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Tessa Ross was appointed Head of Film4 in December 2002. Since November 2004, she has been Controller of Film and Drama at Channel 4.
Film4, which is Channel 4’s theatrical feature film division, is known for working with the most innovative talent in the U.K., whether new or established. The division has built a reputation for developing and financing distinctive films such as Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire; Shane Meadows’ This is England; Steve McQueen’s directorial debut Hunger; Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries; Kevin Macdonald’s Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland; Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut Submarine; Joe Cornish’s directorial debut Attack the Block; Mike Leigh’s Another Year; Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights;and, also in partnership with Focus Features, Kevin Macdonald’s Roman epic adventure The Eagle and Lone Scherfig’s romance One Day.
In addition to Hyde Park on Hudson, Film4’s recent and forthcoming releases include The Iron Lady, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and the winner of 2 Academy Awards; Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur; Steve McQueen’s Shame; Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers; Walter Salles’ On the Road; Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths; and Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin.