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London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8.
Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was Peter Greenaway.
Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalog. With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements, »
- Leo Barraclough
BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.
BBC Films is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 8.
The prize is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, with previous recipients including Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross.
Last year’s recipient was British writer-director Peter Greenaway.
Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said: “For the past 25 years, great effort has gone into establishing BBC Films as a nurturing and collaborative home for filmmakers - one which showcases British talent to the world and deepens the impression of the »
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BBC Films will receive the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
The film-making arm of the BBC will take home the honour during the awards ceremony on Sunday, February 8.
Chairman of BAFTA's Film Committee Nik Powell said: "I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalogue.
"With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like Billy Elliot and Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements but also an affirmation of why BBC Films is so important for the film industry both here in the UK and further afield."
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
If you’re a Den Of Geek regular, you’ll probably already be aware of the selection box of online treats that accompanies many of your favourite TV programmes.
The last six or seven years have seen Us TV companies in particular seek to extend the value of their most popular shows – and ramp up their engagement with viewers – by offering a host of online content alongside their scheduled programming.
This will often include additional and exclusive content such as trailers, interviews and competitions, all created to attract fans eager to get another fix of their favourite show. But it’s the ‘webisodes’ that often prove most popular among online audiences, with series such as The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, True Blood, Community, Ray Donovan and Grimm »
Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Blackfish — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. Before the ceremony, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees. The film: Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer is the story of mankind »
- Carolyn L. Todd
Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?
You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.
Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »
London — European pay TV giant Sky is to launch “Fortitude,” its highly anticipated new drama, on Jan. 29 to 20 million customers in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The series is the first Sky original program to premiere simultaneously across all five markets since Sky created Europe’s leading entertainment company late last year.
In addition to its launch on Sky, “Fortitude” will premiere on the same day to 47 million U.S. households through co-production partner Pivot TV, part of Participant Media.
Over the coming weeks, “Fortitude” will also air in primetime slots across more major networks around the world, including Superchannel in Canada, ABC in Australia, Canal Plus in France, Svt in Sweden, TV2 in Denmark, Nrk in Norway, Yle in Finland, Ruv in Iceland, Vrt in Belgium, Ale Kino+ in Poland, Sky in New Zealand, Yes in Israel and Ote in Greece. With advance sales to 13 international broadcasters, »
- Leo Barraclough
Time for a slightly more serious tone on Kasterborous now. Sir John Hurt, the War Doctor, and David Walliams, guest of Series 6’s The God Complex, are among the voices on this amusing-yet-serious film instructing people – not just new parents – on the method required to save a choking baby. Along with David Mitchell...
- Christian Cawley
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
David Fincher's latest dark 'n' twisty drama stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck as a pair of beautiful people who do terrible things to each other. This adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel is worth it just for the scene in which Tyler Perry, as a high-powered lawyer who specializes in cases where men are accused of murdering their wives, throws gummy bears at Affleck's head.
This German film is for those with particularly strong stomachs, but if you're up for it, this is a wild ride. »
- Jenni Miller
Esteemed Polish auteur Jerzy Skolimowski began his directorial career in the late 60′s, but gained international acclaim outside of his native film system, dipping into the French/Belgian production of The Departure (1967), headlined by Jean-Pierre Leaud (and winning the director the Golden Berlin Bear), before helming a trio of infamous UK productions starting with 1970′s iconic Deep End, an adaptation of Nabokov’s King, Queen, Knave (1972) and the mystical genre film The Shout (1978) featuring Alan Bates and John Hurt. Skolimowski would compete at Cannes five times, winning the Grand Jury prize twice, for The Shout and 1982′s Moonlighting. And then three rounds in Venice would nab him two more Jury Prizes, for The Lightship (1985) and Essential Killing (2010). Skolimowski was assumed to have retired after a hiatus dating from 1991′s 30 Door Key, but broke his silence with 2008′s Four Nights With Anna, followed by Essential Killing, »
- Nicholas Bell
20th Century Fox
In space, nobody can hear you scream. Speculate, though? Sure! Knock yourself out with the speculation! Nobody’s gonna stop you from speculating, not even in the vacuum of space! The Alien franchise looks like it emerged fully formed, with its groundbreaking female protagonist, severe but sensical genre shifts, and a xenomorph plucked straight from your nightmares.
Really, though, the life cycle of the Alien films has much more in common with that of the titular monster. It’s violent, messy, and almost resulted in the death of John Hurt. Ever since screenwriter Dan O’Bannon had twenty-some pages of a project called Memory – where some space-farers wake up from cyro-sleep due to a distress call on a nearby planet – but couldn’t figure out where to go next, the franchise has been in a state of flux.
From the haunted house horror of Alien to the hoo-rah action of the sequel, »
- Tom Baker
It's Sir John Hurt now. The veteran British actor was appointed a knight for his services to drama after a career lasting more than five decades. Hurt has starred in numerous comic book and sci-fi films over the years, and most recently appeared as the "War Doctor" in Doctor Who. He's been nominated for an Academy Award twice (Midnight Express and The Elephant Man), but hasn't actually won one...yet! He is currently shooting David Yates' live-action Tarzan movie. On a personal note, John Hurt has been one of my favourite actors for a very long time, so I'm delighted for him. A full list of those honoured at the link below. »
One could easily make an argument that 2014 was a great year for movies, and also that it was a terrible year for movies. The same year that brought us the culmination of a 12-year cinematic experiment (Boyhood) also brought us the dreadful Transformers: Age of Extinction, which, sadly, is the Only movie to be released in 2014 that has grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Now that the year is winding down, for better or worse, it's time to look back at 2014 and praise the best films of the year.
As I mentioned in my Most Overlooked Movies of 2014 piece, I didn't see nearly as many movies as I did in the past two years, due to a variety of different circumstances. While the number of movies certainly decreased, I found that, as I became more selective, I saw many more good movies than I saw bad, but I still wish I could have seen more. »
14 items from 2015
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