It's been awhile since my last news update a combination of injuries that had me off my feet for a couple of months and a haphazard late Summer that caused scheduling nightmares but a wrap this week has given me some time to prep this edition of The Establishing Shot's All The Film News you need to know, in between preparing for our search for the great and elusive Mola.
Over the last couple of months I have seen numerous films, unfortunately the majority have not been worth mentioning but there have been many highlights.
THE ESTABLISHING SHOT MAGAZINE EDITION 2 2013 ALL THE FILM NEWS WORTH READING
|A QUICK RECAP OF FILMS SEEN RECENTLY|
|At the UK Cinema Showcase I managed to pack in a record (for me) 16 screenings over 3 days. With great films like; Rush, Black Fish, Metro Manila & Ain’t them Bodies Saints and good films like; Pain and Gain, The Great Hip Hop Hoax & The Worlds End. All well worth a watch as well as many others.|
I also appreciated Denis Villeneuve's much awaited Prisoners, which is a worthy follow up to his earlier Incendies and landed somewhere between bloody good and absolutely awesome for me. It's been ages since a film like this has gripped me as much. It appears Villeneuve has made the definitive film of this genre.Villeneuve is a master director bringing naturalistic and powerful performances out of his cast as well as creating moods, specifically a dread filled ambience which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout - all with help from Roger Deakins of course.
|UK FILM NEWS|
|CUBAN FURY SALSAS INTO CINEMAS VALENTINE’S DAY 2014|
|NICK FROST STARS IN JAMES GRIFFITHS’ HOT STEPPING COMEDY||STUDIOCANAL announced that CUBAN FURY will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on 14th February 2014.|
|Beneath Bruce Garrett's under-confident, overweight exterior, the passionate heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Now, one woman is about to reignite his Latin fire. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click - Nick Frost IS Cuban Fury.|
CUBAN FURY stars Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul), Rashida Jones (The Social Network, I Love You, Man), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The Boat that Rocked), Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz, “Broadchurch”), Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sexy Beast) and Kayvan Novak (Four Lions, “Fonejacker”).
1987: Poised to sweep the floor at the UK Junior Salsa Championships, 13-year-old Bruce Garrett has fire in his heels and the world at his feet… Until a freakish bullying incident robs him of his confidence and his life is diverted down a very different path. So it is that 22 years later, having locked away his boyhood dreams, Bruce finds himself out-of-shape, unloved and well and truly wedged in his “comfort zone”.
|It takes Julia (Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, to shake him from his emotional stupor and force him to re-examine his dull, passionless existence. But she’s out of his league, and with expert lothario and alpha-male office nemesis Drew (O’Dowd) overtly in pursuit of her, it’s enough to make Bruce want to give up on himself all over again. Can his loyal sister (Colman), childhood dance instructor (McShane), and crazy new amateur salsa pal (Novak) help Bruce unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life?|
CUBAN FURY is written by Jon Brown (“Miranda”, “Misfits”, “Fresh Meat”), from an original idea by Nick Frost, and marks the feature film directorial debut of James Griffiths (“Up All Night”, “Free Agents”). It is produced by Nira Park and James Biddle (Big Talk), and executive producers are Nick Frost, Matthew Justice and Rachael Prior (Big Talk), Danny Perkins and Jenny Borgars (STUDIOCANAL) and Tessa Ross (Film4).
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|DENIS MENOCHET AND BARRY KEOGHAN TO STAR IN NORFOLK|
|CREATIVE ENGLAND, BBC FILMS, THE BFI AND CREATIVE SKILLSET ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS UNDERWAY ON SDI PRODUCTIONS, CRYBABY FILMS & IFEATURES PRODUCTION FEATURE FILM NORFOLK. THE FILM WILL BE SHOT ON LOCATION IN NORFOLK AND LINCOLNSHIRE.||Principal photography commenced on 10th September 2013|
|Developed as part of the iFeatures2 programme, Norfolk is one of 3 projects to have been green lit for production in 2013 from over 350 original submissions.|
Norfolk is produced by Steel Mill Pictures’ Rachael Dargavel and Finlay Pretsell and is written and directed by Martin Radich. Executive Producers are Christopher Moll, Steve Jenkins, Chris Collins & Tristan Goligher.
Norfolk stars Denis Menochet (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood) and Barry Keoghan (Stay 71) as a father and son whose worlds collide forcing them to confront what is right and what is wrong.
Steve Jenkins from BBC Films says:"Norfolk is a very special project, a disturbing and haunting thriller set within a unique and mysterious East Anglian landscape. Martin is exactly the kind of distinctive film-maker iFeatures is designed to encourage."
Chris Collins, Senior Executive in the BFI Film Fund, comments: “This intriguing thriller delves into a strange and compelling world which is full of surprises. Martin is a sensitive filmmaker whose well-crafted short films displayed a mysterious beauty that we’re excited to see applied to this intense portrait of Norfolk."
|iFeatures2 Executive Producer Tristan Goligher adds "Martin, Finlay and Rachel have brought together an exceptional cast and crew for this project, which is a credit to them, and also the strength of the script. Together I have no doubt they are about to make one of the most striking British films we have seen for a long time.|
Creative England, BBC Films and the BFI present Norfolk, an SDI Productions, Crybaby Films & iFeatures Production.
A father and son live a reclusive lifestyle in the middle of nowhere. The man, a disillusioned mercenary, has his final target in sight - a gang of foreign revolutionaries who lay low in a nearby derelict compound. As the man closes in on his target the boy falls for the revolutionaries’ serving girl. Having spent his whole life in isolation the boy now discovers the warmth of friendship and the pleasures of something more. As father and son collide the boy is sent running, running in pain and full of betrayal, straight into the twisted embittered arms of the boy’s maternal grandparents, who have come to snatch and save the boy. Figuring out what is right and wrong, what is good and bad is a task for both the man and the audience.
|CAREY MULLIGAN, MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS, MICHAEL SHEEN, TOM STURRIDGE AND JUNO TEMPLE TO STAR IN “FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD” FOR FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES|
|THOMAS VINTERBERG TO DIRECT||Carol starts shooting Spring 2014|
|NFox Searchlight Pictures announced that Thomas Vinterberg’s FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD has begun principal photography in the UK, September 16th. The film stars Carey Mulligan (THE GREAT GATSBY, DRIVE), Matthias Schoenaerts (RUST AND BONE, BULLHEAD), Michael Sheen (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, FROST/NIXON), Tom Sturridge (ON THE ROAD, PIRATE RADIO) and Juno Temple (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, KILLER JOE). |
The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of “One Day” and “Starter for Ten.” Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London.
“I am excited to be working with DNA, Fox Searchlight and this talented cast and crew on FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. It is a great privilege to bring such a wonderful piece of very English literature to the screen,” says Vinterberg.
“David Nicholls’ smart and compelling reworking of Hardy’s classic has found its ideal counterpart in the hugely talented Thomas Vinterberg. The incomparable Carey Mulligan - the perfect Bathsheba - sits at the heart of a mouth-watering cast who will do justice to this rich and irresistible tale,” said Langan.
“Far from the Madding Crowd is one of the most enduring and captivating stories in English literature. David Nicholls' script beautifully captures the heart of Hardy's original and we are thrilled to be bringing it to the big screen with Thomas Vinterberg. It is very exciting to be working with Carey Mulligan again, as well as an exceptional cast and crew all round,” said Macdonald and Reich.
|Claudia Lewis, Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production states: “We are always thrilled to partner with our frequent collaborators at DNA and welcome the chance to work with the talented Thomas Vinterberg. We're honored that he will bring his vision to this romantic and enduring literary classic, especially with such an extraordinary cast.”|
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
Joining Vinterberg (FESTEN, THE HUNT) on the film are director of photography Charlotte Bruus Christensen, who collaborated with him on THE HUNT and SUBMARINO, production designer Kave Quinn (TRAINSPOTTING, THE WOMAN IN BLACK), BAFTA Award winner and four times Academy Award nominated costume designer Janet Patterson (THE PIANO, BRIGHT STAR), BAFTA award winner hair and make-up designer Sian Grigg (EX MACHINA, NEVER LET ME GO), and Academy Award winning editor Claire Simpson (THE CONSTANT GARDENER, PLATOON).
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|WARNER BROS. ANNOUNCES EXPANDED CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH J.K. ROWLING|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.||This miniseries begins production in 2014.|
|Warner Bros. Entertainment has announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.|
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.” (Expanded Rowling quote at bottom of release.)
“We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses,” said Tsujihara. “She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”
|In addition to the film series, “Fantastic Beasts” will also be developed across the Studio’s video game, consumer products and digital initiatives businesses, including enhanced links with Pottermore.com, Rowling’s digital online experience built around the Harry Potter stories. |
The Studio’s expanded partnership with Rowling also covers the continued expansion of its Harry Potter activities, including the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks in conjunction with partner Universal Parks and Resorts (currently in Orlando, FL; opening in Hollywood, CA and Osaka, Japan), digital initiatives (including Pottermore), video games, consumer products and visitor attractions.
In addition, Warner Bros. will serve as the worldwide TV distributor (excluding the U.K.) of J.K. Rowling’s upcoming television adaptation for the BBC of “The Casual Vacancy,” her best-selling first novel aimed at adult audiences.
|ROONEY MARA TO STAR OPPOSITE CATE BLANCHETT IN CAROL|
|Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley from Number 9 Films, It has been adapted for the screen by Phyllis Nagy (Mrs Harris) and is based on renowned suspense author Patricia Highsmith’s novella (‘Strangers on a Train’, ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’).||Carol starts shooting Spring 2014|
|Number 9 Films has announced that Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara is attached to star opposite Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes’ Carol. Having recently worked with David Fincher on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Steven Soderbergh on Side Effects, Rooney will next be seen in Spike Jonze’s Her, Stephen Daldry’s Trash and opposite Casey Affleck in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.|
It is co-developed and co-financed by Film4. Christine Vachon’s Killer Films will co-produce.
HanWay Films is handling international sales which include The Weinstein Company in the US, eOne in Canada, Icon in Australia and TF1 in France.
Carol is a love story about pursuit, betrayal and passion that follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York.
|One, a girl in her twenties working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life, and the other, a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free.|
Todd Haynes said: “We're over the moon to have Rooney on board. I've been a tremendous admirer of her work from the beginning, so the thought of bringing her together with Cate onscreen is thrilling to say the least.”
Elizabeth Karlsen added: "Rooney Mara is one of the most interesting and striking young talents working today. There are few actors who have the weight to play against someone with the extraordinary distinction and mercurial range of Cate Blanchett and she is one of them. The combination of them both is something potentially sensational. It is a testament to Todd Haynes as a director and the quality of the script that we have managed to attract this exciting calibre of actor."
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|FILMING BEGINS ON ALEX GARLAND’S EX MACHINA|
|Universal Pictures International (UPI) and Film4 are pleased to announce the start of principal photography on DNAs’ production EX MACHINA. Written and directed by Alex Garland, the film is produced by DNA’s Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush and Film4’s Tessa Ross as executive producers.||EX MACHINA began shooting on the 15th July filming at Pinewood Studios, London and on location in Norway.|
|The intense psychological thriller stars Domhnall Gleeson (About Time, Anna Karenina,), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Drive) and Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina). The film is fully financed by Universal Pictures International and Film4 with Universal distributing worldwide.|
Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. EX MACHINA is an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle. It explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies.
Garland’s writing credits include 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. He has producing credits on 28 Weeks Later, Never Let Me Go and Dredd and also wrote the novel The Beach and The Tesseract, both which have been made into films.
|Joining Garland’s creative team are director of photography Rob Hardy (Blitz), production designer Mark Digby (Slumdog Millionaire), costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (X-Men: First Class), make up designer Sian Grigg (Never Let Me Know) and Mark Day (About Time) edits the film.|
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, films like Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, Steve McQueen’s Hunger, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England and Ben Palmer’s The Inbetweeners Movie.
Upcoming releases include Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now and Roger Michell’s Le Week-End.
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|SHOOTING ON INDIE SCI-FI THRILLER NARCOPOLIS WITH STELLAR CAST IS COMPLETED, IN CINEMAS LATER THIS YEAR|
|Shot entirely on location in London and Wales, Narcopolis is set in the near future where natural resources are scarce and all classes of drugs have been legalised. The Drecks are an elite unit created by an over-stretched police force to keep the black market dealers off the streets and the licensed drug companies rich.|
|The film, written and directed by Justin Trefgarne, features a stellar line-up that includes Elliot Cowan (Sinbad, DaVinci’s Demons, Hammer of the Gods), Jonathan Pryce (G.I Joe: Retaliation, Dark Blood), Elodie Yung (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey, Pillars of the Earth), James Callis (Battlestar Galactica, Flash Forward, A Town Called Eureka), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human, Doctor Who) and Nicky Henson (Syriana, Vera Drake) amongst others.||As his options evaporate one by one and his corrupt superiors turn on him, Grieves is cut loose by the law and separated from the people he loves. The only way to clear his name is to uncover the truth about Ambro and this new drug. But it may already be too late, as Grieves soon realises that the answers he seeks are closer to home than he could have ever imagined.|
|Shot entirely on location in London and Wales, Dreck is set in the near future where natural resources are scarce and all classes of drugs have been legalised. The Drecks is an elite unit created by an over-stretched police force to keep the black market dealers off the streets and the licensed drug companies rich. |
Former addict, now Dreck, Frank Grieves (Cowan) is called to investigate an unidentifiable corpse out in the industrial wastelands beyond the teeming Central City. It appears the victim has been injected with a substance that cannot be traced. However, Grieves is warned off any further investigation by his superiors. When a second body shows up – this time alive – and then disappears, Grieves finds himself on wrong side of the biggest drug company of them all – Ambro.
|Cowan, who also co-produces the film, says, “I started as an actor on this film, happy to take on the challenge of a fantastic lead role. But so strong is the story, so high is the ambition and so infectious is Justin’s talent and enthusiasm for this film, I want to see it to the finish line and beyond. I really believe such collaboration can defy the odds and change the landscape in which British film is made.”|
Adds Trefgarne, “With Dreck we kind of went against all the prevailing wisdom for a first film. We just couldn’t face trying to make everything work for three characters in a house and so we went in completely the opposite direction. It’s taken its time but as we get close to finishing production, I look at what we’ve achieved and I realise we have made an epic.”
|FROM THE AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR, DEXTER FLETCHER, COMES THIS AUTUMN’S FEEL GOOD MOVIE SUNSHINE ON LEITH|
|Dexter Fletcher directs Sunshine on Leith; a jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and love. It is the tale of one tight-knit family, and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships. And they do it all while singing to the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.||Entertainment Film Distributors will release SUNSHINE ON LEITH on Friday 4th October 2013 across the UK and Ireland.|
|Sunshine on Leith is written and adapted by Stephen Greenhorn from his hugely successful and critically acclaimed stage play of the same name and produced by Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich from DNA, and Arabella Page Croft and Kieran Parker from Black Camel Pictures. Music is directed by Emmy Award winning, Paul Englishby.|
DIRECTED BY DEXTER FLETCHER (Wild Bill)
WRITTEN BY STEPHEN GREENHORN
|Sunshine on Leith stars:|
PETER MULLAN (War Horse)
JANE HORROCKS (Little Voice)
GEORGE MACKAY (Defiance)
KEVIN GUTHRIE (MACBETH)
ANTONIA THOMAS (Misfits)
FREYA MAVOR (Skins)
PAUL BRANNIGAN (The Angel’s Share)
IN CINEMAS 4TH OCTOBER 2013
|NUMBER 9 FILMS ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION ON GERARD JOHNSON’S HYENA IN LONDON|
|Number 9 Films has announced that the shoot is underway in London on HYENA, Gerard Johnson’s follow up to his acclaimed debut, Tony (“Intense, grimy…Astonishingly nuanced” The Times, “Funny, creepy…An impressively formed debut,” The Sunday Telegraph). Written and directed by Johnson, the film is produced by Joanna Laurie, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen of Number 9 Films and developed with Film4. Independent will be representing the film for International Sales.|
HYENA, a police thriller set in contemporary West London amongst the Turkish and Albanian communities, stars Peter Ferdinando (Tony, A Field In England), Neil Maskell (Kill List, ‘Utopia’), Elisa Wald Lasowski (Eastern Promises, ‘Game of Thrones’), MyAnna Buring (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, ‘Downton Abbey’) and Stephen Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, ‘Boardwalk Empire’).
|Michael Logan is an anti-hero for our times: a natural predator and a complex mix of high-functioning addict and corrupt police officer. But the times are changing. |
A recent influx of ruthless, power-hungry Albanian gangsters has shocked the authorities and is threatening to change London’s criminal landscape forever. Michael’s razor sharp instincts have always kept him one step ahead, but now his increasingly self-destructive behavior and the sheer brutality of the new Albanian gang lords, find Michael in an ever-decreasing circle of fear and self-doubt. The stakes are literally becoming a matter of life and death.
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|DAVID WALLIAMS IS PUDSEY! STAR TO VOICE BRITAIN’S BEST LOVED DOG IN PUDSEY: THE MOVIE|
|Vertigo Films, Syco Entertainment and ROAR Global today announced that David Walliams will voice the character of Pudsey in the Britain’s Got Talent winner’s debut big screen outing, PUDSEY: THE MOVIE.||The six-week shoot for the British family film began on September 1st, 2013 on location in the south of England. The film is slated for release in the UK in May 2014 by Vertigo Distribution.|
|Directed by Nick Moore (Wild Child, Horrid Henry: The Movie) and written by Paul Rose (‘Dani’s House’), the film will also star a host of British quality acting talent, including Jessica Hynes (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger), John Sessions (Filth; The Iron Lady),Luke Neal (Jupiter Ascending; ‘Starlings’), Izzy Meikle-Smith (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Luke Tittensor (‘Emmerdale’, ‘Holby City’).|
A heartwarming, quintessentially British adventure for all the family, PUDSEY: THE MOVIE follows cheeky London stray dog, PUDSEY, who is quite happy being a lone ranger and looking out for number one until he meets siblings Molly (Izzy Meikle-Smith), George (Spike White) and Tommy (Malachy Knights). Following her divorce, their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes) is moving the family to the sleepy village of Chuffington-on-Sea and Pudsey tags along, to the dismay of their landlord, Mr Thorne (John Sessions) and his cat Faustus. As Pudsey starts to settle in with the family and realize what he was missing when he was alone, he stumbles across Thorne and Fautus’ evil plan and he determines to save them and the whole village.
Produced by Vertigo’s Rupert Preston and Marshall Levitan and executive produced by Allan Niblo, James Richardson, Jonathan Shalit, Mark Brittain, Ben Todd, Nigel Williamsand Jamie Carmichael with co producer Michael Ford. Content is selling international rights.
|David Walliams said of the project, “I am thrilled to be providing the voice of Pudsey. I have been coming up with different voices for him ever since that first audition.”|
Rupert Preston of Vertigo states: "We're delighted to be working with Syco on such a family friendly British film and with such British icons as David Walliams and Pudsey, and we can’t wait to share this with audiences.”
Mark Brittain of Syco Entertainment added: “We are delighted to be working with Vertigo on this project and particularly thrilled that, little more than a year after Pudsey wowed the nation by winning Britain’s Got Talent, he is now becoming a bona fide film star.”
Jamie Carmichael from Content said: “Content is really excited to be working with Vertigo and Syco on what is clearly going to be a hilarious and classic British family film – and we can’t wait to help make Pudsey into the most famous dog in the world!”
A Vertigo Films and Syco Entertainment production in association with Infinite Wisdom and Backwell Productions.
|THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE 2 CONFIRMED|
|The creative team behind 2011’s smash hit The Inbetweeners Movie confirmed that a second movie is in production and will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland early August 2014.||The boys are back in on the big screen August 2014|
|The follow-up to the UK’s most successful comedy film of all time will be shot later this year, reuniting the hapless Jay, Neil, Simon & Will.|
Creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley commented, "We couldn't be more excited to be making another Inbetweeners movie with Simon, Joe, James and Blake. Frankly it's pathetic how much we've all missed each other. A new chapter in the lives of the Inbetweeners feels like the very least we can do to thank the fans for their phenomenal response to the first movie."
|The film will be produced by Bwark Productions who will co-finance with Channel 4/Film4. Bwark is a Zodiak Media Company and Zodiak Rights are the international sales agent. Entertainment Film Distributors will distribute the film in the UK.|
Having started life on E4, the multi award-winning series went on to enjoy massive success with its debut film, The Inbetweeners Movie, which was fully financed by Channel 4.
|JAMES CORDEN STARS IN ONE CHANCE OUT 25TH OCTOBER 2013|
|From the director of The Devil Wears Prada and The Weinstein Company comes One Chance starring BAFTA and Tony award winning comedy actor James Corden as Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts, this life-affirming, British film is about a shy, small town Welsh boy who, with a flip of the coin, changed his life forever.||One Chance is out in cinemas in the UK and Ireland from 25th October 2013|
|James is joined by an acclaimed cast of British and Irish comic actors including Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot), Colm Meaney (Get Him To The Greek), Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Jemima Rooper (Kinky Boots).||Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me, Hope Springs) and written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List), One Chance is produced by Mike Menchel, Brad Weston, Kris Thykier and Simon Cowell and executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein.|
|TOM HARPER TO DIRECT JACK THORNE’S WAR BOOK|
|The film, to be directed by Tom Harper, who is due to helm The Woman in Black: Angel of Death later this year, is a chilling chamber piece exploring the likely aftermath of an international nuclear attack, through a war game played out in the political backrooms of London. The film will shoot on location in London and casting is underway.||Sixteen Films and Archer’s Mark are delighted to announce that principal photography will commence on political thriller War Book on July 15th.|
|Written by Jack Thorne (Long Way Down, The Fades), the film will be produced by Lauren Dark of Sixteen Films and Tom Harper, and Executive Produced by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison of Archer’s Mark alongside Ivana MacKinnon of Stray Bear Productions.|
Tom Harper says: "Ever since making my first short films, I've wanted to return to telling universal stories with a political edge. Jack's script is beautiful and scary and Ivana MacKinnon and Sixteen Films are the perfect collaborators for it."
|Lauren Dark, Sixteen Films says: “I'm really delighted to be working with this incredible team to bring such an important issue back into the public consciousness. We are all hugely excited to be forging a new relationship with our partners at Archer's Mark.” |
Mike Brett & Steve Jamison, Archer’s Mark say: “We couldn’t be more excited about Tom and Jack’s creative vision for War Book. This is a vital and prescient story for our age that demands to be told, and we're delighted to be working alongside Sixteen Films and Ivana to make this project happen.
|FORMER AARDMAN AND BBC EXECS LAUNCH NEXT GENERATION ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY|
|Aardman Animations’ former Head of Broadcast Miles Bullough has teamed up with former BBC creative executive Jesse Cleverly to launch Wildseed Studios, a next-generation entertainment content incubator designed to attract creators looking for funding and expertise - and is calling on emerging and established creators to get in touch here http://www.wildseedstudios.com/sending-ideas-to-wildseed.html and have their ideas commissioned, developed, financed and distributed.||Wildseed is planning its public launch for Autumn 2013 once its content pipeline is in full flow.|
|The company is adopting a portfolio approach to development – investing up to £10,000 into each of 50 new projects over the next 3 years, with follow-on investment available for projects that make a connection with an audience.|
Wildseed has recently completed its first round of funding and has already invested in two projects. The first is a wickedly funny animated show for young adults based on the work of underground UK comic artist Ralph Kidson and features ‘God and Jesus’ where God explains his plans to Jesus for his latest miracle, ‘Animal Job Centre’ where an unemployed squirrel tries to navigate the vagaries of the job market and ‘Serengeti’ where punchy and loutish animals launch into foul-mouthed tirades against each other at the slightest provocation.
The second project is a live-action sci-fi/horror web series from 19 year old creator Drew Casson – a 90 minute, special effects heavy horror sci-fi coming of age story, shot vlog style, about a small English Town being taken over by aliens with Drew’s usual layer of horror, stunning special effects and action.
More projects are expected to be announced soon.
Wildseed describes itself as being platform neutral – putting great characters at the heart of everything it does and then looking to distribute projects to the platforms that best suit the idea. ‘A YouTube Channel will be a big part of what we do’ says co-founder and MD Miles Bullough, ‘but we are also working with creators who, for example, want to produce a mobile game first and that is really exciting for us where there is a great character at the heart of the game’.
Targeting young adult audiences (13 to 35), Wildseed Studios is looking for ideas in four genres: Genre Fiction (Sci-Fi/horror/fantasy), Animated Sitcom, Character Comedy and then also comedy for Kids 6-11 in both live action and animation. ‘We have also set aside 10 of our 50 potential investments for ‘Wildseed’s Wildseeds’ – ideas that don’t necessarily fit any of the above genres but that we love and want to get involved with anyway’ says co-founder and Creative Director, Jesse Cleverly.
Before setting up Wildseed Studios, Bullough spent 9 years at Aardman as Head of Broadcast working on international and multi-platform brands such as Shaun The Sheep, Wallace and Gromit and Creature Comforts as well as setting up Aardman’s Rights and Digital divisions. Prior to that he was MD at comedy indie Absolutely which produced shows such as Trigger Happy TV, C4’s Armstrong & Miller, Stressed Eric and The Jack Docherty Show.
Cleverly has been running his own IP development company Connective Media for the past five years working with a range of blue chip clients. Prior to this he spent 10 years at the BBC in a range of editorial positions. He was trained as a script editor at BBC Films where he put the film Eastern Promises into development. He was then asked to join the team setting up BBC Fictionlab as Head of Development exploring the new formats, new platforms and new technologies which would enable storytelling in the digital age.
|He finished his time at the BBC working as Head of Co-productions and Acquisitions at CBBC. Prior to the BBC he was Head of Marketing at the Royal Court Theatre for Stephen Daldry where he commissioned the world’s first theatre website and launched 90 new plays.|
‘Miles and I have spent the last 9 months working on our business plan and fund-raising’ says Cleverly, ‘and we have found that there are lots of incredible creators out there who are making original engaging content with huge potential, but who lack the resources and experience to take what they do to the next level. We aim to be the company that enables them to develop into the next generation of entertainment trail blazers’.
‘We’ve also had a great reaction to our plans from established creators’, says Bullough. ‘Our proposition of not needing creative control, offering a meaningful share of back-end and moving fast and fearlessly has struck a chord with people who have great CV’s already but are interested in working a new way.’
Wildseed is focussing on low-cost production with its early pilots. ‘Neither we nor our creators make money from our early stage investments – it all goes into the projects’ says Bullough.
Wildseed is looking for its early stage investments to deliver finished content that can be put in front of audiences to gauge their reaction. Where that reaction is positive there will be with greater levels of follow on investment to create projects that break out and establish themselves on multiple platforms including TV, theatrical features and stage shows.
‘For our investment-funnel model to work’, says Bullough, ‘we need just one of our 50 investments to turn into a breakout hit. That feels achievable given our experience, our test and roll out methodology and the amount of talent out there looking for investment and support. The key will be to create characters that the audience wants to be or be with and when we do, to be ready to exploit them across all media and all over the world.’
‘Working on our business idea, writing business plans, presenting, fund-raising and launching a start-up over the last nine months has been a thrilling experience’ says Bullough. ‘What has really been exciting though is the projects that we have been unearthing. Some of the people we are working with are at a turning point in their burgeoning careers we have been able to make a crucial contribution to what they do. This has already been as rewarding for us as anything we have ever been involved in professionally.’
|AWARD-WINNING MUSIC PRODUCER RISHI RICH TO SCORE NEW BRITISH FILM, AMAR, AKBAR & TONY|
|Award-winning producer and music mogul Rishi Rich is teaming up with brand new British independent film, Amar, Akbar & Tony to create the movie’s score.||Amar, Akbar & Tony wrapped up filming this June and is getting ready for release in 2014.|
|Rich is a highly respected name in the music scene and has made waves in the industry both in the UK and the US. Perhaps best known for his work with Jay Sean and The Rishi Rich Project, he has also worked with international artists such as Mary J Blige, Britney Spears and Estelle.|
Rich’s proficiency in music production is what led director Atul Malhotra to approach him for the film’s score. For Rich, the collaboration is incredibly timely. Following his global success in the music industry, Rich made the conscious decision to combine his passion for music with his love of film and turn his talents to scoring.
Rishi Rich is the latest star to attach his name to the film as Amar, Akbar & Tony boasts an all-star cast line-up, with Rez Kempton, Martin Delaney and Sam Vincenti taking the leads. The comedy drama, which also stars Lemon la Vida Loca’s Laura Aikman and former Waterloo Rd star Karen David, is filmed in and around West London, and features a highly original plotline with a gritty twist.
|The film celebrates the multi-cultural landscape of Britain, making Rich - with his extensive experience in the UK’s music scene - a perfect fit for the role of film scorer.|
Speaking about Rich’s involvement in the film, Malhotra says: “I feel deeply honoured to have Rishi become a part of the Amar, Akbar & Tony family. He is an incredible producer and definitely perfect for the film. He knows his music and most importantly, understands youth culture in the UK. I can’t wait to start working with him.”
Rich commented on his role: “I have wanted to explore film scoring for a while and although I have experimented in other projects, I am particularly excited to work on Amar, Akbar & Tony. The film reflects London culture, a subject I’m particularly fond of so I think this will be a great partnership.”
|SUPERBOB – A VERY BRITISH SUPERHERO|
|The Fyzz Facility, Grain Media and Jones company Productions are delighted to announce that principal photography began on the British romantic comedy SUPERBOB on 7th July 2013. The film will shoot throughout July on locations across London.|
|SUBERBOB stars Brett Goldstein (Derek), Catherine Tate (Doctor Who), Natalia Tena (Game Of Thrones), Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie), and they are joined by Ruth Sheen (Run Fat Boy Run) and celebrated British comedian Ricky Grover (Getting On).|
When a radioactive meteor crashes to earth, it leaves Bob Kenner, a mild-mannered London postman, with extraordinary capabilities. He becomes SUPERBOB, a superhero who despite all his superhuman powers is still shy and unassuming – especially when it comes to women. As Bob tries to balance the increasing demands of the international community with preparations for his first date in six years, matters come to a head when a film crew arrives to document his day off. Can the world’s only superhero develop the power of basic human interaction……?
SUPERBOB is the debut feature for director Jon Drever and is based on his acclaimed short film of the same name. Brett Goldstein and Will Bridges share screenwriting credit and producers are Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones (Run, Fat Boy, Run, The Harry Hill Movie).
|Writer/Actor Brett Goldstein said: ‘I’ve dreamt about making SUPERBOB for years now, so to see it all come together and working with such an incredible cast is mindblowing.|
Every day, as I crush my testicles into a far too tight superhero costume in a Peckham high street, I look at my wincing face in the mirror and gently repeat my mantra, ‘I’m living the dream…I’m living the dream…’’
Director Jon Drever added: ‘I feel so lucky that this story has attracted such a cast of brilliant comic actors and am having the time of my life working them. As for Brett, I grew up with him, and although his testicles are a bit too big for the role, we’re working around them.
|FRIENDSHIP. LOVE. LOSS. REDEMPTION. - NEW INDEPENDENT BRITISH FEATURE FILM BEING SHOT IN LONDON|
|Stars of television and the silver screen are among the cast line-up in a new independent feature film set to begin shooting in London on 4th May. The ensemble cast features established home-grown talent and some of the UK’s most recognised celebrities, alongside talented newcomers. The multi-talented cast will come together in the film which celebrates multiculturalism within the UK.|
Amar Akbar & Tony, an independent production by writer / director Atul Malhotra, is a comedy drama with a highly original plotline and cleverly developed script which embodies and depicts the unique and vibrant landscape of London.
The title alludes to the 1970s Bollywood classic Amar Akbar Anthony and revolves around the strong bond of friendship bordering on brotherhood between the three main characters. But that is where the similarities with the Bollywood film ends. Amar, Akbar & Tony is a real coming of age drama that celebrates the inclusiveness of British culture.
Martin Delaney (Katherine Bigelow’s Oscar-winning Zero Dark Thirty, Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers) plays Tony; Rez Kempton (Merchant Ivory’s Mystic Masseur, Spooks) plays Amar; and Sam Vincenti (Waking The Dead, Alfie) plays Akbar. Their characters will give the audience a genuine reason to laugh, cry and fall in love. As we follow their lives, the question remains – will their friendship survive the emotional roller coaster that we call life?
Also starring Laura Aikman as Samantha – an attractive jobbing actress who has visions of hitting the big time but settles for small theatre roles in the meantime. Unlike her character, Laura is a familiar face on the big and small screen, and has been appearing in TV and films since childhood, she became a well-known face on the BBC hospital drama Casualty. Laura also starred as Rosie, Keith Lemon’s Geordie girlfriend, in Keith Lemon: The Movie.
The film also features the multi-talented actress and singer-songwriter Karen David - famous for her starring roles in the hit BBC drama Waterloo Road and the Hollywood blockbuster, The Scorpion King 2-Rise of a Warrior. Karen plays Meera, an attractive young woman who arrives from India as a new bride. On the surface things seem fine but her marriage is far from happy and despite the odds, Meera struggles on, resulting in a surprising turn of events.
Karen, who will be getting married in between filming says: "I found the script so endearing and really appreciated the fresh depiction of South Asians. Meera's character is so different from anything I've played, and it will be a wonderful challenge to play her. There are a lot of complex layers in her character. She is mysterious at first, and a lot is going on behind those eyes that you don't find out until later on in the story.
|The characters, and the story lines, are definitely going to get people talking!"|
Goldy Notay who is best known for her work in Gurinder Chadha’s It’s A Wonderful Afterlife and Sex And The City 2, plays Sonia – Amar’s flirtatious and wayward sister. Her reputation precedes her, but deep down Sonia is the family-orientated girl next door with a heart of gold.
An electrifying supporting cast, featuring special cameo appearances by favourites - Meera Syal (Nigel Cole’s All In Good Time, Goodness Gracious Me), Ace Bhatti (The charismatic Dr. Khan from EastEnders) and Nina Wadia (EastEnders, Doctor Who), will certainly add colour to the film. The eclectic line-up also includes; Amrita Acharia who has most recently been seen in the epic fantasy drama Game Of Thrones and Shide Boss - the British Asian singer/songwriter who turned professional after winning Channel 4’s Hollyoaks Unsigned Music Show.
Director Malhotra’s vision is to represent London culture and explore all its complexities. He comments: “My vision is to portray on film, the self-assuredness and determination of the multicultural youth of today. There have been so many portrayals of Asian people wanting to escape from their cultural heritage, but I wanted to explore the contrasting angle. The film will embrace the vibrancy and distinctiveness of this influential culture and will wear its Asian heart proudly on its sleeve. My film is a celebration of the bonds that tie us together through friendship, love, loss and ultimately redemption.”
Victoria Wood (Svengali, Queens Of The Cage) produces for Sash Media Productions, UK. Wood says, “I was hooked from the time I first read the script. The film has a massive heart and there is something in it for everyone. And, in Atul, I am proud to introduce a fresh new voice to the world of cinema.”
Filmed on location in and around London and in particular on the famous streets of Southall, home to a thriving and successful Asian community, the film aims to appeal to a wide-ranging audience attracting the forward-thinking, modern generation of film fans across cultural boundaries throughout the UK and worldwide.
|MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT - PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINS|
|Monsters: Dark Continent will be the feature debut of Tom Green who has previously directed the E4 cult hit Misfits with the script written by Jay Basu. The film is a co production between Vertigo Films and 42|
|The movie is a continuation to Gareth Edwards 2010 international hit Monsters that starred Scoot McNairy. Edwards was nominated for a BAFTA and the film has won four British Independent Film Awards along with many international accolades.|
It is some years after the events of MONSTERS. There are Infected Zones all over the world. US military forces are fighting Monsters, attempting to wipe them out. They are met with resistance but it’s not just from the Monsters. The cast includes Johnny Harris (London To Brighton, Welcome To The Punch) Sam Keeley (What Richard Did) and Joe Dempsie (Game Of Thrones) with Edwards and McNairy returning as exec producers.
Producer Allan Niblo for Vertigo comments, “Monsters: Dark Continent is a sci-fi action film that remains true to the artistry and intelligence of its prequel Monsters as well as providing the excitement, thrills and set pieces of a genre film. We’re very excited to see Tom Greens vision unfold”.
|Producer James Richardson adds "We are delighted to be working with this incredible new team - Ben and Rory are two very talented producers, Jay has written an excellent script, we have a brilliant cast and Tom is one of the most exciting new directors coming out of the UK."|
Ben Pugh, co producing states, “Gareth Edwards created a rich and evocative sci-fi world with Monsters and it's a privilege to go deeper into that world for Monsters: Dark Continent with Tom Green, Vertigo and a very exciting cast".
Filming will take place in Jordan for five weeks and a week in Detroit. Vertigo Distribution will release in the UK with Protagonist handling international.
|A NEW WAVE OF FILMMAKING: HOW AN ACTRESS TURNED FILMMAKER IS CHANGING THE RULES|
|The independent filmmaking community is embracing a new British filmmaker, Vanessa Bailey, a 44 year-old actress who decided to produce her first film, ‘Three Days’, after growing frustrated by the limited roles available for older women. Taking matters into her own hands, Vanessa brought together an award winning crew to produce a film that explores an unconventional romance for a woman over forty, filled with endearingly awkward British humour and subtle emotional depth.|
Vanessa’s agent introduced her to an upcoming, young actor, Richard Perryman, and over a cup of coffee, the two discussed developing the script together for ‘Three Days’, an age gap romance about two people from completely different worlds trying not to fall in love with each other. Vanessa’s character, Sophie, wouldn’t normally chase younger men and is a very intelligent woman embarrassed by her feelings for James, played by Richard, who is significantly younger than her. Similarly, James is surprised by his feelings for an older woman and events unfold across three days, which determine whether they will or won’t follow their hearts.
With this close collaboration and their strong screen chemistry, “Three Days’ will present an authentic account of how a younger man and an older woman might find themselves wrestling with their feelings for each other.
Speaking about the scriptwriting process, Vanessa said, “We’ve had the luxury of being able to grow our characters together whilst writing. What’s so great about writing as actors is that you know what you don’t have to write. You know what can just be felt by the actors, and in turn, the audience.”
|The film has attracted award-winning crew, including double BAFTA Cymru winning Cinematographer, Huw T Walters, and Darren S Cook, a Cannes 'Coup de Coeur' Award winning Director. Vanessa has also drawn together collaborations with UK indie bands, Wonderlush and Ilya, a London Fashion Week hair designer, Jason Hall, celebrity and film photographer, Gareth Gatrell, as well as attracting BBC composer, William Goodchild to score the film.|
The film has been in development for over a year and is due to be filmed this summer in Bromley, Cardiff and central London, pending crowdfunding via Indiegogo, a crowdfunding website that helps independent creative projects raise finance.
Chris Jones, co-author of the world-renowned filmmaking bible, The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, recently invited Vanessa to contribute a guest article for his blog, highlighting 'Three Days' as an example of actors taking innovative action to produce their own films. Chris comments, “It’s the urge to create that is so powerful, and if actors can channel that in new directions, it will be incredible”.
Website featuring the teaser trailer: http://www.threedaysfilm.com
|ANIMATION STUDIO IN STOKE TO CREATE NEW NARRATIVE SHORT|
|An up-and-coming cast and a talented team of creative crew members have come together to create a brand new short film shot in Stoke-on-Trent. ‘Bluebird’ is an innovative and exciting narrative short by Carse & Waterman Productions Ltd, featuring masses of new and exciting acting and creative talent, and crew members who have worked on numerous film and animation products up and down the UK.|
|Lucy is six years old and spends all her time chasing after a bluebird. She believes that if she catches the bluebird, it will make all her wishes come true and bring her grandma back from death, in the short animated film which is set to capture the hearts of audiences all over the country.|
Vanessa Whyte is one of the directors on the project; she is known for her involvement in Hollywood blockbusters ‘Prometheus’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’, as well as working with Danny Boyle on the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. She also directed acclaimed short ‘A Trick of the Light’. Gary Carse, who has animated music videos for The Prodigy as well some well-known TV title sequences has teamed with Vanessa to direct the short, which will be submitted for a number of exciting competitions over the coming months.
‘Bluebird’ was written by playwright Luke Barnes, who has recently found fame on the US TV hit, ‘Game of Thrones’. Luke was recently at Latitude Festival with his new play ‘Lobsters’, a blistering new one-act play about sex, stagnation and escaping the un-escapable, commissioned as part of PEEP2013.
‘Bluebird’ will be produced by Carse & Waterman Productions, who have created animation sequences for numerous music videos and well-known TV series’.
|Daniel Waterman says, “We are thrilled to be creating this wonderful short with such a highly creative team. Not only is everyone involved in the project incredibly creative and dynamic, they also have links to Stoke and the area of Staffordshire, making this a completely home-grown project. We are keen to show London production companies that they do not have the monopoly on short film talent, and we hope ‘Bluebird’ will be the first of many innovative films to come out of Stoke that we create.”|
As well as the stellar production team, directors and source material, the acting talent comes from the Staffordshire area too. Tamworth-based actress Margaret Jackman, best known for her role in Anton Corbjin’s Ian Curtis biopic, ‘Control’, will be playing Gramma, and local drama student Ruby Plant, aged six, will be making her acting debut. The sound engineering has been carried out by the Universal Thrift Club Music Studio in Longton, and all sets and filming space were kindly provided by Staffordshire University.
Upon its completion, ‘Bluebird’ will be submitted into the Virgin Shorts Short Film Competition, where the top prize is £30,000 towards the next film from that production company. The next films created by Carse & Waterman Productions will be aiming to raise the profile of the acting talent in Stoke, and put it back on the map when it comes to some of the most creative arts.
For more information about Bluebird and Carse and Waterman’s future projects, visit http://www.carseandwaterman.com/
|IAN SOMERHALDER, NOEL CLARKE, BRIAN COX, LUKE HEMSWORTH AND ALEXIS KNAPP TO STAR IN THE ANOMALY|
|PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMMENCED ON 24TH MAY 2013|
|Noel Clarke’s UK production company Unstoppable Entertainment are delighted to announce that principal photography has commenced on new sci-fi thriller The Anomaly on 24th May 2013. Alongside Unstoppable Entertainment, the film is produced by James Harris and Mark Lane of The Tea Shop & Film Company (Cockneys VS Zombies, Tower Block). The film will be shooting on location across London and New York.|
The Anomaly boasts a host of international talent including Noel Clarke (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Fast Girls), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries, Lost), Brian Cox (The Bourne Ultimatum, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect, Project X) and introduces Luke Hemsworth in his first lead feature film role.
|The Anomaly’s original screenplay was written by Simon Lewis and will be directed by Noel Clarke (18.104.22.168., Adulthood).|
Traumatised ex-soldier Ryan wakes up in the back of a van, alongside a kidnapped boy. Ryan helps him escape but when he finds a mask in his pocket he comes to an appalling realisation…. But there’s no time to act - after nine minutes and thirty seven seconds of consciousness it all goes black. What does this have to do with Ryan’s past as a patient at the experimental Medical Unit? Ryan has a lot of questions, and very little time to find any answers.
|THE LAST SCOUT WRAPS IN LA|
|Runaway Features & Press On Features have wrapped on their latest feature in Los Angeles, a Sci-Fi Thriller titled “The Last Scout”||The Last Scout is set for a The film’s target release is May 2014 release|
|Paul Tanter penned the script, with Simon Phillips taking to the directors chair. The duo are the creative force behind the UK smash hit White Collar Hooligan and have branched into the Sci-Fi genre.|
The film is a futuristic story of a crew of astronauts searching for a new home for humanity after Earth has been devastated by a nuclear war between the East and the West. A four week shoot has just wrapped at Hollywood’s Laurel Canyon stages, where the company built a complete spaceship.
Tanter said: “After filming White Collar Hooligan 2 in New York last year, we’ve been keen to come back to the US to shoot and this was the perfect vehicle to do so. As Sci-Fi geeks, this is something we’re very excited about and Simon has done a terrific job both behind and in front of the camera, combining the best elements of “Sunshine” and “Battlestar Gallactica”.
|The Last Scout stars Peter Woodward, Blaine Gray, Rebecca Ferdinando, Simon Phillips, Deji LaRay, Rita Ramnani, Petra Bryant and Paul Thomas Arnold. Tanter, Phillips and Alain Wildberger produce with Lyndon Baldock, Billy Murray, Rob Weston, Patrick Ewald, Shaked Berenson, Enrico Tessarin, Mirko Pincelli executive producing.|
Both Tanter and Phillips are about to commence production on New York kidnap thriller “The Disappearance of Lenka Wood” and period crime biopic “The Rise of The Krays”.
|BRITISH INDIE FILM LOVE TOMORROW SECURES INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION|
|British Director Christopher Payne and Producer Stephanie Moon’s Raindance Festival award-winner LOVE TOMORROW has been picked up by Wonderphil Productions for international sales except UK and Ireland|
|The film, focusing on a chance meeting between two troubled dancers, stars professional ballet dancers in the lead roles: CINDY JOURDAIN (ex-Royal Ballet soloist) and ARIONEL VARGAS (Principal at English National Ballet). Dancers from the English National Ballet and Rambert Dance Company also appear alongside actors MAX BROWN (The Tudors, Beauty and the Beast) and SAMUEL BARNETT (Bright Star, The History Boys). Michael Nunn and William Trevitt (aka The Ballet Boyz) choreographed some of the dance scenes and co-produced.|
Producer of Love Tomorrow, Stephanie Moon said: “We are thrilled about our partnership with Wonderphil. The film is essentially a love story and aimed at fans of the ‘boy meets girl’ genre, but the hook has always been dance. Dance has become such an important and popular part of our culture, not just here in the UK but worldwide and I know that we all understand this.”
|Sales Agent Phil Gorn from Wonderphil Productions said: “I loved the film and I know it will do well internationally. The leads are attractive, the story is ultimately uplifting, and it’s not dialogue driven – which should appeal to non-English speakers. A lot of dance movies out there deliver on the choreography but not on the story, LOVE TOMORROW isn’t just beautiful and charming, it also delivers emotionally.”|
Director Christopher Payne (The Jolly Boys’ Last Stand), also commented: “I’ve always been a huge fan of the chance encounter love story. When I saw some contemporary dance in London, I realised that dance was the perfect medium to express the turning points of a developing relationship. I was so impressed with how committed the dancers were to the film and now having the opportunity to reach a wide audience is a fitting reward for their faith and hard work.”
|HAMMER ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH BAFFLEGAB PRODUCTIONS TO LAUNCH DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO 'HAMMER CHILLERS' ORIGINAL DRAMAS NOW AVAILABLE|
Hammer has announced a partnership with audio specialist Bafflegab Productions to launch 'Hammer Chillers', a series of original audio dramas, which will be available as six weekly downloadable episodes from June 2013
Episodes are available to pre-order now at www.hammerchillers.com ahead of the 7th June release and are priced at £2.99 per episode. From the end of July, fans can also download the entire series as a package and order the series on CD which will include bonus material.
The Establishing Shot: THE COUNSELOR RATTLING YOUR CAGE CLIP - 15 NOVEMBER 2013
|START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE LAST SHOWING HAS STARTED|
|RISING STARS OF BRITISH FILM ALIGN FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL CHILLER, THE LAST SHOWING||The Philm Company has announced the start of principal photography of The Last Showing, a $2m psychological chiller that will shoot for four weeks, entirely on location in the North West.|
|Cult horror actor Robert Englund (Nightmare On Elm Street) and Keith Allen (Vinyl, Shallow Grave) join a strong cast of rising British stars Finn Jones (Game of Thrones), Vogue’s ‘one to watch’ Emily Berrington (The White Queen) and 2013 Screen International Stars of Tomorrow Malachi Kirby (Gone Too Far). |
The Last Showing is from an original script by award winning writer/director Phil Hawkins (Being Sold), marking his third feature. Former Twentieth Century Fox executive Alexandra Baranska is producing. The film is fully financed by equity investors through the Enterprise Investment Scheme.
When a young couple, Martin (Finn Jones) and Allie (Emily Berrington), embark on a date to their local cinema to see the late night horror show, they become unwitting stars of their own horror story.
Recently demoted by advancing technology, the former projectionist Stuart (Robert Englund) exacts his revenge on a generation that no longer requires his skills. Trapping Allie and Martin in the cinema, he toys with his victims from behind a bank of CCTV screens, playing them off against each other and directing them to a finale where there can only be one hero.
|Director of Photography Ed Moore (Turbulence) joins the award winning Being Sold team Composer Richard Bodgers (Splintered), Costume Designer Geris Spencer (Whatever Happened To Pete Blaggit) and Editor Paul Griffiths Davis. Simon Crowe’s SC Films is handling sales.|
The Philm Company was established in 2006 by Phil Hawkins to produce strong, character led stories that give a fresh take on commercial genres. Their third feature, the comedy Being Sold, won Best Actor and Best Film at The 2011 London Independent Film Awards and to date they have raised the maximum equity through the SEIS scheme to create a development fund for their production slate, that includes Baptism, based on the novel by Max Kinnings, and Killing the Shadows, an adaptation of Val McDermid’s novel of the same name.
|STARS OF BBC’S HORRIBLE HISTORIES TO MAKE SHAKESPEARE COMEDY FILM|
|BBC Films is bringing the BAFTA-winning stars of hit BBC kids show ‘Horrible Histories’ to the big screen in BILL, a new comedy film about Shakespeare – or how Bill became William.|
|Shooting later this year in the UK, BILL is a Cowboy Films / Punk Cinema production for BBC Films and stars the six lead ‘Horrible Histories’ cast - Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond. All will play multiple roles in BILL, in the style of the Python films.|
BILL is an original script by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, developed with BBC Films and Richard Bracewell (The Gigolos), who will direct. Producers are Charles Steel at Cowboy Films (The Last King of Scotland, How I Live Now) and Tony Bracewell and Richard Bracewell at Punk Cinema. Joe Oppenheimer at BBC Films will executive produce.
BILL tells the story of how hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his family and home to follow his dream. It’s a tale of murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth. Can one man prove the quill is mightier than the sword?.
|Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond said: “BILL is a comedy adventure for all the family. We're playing with history, just as Shakespeare did, for the entertainment of the audience. And we like to think he'd be OK with it. Apart from the bit where he's dressed as a tomato."|
“We’re thrilled that BBC Films is making the first film starring this team of incredibly talented and popular British comedy writers and performers,” comments Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films. “‘Horrible Histories’ has been a terrific success and is hugely popular with both kids and their parents. BILL will be a film for all the family to enjoy with original British talent telling a very funny story about Shakespeare.”
|LIONSGATE UK HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS A KEY PLAYER IN UK FINANCING, PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF BRITISH FILM & SUPPORTING BRITISH TALENT|
|LIONSGATE UK ACQUIRES DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO 6 TITLES AHEAD OF CANNES - LOCKE, BORN TO BE KING, THE KEEPING ROOM, HORNS, WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY AND LOVE, ROSIE||NEW PROJECTS WITH BRITISH TALENT INCLUDING TOM HARDY, EWAN MCGREGOR, DANIEL RADCLIFFE, LILY COLLINS, SAM CLAFLIN|
|Lionsgate UK is showing its increased support for British films and film-makers picking up the theatrical distribution rights to six new titles – the drama Locke, the comedy Born to be King, The Keeping Room, Horns, the family comedy What We Did on Our Holiday and the love story Love, Rosie|
Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK, says: “We are delighted to be adding these titles to our already strong and diverse slate. It is fantastic to be welcoming back filmmakers and forging new relationships as part of our ongoing support and investment in British films and British talent.”
Produced by Paul Webster and Guy Heeley, Locke is written and directed by Academy Award nominated Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Hummingbird). Starring Tom Hardy, Tom Holland, Ruth Wilson, Alice Lowe and Olivia Colman, the film is about one man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled ninety minute race against time.
Starring Kate Hudson and Ewan McGregor, Born to be King is written and directed by Peter Capaldi. The film is about a film extra who is discovered to share a striking resemblance to a movie star.
|The Keeping Room is set in the waning days of the Civil War, a soldier who has broken off from the Union Army encounters a group of women who have been left to fend for themselves. Directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) and written by Julia Hart, the film stars Sam Worthington, Hailee Steinfeld and Brit Marling. |
Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns has been written for the screen by Keith Bunin and directed by Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D). Daniel Radcliffe stars as a young man who awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples in the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death.
What We Did on Our Holiday starts shooting on June 17th 2013 and is a British family comedy written and directed by the creators of the BBC hit comedy ‘Outnumbered’, Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton. It stars some of Britain’s best-loved acting talent including Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike, David Tennantand Ben Miller. The film is produced by award-winning Producer David M Thompson (Revolutionary Road, Billy Elliot, An Education) alongside Dan Winch in his first Producer role.
|BILL ODDIE EVICTED FROM HSBC HQ WHILE PROTESTING AGAINST BANK’S ROLE IN MALAYSIAN RAINFOREST DESTRUCTION|
|Naturalist and comedian Bill Oddie has been filmed being evicted from HSBC’s London headquarters while protesting against the bank’s business ties to companies that are illegally destroying rainforests and abusing human rights in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.|
|Oddie has teamed up with the campaign group Global Witness to expose how the UK’s biggest bank has made almost £100 million by providing loans and services to some of the most destructive logging companies in the world, in violation of the bank’s own policies. The short film pokes fun at the bank’s hypocrisy, but its message is deadly serious. A public petition launched alongside the film calls on HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliver to end the bank’s relationship with the companies destroying Borneo’s last virgin rainforests.|
“HSBC has made an absolute killing helping some of the world’s worst logging companies get off the ground,” said Oddie. “According to HSBC’s own rules and all the evidence, it shouldn’t be touching them with a bargepole. As a result the last of Borneo’s rainforests are under immediate threat. Everyone needs to sign the petition to stop HBSC profiting from deforestation in Malaysia and beyond, before it’s too late.”.
Mimicking the style of a nature documentary, the film – titled Bill Oddie’s BankWatch – studies a new species known as the “HSBC banker” in its natural habitat in London’s Canary Wharf. Oddie is filmed in HSBC’s headquarters lambasting the bank’s activities in Malaysia, before being forcibly ejected from the premises.
Global Witness investigations have shown how HSBC provided loans and services to logging companies with close ties to Sarawak’s Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud. Taib has ruled the state for over three decades and controls all land allocation and forestry licencing, and is widely understood to abuse this power to enrich his family and associates. The companies have been at the forefront of a timber and palm oil bonanza that has left less than five per cent of Sarawak’s rainforests unaffected by logging or plantations.
|Taib is currently under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. By providing services to a sector notorious for corruption and high-level political links, HSBC is at serious risk of violating international anti-money laundering regulations which require it to carry out extra checks on clients linked to senior politicians.|
The Global Witness petition, launched in conjunction with 38 Degrees, calls on HSBC to hold its hands up to its wrongdoing, drop the clients in question and fix its forest policies and compliance procedures so that its investments do not finance this kind of abuse in future.
“It’s high time our banks stop saying one thing while doing the exact opposite. You would think after all the scandals HSBC has been caught up in of late they’d learn to start telling us the truth,” said Oddie. “I made a stand in its HQ because customers and shareholders need to know what is going on. Watch the film – it’s funny, but the message is no laughing matter; HSBC must stop bankrolling the world’s worst logging companies.”
The film and more information on Global Witness’ forest campaigns will be available here: www.globalwitness.org/hsbc-sarawak
The petition to HSBC is available here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/hsbc-rainforest
Global Witness report on this issue is available here: www.globalwitness.org/hsbc
The Establishing Shot: ROBOCOP TRAILER - 7 FEB 2014
|DOGWOOF ACQUIRES UK DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO MUSCLE SHOALS|
|Dogwoof is delighted to announce that it has acquired the UK distribution rights to Muscle Shoals after its critical acclaim at Sundance and UK premiere at Sundance London||Muscle Shoals is released on the 25th October 2013|
|Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the "Singing River" as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. |
At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio, known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, John Paul White and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
The film is the directorial feature debut of Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier.
|Head of Distribution at Dogwoof, Oli Harbottle says: “Muscle Shoals stood out for me as one of the highlights of Sundance, so we are completely thrilled to add the film to our catalogue. Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier offers a wonderful insight not just into the magical recording studio of the same name, but also a golden era of music recording, which has produced some of the most timeless songs around.“|
Director Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier adds: “Muscle Shoals is a very special place that has inspired so many iconic British and American musicians. We were blown away by this story which hadn't been told and which is a seminal part of American music history. Many iconic British musicians have fallen under Muscle Shoals' spell when recording some of the biggest music of the last 40 years and we are delighted to be able to share their story with British audiences.”UK.”
|AARDMAN ANIMATIONS AND STUDIOCANAL TO PARTNER ON SHAUN THE SHEEP|
|STUDIOCANAL are to team up with Aardman Animations who will produce the movie debut of one of their most popular animated characters - SHAUN THE SHEEP.|
|First seen in the Oscar winning short film A CLOSE SHAVE, the world’s most famous sheep and his flock have been enthralling TV audiences in over 170 countries and has proved to be one of the studios most popular and endearing characters.|
The film will be shot in Aardman's trademark style of stop motion animation and is written and directed by Richard Starzak (aka Golly) and Mark Burton.
STUDIOCANAL is financing and will distribute the film in UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand and handle international sales.
When Shaun’s mischief inadvertently leads to the Farmer being taken away from the farm, Shaun, Bitzer and the flock have to go into the big city to rescue him, setting the stage for an epic adventure.
|Olivier Courson, STUDIOCANAL Chairman and CEO said ”We are so thrilled to join the Flock! Shaun is a character you love at first sight whatever your age. We are really happy to work with Aardman, it’s such a talented team!”|
David Sproxton, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Aardman says “Shaun and his friends have a massive global following and we very excited about being able to put them into a bigger adventure for the big screen.
We are naturally also very excited about partnering with STUDIOCANAL for this project, their track record and expertise in international film financing and distribution seems a perfect fit.”
|EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES THE RIGHTS TO COME AS YOU ARE [HASTA LA VISTA] TO BE RELEASED IN THE UK & EIRE|
|A Film By Geoffrey Enthoven Starring Robrecht Vanden Thoren, Gilles De Scvhryver, Tom Audenaert & Isabelle De Hertogh||COME AS YOU ARE (Hasta La Vista), is released on DVD & Blu-ray in the UK on 7 October 2013|
Come as you are trailer
|Eureka Entertainment announced that they have acquired the rights to Come As You Are (Hasta La Vista), Geoffrey Enthoven’s film about love, unconditional friendship and lust, based on the experiences of Asta Philpot – an ardent campaigner for disabled people.|
Three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine tour they embark on a journey to Spain hoping to have their first sexual experience. Nothing will stop them. Not even their handicaps: one is blind, one is confined to a wheelchair and one is completely paralysed.
Come As You Are is a charming, funny and commercial feel good foreign language film which will appeal to fans of the award winning comedy dramas The Intouchables, Rust and Bone & The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Come As You Are won the Audience Awards at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012, the European Film Awards 2012 and the Montreal World Film Festival 2012 as well as the Grand Prix des Amerique and a special jury mention at the Montreal World Film Festival 2012.
Ian Sadler, Sales Director for Eureka Entertainment commented “In 2012 the people of London, the country and the world marvelled at the achievements of the Paralympians. Come as You Are is an extremely moving and inspiring film and we hope that with its release we can help to continue to break down barriers and raise awareness of the challenges, rights and needs of disabled people in the UK.”
|FIRST IMAGE FROM THE HARRY HILL MOVIE RELEASED|
The Establishing Shot: ENDER'S GAME TEASER TRAILER - 25 OCTOBER 2013
|SONY PICTURES ANIMATION’S “CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2” GETS “NEW” MUSIC FROM PAUL McCARTNEY|
|As inventor Flint Lockwood returns to the island of Swallow Falls to save the world – again! – he’ll be doing it to the brand “new” beat from Paul McCartney as his single, “New,” will be featured in the film.|
|“New,” which is produced by Mark Ronson and now available for sale as a digital download, is the title track from McCartney’s forthcoming “New” album, set for release on October 14th in the UK and October 15th in the US.|
Lia Vollack, president of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures, said, “We’re thrilled and honored to have Paul’s infectious and inspiring song in the film. The sequence in the film is about Flint Lockwood optimistically beginning what he thinks will be a new and exciting chapter in his life, so as soon as we heard ‘New’ we thought that everything about it was perfect.”
McCartney added, “I loved watching the first film with my kids, so I'm very happy to have my new song included in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.”
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation’s mouth-watering comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention -
|- a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals – "foodimals!" |
Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world – again! Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Screenplay by Erica Rivinoja and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein. Story by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Erica Rivinoja. Inspired by the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. Produced by Pam Marsden and Kirk Bodyfelt.
|LIONSGATE PRESENTS BACHELORETTE; THE BIGGEST UK CROSS-PLATFORM RELEASE EVER|
|One last blow-out with the three bridesmaids from hell, BACHELORETTE is the sharp new comedy that on August 16th will become the biggest mainstream film ever to be simultaneously released across cinemas nationwide, video-on-demand and download to own.||BACHELORETTE is available in UK cinemas and from the comfort of your own home from August 16th 2013.|
|Starring KIRSTEN DUNST, ISLA FISHER and REBEL WILSON, LIONSGATE is proud to offer audiences the first multi-platform blockbuster title released in partnership with on-demand services including Sky Store, Virgin Movies, Xbox Video, Film Four, BT Vision, Google Play, Vdio, HTC Watch, Blinkbox, Knowhow Movies, Sainsbury’s Entertainment, Dominos, Everything Everywhere (EE) and PlayStation Store.|
BACHELORETTE follows three frisky bridesmaids as they go searching for a little fun on the night before an old friend's wedding. With lovely Becky (Rebel Wilson) set to marry her handsome sweetheart, the bitter remaining members of her high school clique reunite for one last blowout in New York but when Becky insists on keeping the bachelorette party tame, the women proceed with an after-hours celebration of their own.
|Nicola Pearcey, Lionsgate UK, said: “We’re excited to bring this multi-platform release to market across cinemas, download to own and on demand rental platforms across the UK. Quoted as “The feistiest, funniest female comedy ever!” by Reveal, Bachelorette has a broad appeal across the market and the release strategy will provide our audience with the option to watch with friends in a fun cinema environment, or enjoy the film in the comfort of their own home.” |
Video: True Detective: Official Trailer (HBO)
|Starring Michael Smiley, Tony Law, Steve Hughes and John O'Farrell, Spoilt Ballot is a short and humorous documentary that explores the relationship between stand-up comedy and politics.|
|Spoilt Ballot stars A Field in England and Kill List's Michael Smiley, comedian Tony Law and Have I Got News For You writer John O'Farrell and is a short and humorous documentary that explores the relationship between stand-up comedy and politics.|
The documentary itself was made on a small budget with minimal crew in London and certainly looks like something to keep an eye out for.
|Starring: Michael Smiley, John O'Farrell, Tony Law, Steve Hughes, Doc Brown, Ian Moore and Olly Double|
Directed by Oli Sunley
Photography by Emily Hickmott
Edited by Abi Crowe
|LONDON EVENT NEWS|
|LONDON EVENT NEWS DANNY ELFMAN’S MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF TIM BURTON ON A 3-DATE TOUR FOLLOWING SOLD OUT PERFORMANCE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL|
|featuring BATMAN, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and many more|
BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA conducted by JOHN MAUCERI with special guest performance by DANNY ELFMAN
8 October: 7.30pm First Direct Arena Leeds
9 October: 7.30pm The SSE Hydro Glasgow
10 October: 7.30pm The NIA Arena, Birmingham
|Apollo Digital, by arrangement with the Royal Albert Hall, will present in October a three-date tour of Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, which will celebrate the extraordinary collaboration between the acclaimed composer and visionary filmmaker. The world premiere of the event at the Royal Albert Hall on 7 October 2013, which has already sold out, will be followed by dates in Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham on 8, 9 and 10 October respectively.|
This brand new orchestra event features Danny Elfman's famous film scores brought to life on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of John Mauceri, and enhanced by visuals on the big screen of Tim Burton's original film sketches, drawings and story boards. Celebrating the nearly three decade-long partnership of two of Hollywood's top creators, this event features films from a fascinating back catalogue of classics such as Beetlejuice, Batman & Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.
|Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling and the process and importance that it has in filmmaking.|
Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton will feature an exclusive special guest performance by four-time Oscar-nominee Danny Elfman, who, as well as playing various instruments, will be making his first public singing performance in 18 years. “I really look forward to revisiting this body of work, which has been such a huge part of my life, and bringing it to the concert stage. And the idea of performing some of Jack Skellington's songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas live for the very first time is immensely exciting,” says Danny Elfman.
"I've always heard Danny's scores performed live during our recording sessions for the films we've collaborated on,” says Tim Burton. "For others to finally be able to hear his music live is really something special."
|LIONSGATE TO UNVEIL THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE WITH WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON ON NOVEMBER 11, 2013|
|Announcement Starts 100-Day Countdown to Film’s Release in Theatres Around The World on November 22||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is in UK cinemas November 21st|
|With 100 days and counting until the November 22 worldwide launch of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment of Lionsgate’s global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Company announced today that it will host a Catching Fire world premiere in London on November 11.|
Catching Fire will open day-and-date with its domestic release in nearly every major international territory. The first Hunger Games film was the 13th highest-grossing North American release of all time on its way to generating nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
|The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell - a competition that could change Panem forever.|
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.
|MCM LONDON COMIC CON SEES RECORD ATTENDANCE; SHOW TO EXPAND IN OCTOBER|
|MCM London Comic Con may already be Europe's biggest comic con, but the show will be even bigger when it returns to ExCel London this October, organisers revealed.||MCM London Comic Con returns on 25-27 October 2013.|
|"MCM London Comic Con will be soaring from 25,000 m2 to 34,000 m2, spreading the event across both sides of ExCel for the first time," said MCM joint managing director Bryan Cooney.|
"Growing the show's footprint will not only allow us to provide additional exhibitor space, but will also enable us to expand our Main Theatre so even more visitors get to enjoy the latest movies from the UK's biggest distributors, as well as cast and crew presentations."
The news comes after last month's MCM London Comic Con set a new attendance record with over 76,000 movie, videogame, sci-fi, anime, cosplay and comics fans attending over the long weekend. Title sponsored by Kick Ass 2 and starring top director Edgar Wright (Shaun of The Dead, The World's End) as Guest of Honour, the show featured five indoor stages including a 1,000 seat Main Theatre, as well as an outdoor Fringe Festival stage.
|"MCM London Comic Con just keeps getting bigger and better," said Paul Miley, MCM's joint managing director. "Recent shows have not only seen us host more great films, games, sci-fi shows and comic artists, but also launch exciting new zones such as VidFestUK, dedicated to online video; MCM eSports tournaments and JapanEx, giving visitors a taste of Asian culture; there really is something for everyone!"|
Tickets are available at: www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/tickets
|CLINT MANSELL BFI MASTERCLASS|
|The BFI We welcome the composer and musician of films such as Black Swan and Moon to discuss his extensive work.||BFI Southbank, NFT1 Oct 10, 2013 18:30,2013.|
|Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated composer and musician Clint Mansell is perhaps best known to LFF audiences as Darren Aronofsky’s regular composer. British born Mansell was front man of Pop Will Eat Itself releasing seven albums between 1987 and 1996, and notched up 11 Top 40 hits. The band splintered at their peak to pursue various side projects, with Mansell leaving for New York. |
A chance introduction to Aronofsky in NYC led to Clint’s film score debut, the acclaimed independent film, Pi. This director-composer union has gone from strength-to-strength, the pair having worked together on Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan. They are currently in post production on Noah, set for release in 2014.
|Mansell provided the score for Duncan Jones’ award-winning directorial debut Moon. Filth, the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, directed by Jon S Baird, starring James McAvoy and scored by Clint is also out later this year. We are thrilled to welcome Clint to discuss his extensive work.as well as an outdoor Fringe Festival stage.|
Tickets & more information here!
|JOE ESZTERHAS TO HEADLINE LONDON SCREENWRITERS’ FESTIVAL|
|THE LONDON SCREENWRITERS’ FESTIVAL IS AN ANNUAL GATHERING OF EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED SCREENWRITERS. WITH OVER 600 ATTENDEES, 100 SESSIONS, 140 INDUSTRY EXPERT SPEAKERS AND THE BIGGEST NAMES IN FILM AND TV IN ATTENDANCE||The The London Screenwriters’ Festival will run from Oct 25-27 at the London School of Film, Media & Performance|
|The world’s biggest professional screenwriting event. The London Screenwriters’ Festival features over one hundred professional speakers from all corners of the industry.|
Five hundred delegates…
One hundred speakers including…
|Joe Eszterhas – Screenwriter|
Hayley November, Screenwriter
David Hare – Screenwriter
David Leland – Screenwriter & Director
David Parfitt – Producer
Graham Linehan – Screenwriter & Director
Iain Smith – Producer
Jim Sheridan – Screenwriter & Director
José Silerio – Screenwriter and Educator
Development Director for Blake Snyder
Julie Gray – Story consultant and writing mentor
Kate Leys – Script editor
Paul Webster – Producer
Pilar Alessandra – Script Consultant and Educator
Luke Ryan – Executive Vice President | Disruption Entertainment
For more information and tickets head over to:
|AWARD WINNING MORE THAN HONEY NARRATED BY JOHN HURT GETS A UK RELEASE|
|Over the past fifteen years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world. The causes of this disaster haven't yet been established. Depending on the regions of the world concerned, between 50% and 90% of the bees have disappeared.||Romeo And Juliet will be released on 11th October.|
|This epidemic, of colossal violence and breadth, is spreading from beehive to beehive all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings. No visible predators. In a few months, the bees have thus literally been vanishing in the US, where the latest estimates are that a total of 1.5 million (out of 2.4 million total beehives) have disappeared in 27 states. In Germany, according to the national bee-keepers association, one fourth of the colonies have been decimated, with losses reaching up to 80% in some farms. The same phenomenon has been observed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Poland and England, where the syndrome has been baptised "the Mary Celeste Phenomenon", after the name of the ship whose crew had vanished in 1872.|
Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale: "colony collapse disorder". They have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species need bees to be pollinated.
|Without them, no pollination hence practically no fruits or vegetables. Three thirds of the cultures that feed humanity depend on them. Apis mellifera (honey bee) appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man's survival.|
Should we incriminate pesticides and the medication used to combat them? Parasites such as varroa mites? New viruses? Travelling stress? The multiplication of electromagnetic waves disturbing the magnetite nanoparticles found in the bees' abdomen? It seems that it is rather a combination of all these agents that has been destroying the bees' immune defences.
Fifty years ago, Einstein had already insisted on the dependence relation that bound the pollen gatherers to mankind: "If bees were to disappear from the globe," he had predicted, "mankind would only have four years left to live.".
A film by MARKUS IMHOOF www.morethanhoney.co.uk
|INTERNATIONAL FILM NEWS|
|ROMEO AND JULIET IN CINEMAS OCTOBER 11TH 2013|
|From the creator of the Golden Globe winning series ‘Downton Abbey’ comes Shakespeare’s timeless love story. The most passionate and tragic tale of Romeo and his Juliet is captured for a new generation by an all-star line up, breathing new life into the names of the most famous lovers of all time.||Romeo And Juliet will be released on 11th October.|
|The families of Montague and Capulet use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona so Romeo and Juliet are dismayed to learn that their new loves are of the rival family. Romeo tries to conspire a way to pursue Juliet without incurring the wrath of his family, while Juliet relies on her nurse to discreetly deliver messages to her love. But the bad blood between the two families is too strong. As the lovers grow more desperate, Friar Laurence attempts to hatch a plan that will allow them to be together forever.||Starring Douglas Booth (‘Great Expectations’, LOL) as Romeo and Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Juliet, Romeo And Juliet is adapted for the big screen by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (‘Downton Abbey’, Gosford Park) and directed by Carlo Carlei. |
Produced by Ileen Maisel, Lawrence Elman, Simon Bosanquet, Julian Fellowes, Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding, Nadja Swarovski, Alexander Koll and Dimitra Tsingou.
|RANBIR KAPOOR LETS HIS ‘SHAMELESS’ SIDE OUT IN NEW COMEDY FILM BESHARAM|
|Heartthrob Turns Cheeky Roguein Reliance Entertainment’s next film||This year let your shameless side out and be a ‘Besharam’ by enjoying one of the year’s cheekiest films. Besharam releases nationally on 2nd October 2013|
|Bollywood sensation Ranbir Kapoor will assume the guise of a cheeky chappy in his latest film incarnation as a car mechanic with a big heart and a penchant for petty theft in the comedy film of the year Besharam (Shameless), releasing 2nd October 2013 through Reliance Entertainment.|
Besharam marks the first film to feature Ranbir Kapoor with his parents, screen legends Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. The film also stars Pallavi Sharda who made her debut in My Name is Khan and comedy king-pin Javed Jaffery.
It is directed by the accomplished Abhinav Kashyap, who previously directed the blockbuster Dabangg. The musical score comes from popular film composer Lalit Pandit responsible for memorable scores for mega cinematic hits such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Dabangg.
Ranbir Kapoor plays ‘Babli’, a street smart, fun-loving, football-playing car mechanic who has seen the dark side of life as one of India’s many desolate orphan children.
|The worldly-wise Babli learnt at a young age how to survive the trauma of having no one to care for him. He grew up fast in a Delhi orphanage and has devoted his life to helping and mentoring the other children in the shelter. The cheeky and fiercely independent Babli takes as his life motto: "Na Samaan Ka Moh, Na Apmaan ka Bhay", translated as "No Want for Respect, No Fear of Disrespect". The film unfolds his many ‘besharam’ moments with hilarious consequences.|
Babli has no sense of right or wrong till he unwittingly hurts the love of his life, Tara (Pallavi Sharda). Babli realises that there is no right way of doing the wrong thing. He sets out to fix all the wrongs in his life but continues to be shameless as he does so. But his parents Inspectors Chulbul Chautala (Rishi Kapoor) and Bulbul Chautala (Neetu Kapoor) are after him to mend his mischievous ways.
|IAN McSHANE, RUFUS SEWELL, JOSEPH FIENNES, REBECCA FERGUSON, AKSEL HENNIE AND JOHN HURT JOIN DWAYNE JOHNSON IN PARAMOUNT AND MGM’S HERCULES|
|Based on Radical Studio’s graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” the ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist. The screenplay is by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos.||HERCULES will be distributed by Paramount Pictures on August 1, 2014.|
|Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios have announced that Golden Globe-winner Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES), Rufus Sewell (ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER), Joseph Fiennes (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, “American Horror Story”), Rebecca Ferguson (The BBC’s “The White Queen”), Aksel Hennie (HEADHUNTERS) and Academy Award®-nominee John Hurt (IMMORTALS, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS) have joined the cast of the upcoming film HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner. The film is set to begin production in May.|
Producers are Beau Flynn, Barry Levine and Brett Ratner; executive producers are Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey and Jesse Berger.
|“We are thrilled to surround Dwayne with an ensemble cast featuring legendary actors as well as some of the finest emerging talents working today,” said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group. “We are anxious to get production underway on what promises to be a high-action film that works around the globe.”|
HERCULES marks the reinvigorated MGM’s second original project, in addition to the previously announced film THE MACHINE with Vin Diesel scheduled to begin production later this year. The studio has several films slated for release this year including another Paramount partnership with GI JOE: RETALIATION set for release March 28, CARRIE with Sony’s Screen Gems due October 18 and THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG with New Line/Warner Bros. set for December 13.
|SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO TZE CHUN’S COLD COMES THE NIGHT STARRING ALICE EVE, BRYAN CRANSTON, AND LOGAN MARSHALL-GREEN|
|Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired all domestic and international media rights to Tze Chun’s COLD COMES THE NIGHT, starring Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus). The film also stars Ursula Parker (Louie) and Leo Fitzpatrick (The Wire).||COLD COMES THE NIGHT opens in the UK on September 20th, 2013|
|Currently in post-production, COLD COMES THE NIGHT is directed by Tze Chun, and written by Tze Chun, Osgood Perkins, and Nick Simon (Removal). Chun’s acclaimed debut feature, Children of Invention, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won 17 festival awards.|
Chun’s film tells the story of a struggling motel owner (Eve) who, along with her daughter (Parker), is taken hostage by a career criminal (Cranston) as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop (Marshall-Green). Everyone gets in over their heads, and a series of double-crosses leaves a string of dead bodies in this pulse-pounding story about desperation and survival.
|The film is produced by Mynette Louie of Syncopated Films and Trevor Sagan of Sasquatch Films. It was financed by Three Point Capital, Whitewater Films, and Cherry Sky Films, and executive produced by Scott Halle, Rick Rosenthal, Nick Morton, Jacob Pechenik, and Ali Jazayeri. Lauren Craniotes, Vice President of Production for SPWA, is overseeing the film for SPWA.|
UTA Independent Film Group and Andre Des Rochers of Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers LLP represented the filmmakers in negotiating the deal with SPWA's Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Michael Helfand. Chun is represented by WME. Eve is represented by Untitled Entertainment, UTA and Independent Talent. Cranston is represented by UTA. Marshall-Green is represented by 3 Arts and CAA.
|EXCLUSIVE MEDIA TO HANDLE INTERNATIONAL SALES FOR KEANU REEVES AND REESE WITHERSPOON STARRER PASSENGERS|
|Exclusive Media has come aboard PASSENGERS to handle international sales rights for Brian Kirk’s (Game Of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire) sci-fi romance starring Keanu Reeves and Academy Award winning Reese Witherspoon, it was announced today by producers Stephen Hamel and Ben Browning and Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution, Alex Walton. .|
|Produced by Wayfare Entertainment and Company Films, PASSENGERS was developed by Stephen Hamel and Keanu Reeves at their production house Company Films. Hamel will produce the film with Wayfare’s CEO Ben Browning. Start Media’s Michael Maher and Lynwood Spinks will executive produce.|
Set for a January 2014 start date, Alex Walton will launch the international sales for the film at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. The project was acquired for the company by Tobin Armbrust, President of Worldwide Production & Acquisitions.
Written by Jon Spaihts (PROMETHEUS), the story revolves around a spacecraft transporting human cargo to a distant colony planet that malfunctions causing one passenger (Reeves) to prematurely thaw from a cryogenic slumber nearly a century before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he decides to wake up a second passenger, marking the beginning of what becomes a unique love story.
EMMY and BAFTA nominated Brian Kirk has directed extensively for television and his credits include HBO’s award winning Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Luck, and the Emmy award-winning mini-series Great Expectations which received 7 BAFTA and 5 EMMY nominations. Kirk also directed the pilot for the BBC’s acclaimed Luther starring Idris Elba who won a Golden Globe for his performance.
“PASSENGERS has found the perfect home at Exclusive Media, one of the leading international sales companies. They produce and represent some of the very best in independent film projects and we could not be happier to have them as part of our team,” said Ben Browning. “This is a very special film - Reese Witherspoon and Keanu Reeves are two of the most versatile and talented actors working today and together they will be electric. Brian Kirk is one of the most sought after directors of the moment, having helmed some of the signature television shows in recent history. Brian is strong on performance, skilled with narrative, and confident in rich and original world creation. We are excited to have Exclusive Media helping bring this film to life,” he continued.
“I have loved this script since I first read it. It is a fresh and original concept with a wonderful love story at the core. Reese and Keanu are magnetic actors– put them together and you have a golden ticket. Audiences worldwide are going to love this film,” said Alex Walton.
|Reese Witherspoon won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of June Carter opposite Joaquin Phoenix in James Mangold’s WALK THE LINE. One of Hollywood’s leading actresses, she has over 40 credits to her name including PLEASANTVILLE alongside Tobey Maguire, Alexander Payne’s ELECTION (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), box office hit LEGALLY BLONDE (also received a Golden Globe nomination) and SWEET HOME ALABAMA, which went on to gross over $100 million dollars at the box office.|
With over 70 credits to his name, Keanu Reeves has worked with some of Hollywood’s most respected filmmakers including Ron Howard, Stephen Frears and Gus Van Sant. Best known for his role as Neo in the Wachowski sibling’s blockbuster MATRIX trilogy, Reeves has also starred in studio box office hits SPEED, POINT BREAK, SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE and MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO.
In recent years Browning’s Wayfare Entertainment has financed and produced Universal’s SANCTUM along with James Cameron, Focus Features IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY starring Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts, Neil Jordan’s ONDINE starring Colin Farrell and Sebastian Cordero’s upcoming EUROPA REPORT starring Sharlto Copley. Browning is also producing an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK for Disney. Wayfare is a holding of Start Media, a privately held media company that also has interests in exhibition, publishing, and technology
After Jon Spaihts’ script for PASSENGERS was included on the 2007 Black List, he was commissioned by Scott Free Productions to write Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS which was released by Twentieth Century Fox. For New Regency, Spaihts wrote the screenplay to the alien invasion thriller THE DARKEST HOUR, based on a story by Leslie Bohem and M.T. Ahern and was released by Summit Entertainment in 2011.He is currently engaged in a two-picture deal at Jerry Bruckheimer Films to adapt Ashley Wood's graphic novel World War set to be released in 2014.
|BRIT ACTOR ART MALIK MAKES HIS BOLLYWOOD DEBUT IN BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG - BASED ON THE LIFE STORY OF INDIA'S 1ST HERO - OLYMPIAN MILKHA SINGH|
|In true Olympic spirit, athlete Milkha Singh, aka ‘The Flying Sikh’ is set to achieve new feats once again when his incredible life story is given the silver screen treatment in Viacom18 Motion Pictures’ film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, releasing on 12th July 2013 through Viacom18 Motion Pictures||Bhaag Milkha Bhaag releases worldwide on 12th July 2013|
|Many recall Milkha Singh as a world champion in the 400 meters, who infamously lost the penultimate race of his life - the 400 meters final at the Rome Olympics - but won in LIFE.|
Milkha Singh's life is a portrait of professional triumph over personal tragedy. The film attempts to understand a catastrophic loss that was deemed a sure victory and explores through the darkness of disgrace Milkha Singh’s redemption and catharsis that came when he confronted his past.
This iridescent tale winds through the plagues of a bloody civil war where Milkha's family were brutally killed during the tumultuous India-Pakistan Partition era resulting in a lost childhood, homelessness, a life of petty crime, right through to victories hard won and easily lost.
The film draws an intricate image of human trials, setbacks and fate leveraged against the sheer power of will as Milkha Singh evocatively illustrates that true victory lies in racing with one’s troubles and not in running away from them.
|The film stars India's most versatile multi-star, the critically acclaimed actor, producer, singer, writer, director and musician Farhan Akhtar [Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Luck By Chance] who essays the role of Milkha Singh for what is described as Farhan's most demanding performance to date.|
He is joined by Sonam Kapoor [Saawariya, I Hate Luv Storys, Aisha (Indian version of Jane Austen's classic Emma)], Art Malik [BBC1's Holby City], Rebecca Breeds [Home and Away] and is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (director of the Bafta nominated film Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6).
The inspirational story is penned by Prasoon Joshi and the soundtrack is composed by the award-winning trio Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag will see Milkha fly, fall and rise, bruise his soul but not his will to survive.
|DIRECTOR CHANGES FILM TITLE TO HONOUR NIKOLA TESLA’S BIRTHDAY|
|TESLA The most talked-about film in the Balkans will shoot in the USA and Serbia|
|The overwhelming reception for his forthcoming biopic about Nikola Tesla has led American director Michael Anton to deliver a new name to sum up the iconic nature of the man and his unique legacy. The new title for the most talked-about film in Serbia reflects the iconic nature of the great man and his legacy.|
“Nikola Tesla does not need a controversial label,’ said director Michael Anton. “The fact that his name is not as familiar as it should be is one of the issues we intend to address with this film, which has progressed from a strong script with a modest budget into a potential voice that will finally break the great silence that is the history of Nikola Tesla.
“From now on, this film will be simply titled TESLA. Nothing more, nothing less.”
The announcement was made at the R:brand Serbia Conference in a statement shared by Aleksandra Drecun, director of the Republic of Serbia Centre for the Promotion of Science. The conference in Novi Sad, attended by Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, is part of the world famous EXIT festival, which attracts an international audience of many tens of thousands.
“Tesla was a man of his generation. Many consider him to have invented the twentieth century,’ Michael said in a statement. “His story must not be kept from the rest of the world. Tesla deserves to have a voice not only among the American people, but with everyone. Tesla sets an example for all of us. He showed that we are capable of unimaginable things as long as we believe in the impossible.”
SERBIAN ACTRESS MIRJANA KARANOVIĆ JOINS CAST OF NIKOLA TESLA BIOPIC
Celebrated Serbian actress Mirjana Karanović (Grbavica/Esma’s Sectret) has joined the cast of TESLA, the Nikola Tesla biopic that is scheduled to shoot in Serbia and the United States, in the autumn. She will play Djuka, the hardworking Serbian mother who had a big influence on the inventive instincts of the young Nikola.
“It is quite a small role in the film, but Djuka played a very significant role in the life of Nikola Tesla,’ said Mirjana. “She helped to define who he was. It really is an honour for me to play this hardworking woman who brought up such a strong and interesting family.”
From the moment Mirjana read American director Michael Anton’s script for the film, she knew this was the role of Georgina-Djuka Mandić (Tesla) was one that she must play. “When I was approached about this role, I was very moved by the wonderful script, by the way each character is portrayed with such integrity,’ she said.
“Michael has produced a film that is a tribute to Nikola Tesla. We are telling his story as it happened, without the silly stories that Tesla can attract. Michael has maintained the authenticity. This film should finally make the world aware of the great man and all that he did for us in our lives today.”
HRISTINA POPOVIĆ JOINS AN AWARD-WINNING CAST FOR NIKOLA TESLA BIOPIC
Acclaimed star of Circles & The Parade will play Nikola Tesla’s sister. Director adds star of Sundance Film Festival hit Circles to a cast of award winners.
Hristina Popović, the acclaimed star of celebrated films Circles and The Parade (Parada), has signed up to the glowing cast of Nikola Tesla biopic, TESLA. Hristina, who has become a familiar name at international film festivals for lauded roles in some of the Balkans biggest movies, will play Tesla’s sister Angelina.
|Most recently, Hristina, aged 31, has impressed audiences and critics for her role in Circles / Krugovi, from director Srdjan Golubović. As well as being awarded at the Berlin Film Festival, this film based on the tragic story of a young Bosnian Serb Srdjan Aleksić, won the Audience Award at the Sofia International Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize at America’s Sundance Film Festival.|
While Tesla is one of the world’s greatest scientists, responsible for some of the most significant discoveries, his name remains unfamiliar to many outside of his Balkan homelands. Director Michael Anton aims to put that right with a script that sheds light on the Serb scientist’s time in the US and explores his relationship with Thomas Edison.
SERBIAN ACTRESS MARIJA KARAN SIGNS UP TO TESLA, THE MOST TALKED-ABOUT FILM IN THE BALKANSSerbian star of The Rite and Assassination Games joins acclaimed Serb actors Branko Tomović, Mirjana Karanović and Hristina Popović
Serbian actress Marija Karan will embody the feelings of the many women who fell for the charms of celebrated Serb scientist Nikola Tesla, when she joins the cast of the biopic, TESLA.
Marija is well known in her native Serbia as an actress who has been made a star through a string of domestic and international film and TV roles.
“I am eager to start shooting on this film about our most prominent scientist,’ said Marija, who will shoot her scenes in Serbia, with dialogue in Serbian. “Michael Anton has written a script that is authentic and honest. I like that he felt a need to understand the importance of Tesla’s origin as an immigrant in the US who, despite all problems, remained true to himself and persistent. This is not a typical American film.”
In the film, produced by Silvermask Films, Marija will play Braka, an amalgam character based on various real women. “In my research of Tesla I found a great conflict when it came to the idea of marriage, or even relationships for that matter,’ said director Michael Anton.
“He viewed them as a grand distraction providing an inventor with barriers that would inhibit him from reaching his highest potential. With that said, his good looks and fame made him susceptible to the interest of many potential female suitors, although it appeared he never changed his resolve on the matter.”
|PATHÉ AND IMAX® SIGN AGREEMENT FOR FIRST COMMERCIAL IMAX® THEATRE IN SWITZERLAND|
|IMAX Corporation announced it signed an agreement with Pathé, operator of the biggest cinema chain in Switzerland, France and the Netherlands, to install an IMAX® theatre at its Pathé Balexert multiplex in Geneva. The deal marks the first commercial IMAX theatre in Switzerland and brings Pathé’s total IMAX commitment to twelve theatres in Europe.|
The exhibitor currently has five IMAX theatres open and one in backlog in the Netherlands and five theatres open in France.
“IMAX has consistently delivered a differentiated entertainment experience that has not only delighted our guests but offered us a competitive edge that has strengthened our business,” said Marc Canisius, Managing Director of Pathé Suisse.
|“We are pleased to be the first commercial exhibitor to bring The IMAX Experience® to Switzerland and look forward to introducing audiences to a movie-going experience unlike anything they've experienced before.”|
“As one of the preeminent exhibitors in Europe, Pathé is a strategic partner for our first commercial entry into Switzerland as well as in supporting our broader European expansion,” said Andrew Cripps, President, IMAX EMEA. “As evidenced by today’s agreement, we continue to execute against our international growth strategy - entering into new markets by expanding relationships with our existing international partners.”
The Establishing Shot: NEW CAPTAIN PHILLIPS UK TRAILER - 18 OCTOBER 2013
|UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT’S DESPICABLE ME 2 BECOMES HIGHEST-GROSSING FILM OF THE YEAR AT U.K. BOX OFFICE|
|Universal Pictures International (UPI) announced that Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 has become the highest-grossing film of 2013 at the U.K. box office.|
|After seven weeks in release, Despicable Me 2 has grossed £42.67 million ($66.78m), beating out Universal’s own LesMisérables (£40.85 million [$63.84m]), for the No. 1 spot in that territory. Despicable Me 2 has grossed $435.2 million internationally to date.|
“When we first saw Despicable Me 2, we knew we had something quite special on our hands. The Minions are a force to be reckoned with, and their mischievous nature and good-hearted sense of humor is what makes the film such a fan favorite,” said David Kosse, president of international for Universal Pictures. “We’re delighted that U.K. audiences have continued to enjoy it as much as we do.”
Directed by Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin and produced by Illumination Founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, the blockbuster voice cast includes Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier and Moises Arias.
|The Despicable Me 2’s U.K. box office success comes on the heels of the studio reporting more than $1.8 billion at the international box office—making it UPI’s biggest year in history, passing the previous record set in 2012 when the studio grossed $1.794 for the year.|
UPI’s international success has been propelled by hits such as Les Misérables ($293 million), Fast & Furious 6 ($547 million) and Despicable Me 2 ($435.2million) and also by the solid performance of films including Oblivion ($197.1 million) and Mama ($75.9 million).
Currently, Universal has the second and third highest-grossing films both internationally and worldwide with Fast & Furious 6 and Despicable Me 2, respectively.
|CAMERAS ROLL ON THE WACHOWSKIS’ NEW SCI-FI ADVENTURE JUPITER ASCENDING|
|CHANNING TATUM AND MILA KUNIS STAR|
|Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the film, which began shooting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.|
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” was conceived and written by the Wachowskis, who are also directing. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom the writer/directors have collaborated since “The Matrix” Trilogy, is producing the film together with the Wachowskis. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks.
Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike”) and Mila Kunis (“Oz the Great and Powerful”) lead an international cast that also includes Sean Bean (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy),
|Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”), Douglas Booth (“LOL”), Tuppence Middleton (TV’s “The Lady Vanishes”), Doona Bae (“Cloud Atlas”), James D’Arcy (“Hitchcock”) and Tim Pigott-Smith (“Alice in Wonderland”).|
Behind the scenes, “Jupiter Ascending” reunites the Wachowskis with their longstanding collaborators, who most recently worked with them on “Cloud Atlas.” They include Oscar®-winning cinematographer John Toll (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”); production designer Hugh Bateup; editor Alexander Berner; costume designer Kym Barrett; and makeup and hair designer Jeremy Woodhead. “Jupiter Ascending” will showcase the kind of cutting-edge visual effects that have become the benchmarks of the Wachowskis’ films. Dan Glass (“Batman Begins,” “Cloud Atlas”) is the film’s visual effects supervisor, a post he has occupied for the Wachowskis since “The Matrix” Trilogy. Additionally, John Gaeta, the visual effects Oscar® winner behind “The Matrix,” is contributing to the visual effects design.
The production will shoot in the UK before moving to Chicago for completion.
“Jupiter Ascending” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
|RON BURGUNDY CHATS GOODWOOD REVIVAL|
|ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES IN CINEMAS 20TH DECEMBER|
|With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Also back for more are Ron’s co- anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fontana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) - All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.|
|WELCOME TO PURGATORY... WHICH LOOKS A LOT LIKE CROYDON|
|Limbo is a feature film currently in development, a dark comedy, set between heaven and hell, in an exact replica of Croydon. This 12 minute short film is the opening of the film, in which we meet our main protagonist Luke and a colourful array of the inhabitants of Limbo.|
|Limbo is an original comedy that follows Luke's stay in purgatory, a mysterious place that just so happens to look exactly like Croydon. After being checked in, he meets his new house mates, Jin, a bong smoking samurai from 17th century Japan, and Abby, a stunning backing dancer for a 90's pop group. Before he has time to finish his first cup of tea, Luke witnesses a fight between the angel Israfel, and the demon Balam as they vie for Abby's affections. Confused, exhausted, shocked and maybe a bit passively stoned, Luke must prepare himself for his (after)life in Limbo.||For more info head over to:|
|THE INSIDE LINE ON JAMES HUNT AND HIS CAR AHEAD OF UPCOMING HOLLYWOOD BIOPIC|
|As Rush is released into cinemas, two new books offer an unrivalled insight into the legendary driver James Hunt and the iconic McLaren M23 that he drove to the 1976 F1 World Championship title.|
|The upcoming film focuses on Hunt’s battle with Niki Lauda for the 1976 World Championship, and is directed by two-times Academy award-winning director Ron Howard (director of A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13) and written by Peter Morgan, writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon.|
The McLaren M23 is one of the most iconic F1 cars of all time, and the McLaren M23 Owners’ Workshop Manual from Haynes Publishing offers a unique insight into one of the four-wheeled stars of the movie.
The book sets out the McLaren M23’s place in F1 history, describing in detail, with the aid of numerous photographs and drawings, the construction and development of the car, and profiling the men who drove it. The M23’s subsequent historic-racing career is also covered, including the role of several examples in Rush, with the thoughts of current owners and details of how the cars are maintained today.
Jochen Mass, James Hunt’s former team-mate at McLaren, returned to the seat of his former car to film some of the racing scenes for the film.
|Mass remembers James Hunt as ‘an eccentric’ in another Haynes book released this June, Memories of James Hunt. The book offers honest, frank and revealing insights into Hunt from those that knew him best, including his rival for the 1976 Championship, Niki Lauda. |
In the book, Lauda says of Hunt:
‘He had charisma... He would not have allowed people to tell him what to do or how to behave. I was always very disciplined in my life and he had no rules at all!’
Friends, former wives and girlfriends, racing associates, and competitors were all asked for their strongest memories of Hunt, and their colourful mix of answers has resulted in this revealing book, which portrays him as a World Champion, Bohemian, womaniser, budgerigar breeder, a tender father, and an entertaining broadcaster.
|NEW FROM ILEX PRESS - THE ART OF MOVIE STORYBOARDS|
|VISUALISING THE ACTION OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST FILMS||Available October 2013|
|The storyboarding of a movie is a fascinating phase in the filmmaking process, where the words in the script are translated into images, and the visual story is witnessed for the first time.|
The unsung heroes of film, storyboard artists are the first to give vision to a screenplay, translating words on the page into shots for the screen.
Their work is a unique art form in itself. Many storyboards are beautiful in their own right, but ultimately the skill of the artist lies in their visual communication of a script, with multiple factors to consider: composition, movement, camera angles, special effects, and the rhythm and pacing of a scene.
Giving prominence to the best storyboard artists from the last 70 years, The Art of Movie Storyboards gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the greatest movies of all time. The collection includes the work of pioneers such as William Cameron Menzies (Gone with the Wind) and Saul Bass (Psycho, Spartacus) as well contemporaries uch as Raul Monge (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Jane Clark (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Many are seen here for the first time, and all are accompanied by insights from the designers, directors and artists – enough to delight any movie fan.
|- The first book to give storyboard art the treatment it deserves|
- Packed with never-before-seen images from some of the world’s most iconic films
- Includes beautiful illustrations and directors’ roughs
The Art of Movie Storyboards celebrates this art, showcasing a vast collection of storyboards in a range of styles, and including some of cinema’s greatest moments. The collection includes the work of pioneers such as William Cameron Menzies (Gone with the Wind) and Saul Bass (Psycho, Spartacus), as well as contemporaries such as Raúl Monge (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Jane Clark (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). Many are seen here for the first time, and all are accompanied by insights into the films featured, their directors, and, of course, the storyboard artists.
|THE PRIDE - £15 MONDAYS INITIATIVE|
|"Every seat that we have [at Trafalgar Transformed] on Mondays is £15 and to see that kind of genuinely diverse, generational muddle of the people in the audience, is the thing that I am most proud of...”|
- Jamie Lloyd - Director of Trafalgar Transformed Season
|THE PRIDE is open now until November 9th.|
|From its inception, Jamie Lloyd Productions and ATG have aimed to make the Trafalgar Transformed season accessible for everyone and open up the theatre experience to as many as possible. As well as making tickets available to schools and first time theatre goers via a special outreach scheme led by the Ambassador Theatre Group Creative Learning Department, they've run a £15 Mondays initiative, where all of the seats - from the sought-after on stage seating to the stalls - are all £15.||In the above clip the cast of the Trafalgar Transformed - including Macbeth's James McAvoy, Clare Foy, The Hothouse's Simon Russell Beale and the season's director Jamie Lloyd - reveal why £15 Mondays at Trafalgar Transformed are so important to them ahead Monday's release of more £15 tickets for the current production THE PRIDE. |
Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Monday September 2nd for all remaining Monday's in September plus Monday October 7th.
|SAVANNAH STEVENSON, JEREMY TAYLOR, SUE KELVIN AND PAUL CLARKSON TO JOIN WILLEMIJN VERKAIK IN WEST END HIT WICKED FROM 18 NOVEMBER 2013 SAM KELLY RETURNS TO PLAY ‘THE WIZARD’|
|Recently acclaimed as "one of the most popular West End musicals ever" (London Evening Standard), the record-breaking London production continues its open-ended run at the Apollo Victoria Theatre where tickets are currently on sale until 26 April 2014|
|WICKED, the long-running hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) and Olivier award-winning actor Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond) will join the previously announced international Wicked star Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) in the new London cast at the Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 18 November 2013. |
Sam Kelly will return to play The Wizard, a role he previously played in 2009/2010. Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose) and Sam Lupton (Boq) will continue in their current starring roles. Emma Hatton will be Standby Elphaba and current ensemble cast member Sophie Linder-Lee will become Standby Glinda.
Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda) will all play their final performances on Saturday 16 November 2013.
From Monday 18 November 2013, the London production of Wicked will star: Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Sam Kelly (The Wizard), Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba), Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda), Florence Andrews, Kyle Anthony, William Bozier, Oliver Brenin, Lauren Brooke, Philippa Buxton, Philip Catchpole, Aisling Duffy, Samuel Edwards, Kerry Enright, Michelle Francis, Jacqueline Hughes, Melissa Jacques, Marc McBride, Stacey McGuire, Natalie McQueen, Greg Miller Burns, Tom Muggeridge, Rachel Muldoon, Sean Parkins, Charlie Stemp, Lauren Stroud, Lindsay Taylor, Justin Thomas, Hannah Toy, Matt Turner, Russell Walker and Jenny Wickham.
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
|WICKED UK & IRELAND TOUR ANNOUNCES PRINCIPAL CAST NIKKI DAVIS-JONES AND EMILY TIERNEY TO PLAY ELPHABA AND GLINDA|
WICKED, is pleased to announce that former West End cast members Nikki Davis-Jones, Emily Tierney and George Ure will all join the UK & Ireland Tour cast as Elphaba, Glinda and Boq respectively. Also heading the forthcoming tour cast will be: Liam Doyle (Fiyero), Marilyn Cutts (Madame Morrible), Dale Rapley (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Carina Gillespie (Nessarose) and Jemma Alexander (Standby Elphaba).
The UK & Ireland Tour will visit: Manchester Palace Theatre (12 September to 16 November 2013), Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (27 November 2013 to 18 January 2014), Milton Keynes Theatre (4 February to 8 March 2014), Wales Millennium Centre (12 March to 26 April 2014), Glasgow King’s Theatre (6 May to 31 May 2014), Leeds Grand Theatre (10 June to 5 July 2014) and Birmingham Hippodrome (9 July to 6 September 2014 / online booking opens 10 June 2013). Further cities and dates into 2015 to be announced.
The UK & Ireland Tour of Wicked will star Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba), Emily Tierney (Glinda), Liam Doyle (Fiyero), Marilyn Cutts (Madame Morrible), Dale Rapley (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Carina Gillespie (Nessarose), George Ure (Boq) and Jemma Alexander (Standby Elphaba).
Wicked has already been seen by over 36 million people around the world and has 6 productions running concurrently. The original Broadway production remains “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) where it is now in its 10th Anniversary year. The West End production is now in its 7th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 16th longest-running West End musical of all time.
|CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY OPENS AT THE THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE|
|More than 80,000 people have already seen the musical since first opening and it was recently announced that an extra half million tickets have been released with booking now open for performances until 31 May 2014.|
The Establishing Shot: SAM MENDES INTRODUCES CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
|When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors, and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.|
ROALD DAHL’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.
Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (Midsummer; Creditors; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot; Matilda).
Olivier and Tony Award®-winning actor Douglas Hodge plays Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Alongside Douglas Hodge, the cast includes Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee, Billy Boyle as Grandpa George, Roni Page as Grandma Josephine and Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina. A total of seventeen children share the roles of the five lucky Golden Ticket winners.
|Douglas Hodge is an Olivier and Tony Award®-winning actor and four-time Olivier-nominated actor/director, who has worked at the National Theatre, the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Court Theatre. On Broadway, he recently starred at the American Airlines Theatre in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac, for the Roundabout Theatre Company. He won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his Broadway debut in La Cage Aux Folles, having already won the Olivier Award for the same performance in London. For ten years he worked closely with Harold Pinter, and he was Associate Director at the Donmar from 2007 to 2009. He has released two albums of his own compositions 'Cowley Road Songs' and 'Nightbus', and won the Stiles and Drewe 2012 Best New Song Award for ‘Powercut’. Alongside numerous television credits, his feature films include Vanity Fair, Robin Hood, the soon to be released Serena, and Diana – in which he plays Paul Burrell, butler to Diana, Princess of Wales.|
Full cast: Douglas Hodge, Nigel Planer, Clive Carter, Jasna Ivir, Paul J Medford, Iris Roberts, Billy Boyle, Roni Page, Myra Sands, Joe Allen, David Birch, Alex Louize Bird, Michelle Bishop, Simon Campbell, Matthew Clark, Alex Clatworthy, Jennifer Davison, Ross Dawes, Nia Fisher, Kate Graham, Derek Hagen, Clare Halse, Mark Iles, Daniel Ioannou, Kieran Jae, Mireia Mambo Bokele, Jane McMurtrie, Natalie Moore-Williams, Sherrie Pennington, Damien Poole, Antony Reed, Paul Saunders, Jack Shalloo, Jay Webb, Jack Costello, Tom Klenerman, Isaac Rouse, Louis Suc, Harrison Slater, Jenson Steele, Regan Stokes, Polly Allen, Tia Noakes, Ellie Simons, Inda Ria Amarteifio, Adrianna Bertola, Jade Johnson, Mya Olaye, Jay Heyman, Adam Mitchell and Luca Toomey.
Further information is available from the website: CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.com
|BBC FILMS' THE AWAKENING TO PREMIERE ON BBC TWO ON SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER AT 21:30|
|Are ghosts real?|
|In 1921 Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is living in post-war England where many people are seeking solace and comfort in the mystical and spiritual. Haunted by the death of her fiancé, Florence is committed to debunking supernatural claims, using methodical and rational explanations. When she is asked to visit a boarding school in the countryside called Rookwood - to investigate the alleged sightings of a ghostly young boy - she feels compelled to take the job.|
Gradually secrets begin to unravel and the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank. As Florence is set to leave, however, she experiences a chilling encounter that defies all reason. Determined to get to the bottom of it Florence remains over the Christmas holidays with the headmaster Robert Mallory (Dominic West), the matron Maud (Imelda Staunton) and one student Tom (Isaac Hempstead- Wright).
|Over the coming days the blurred image of a child-like ghost haunts Florence and she begins to doubt her resolve, increasingly unable to provide any logical explanation for the bizarre goings-on. As her bond with Mallory deepens, they are drawn to one another by their shared sense of loneliness and together they ready themselves to face their demons.|
Directed by Nick Murphy and written by Stephen Volk and Nick Murphy, The Awakening stars Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, and Isaac Hempstead-Wright.
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