Waterloo Road producer Rope Ladder Fiction has invested in two regional filmmakers as part of a pledge to support at least two short features every year going forward.
Reiterating a central stragegy to support emerging talent, Cameron Roach’s Manchester-based indie has invested in filmmakers Sheila Nortley and Zane Igbe and is co-producing their films Osoro and Surprise, Baby!, respectively.
Rope Ladder is in post-production on the projects, after the duo were part of the trainee scheme set up in partnership with Waterloo Road co-producer Wall to Wall and Screen Manchester.
Nortley has recently participated in the writers’ room for A Town Called Malice (Vertigo Films/ Sky).
Her film Osoro, which she has written and directed, is set against the backdrop of black Britain in the early noughties and explores themes of grief, magic, class and love. It is a co-production with Rope Ladder Fiction and her indie Norto Productions, and the producer is Martina Russo. The team is working on the potential to turn it into a series.