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Since launching his career in Park City with the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic winning No. 2 (2006 Sundance Film Fest), Toa Fraser has been mapping out his filmography with items such as Dean Spanley (2008), Giselle (2013) and The Dead Lands (2014). A true story from 1980, his shot in New Zealand June/shot in London in August fifth feature is an action thriller that features a stellar threesome in Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and the underused Abbie Cornish. Perhaps it’s time for Fraser to reunite with Sundance?
Gist: Co-written by Fraser and Glenn Standring, this is based on the actual events of April 1980 when six armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy at London’s Princes Gate, taking 26 people hostage. Six days of tense stand-off ensued as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain’s Special Air Service (Sas) prepared to raid the building.
- Eric Lavallee
"In the Land of Blood and Honey" (2011)Angelina Jolie made her move to directing with this ambitious foreign language romance drama set against the background of the Bosnian War. Goran Kostić brings a weary vulnerability to Denijel, a solider fighting for the Bosnian Serbs, whose father happens to be the savage leader of the Yugoslav People's Army and their prison camp. To his surprise, he finds a former love suffering in confinement as a Bosniak prisoner. Ajla (Zana Marjanovic) is a sensitive young woman with envious resolve and self-assurance to spare. Their romantic reawakening passionately plays out in secret as they go to harrowing lengths to protect a history that could kill them both. "Bright Star" (2009)Jane Campion's gorgeously realized and lovingly crafted "Bright Star" keeps its protagonists — poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and the forward-thinking Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) — apart due to seemingly surmountable issues, like wealth (he. »
Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Nolan’s original Memento follows Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Mfi reveals first pre-sales on Cate Shortland’s third feature.
UK Distributor Artificial Eye has acquired Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, starring Teresa Palmer as a backpacking photojournalist whose holiday romance takes a sinister turn when she is imprisoned by her new lover.
The Paris-based Memento Films International, which is unveiling a teaser at the Afm, has also sold the film to Turkey (Bir Film), ex-Yugoslavia (Megacom), South Korean (Yejilim), Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia (Queen), and the Middle East (Falcon).
The company has also released a first image of Palmer on the U-Bahn, or underground, in Berlin where the production has just finished shooting exteriors before heading to the studio in Melbourne for the interiors.
Company also reveals first pre-sales on Cate Shortland’s third feature.
Memento Films International (Mfi) has released a first image of rising Australian actress Teresa Palmer in Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, in which she plays a backpacking photojournalist whose holiday romance takes a sinister turn when she is imprisoned by her new lover. The production recently finished shooting exteriors in Berlin and has now moved to Melbourne for interiors.
The Paris-based sales company also revealed a first round of pre-sales to Turkey (Bir Film), ex-Yugoslavia (Megacom), South Korean (Yejilim), Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia (Queen), and the Middle East (Falcon). Much-in-demand Palmer also has upcoming roles in Mel Gibson’s World War Two drama Hacksaw Ridge, the James Wan-produced horror thriller Lights Out and Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation The Choice.
UTA Independent Film Group handles Us sales and Rory Aitken and Josh Horsfield serve as executive producers.
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016
Xyz Films is handling sales at Afm on Baltasar Kormákur’s Icelandic thriller The Oath, action-thriller 6 Days starring Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish and Pilgrimage starring Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Read More: 'Premature' Director Dan Beers on Wooing Bill Murray, Lessons Learned from Wes Anderson and Finding Heart in Hard-On Jokes National Octopus Day is upon us and with it comes a charming short film written and directed by Dan Beers featuring indie darlings Kate Lyn Sheil and Abbie Cornish. Setting the record straight on the plural of "octopus," (it's "octopuses," not "octopi") Olivia (Sheil) is a biology-obsessed loner who far prefers cold cephalopod connection to those of a more mammalian bent. But when Olivia finds herself pulled out of her comfort zone, she soon finds that friends don't have to come with tentacles. "Octopus'" is Beers' follow-up to his feature comedy "Premature," and is presented in conjunction with At&T and Vice. Read More: SXSW: Indie Maverick Kate Lyn Sheil on Going Big With 'House of Cards' & Making Movies with Exes »
- Aubrey Page
There’s a thin line between psychic and psychotic in “Solace,” a dark and corny serial-killer thriller delivered with enough conviction by a strong enough cast that the movie’s hokey premise — that the murderer, played by Colin Farrell, is targeting terminally ill individuals and “killing them with kindness” — actually starts to sound like a real psychological conundrum. Shot more than two years ago in Atlanta, but orphaned by Stateside distribs, the film acquired the reputation along the way of being a sequel to “Seven.” It isn’t, though like half the allegations made against its bad-boy star, the implication can only boost its notoriety, especially now that “Solace” has become an unfortunate victim of the Relativity bankruptcy — a setback that hasn’t thwarted its performance in several European territories, where a generally positive reception for this reasonably clever genre entry could eventually redeem its damaged-goods status back home.
- Peter Debruge
Directed by Afonso Poyart.
A clairvoyant physician is drawn out of retirement by the FBI in order to help investigate a serial killer who may have precognitive abilities of his own.
The script that would go on to become serial killer thriller Solace originated back in the early noughties as a sequel to David Fincher’s pitch-black 90s classic Se7en. Subsequently, the film spent a long time in development hell throughout the decade and the script by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) received several rewrites, most recently from Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan. Unfortunately, the end result suggests that you really can’t polish a cinematic turd.
- Tom Beasley
It’s ham and cheese to go from a luxuriantly mulleted Anthony Hopkins in this increasingly silly serial-killer thriller with a psychic twist. Cruising in default post-Lecter mode (I kept expecting him to tell Abbie Cornish’s FBI agent that she wears L’Air du Temps, but not today…), Hopkins plays retired clairvoyant physician Dr John Clancy, enlisted by Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to lay his magic hands on a string of theatrically orchestrated murders. “It’s too early for a hail Mary!” complains Cornish, setting the overripe tone for the endlessly rewritten screenplay (astonishingly, Peter Morgan “polished” this turd), which was once touted as a potential sequel to Se7en. Fittingly, 2 Coelhos director Afonso Poyart goes for sub-Fincher flash throughout, making the whole thing look like a slightly creepy commercial with pop-promo set »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA/Toronto, CA (September 14, 2015) – It was announced today that IFC Midnight has taken all U.S. rights to the Toronto Midnight Madness hit Baskin, a Turkish language horror thriller that was directed by Can Evrenol.
The film was produced by Muge Buyuktalas of Mo Films and executive produced by Todd Brown of Xyz Films and Mike Hostench and stars Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz, Muharrem Bayrak.
Five cops, working the graveyard shift in the middle of nowhere are dispatched to investigate a disturbance. Isolated and without back up they find themselves confronting a labyrinthine ruin. Pushing ever further into the depths of the lair, it becomes clear they have stumbled into the darkest pits of a terrible evil. »
- Derek Anderson
Arclight announced today it would be launching sales on World War I drama The Angel Makers, with Christina Hendricks, Emily Watson, Abbie Cornish, Max Riemelt And David Cross all in the cast. Jon Amiel directs the story, set in the Yorkshire Moors in 1917. Survival is key when the men leave to join the allied fight in France, leaving their wives to maintain the farms. At their disposal, an internment camp of German POWs, all too happy to offer up their services, ignite an… »
Scripted by Paul Billing and based on true events, the film is set in the Yorkshire Moors, where German prisoners of war from a nearby internment camp are enlisted to help the local farmers’ wives maintain the lands while their husbands are away at war.
“Based on true events this is a story — part murder mystery, part obsidian-black comedy, part rich human drama — that has haunted me for years,” Amiel said in a statement.
Amiel was previously announced as shooting in 2012 when the film was titled “The Poisoners.” The film is now represented in international markets by Arclight, which pitches it as a drama/romance based on true events. »
- Jennie Punter and Patrick Frater
Dave Bautista, the former WWE professional wrestler who broke out in Guardians Of The Galaxy and will next be seen in the James Bond thriller Spectre, will play a war veteran who helps a young woman cross a dangerous area of Brooklyn ravaged by secessionists.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In a pre-Toronto Film Festival move, Ambi Group has agreed to acquire a majority of Exclusive Media Group’s library along with remake and sequel rights for an undisclosed price.
The deal covers about 400 titles including “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back.”
Ambi is acquiring the library in partnership with Raven Capital Management, a New York-based private equity firm.
Year-old Ambi has assembled a slate that includes “This Beautiful Fantastic,” starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson; James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle”; the sci-fi thriller “Rupture,” starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis and Peter Stormare; the psychological thriller “Lavender,” starring Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney »
- Dave McNary
Abbolita Films has ramped up its nascent distribution partnership with Xyz Films, acquiring multiterritory rights to “Green Room,” “Brain on Fire,” “’71” and “Pilgrimage,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Abbolita and Xyz launched the alliance at Cannes, involving acquisition and distribution of films in Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
“Green Room,” which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, is directed by Jeremy Saulnier and stars Patrick Stewart as the leader of a white supremacist gang along with Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots. The film was acquired from WestEnd, and will be the opening night film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.
“Brain on Fire” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann and Jenny Slate and is currently in production in Vancouver. The film will be released in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, which will distribute it in the U. »
- Dave McNary
Read More: Sex and the Revolutionary Female Perspective in Marielle Heller's 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' As the "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" opens this weekend, we got to thinking about female coming-of-age films. The problem, though, is that there aren't many. And there are even fewer that treat sex with the same abandon as male-perspective movies. Where does it leave young women when the only onscreen representations they see are filtered through the male gaze? Here are five examples of films that dared to break the mold and show us teenage girls discovering sex — from their point of view. 1. "Somersault" Cate Shortland's poignant debut is one of the most criminally under-seen movies of the past decade. This little 2004 Australian gem gave Abbie Cornish her breakout role as Heidi, a precocious sixteen-year-old who, after succumbing to the advances of her mother's boyfriend, leaves a toxic home environment »
- Emily Buder
Today we have an international trailer for the upcoming supernatural thriller "Solace," starring Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Marley Shelton. Check it out below. Plot: A former doctor with psychic abilities named John Clancy (Hopkins) is drawn into a serial killer case only to find that the killer (Farrell) also is a psychic, leading to a showdown between the two who can detect each other's every move. "Solace" is directed by Alfonso Poyart (Two Rabbits) and is set to be released in Europe next month. A Us release date has yet to be announced. Trailer: »
Once conceived as a sequel to David Fincher’s excellent 1995 thriller Seven, Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell play a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the thrilling international trailer for Solace - or Prémonitions.
Operating on each side of the law, each of the two nominal leads boast psychic abilities, though while Hopkins’ former doctor John Clancy puts his supernatural powers to good use, it is Colin Farrell’s elusive criminal who taps into his powers for nefarious reasons. It’s a ying-yang dynamic that is by no means novel, but Hopkins and Farrell have long proven their acting clout, and we’re intrigued to see them go head-to-head for a cerebral battle of the brains in Solace.
- Michael Briers
Set during a period of interplanetary colonization, the film is Abbess. follow-up to Infini, which has been sold to every major market and was released on digital platforms by eOne in Australia and by Vertical Entertainment in the Us.
It.s shooting for nine weeks in Sydney, the outskirts of Sydney and outback South Australia.
.This is a bigger film with a lot more action than Infini,. says Eclectik Vision.s Brett Thornquest, who is producing with Abbess and Sidonie Abbene.s Storm Alley Entertainment and Matthew Graham.s Phonetic Images.
Lutz (The Expendables 3, Hercules 3D, The Twilight Saga) plays Sy, a mysterious »
- Don Groves
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