television. Located in two sites on London’s Wardour Street, the company combines talented people with the highest quality equipment to offer the best for every project.

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