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Peaky Blinders series 3 recap

Louisa Mellor Nov 15, 2017

What happened in Peaky Blinders series 3? What went on with the Russians, the Economic League and the Changrettas? We explain...

Warning: contains spoilers (obviously) for Peaky Blinders series 3.

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Peaky Blinders series three opened with a lavish wedding. After the hushed-up suicide of Grace’s husband, she returned from New York with her and Tommy’s baby son (conceived during series two’s extra-marital fling) to make an honest man of Thomas Shelby - literally so. On their wedding day, Grace made Tommy promise to put an end to the criminal business and keep his new family safe. “No guns in the house,” he vowed.

Cut to Arthur, that same episode, in that same house, shooting dead a Soviet spy in the wine cellar, then burning the body
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Review: The Death of Stalin (2017)

Anybody who discusses satire in audio-visual media at some point must mention the work of Armando Iannucci. Creator of TV’s The Thick Of It and Veep, with credits that include The Day Today and Alan Partridge, his work is some of the finest in Comedy. And in 2009, Iannucci made his big screen full feature directorial debut with The Thick Of It spin-off In The Loop (one of the best comedies of our times) and now, Iannucci casts his eye to even darker – and even more volatile – political territory with The Death of Stalin.

As concepts go, this film has a pitch black core, as it not only delves into a figure whose actions have reverberated throughout socio-political history but in looking at the events surrounding his death in 1953 and the power struggles within the Soviet Union, it is a brazen era, to say the least, in which to set a Comedy.
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‘Lady Macbeth’ Leads 2017 British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Lady Macbeth topped the list of nominations for the 2017 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) announced this morning by Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires at The London Edition.

Debut features dominate the nominations list, with the first-time writers, producers and directors of Lady Macbeth, I Am Not a Witch and God’s Own Country all recognised in the three newcomer categories – Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director – as well as Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films, Best Director and Best British Independent Film.

Included in Lady Macbeth’s 15 nominations are nods for Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie and Cosmo Jarvis for their performances; Naomi is nominated twice, for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition. The film has also been nominated for five technical categories, newly introduced this year, including Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design,
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The Death of Stalin movie review: the great dictator

MaryAnn’s quick take… Audacious, outrageous, bleakly funny. Not since Charlie Chaplin sent up Hitler and invited us to laugh at terrible reality has there been a movie like this. I’m “biast” (pro): love Armando Iannucci’s work

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Presenting… Monty Python’s production of George Orwell’s 1984. Or damn close to it. So The Death of Stalin is akin to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, then? Well, sort of. (I definitely scribbled “Brazil” in my notes while watching.) But Brazil was fiction; clearly inspired by actual totalitarian regimes, but entirely fictional. Stalin, however, is based on terrible reality. Perhaps not since Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 satire The Great Dictator has a filmmaker taken on such awful personalities and events and attempted to make us laugh about it all.
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Movie Review – Journeyman (2017)

Journeyman, 2017.

Directed by Paddy Considine.

Starring Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Popplewell, Tony Pitts, and Anthony Welsh.


Middleweight boxing champion of the world, Matty Burton, faces the biggest fight of his career when a life threatening injury irreparably changes him and his family.

The prospect of another boxing movie so soon after Creed, Southpaw, and Bleed for This might have your eyes rolling into the back of your head like one of Matty Burton’s (Paddy Considine) canvas bound opponents.

For the first twenty minutes that worry is fully justified, with Considine’s sophomore effort, following the stunning Tyrannosaur, feeling worryingly featherweight. The sporting environment is recreated as though it’s broadcasting on a higher-numbered digital channel, in other words, it’s a little bit rubbish, with boxing personalities (Steve Bunce) given prominent roles to increase the authenticity. It doesn’t really work

With the boxing movie sub-genre so saturated,
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'Funny Cow': Film Review | London 2017

'Funny Cow': Film Review | London 2017
One of those intriguing but raggedy films that ultimately adds up to less than the sum of its promising parts, British comedy-drama Funny Cow stars Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything) as an irrepressible working-class lass finding her feet as a stand-up comic in mid-century Northern England.

Working off a script by actor Tony Pitts, who also plays the protagonist’s abusive husband, veteran TV director Adrian Shergold (Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman) boldly blends expressionist flourishes (actors playing multiple roles, stylized framing) with hard-grit realism. Peake is flinty and charismatic in the lead, and sharp support is provided by Paddy Considine,...
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Lff Review: Paddy Considine's 'Journeyman' is an Emotional Journey

This is not a boxing film. Though it is about a boxer, and involves a major boxing match, it is not a boxing film. Journeyman, the latest feature written and directed by English actor Paddy Considine, is actually a heartwrenching drama about the struggle of those with mental disabilities. Considine plays every role - he writes, directs, and stars in this film as Matty Burton, a famed boxer who decides to go for one last match with a wise-mouth up-and-comer. This film is really not about how the match turns out, that doesn't really even matter, and while we do get to watch the match, it is what comes after that matters. That's what this film is actually about, and it is an impressive, emotional journey through one man's struggle to stay himself. Considine's Journeyman sets up the story by first giving us time to get to know Matty, who
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Second Opinion – The Death of Stalin (2017)

The Death of Stalin, 2017.

Directed by Armando Iannucci.

Starring Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin, and Paul Whitehouse.


Follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

Who knew gulags and mass graves, systematic rape and murder could be so uproarious. Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin is a raucous, fantastically strident, acerbic critique of post-Stalin Russia. Like In The Loop and Veep/The Thick of It, he finds poetry amidst fucks and grandiose insults whilst deftly dismantling power with a Chelsea smile.

There’s a fine line between satire and exploitation and Iannucci treads it with a swaggering confidence. He plays up the hysterics of a Stalin-less Russia but never errs towards exploitation. There is still real tragedy to the action of the power-hungry cabinet, even amidst the laughs.

As Stalin falls ill,
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Journeyman | 2017 BFI London Film Festival Review

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Fading Bull: Considine’s Heartfelt Drama of an Incapacitated Boxer

Following his final championship match, a boxer suffers a serious head injury that alters his personality and hinders his physical abilities, with far-reaching consequences upon his family and friends in Journeyman, written and directed by Paddy Considine, who also stars in the main role.

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The Death Of Stalin review

Armando Iannucci serves up superb satire once again, with his rib-tickling Russian jaunt, The Death Of Stalin...

Modern day politics has become so ridiculous that it’s practically beyond parody, which presents a unique challenge for celebrated satirist Armando Iannucci. The political problems of Malcolm Tucker and Selina Meyer seem somewhat quaint now, compared to the grim reality of current affairs around the globe. But, thankfully, Iannucci has found the perfect workaround: instead of attempting the tricky task of ridiculing Trump or Theresa, he’s opted to travel back in time and remind us that shambolic stupidity is nothing new in politics.

The Death Of Stalin centres on – spoiler alert – the death of Joseph Stalin. The film opens shortly before the dictator’s demise in 1953, finding the funny in a regime where pissing off the wrong person means getting your name promptly put on a death list. Paddy Considine and
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Movie Review – The Death Of Stalin (2017)

The Death Of Stalin, 2017.

Directed by Armando Iannucci.

Starring Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin, and Paul Whitehouse.


The leader of the Soviet Union, Stalin, has the entire country in his grip and rules through fear. Then he dies suddenly, throwing the regime into chaos. And creating a ruthless struggle for power.

The creator of Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It and Veep is back creating mischief in the cinema. It may be eight years since the first time he took up the director’s chair for In The Loop, but Armando Iannucci still has politics in his sights. On the face of it, The Death Of Stalin may not sound especially contemporary, but all you have to do is give the surface just a little scratch.

Needless to say, the film isn’t just about the death of the
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Paddy Considine & More Set For BBC’s ‘Informer’; Playtime Hires Sales Chief – Mipcom

Paddy Considine, Bel Powley and Nabhaan Rizwan have been set to star in Neal Street Productions’ Informer for BBC One. The six-part contemporary thriller will air on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., after the UK broadcast. Penned by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, and directed by Jonny Campbell, Informer centers on Raza (Rizwan), a young, second generation Pakistani man from East London who is coerced by Gabe (Considine), a Counter-Terrorism officer, to go undercover…
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Lff 2017: ‘Journeyman’ Review: Dir. Paddy Considine

Journeyman review: Paddy Considine follows up his superb directorial debut Tyrannosaur, with this drama based around a boxer who suffers a serious head injury during a fight.

Journeyman review by Awais Irfan.

Journeyman review

Actors often like to step into the director’s chair every so often to really prove their talents and Paddy Considine is doing exactly that once again for his second feature, Journeyman.

Matty (Considine) is quite the skilled fighter in the ring, currently holding onto a World Champion title. However, his priority, first and foremost, is his wife Emma (Jodie Whitaker) and his newborn daughter, Mia. After a fight leaves his life changed forever, Matty must muster whatever strength he can find and fight to win back everything he loves. On the surface, Journeyman follows the standard genre formula – boxer at the top of their game is left without cause and has to fight for it
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Journeyman review – Paddy Considine rolls with the punches in heartfelt boxing drama

The actor-director’s forceful but flawed story of a fighter facing a bruising crisis also stars Jodie Whittaker, outstanding as his devoted wife

Paddy Considine now presents his second feature as writer-director, and it’s a powerful and sincerely intended personal project about a championship boxer who must confront a terrible personal crisis. The performances are strong and committed – it reminded me a little of Johnny Harris’s boxing film Jawbone – and Considine’s instincts as actor and director are towards self-scrutiny without narcissism. Yet the audience’s buttons are not just pushed, they get hammered with uppercuts and there is a mile-wide streak of Hollywood emotion here, together with a lenient and even celebratory tone about boxing itself, which you may not entirely share. Yet this all gives the film force, and the quality of the acting is absolutely plain.

Matty Burton (Considine) is a boxer who is approaching the end of his career,
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Witch doctors and gag merchants: the British talent set to light up London film festival

Britain’s upsurge in film-making diversity is borne out in this year’s Lff lineup, while Paddy Considine and Maxine Peake also star in big-screen premieres

A Zambian witch-doctor comedy, a serial-killer thriller set in Jersey and a drama about Jehovah’s Witnesses directed by a former member of the church are part of a exciting new wave of films by young, diverse British voices at this year’s London film festival.

Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Michael Pearce’s Beast and Apostasy by Dan Kokotajlo appear in the festival’s first feature competition alongside films from Israel, Spain and South Africa. The film-makers will be sharing the festival spotlight with a number of Hollywood A-listers, including Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Emma Stone.

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Steven Knight interview: Peaky Blinders series 4

Louisa Mellor Nov 9, 2017

We spoke with Peaky Blinders’ writer-creator Steven Knight ahead of the show’s series four return…

Contains spoilers for Peaky Blinders series three.

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“Let’s do legends”, says Steven Knight. “In Britain, when the working class are summoned for fiction, it’s ‘isn’t it a shame, isn’t it a pity, isn’t it awful, the terribly poor things…’, whereas from within, it’s nothing like that. It’s fantastic, it’s glamorous, it’s terrible and good the same as it is for everybody.”

Knight didn’t create Peaky Blinders to inspire pity; he created it to inspire awe. Not for the brutality of the Birmingham gang it depicts, but for the “beautiful, dramatic, romantic” stories of his characters’ lives. “Because to the people involved,
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Second Trailer for Armando Iannucci's New Satire 'The Death of Stalin'

"Nobody's gonna get killed, I promise you!" Entertainment One in the UK has unveiled the second official trailer for Armando Iannucci's latest political satire, The Death of Stalin. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month to some rave reviews, and opens in cinemas in the UK in October, however it still doesn't have a Us release date yet. Based on Fabien Nury's graphic novel, the film is about Russian dictator Joseph Stalin's last days and the disorganized chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 and 30 years of iron-fisted rule. Adrian McLoughlin plays Stalin, with an ensemble cast of characters including Rupert Friend, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Paddy Considine, Michael Palin, and Jonathan Aris. This looks great, looking forward to it. Here's the second trailer (+ UK poster) for Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin, from YouTube: You
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New trailer for Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin

Ahead of its release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming comedy drama The Death of Stalin. Directed by Armando Iannucci, the film is an adaptation of the 2011 graphic novel of the same name and features an ensemble cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine, and Olga Kurylenko; watch it here…

The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in a new film by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer/director Armando Iannucci.

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.

The Death of Stalin is set for release on October 20th.
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Saban Films Acquires Us Distribution Rights to Remake of George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead

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Featuring arguably the most beloved zombie ever put to film, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead is a seminal standout in the horror genre that has grown a diehard fanbase in the thirty-plus years since its release. New takes on Romero's groundbreaking 1985 film were featured in 2005's Day of the Dead 2: Contagium and 2008's Day of the Dead, and now Saban Films has acquired the Us rights to Millennium Media's new Day of the Dead reimagining, with a release expected late this year:

Press Release: Toronto – September 9, 2017 – Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to a slate of films from Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media. The trio of titles includes Isaac Florentine’s Acts of Vengeance starring Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban, Robert Forster and Paz Vega; Paul Solet’s Bullet Head (formerly Unchained) also starring Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody; and Day of the Dead
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Venice Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is a Riotous Black Comedy

As cumbersome titles go, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is right up there with the Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of The Whatevers of this world. Coming from Martin McDonagh–a London bred writer-director of Irish extraction–there are perhaps even notes of pretension in its derivative Americana. Of course, whoever said that books are not to be read by their covers should have perhaps said something about titles, too. Indeed, McDonagh’s latest work is simply exceptional; a film so rich with narrative fluidity, profane laughs, standout performances and complex character studies that its tremendous emotional hits–often arriving when you least expect them–might just leave you agog.

Just consider the moment when Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) and Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) have their first real showdown, in a backroom of the local Ebbing police department. Mildred has been brought in by Willoughby on a misdemeanor but
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