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Hendrix film gets go-ahead
Jimi Hendrix
Mystery surrounds Hendrix's last days

A movie based on Jimi Hendrix's last days is to be made by the director of the controversial Granada film Bloody Sunday.

Paul Greengrass will make Cross Town Traffic with the help of 94,000 in lottery funding from the UK Film Council's Development Fund.

The film, to be produced by Elizabeth Karlsen of Little Voice fame, will concentrate on Hendrix's last days in London before his death in September 1970.

Greengrass's Bloody Sunday tackled the subject of the shooting of 13 civilians in Londonderry in 1972.

The film, which starred Cold Feet's James Nesbitt, won the coveted Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2002 as well as the World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Paul Greengrass
Greengrass won the Golden Bear Award for Bloody Sunday

The Film Council is investing in a number of new feature film projects, apart from Cross Town Traffic.

UK film makers are to benefit from just under 500,000 of investment from what is currently the UK's largest film development fund.

Among the projects is a drama called The Dark, adapted from Simon Maginn's novel, about a grieving family who move to a remote village in Wales.

The Dark will be given 5,916 from the fund.

A further 90,000 has been set aside for Ghosthunters, a teen action adventure set in the 1920s.

The programme concentrates on a parapsychologist who discovers a way of talking to ghosts with the aid of a young female psychic - plunging them both into danger.

Romantic comedy

Hunky Dory will be also be co-funded by the development fund.

Set in Swansea in the heat wave of 1976, it tells the tale of a music teacher who attempts to get a gang of disinterested children to take part in a futuristic rock music extravaganza.

Meera Syal and Paul Raphael, the team behind Anita & Me, are involved in another, as yet untitled project, which will receive 101,500 from the fund.

Among the other projects is a romantic comedy called Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution and a remaking of the classic British horror film, The Witchfinder General.

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