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Poster and trailer for coming-of-age drama Urban Hymns

14 September 2016 10:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release later this month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Michael Caton-Jones’ coming-of-age drama Urban Hymn; take a look below…

Set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer riots, Michael Caton–Jones’ Urban Hymn is a redemptive coming-of-age story set in South-West London and follows wayward teen, Jamie (Letitia Wright). Encouraged by inspiring and unconventional care worker Kate (Shirley Henderson) to use singing as a release from her troubled life, Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Michael Caton-Jones (Memphis Belle, The Jackal), makes a welcome return with the heart-warming Urban Hymn which won Best Film in the Generator +18 category at the Giffoni Film Festival and screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and Glasgow International Film Festival earlier this year. Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, Filth, Trainspotting) gives an incredibly moving performance as »

- Amie Cranswick

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British Comedian Ben Elton Shoots Australia-set ‘Three Summers’

7 September 2016 7:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British comedian, novelist and screenwriter Ben Elton has begun production of “Three Summers,” his first film set in his adopted Australia.

The movie is an ensemble comedy set in the music festival scene and taking place over three consecutive years. Production takes place in the Peel Region of Western Australia.

“Three Summers” is an Invisible Republic / Taylor Media production, with principal investment from Screen Australia and ScreenWest. International sales are handled by Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight Films, with Transmission Films set as the Australian distributor.

Production is by Michael Wrenn of Invisible Republic (“Women He’s Undressed,” “The Rocket”) and Sue Taylor of Taylor Media (“Looking for Grace”.) Executive producer is Mark Anderson.

The cast includes Robert Sheehan (“Misfits”,) Rebecca Breeds (TV’s “Pretty Little Liars”,) John Waters (TV’s “Offspring”,) Magda Szubanski (“Happy Feet,” “Babe”,) and Michael Caton (“Last Cab to Darwin”.)

“Festivals are the great levelers. We »

- Patrick Frater

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Brains behind web series Vtv enlist Caton, Jacobson for new VOD project

5 July 2016 9:56 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Vtv.

Earlier this year, Australian comedy web series Vtv won the Best Comedy Award (Outstanding Comedy) at La WebFest..

Since then it's been selected to screen at KWeb Fest, Korea's largest web fest..

KWeb Fest has offered the series an exclusive distribution deal, making it available on some of Korea and China's leading mobile and VOD platforms..

Vtv was directed by Nir Shelter and co-written by Shelter, Tai Scrivener and Courtney Powell..

Shelter describes it as the story of "a TV executive and his quest to drive his successful station into the ground."

Needless to say, his attempts backfire. "The [station's] shows are more popular than ever. [So the series is] The Producers meets 30 Rock, essentially.".

Courtney Powell, one of the lead actors as well as writer, touts the show's "broad comedy appeal. Most people can relate to the increase of piss-weak television shows - reality TV is not just an Australian problem."

The series runs for thirteen episodes, »

- Harry Windsor

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Finalists announced for Wa Screen Awards Young Filmmaker of the Year

22 June 2016 11:19 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Michael Caton and 2015 Young Filmmaker of the Year winner Lauren Brunswick

Nominees have been announced for the West Australian Screen Awards (Wasa) Young Filmmaker of the Year and include Briege Whitehead, Jess Black, Hayden Fortescue and Jordon Prince-Wright.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $5000 and a custom-made Geoffrey Drake-Brockman Wasa trophy..

Last year.s winner, producer Lauren Brunswick (Top Knot Detective) said the value of the award lived within its ability to empower other emerging filmmakers to feel they could achieve their ambitions.

"The feat of beginning a career becomes more manageable when we feel someone has tackled it before us. A spotlight of this nature allowed me to meet more people within the film community, feel the enormous support they offer, and remember to whittle the pressures of our aspirations down to a series of steps that we must collectively be brave to undertake,". she said. »

- Staff Writer

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Last Cab to Darwin begins Us roll-out with New York opening today

9 June 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Ningali Lawford-Wolf and Michael Caton in Last Cab to Darwin.

Last Cab to Darwin is set to be released across the USA via Icon, starting in New York today, June 10, and rolling out across eight cities throughout June and July..

The Aacta-winning film starring Michael Caton screened on the closing night of the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January.

.I've spent the last 12 months being astounded by the universally positive and passionate response that Last Cab has engendered at festivals around the world," director Jeremy Sims said.

"The response to the genuinely Australian characters and situations we created has been one of recognition and affection. I'm hoping the film continues to build the scale of its audience for another 12 months."

Playdates so far include:

New York, NY

Cinema Village

Opens June 10, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

Laemmle Music Hall

Opens June 17, 2016

Boston, Ma

Landmark Kendall Square

Opens July 1, 2016

Santa Fe, Nm »

- Staff Writer

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Michael Caton Jones’s 'Urban Hymn' scores UK deal

14 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Metro International inks UK deal for coming-of-age drama.

Metro International has secured an all rights deal for Michael Caton Jones’s (The Jackal) Urban Hymn with UK distributor Bull Dog for UK and Ireland.

The redemptive, coming of age drama stars Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting), Screen International Star of Tomorrow Letitia Wright (My Brother The Devil) and Isabella Laughland (Chubby Funny).   

The story follows a neglected, wayward teen whose singing talent offers her an escape to a better life until she finds her loyalties torn between her inspiring, unconventional care worker and her possessive and volatile best friend.

Bull Dog is planning a theatrical release this autumn with a charity premiere benefit for Child Line Rocks, a subsidiary of ChildLine/Nspcc.   

The film is written by Nick Moorcroft (St Trinians) and produced by Eclipse Films and Dashishah Global Film Production in association with Powderkeg Pictures, Head Gear Films and Kreo Films Fz.

Other recent »

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

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The Dressmaker earns ten nominations as Fcca unveil award nominations

31 January 2016 9:39 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker.

The Film Critics Circle of Australia, the national body of film reviewers, critics and writers, has unveiled the nominations for their annual awards.

The Dressmaker has garnered ten nominations while Last Cab to Darwin and Mad Max: Fury Road each received eight nominations..

Neil Armfield's Holding the Man earned seven nominations, Paper Planes and Cut Snake each have five, while Tanna received four.

"The spread of nominees from heralded blockbusters to small-scale independents highlights the diversity of Australian cinema", Fcca President Russell Edwards said..

"As the country's most important critical body looking at movies, we at the Film Critics Circle of Australia are pleased to be able to not only salute the box office, but also celebrate the innovative spirit"..

The nominees for best director are Neil Armfield, George Miller, Jocelyn Moorhouse and Jeremy Sims..

Nicole Kidman (Strangerland), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road »

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