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Mike Leigh's Next Film Is About the Infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre

20 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

During August 1819 in Manchester, a peaceful protest of tens of thousands seeking parliamentary reform was shut down by the British calvary at St. Peter's Field. Dubbed Peterloo, the massacre saw 700 working people injured and 18 killed. That's the subject of director Mike Leigh's next film, which will shoot in 2017 in collaboration with Thin Man Films and producer Georgina Lowe, who has worked with Mike Leigh since 1993's "Naked." Leigh's Oscar-nominated "Mr. Turner" cinematographer Dick Pope also returns. A native of Manchester and Salford, Leigh will be the first director to put this story to film. This marks his fourth period feature after "Topsy-Turvy" and "Vera Drake," both co-produced by Lowe, and "Mr. Turner," Leigh's biggest box office success overseas. Joining Leigh, who is currently rehearsing "Pirates of Penzance" for the English National Opera, and Lowe once again will be Executive Producer Gail Egan. Helen »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Mike Leigh's Next Film To Focus On The Peterloo Massacre

21 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre," Mike Leigh said in a press release. "Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford." Well, now he's going to make it happen. The director announced that the Peterloo Massacre will be the subject of his next film. It will tell the story of the infamous 1819 massacre by government forces at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St. Peter's Field in Manchester, where 700 working people were injured, and 18 killed. The filmmaker will reunite with his longtime collaborator, cinematographer Dick Pope, to shoot the project, but here's the thing — it won't lens until 2017. Why the delay? Read More: Watch Mike Leigh's Series Of 5-Minute Short Films Well, Leigh is currently gearing up "The Pirates Of Penzance" for the English National Opera, and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mike Leigh Directs "Peterloo" Massacre Film

23 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Mike Leigh, coming off the success of "Mr. Turner," is set to helm a film about the events of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in the United Kingdom.

Fifteen people were killed and hundreds injured when government troops charged a 60,000-strong crowd who were demanding political reform. It was a defining event in British political history, and among its repercussions was the founding of The Guardian newspaper.

The project will be Leigh's biggest budget effort to date and will see him re-teaming with cinematographer Dick Pope. Filming aims to begin in 2017.

Source: BBC »

- Garth Franklin

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Daily | In the Works | Leigh, Von Trier, Mann

17 April 2015 8:55 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Mr. Turner director Mike Leigh will return to the 19th century for his next film, currently titled Peterloo, a drama about the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819," reports Andreas Wiseman for Screen. More projects in the works: Lars von Trier has sobered up and is back to work on The House That Jack Built, an eight-part English-language television series about a serial killer. Michael Mann and Robert De Niro are working on separate Enzo Ferrari biopics. Sight & Sound editor Nick James visits the set of Gabe Klinger's Porto, Mon Amour. Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Denis Villeneuve's sequel to Blade Runner. Cary Fukunaga will direct The Alienist, based on the novel by Caleb Carr. And more. » - David Hudson »

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Mike Leigh to Direct Peterloo Massacre Movie

17 April 2015 2:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Mike Leigh’s next project will look at Peterloo — the 1819 massacre by British government forces at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, when 700 people were injured, and 18 killed.

The film, which will shoot in 2017, will reunite the writer-director with his regular team of collaborators from Thin Man Films, headed by producer Georgina Lowe and cinematographer Dick Pope, recent BAFTA and Oscar nominee for Leigh’s “Mr. Turner.”

“There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,” said Leigh. “Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford.”

“Peterloo” will be Leigh’s fourth period feature, following “Topsy-Turvy” and “Vera Drake,” and, most recently, “Mr. Turner,” recipient of four Oscar nominations and four BAFTA nominations. “Mr. Turner” is also Leigh’s biggest box office hit yet, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Mike Leigh's next film revealed: 'Peterloo'

17 April 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Manchester-born director describes story’s ‘personal resonance’.

Mr. Turner director Mike Leigh will return to the 19th century for his next film, currently titled Peterloo, a drama about the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

The BAFTA-winning writer-director, who also has seven Oscar nominations to his name, intends to shoot the film in 2017 and will re-team with DoP Dick Pope, who was Oscar-nominated for his camerawork on last year’s Cannes Competition title Mr. Turner.

“There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,” Leigh said. “Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford.”

The notorious massacre, now widely taught in UK schools, saw British government forces charge into a crowd of 60,000 that had gathered in St Peter’s Field in Manchester to demand political reform.

The forces killed an estimated 15 protestors and injured hundreds, sparking outcry »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Mike Leigh To Make Peterloo

16 April 2015 9:22 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Fresh from Mr. Turner and a different corner of the 19th century, Mike Leigh is back, back, back with a new film set in a similar timeframe but offering a whole different slate on the period. His new film, just announced, will be Peterloo, a first cinematic telling of Manchester's notorious Peterloo Massacre in 1819, an event writ large in the nation’s social history.The background to the event sounds like fertile terrain for Leigh, even if it sounds like a story Ken Loach might have had a beady eye on too. Viewing the forces of 19th century reform as seditious, the powers-that-be of the time unleashed a cavalry charge on a peaceful protest in St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, that left 18 people dead and 700 wounded. The result was a further swelling of popular unrest that would contribute to the passing of the Reform Act of 1832, arguably the most important national document since Magna Carta. »

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Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16 April 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Cannes 2015Full line-upNEWS: Cannes Competition shows attempt to shake things upCOMMENT: surprises and no-shows

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Live Blog: Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16 April 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Click here for the line-up of titles as they are announced

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don’t know Mel »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Watch: Mike Leigh's Series Of 5-Minute Short Films

15 April 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Few other working filmmakers are as skilled at creating an immersive, lived-in world as Mike Leigh. Part of this can be attributed to his unusual, and now-famous, rehearsal process. Leigh is known to take weeks, sometimes months, rehearsing with his actors, working on scripted dialogue, throwing it away, and creating new material on the spot so that the finished film feels vital.  Leigh’s body of work is formidable — for my money, “Naked” and “Vera Drake” are highlights — and it is exactly this uncompromising commitment to the stories he tells that makes him one of the most valuable artists working in movies today. Fans of Leigh’s, and they are legion, will rejoice in this newly unearthed collection of short films. Each is around five-minutes-long and they all showcase themes, concerns, and motifs that blossom and reappear over the course of the director’s decades-spanning career. Leigh had only directed »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Jon Snow to receive a BAFTA Fellowship

12 April 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jon Snow is to receive a BAFTA Fellowship.

The journalist and broadcaster will receive the honour, which is granted "in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games".

"I am genuinely overwhelmed by the honour of being awarded a BAFTA Fellowship," Snow said. "There is no greater recognition than that of one's own industry.

"When I saw the list of Fellows I was daunted by the idea that I could in some way be ranked amongst them. I thought at first BAFTA must have the wrong Snow... There are several of my cousins they could have chosen.

"I'm genuinely looking forward to the ceremony on May 10. I think my daughters have concluded I've finally done something cool!"

He also told The Guardian that the letter informing him of the Fellowship had been sent to the wrong address, revealing: "For two or three months I was blissfully »

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Europe’s Top Directors Come Together To Fight Proposed Digital Single Market

9 April 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Some of Europe’s top directors have come together to issue a statement offering alternatives to the European Commission’s proposed Digital Single Market that could revolutionize — and decimate — the European film business. The likes of Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley) and Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) have all signed a declaration, released during the Rome Rendez-Vouz, claiming they “want to redefine how… »

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Effie Gray | Review

2 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Portrait of a Lady: Laxton’s Mannered Version of Victoria Era Repression

There’s well-meaningness to Effie Gray that makes it worthy of discussion, at least for how it attempts to frankly portray the sexual oppression of women in Victorian era England, an aspect often subtly rendered or left altogether untouched. As directed by Richard Laxton, best known for his made-for-television films of varying quality (An Englishman in New York; Burton & Taylor), there’s a sense that the somewhat ambitious emotions existing beneath all those stuffy costumes have been a tad oversimplified. Considering the screenplay was penned by Emma Thompson, who appears in a warmly attenuated supporting role, perhaps expectations are poised a bit high for a tale that’s both representative and also conveniently uncommon (this seems the only possible way for this film to reach a believable yet upbeat solution), as it relates a famous art world scandal »

- Nicholas Bell

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Mel Brooks Receives British Film Institute’s Fellowship

22 March 2015 3:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Mel Brooks has been awarded the British Film Institute’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, at a private dinner hosted by Greg Dyke, BFI chair.

John Hurt, BFI Fellow and star of Brooks’ films including “A History of the World Part 1″ and “Spaceballs,” gave a citation at the event. Alan Yentob, also a BFI Fellow, interviewed Brooks in front of guests that included Terry Gilliam, Mike Leigh, Simon Pegg and Salman Rushdie.

The Fellowship is awarded by the BFI board of governors, and it is presented for outstanding achievement in film and television. Previous recipients include Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg, Judi Dench, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles.

Brooks said: “I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company. When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award… »

- Leo Barraclough

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Mel Brooks receives BFI Fellowship

20 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The comedy great received the honour in person in London.

Us comedy writer, actor and director Mel Brooks has been awarded the highest honour of the British Film Institute (BFI), the BFI Fellowship, at a private dinner in London tonight (March 20).

Previous recipients include Sir Christopher Lee, Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg, Dame Judi Dench, Isabelle Huppert, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles. The honour is awarded by the BFI Board of Governors and is presented for outstanding achievement in film and television

Ahead of the presentation, Brooks said: “I am deeply honoured to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company.

“When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award…and for good reason.”

BFI chair Greg Dyke, who hosted the event, said of Brooks: “His brilliant wit and satire have continued to surprise and delight »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Guillermo del Toro to Be Honored by San Francisco Film Festival

19 March 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The San Francisco Film Society has selected Guillermo del Toro as the recipient of its Irving M. Levin directing award.

The trophy will be presented to del Toro at the San Francisco Film Festival’s awards night April 27 at the Armory. He will also be honored at “An Evening With Guillermo del Toro” on April 25 at the Castro Theatre with an interview, selection of clips, a sneak peek at upcoming projects and a screening of “The Devil’s Backbone.”

Guillermo del Toro’s remarkable ability to shift between intimate political drama and blockbuster action is shared with only a very few select filmmakers at the top of the field,” said Noah Cowan, executive director of the society, in a statement. “This award is a tribute to his boundless imagination and to his deep understanding of cinema history. Del Toro is both a great teacher and a boisterous communicator of why »

- Dave McNary

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Thn Interview: Director Simon West For ‘Wild Card’

16 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The man who brought us Tomb Raider, Con Air and The Expendables 2 is this week bringing us the latest Jason Statham vehicle, Wild Card. The film is a modern retelling of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film Heat which in turn is based on a novel by William Goldman. Nick Wild, played by Jason Statham, runs a personal security agency in Las Vegas. He is desperate to escape Vegas’ clutches but his gambling addiction is making that hard to do. After helping out a female friend he finds himself on the wrong side of the local mob and has to leave, or die trying.

The production sees Statham and West re-team for the third time, having previously worked together on both The Mechanic and The Expendables 2. Although known for his big Hollywood action flicks, West is actually British and started out directing commercials and worked on several high profile BBC shows including Bleak House. »

- Kat Smith

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Flashback! Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston's Red Carpet Coverage Of The BAFTA Awards

15 March 2015 8:38 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro's London photographer Mark Mawston shows why he's invited to cover the "A" list events. Here, Mark shares some exceptional shots he took on the red carpet at last month's BAFTA awards.

More photos to be posted shortly!

(All photos copyright Mark Mawston. All rights reserved. Visit Mark's web site at www.markmawston.com

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- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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X+Y, film review: Understated humour from Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins keeps mawkishness at bay

13 March 2015 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

This heartwarming, very British drama plays like a soft- centred teen version of a Mike Leigh movie. Asa Butterfield is cast as maths prodigy Nathan Ellis, a teenager with a form of autism. As a young boy, he was in the car crash that killed his father and is being brought up in the suburbs by his mum, Julie (Sally Hawkins). Very particular and wary of human contact, he is an awkward kid but he has a genius for maths. »

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X+Y, film review: Understated humour keeps mawkishness and self-pity at bay

13 March 2015 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

This heartwarming, very British drama plays like a soft- centred teen version of a Mike Leigh movie. Asa Butterfield is cast as maths prodigy Nathan Ellis, a teenager with a form of autism. As a young boy, he was in the car crash that killed his father and is being brought up in the suburbs by his mum, Julie (Sally Hawkins). Very particular and wary of human contact, he is an awkward kid but he has a genius for maths. »

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