6 items from 2009
- At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features six projects that are moments away from lensing and that we feel are worth signaling out. This August (2009), we are keeping tabs on: a Canadian financed pic with top tier talent, that for the next weeks becomes known as the film that the radiant Rachelle Lebevre committed to and which annoyed Summit Ent., the re-appearance of The Details (it receives a second life), three French filmmakers (Julie Bertucelli, Fabienne Berthaud) on their sophomore efforts and Guillaume Canet on pic number three and finally, master filmmaker Mike Leigh is getting set for his latest project for Focus Features. Noteworthy films that we'll also be keeping tabs on is the remakes for Straw Dogs and Larry Clark's Mona Lisa (I heard that funding was a problem) and Oliver Stone's Money Never Sleeps - the sequel to Wall Street. »
UK producer Simon Channing Williams succumbed to cancer on Saturday (April 11) at age 63. Channing Williams began his career at the BBC working with a variety of directors including Stephen Frears, James MacTaggart, Mike Newell and Mike Leigh. He formed Thin Man Films in 1988 with Mike Leigh where he produced the acclaimed films Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky. In 2000, he and Gail Egan launched Potboiler Productions where they produced seven films including a classic adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby and the Oscar-winning The Constant Gardener. »
14 April 2009 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Williams died at home with his family in Cornwall on Saturday.
He went on to produce 11 films with Leigh, founding Thin Man Films in 1988. Titles included "Topsy-Turvy," an Oscar winner for best makeup and costume design, Palme d'Or winner "Secrets and Lies" and the Oscar-nominated "Vera Drake."
Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" marked the duo's final production before Channing Williams' death.
- By Stuart Kemp
Simon Channing Williams, one of the towering figures in British cinema, died Sunday of cancer. Williams was best known as Mike Leigh's producer and his partner in Thin Man Films, their production company. Commented Leigh in The Guardian, ""He was a natural-born producer, a great leader, always an enabler, a protector; never a dictator or an interferer. Infinitely generous, his life was all about doing things for people, and bringing out the best in everybody. He was the ultimate fixer, and a phenomenal organiser. He relished the impossible challenge, and loved the cut-and-thrust of negotiations, at which he was a genius." Williams producing credits include such Leigh films as High Hopes, Secrets and Lies, Naked, Life is Sweet, and »
- Scott Macaulay
Channing-Williams passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 64.
And Leigh has given an emotional statement about his close friend, insisting the producer will be "universally" missed.
Leigh says, "He battled cancer very bravely for nearly five years. His great phrase was 'let's just get on with things' and right almost to the last he was still working. He was a very extraordinary big man and he will be missed universally." »
9 March 2009 2:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Calderwood, who most recently produced HBO's "Generation Kill" and "The Last King of Scotland," will join her Slate Films banner with Channing Williams and Egan's Potboiler Prods., the companies said Monday.
Projects on the newly combined Potboiler slate will include Neal Purvis and Rob Wade's adaptation of the John le Carre novel "The Mission Song" and Biyi Bandele's adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's best-selling novel "Half of a Yellow Sun."
Potboiler recently secured a 75,000 pound ($104,000) development fund from the U.K. Film Council and aims to pump that cash into the newly enlarged operation.
Egan said the marriage with Calderwood and Slate can be attributed to a commonality of ambition, »
- By Stuart Kemp
6 items from 2009
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