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Known for exploring psychological terrain with a tactful and poetic profundity, she broke out on filmic terms with the ’09 short Heat, British Academy Television Award for Best Single Drama winner Random (2011) for which she employed the services of thesp/muse Nadine Marshall. Part of the 2012 edition of Sundance’s June Screenwriters Lab, Brit playwright (prolific pace) and filmmaker Debbie Tucker Green (who also goes by the lower-cased debbie tucker green) commenced shooting on the BFI-funded contempo drama in April of this year. Marshall who got a nom for Random, and mostly recently was cast in Green’s play, would join the feature alongside some mega wattage in Idris Elba. With no Andrea Arnold film in sight for ’14, we look forward to for Green’s feature debut contribution, which includes the work of Lilting cinematographer Urszula Pontikos.
Gist: Set in London, this follows the dynamics of one family trying to stay »
- Eric Lavallee
Chances are slim that Chloe Zhao manages to break into the 2014 edition of the Sundance Film Festival and it isn’t because there is a lack of room for a pair of Native American portraits from female filmmakers (the other being Drunktown’s Finest). Supported by both Sundance Labs (read her experience here), and solid coin from Ang Lee Scholarship for Filmmaking and the Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship and Christopher Columbus/Richard Vague Film Production Grant and top that off with a successful 80+ grand Kickstarter campaign, lensing on Lee, was completed this past month (she got the chance to work with Andrea Arnold’s right-hand man Robbie Ryan), thus the 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013 personality would have to work at breakneck speed in post. Ingredient worth mentioning: the participation of Eléonore Hendricks.
Gist: Lee is a seventeen-year-old Lakota boy who idly spends his days in young love with »
- Eric Lavallee
Mars Attacks: Robinson’s Promising Debut an Arid Mirage
Early on in Ruairi Robinson’s directorial debut, The Last Days on Mars, a generic yet eerily promising set-up will doubtlessly remind audiences of a slew of similar space gone wrong sci-fi entries, both classic and not. An unmistakable derivative of Alien, right down to finicky crew dynamics, Robinson’s rather promising presentation fails to maximize the momentum as the film dwindles into its third act inevitabilities, left wide open for the possibility of more to come.
Only nineteen hours left of a six month research mission on Mars has an eight person crew going a little stir crazy. Science Officer Kim Aldrich (Olivia Williams) is upset that the team has found nothing substantial and it seems her hopes had been set on finding evidence of indigenous life. It seems she’s been taking out her disappointment on the other crew »
- Nicholas Bell
Having fast become one of the leading lights of his generation of actors, Michael Fassbender adds Ridley Scott’s The Counsellor to an impressive string of roles in films as diverse as they are popular and critically acclaimed. He broke through in Zack Snyder’s 2006 blockbuster 300 – his first feature film role – and cemented his talent in the indie one-two punch of Steve McQueen’s Hunger in 2008 and Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank in 2009.
Subsequently, Fassbender has worked with directors such as Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) and Steven Soderbergh (Haywire). His first collaboration with Ridley Scott, Prometheus, grossed more than $400m at the worldwide box-office.
Fassbender’s talents are much in demand, and in 2013 and beyond he will be seen in Steve McQueen’s third film, 12 Years a Slave, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch; in Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, »
- Gary Collinson
Rating movies by gender equality may be a blunt tool but it raises serious issues
Cinemas in Sweden have instituted a classification system for films, based not on the violence or sexual content they contain, but on how sexist they are.
To be awarded the highest A rating for gender equality, a film must pass the so-called Bechdel test: the movie must contain at least two named women characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.
The test – whose origins are in a 1985 storyline in Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For – may sound like an incredibly low bar. But an alarming number of films showing in cinemas fail to reach it. "The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, all Star Wars movies, The Social Network, Pulp Fiction and all but one of the Harry Potter movies fail this test," said Ellen Tejle, who runs Stockholm's Bio Rio, »
- Charlotte Higgins
Short film strand to return in November.
Short film strand The Shooting Gallery is returning for a four week run on UK broadcaster Channel 4 from Nov 11.
It will showcase nine new films from up-and-coming UK filmmaking talent.
The series will feature work from multiple genres ranging from BAFTA-winning shorts like Will Anderson’s The Making of Longbird and Charlotte Carden’s The Taxidermist [pictured], to campaigning micro-documentaries depicting real life stories of miscarriages of justice told by survivors of Death Row, by Will Francome and Mark Pizzey.
This year has seen Channel 4 broadcast more short films across its schedule than ever before, with more than 300 films featured through the Random Acts strand alone.
The Shooting »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Captain Phillips is still afloat, but it's kids of all ages who are calling the UK box-office shots this week
• Review of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Four years ago, the October half-term holiday was owned by Pixar's Up, which occupied the top spot for three straight weekends, and went on to clock up a hefty £34.6m. Sony animation Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs found its own niche in September that year, without the benefit of kids on holiday, but facing no direct competition for the family audience.
This half-term it's a different story for the sequel to Cloudy. The chief cinema attraction for families is DreamWorks Animation's Turbo, which released on October 18, with previews the weekend before. Sony evidently thought the competitive environment was less formidable this time around, mounting a bid to share the half-term »
- Charles Gant
Abdellatif Kechiche won a Palme d'Or for his latest film, Blue Is the Warmest Colour, about a lesbian relationship between two students. But since then the director has been criticised for his working methods, and the film's young stars have said they'll never work with him again
Abdellatif Kechiche has not been a happy man lately. His new film, Blue Is the Warmest Colour, about a French teenager embarking on a lesbian relationship, has been garlanded with ecstatic reviews and is performing robustly at the box office since its release in France earlier this month. And at the Cannes film festival, back in May, Steven Spielberg's jury awarded his film the legendary Palme d'Or.
Still, even the Palme seems a mixed blessing for this eminently serious, soft-spoken man. "There's a certain anxiety that comes with that sort of recognition," he says in French, making a habitual pensive gesture with his hands, »
- Jonathan Romney
• On the set of The Selfish Giant
• Interview: Clio Barnard
Crusading social realism may have long since ceased to be fashionable in Britain's theatre and television drama, but in the cinema the flame stubbornly continues to burn. In recent years, these films have often come visually supercharged with a new painterly grandeur – a kind of Loach 2.0.
Directors like Amma Asante, Sally El Hosaini and Tina Gharavi have contributed to this continuing British movie tradition; Andrea Arnold has had sensational successes with her movies Red Road, Fish Tank and a brilliant and much-misunderstood version of Wuthering Heights. Now Clio Barnard has shown her own mastery of the form with an outstanding new film, a contemporary reworking of the story by Oscar Wilde. Having watched it again, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Details have been revealed for a film, currently in production, starring and produced by Michael Fassbender. It is the actor's first film as a producer. "Slow West," a Western helmed by feature newcomer John Maclean, also stars Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom"), Kodi Smit-McPhee ("Let Me In") and Caren Postorius (Aussie TV series "Offspring"), and is shooting in New Zealand and Scotland. Set in Colorado and the Scottish Highlands (with Nz doubling for Co, apparently), the film takes place in the 19th century, as a teen (McPhee) journeys across the American West in search of a young woman he loves, and meets up with a mysterious fellow traveler named Silas (Fassbender). Cinematographer Robbie Ryan ("Philomena," Andrea Arnold's gorgeous "Wuthering Heights") is lensing. Maclean directed the lauded short film, 2012's "Pitch Black Heist," where Fassbender also starred. Producing alongside Fassbender are Iain Canning and Emile Sherman ("The King's Speech" and "Shame"). Steve McQueen's. »
- Beth Hanna
New funds aimed at helping regional filmmakers and production companies across England have been launched this week by Creative England.
The funds, intended to support regional film companies and help develop new talent, are being managed by industry experts from both film and television.
The Creative England Production Fund, managed by Richard Holmes, is an all-England fund, focused on regional filmmakers and/or stories.
The fund will support between 10% and 50% of total budget with individual awards typically in the range of £50-£150k.
The West Midlands Production Fund (Wmpf), also managed by Richard Holmes, and supported through the European Regional Development Fund, can invest in both film and TV drama production.
Productions must be based in the West Midlands, and must demonstrate a positive impact on the region »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
They're bold. They're daring. And, according to iTunes, they're rebel, renegade directors. The iTunes store lists 12 "Rebel, and Renegade Directors" as part of their "iTunes Essentials: Independent Films." We recently wrote about the 10 Directors to Watch according to iTunes and that list was much more diverse than this one (are there no rebellious, renegade women directors?). Check out the list below (along with the film that landed them on the list): 1. Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") 2. Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") 3. Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") 4. Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") 5. Christopher Nolan ("Memento") 6. David O. Russell ("Flirting with Disaster") 7. Gus Van Sant ("Drugstore Cowboy") 8. David Lynch ("Blue Velvet") 9. Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich") 10. Alex Cox ("Repo Man") 11. Gregg Araki ("Mysterious Skin") 12. David Cronenberg ("Videodrome") No Jane Campion, Catherine Hardwicke, Andrea Arnold, Sofia Coppola, Mary Harron, »
- Paula Bernstein
Filmmakers Naomi Foner ("Very Good Girls") and Andrea Arnold ("Fishtank") participated in the Story Creation and the Artistic Process panel as part of the Nyff Live series of filmmaker conversations, making the panel's gender balance 50/50 (the other two panelists were Larry Gross and Henry Bean). When the inevitable audience question about the challenges of being a female filmmaker arose, the two filmmakers responded quite differently. "I never thought I was any different than any blokes growing up, and I still don't," said Arnold, who is the Nyff's inaugural Filmmaker-in-Residence. "I don't feel discriminated against particularly as a women writer." Arnold added that she only chooses to work with men and women who treat her equally. Foner's take on the issue is that society has yet to catch up with laws about discrimination and that the culture still undermines women even when it comes to family dynamics such as child-rearing. "We »
- Paula Bernstein
Veteran award-winning screenwriters Henry Bean ("The Believer"), Larry Gross ("We Don't Live Here Anymore") and Naomi Foner ("Very Good Girls") talked about their craft and tricks of the trade, along with Filmmaker in Residence Andrea Arnold ("Fishtank") yesterday at the Story Creation and the Artistic Process panel as part of the Nyff Live free-to-the-public series of filmmaker conversations. Arnold is currently in New York as the 2013 "Filmmaker in Residence" for the 51st New York Film Festival. The project she is working on, which she described as a "road movie," is set in the U.S. so she felt the "filmmaker in residence" gig was just what she needed to finish it. "I've already written a draft and I'm really self-critical with my writing and I've been holding it close to me for quite a long time. When this residence thing came up, I thought 'oh my God, that's just what »
- Paula Bernstein
Andrea Arnold is still a little jet-lagged. Meeting me at Indie Food & Wine, the restaurant inside Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunim Munroe Film Center, the Oscar-winning director of the short film Wasp, and the acclaimed features Red Road, Fish Tank and Wuthering Heights, has barely settled after flying into New York a day earlier. It’s four days before the start of the 51st New York Film Festival, and Arnold hasn’t even gotten a chance to look over the main slate. “All I’ve done is put a lot of food in my freezer,” the English filmmaker says. Arnold has good […] »
- R. Kurt Osenlund
Tfe’s coverage of the 51st New York Film Festival (Sep 27-Oct 14) continues with Glenn discussing Exhibition.
I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff go on in cinemas in the last five years or so. As more and more people stop going to the movies as often and instead rely on home entertainment for their flick fix, so too has the home entertainment has found its way into the cinema. Texting, talking, obnoxiously loud eating practices… they’re all so common place these days that it’s no wonder people are staying home. This, of course, is nothing new. However, today at a the New York Film Festival screening of the education documentary American Promise a man pulled out his laptop. His Laptop! I’d seen an iPad illuminate a cinema before, but never a laptop. The man had it charging at an electrical outlet no less and early »
- Glenn Dunks
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced their second annual free-to-the-public Nyff Live series of filmmaker conversations. Participants include Claire Denis, (“Bastards”), Bruce Dern, (“Nebraska”), Isabelle Huppert, (“Abuse of Weakness”), Hirokazu Kore-eda, (“Like Father, Like Son”), and a special conversation on story creation and the artistic process with 2013 Filmmaker in Residence Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights,” “Fish Tank”).In addition to the Nyff Live talks being free and open to the public on a space available basis, the talks will also be available online, at FilmLinc.com.Stated Eugene Hernandez, Director of Digital Strategy for the Film Society of Lincoln Center: “Our goal with Nyff Live is to give anyone the opportunity to engage with the acclaimed international filmmakers and talent who will be in the city for the New York Film Festival. Making these talks free and open to the public, as well as delivering video from the conversations via our. »
- Beth Hanna
Two great women directors have recently been in the news. Andrea Arnold has been named the Filmmaker in Residence for the 51st New York Film Festival and Catherine Hardwicke will be directing a pilot for MTV. Arnold was named the 2013 Filmmaker in Residence, a program through the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger LeCoultre, which wants to "further the goals of filmmakers at an earlier stage in the creative process." Arnold will have the opportunity to focus on new work she's developing, take master classes, mentorships and cultural exchanges or film programs with Film Society members, filmmakers and the public. Arnold commented in an interview about receiving the residence. It's very exciting. I'm very excited. The timing is perfect. I'm just coming to the end of writing something set in America. I know it has another level to go to and the idea of actually being in America while »
- Kerensa Cadenas
Just three features into her career, Andrea Arnold has established herself as the kind of filmmaker I'll invest in (with faith if not finance) on pretty much any project she chooses to pursue. "Red Road" and "Fish Tank" were both richly sensual portrayals of modern working-class Britain that defied the Ken Loach-patented model of British social realism; both deservedly earned her Jury Prize wins at Cannes. (Both, moreover, built on the already lofty expectations set by her 2003 short "Wasp," another work of spiky grace amid the tower blocks. It won her an Oscar, in case you've forgotten.) Then came the »
- Guy Lodge
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has tapped Andrea Arnold, whose features include 2009 Michael Fassbender outing “Fish Tank” and the 2011 adaptation of “Wuthering Heights,” as the 2013 Filmmaker in Residence for this year’s edition of the New York Film Festival.
Arnold is the first to score the residency, a new program launched this year by Fslc and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Program aims to give a filmmaker in the early stages of the creative process a chance to develop new work while also participating in master classes, mentorships and other career development opportunities.
Brit writer-helmer Arnold won the 2005 live-action short film Oscar for her pic “Wasp,” while both her 2006 feature “Red Road” and “Fish Tank” won Jury Prizes at Cannes. “Wuthering Heights” was released in the U.S. by Oscilloscope Pictures in 2012.
Arnold’s stay in Gotham for the residency is timed to coincide with the 2013 Nyff, running Sept. 27-Oct. 13, but will also »
- Gordon Cox
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