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Swipe recasts WWII history in 'Jackboots'

7 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- A stellar cast including Tom Wilkinson, Alan Cumming, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant and Timothy Spall has assembled to add their voices to what promises to be one the most unusual movies made on U.K. shores in recent years.

U.K. production, sales and distribution banner Swipe Films began recording the all-star cast's vocal contributions Thursday for "Jackboots On Whitehall", billed as a comedy spoof set during World War II.

The script imagines what would have happened had Germany invaded Britain but were then defeated by the Scots at the border with England.

Using specially designed GI Joe-type action figures, producer Frank Mannion ("Grand Theft Parsons") said the $2 million-budgeted movie is in the vein of "Team America" -- minus the strings.

"It's one of the funniest scripts I have read in a long time with a delightful twist at the end," Mannion said.

The movie has benefited from the help of top British casting director Debbie McWilliams -- she cast "Casino Royale" and the previous six James Bond outings -- who takes an executive producer credit on "Jackboots".

The voice cast also includes Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard O'Brien, Neil Newbon, Pam Ferris, Tobias Menzies and Hugh Fraser, Mannion said. »

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'Brighton' scoops top prize at Dinard fest

9 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- London to Brighton, directed by Paul Andrew Williams, scooped the top prize at the close of the 17th annual Dinard Festival of British Film, which ended Sunday in the Northern French resort of Brittany, organizers said. Brighton, which tells the story of a 12-year-old runaway and a prostitute, picked up Dinard's Golden Hitchcock award after the jury, presided over by French actor Francois Berleand, chose the winner. Adrian Shergold's Pierrepoint, starring Timothy Spall as real-life British hangman Albert Pierrepoint, took the Silver Hitchcock award, voted on by local moviegoers, as well as the Kodak Prize for cinematography. The Grand Marnier screenplay award went to Noel Clarke, who penned the script for Menhaj Huda's Kidulthood, which details the story of British high school kids at an inner-city school. Andrea Arnold's Red Road took home the event's Heartbeat nod, awarded by a group of French distributors who will release the winner in all their theaters -- approximately 40 cinemas in the Brittany region. Road star Kate Dickie was on hand to accept the award. »

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