C21: Starline doc probes Cold War spy mystery

August 2017

London-based Starline Entertainment has picked up global distribution rights to a documentary about a filmmaker’s search to find out the truth about his grandfather.

My Grandfather the Spy delves into closely guarded family secrets of Dave Evans, whose grandfather made frequent trips behind the Iron Curtain during the height of the Cold War and disappeared in 1979.

Co-directed by Martin Scanlan, the film sees Evans “stumble into a steadily thickening plot that takes him from the quiet Welsh Valleys to a world of jewel heists, the international jet set and Cold War espionage,” said Starline.

BBC Wales in onboard and intends to co-commission a TV cut of the film, which was developed through the New Discoveries programme at The Balkan Documentary Centre.

“Life, not least family life, is so often stranger than fiction, and when Dave came in to tell us his extraordinary story we were completely transfixed,” said Piers Nightingale, Starline’s director of acquisitions.

The film is due to be completed in December and is produced through Evans’ Shoot From The Hip Films, with support from Ffilm Cymru Wales and BBC Wales.

Starline has been growing its slate of factual titles in recent months, taking global distribution rights to Why Is There Anything Instead of Nothing last month and David Soul’s Cuban Soul in May.


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