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04 th January 2013

 image of Fox International Productions filming contemporary psychological thriller Panda Eyes on location in Wales

Fox International Productions filming contemporary psychological thriller Panda Eyes on location in Wales

Starring Sophie Turner (HBO’s Game of Thrones) in her feature film debut, Panda Eyes is being directed by critically-acclaimed Isabel Coixet (My Life without Me, The Secret Life of Words). Also starring are Jonathan Rhys Meyers, (The Tudors, Match Point), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spiderman, Notting Hill), Claire Forlani (CSI: New York, Meet Joe Black), Gregg Sulkin (The Wizards of Waverly Place, Avalon High), Leonor Watling (Talk to Her, Bad Education), Ivana Baquero (Pan's Labyrinth) and Geraldine Chaplin (The Orphanage, Talk to Her).

Panda Eyes is based on the novel “Another Me” by Cathy MacPhail, the script was adapted by director Isabel Coixet. The cinematographer is Jean-Claude Larrieu (The Women on the 6th Floor, My Life without Me), Marie Lanna (Patagonia) is the production designer, and the film will be edited by Elena Ruiz (The Orphanage).

The contemporary psychological thriller tells the chilling tale of a beautiful young girl who is haunted by a secret past.

Panda Eyes is a Fox International Production of a UK/Spain co-production with Rebekah Gilbertson (The Edge of Love, Patagonia) and Nicole Carmen-Davis (50 Dead Men Walking) producing for UK-based Rainy Day Films and Mariela Besuievsky (The Secret in their Eyes, Everyone Has a Plan) producing for Spain-based Tornasol Films. Film Agency for Wales, Fox International Productions, British Film Company, DSK Ventures, TVE, Canal+ and ICAA are financing the film.

Twentieth Century Fox will distribute the film worldwide.

Commenting, Pauline Burt, Chief Executive of the Film Agency for Wales says: “This project is yet another production that reinforces what Wales has to offer the global film industry both behind and in-front of the camera, with talented cast and crew as well as terrific locations, which the film will then profile to the World. In addition to the economic benefit for Wales of spend on local services and facilities, and cast and crew jobs, the production is indicative of our longer term aims to build capacity in the local creative industries and provide sustained growth through the support of producers, production companies and the creators of intellectual property. We are therefore thrilled to be working with Rainy Day Films, who have brought three films to Wales; The Edge of Love, the Welsh-language feature Patagonia (also backed by the Film Agency) and now Panda Eyes”.

Filming has been taking place in Merthyr Tydfil, Barry, Penarth and Cardiff over the past four weeks, before moving to Barcelona to complete the shoot in January.

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