8 items from 2016
Billy Zane, whose recent credits include “Zoolander 2,” and Sadie Frost, recently seen in “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” have joined the cast of romantic drama “Lucid,” which has started a three-week shoot in London.
Up-and-coming filmmaker Adam Morse makes his feature film debut, directing from his own script, with Adam Rose on-board to produce the project.
The film is described in a statement as “an inventive romantic drama split between the opposing worlds of a young man’s dreams and reality.”
It tells the story of “lonely young introvert Zel, who is given an unexpected chance to overcome his anxieties and reinvent himself when enigmatic neighbor Elliot takes him under his wing and teaches him the little-known art of lucid dreaming.”
- Leo Barraclough
The river has flooded in this comic fantasy, which has stellar production design but little sense of higher purpose
Purloined Jane Austen quote for a title, fog-wreathed wharves, smoke-spewing factory stacks, greasy spoons and, for those old enough to remember the Primrose Hill set, Sadie Frost’s acting career – no variety of antique Londoniana is unresurrected in Ben Charles Edwards’s comic-fantasy debut. The river has flooded his retro-unfuturistic capital, as Michael Winder’s piano player and Max Bennett’s sailor form a chance friendship and dream of escape to Egypt. But there’s a rising tide, too, of precious romanticism that swamps these “pilgrims not making any progress”, James Hatt’s stellar production design putting a fire under moon-dilated vistas but weighing down Edwards’s direction. There are moments of Guy Maddin-esque vim – like the crayfish that draws tarot cards – but even cameos such as Noel Fielding’s »
- Phil Hoad
Hey parents, kids are always watching what you say, do and wear. For Iris Law, growing up with parents Jude Law and Sadie Frost was filled with glamorous moments and red carpet looks. So perhaps it shouldn't come as a total surprise that when the famous daughter grew up, fashion quickly became a passion. In the September issue of Teen Vogue, available on newsstands now, the 15-year-old earns a fashionable shoot. Along the way, she shares just how much her parents influenced her fashionable mind. "I like looking at pictures of my mom when she was around my age and seeing her makeup and little dresses," she shared with the publication. "I was always really interested in what she was »
The winners have been announced at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The festival’s top prizes were awarded to Ben Sharrock’s Pikadero (UK-Spain), which took the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, Argyris Papadimitropoulos’s Suntan (Greece) which won Best International Feature Film, and Johan Grimonprez’s Shadow World (Us), which won Best Documentary Feature Film.
On their selection of Scottish film-maker Sharrock’s Basque-language debut about a young Spanish couple’s attempt to navigate their country’s economic crisis, the Michael Powell jury said: “We wanted to recognise the very personal and individual voice on director Ben Sharrock for his film Pikadero. In a year when the jury viewed a selection of very distinctive and different films, his film really stood out.”
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Exclusive: Former Catalyst and Matador exec joins as company secures Us deal.
He will work across Blonde To Black’s film and TV slate and will bring a number of his own projects to the company.
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- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Dark comedy Set The Thames On Fire has set a UK theatrical release date of September 16 and will be available on digital platforms from September 19.
The film, directed by Ben Charles Edwards, has a cast that includes Sadie Frost (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie), Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), Sally Phillips (I’m Alan Partridge) and Morgana Robinson (The Windsors).
Set the Thames on Fire follows struggling piano player Art (Michael Winder) and compulsive liar Sal (Max Bennett) as they embark on a string of ludicrous escapades through a dystopian London, ruled over by a grotesque and tyrannical Impresario.
On their adventures they encounter a deranged Magician, played by performance artist David Hoyle, an anarchist witch (Phillips) and the Impresario’s twisted right-hand man (Fielding) leading to a final showdown with the despotic ruler himself.
The film is produced by Blonde to Black Pictures, the company »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Absolutly Fabulous: The Movie hits cinemas in the UK this summer, and ahead of the release, Fox Searchlight, who are distributing the film, have revealed the cameos that we can expect to see in the hugely anticipated movie.
Joining Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks and June Whitfield in their first cinematic adventure are returning cast members Kathy Burke as Magda, Helen Lederer as Catriona, Harriet Thorpe as Fleur, Celia Imrie as Claudia Bing, Mo Gaffney as Bo, Chris Ryan as Marshall as well as Emma Bunton and Lulu as themselves.
In true Ab Fab style, the cast will be joined by a host of stars from the acting, music and fashion worlds including: Abbey Clancy, Alesha Dixon, Alex Jones, Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal, Anya Hindmarch, Barry Humphries aka Dame Edna Everage, Beattie Edmondson, Bip Ling, Brix Smith-Start, Bruno Tonioli, Camilla Rutherford, Chris Colfer, Christopher Biggins, Daisy Lowe, »
- Paul Heath
On Mubi Off is a bi-weekly column exploring two films: one currently available on Mubi in the United States, and the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc).On MUBIShopping (Paul W.S. Anderson, 1994) A telling exchange from an early scene in writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson's 1994 debut Shopping:"What's prison taught you, Billy?""Don't get caught." Yet the film that follows is, in large part, all about getting caught—about being swept up into the Hollywood big leagues, using this enjoyable, eye-catching display of kinetic prowess as proof of talent. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with such calling card features, though they're often ascribed cynical motivations, and you can't necessarily say you've seen one until the artist behind them has got a few more projects under his-or-her belt. The aesthetic impulses and inclinations mostly become clear in retrospect. And from our current vantage point, you »
- Keith Uhlich
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