Director Justin Kerrigan has signed on to helm 'Urban Hymn,' which was scripted by screenwriter Nick Moorcroft, for British studio Instinctive Film. The filmmaker will use the UK summer riots as the backdrop for the movie, which follows a young woman who is growing up in the British care system, who also possesses a remarkable voice. She's inspired to use her voice by a determined social worker.
Instinctive is producing 'Urban Hymn' with Powder Keg Pictures, in association with Mighty Village and Universal Music UK. Casting is currently underway, and the film is expected to began shooting on May 1 on location, in and around Bristol and Cardiff.
Kerrigan said he was attracted to direct Urban Hymn because "as well as being a powerful commentary on what young people are experiencing growing up in the UK today, it's also about filling the void of lost love, a universal theme that I'm really excited about exploring." One of the film's producers, Darryn Welch, added that Kerrigan was hired because he "has a proven track record dealing with narratives that explore disenfranchised youth and has a distinct visual style that will elevatae this project into a sophisticated film with wide commercial appeal."