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Exclusive Interview – Director Mark Gill on his Morrissey biopic England is Mine, his creative influences, and more

Alex Moreland speaks to Mark Gill, director of Morrissey biopic England is Mine

So, first of all – can you tell us a little bit about the development of England is Mine? What was your starting point?

Well, my starting point was growing up in the same area of Manchester as Morrissey – literally a couple of streets away – discovering the band when I was a teenage lad, just falling in love with that music really, that voice. I just thought his lyrics were… Like a million other people speak to you directly about your life. And it always stuck with me. I just thought, having grown up in that area of Manchester, which is not a ghetto by any stretch of the imagination, but I always wondered how he managed to survive it. So, that was my starting point. I never really wanted to make a film about The Smiths. It
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In praise of Dogwoof documentaries

Dave Lawrie Aug 4, 2017

Blackfish, The Act Of Killing - we celebrate the great documentaries distributed by the UK's Dogwoof...

Did you know that around 20 percent of the films released in the UK are documentaries? It’s a surprisingly large figure. I think the reason behind it might be that ‘documentary’ is considered to be a genre in and of itself. “And the Academy Award for best documentary feature goes to…”. They're all lumped into the same bracket. Also, they're relatively cheap to make and can be assembled independently by a team of only a few people. Success at the box office is often down on the priorities list for creators wanting to spread a message, tell a story or get a point across and, when they only need to recoup that small amount to be considered successful, documentary cinema becomes fertile ground for ambitions to grow in.

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Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis join 2017 Venice Film Festival juries

Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis join 2017 Venice Film Festival juries
Festival also launches new Vr strand.

The full jury line-ups for the 2017 Venice Film Festival (August 30-September 9) have been announced.

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, actress Rebecca Hall and Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, who won a Berlin Golden Bear this year for On Body and Soul have joined the main competition jury presided over by Annette Bening.

They are joined by Mexican director Michel Franco, French actress Anna Mouglalis, Australian film critic David Stratton, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca and Hong Kong director, producer and screenwriter Yonfan.

Director John Landis will head the international jury for a new Venice Virtual Reality (Vr) section. The other Jury members are French screenwriter and director Celine Sciamma and actor/director Ricky Tognazzi.

The Vr jury will award prizes for best Vr film, grand Vr jury prize and best Vr creativity award. A restored version of LandisInto the Night will also be screened at Venice this year.

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Venice Film Festival: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis on Jury Duty; Full Roster Released

Venice Film Festival: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis on Jury Duty; Full Roster Released
Rome – The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main competition jury, which will include actress Rebecca Hall, “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright, and Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, whose “On Body and Soul” won this year’s Berlin Golden Bear.

They will decide the fest’s main prizes alongside French actress Anna Mouglalis, Mexican film director and producer Michel Franco, Australian film critic David Stratton, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, and Hong Kong-based film director and photographer Yonfan.

As previously announced, four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening will preside over the main jury, the first woman since 2006 to head the panel.

The festival also announced Sunday that U.S. director John Landis will head the jury of the new Venice Virtual Reality section, which organizers tout as the first-ever competition for Vr works launched by a major film fest.

Of the main competition jurors, Franco, whose latest feature as a director is “April’s Daughter,” produced
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Uma Thurman, Jeremy Renner to bookend Karlovy Vary

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Uma Thurman, Jeremy Renner to bookend Karlovy Vary
Festival to open with The Big Sick.

Us actors Uma Thurman and Jeremy Renner will both be honoured at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 30 – July 8).

Thurman will receive the Festival President’s Award during the event’s gala opening ceremony. The appearance follows her recent term as president of Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard jury.

Renner will receive the same prize at the festival’s closing night, which will include a screening of one of his latest films, Arrival. His most recent project, Wind River, will also screen at Karlovy Vary (Kviff) this year.

“Jeremy is an actor with a highly diverse filmography that includes both audience favourites as well as critically acclaimed films,” commented Jiří Bartoška, president of Kviff.

Opening night

This year’s festival will open with Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, which premiered at Sundance where it was picked up by Amazon Studios in a splashy $12m deal
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Uma Thurman, Jeremy Renner to Open and Close Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Uma Thurman, Jeremy Renner to Open and Close Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Actors Uma Thurman and Jeremy Renner will headline this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which begins June 30, the festival announced Tuesday.

Thurman will receive the president’s prize on the festival’s opening night in the historic Bohemian spa town, while Renner, who will screen his wilderness-set thriller “Wind River,” will receive the same prize at the closing gala July 8.

Maven PicturesTrudie Styler will screen her debut gay teen comedy “Freak Show” during the festival. Italian actress Jasmine Trinca is set to present drama “Fortunata,” for which she won an acting prize at this year’s Un Certain Regard in Cannes. Thurman headed the Un Certain Regard jury.

Belorussia’s Sergei Loznitsa will screen Holocaust tourism study “Austerlitz,” and Northern Ireland’s Mark Cousins will present the latest installment in his cities series, “Stockholm, My Love.”

The festival announced that German actress-scribe Anna Bruggemann will serve on the main Crystal Globe jury,
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Stockholm My Love review – quiet reflections on the city and the soul

Neneh Cherry strolls the streets of Sweden’s capital in critic Mark Cousins’s low-key fiction debut

The fiction debut from Irish critic and documentarian Mark Cousins is, like all his best work, an essay film. Low-key and inward-looking, it is shot by frequent Wong Kar-Wai collaborator Christopher Doyle and follows Alva (Neneh Cherry) as she strolls around the concrete city of Stockholm. Alva’s inner monologue is vocalised by way of a dream-like voiceover in English and Swedish and, later in the film, by song and on-screen text. Cherry’s sultry, resonant voice helps along the otherwise wafty narration, which skirts themes of personal trauma before opening out to broader reflections on both the city and the soul.

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Stockholm, My Love Review

Author: Liam Macleod

Despite this being Mark Cousins’ first fictional feature Stockholm, My Love is not what you’d call a conventional narrative. That’s to be expected from the documentarian behind the 15-hour long A Story of Film: An Odyssey. Stockholm, My Love however is more reminiscent of his cityscape work such as Here Be Dragons and I am Belfast. A wafer-thin narrative that exists as little more than a framing device for an extended love letter to the aforementioned city.

The story, such as it is, features the acting debut of singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry as Alva. An architecture tutor, Alva is due to give a lecture on the anniversary of a traumatic road accident that still haunts her. Spontaneously she does a bunk, wandering the streets and parks of Stockholm narrating her innermost thoughts and feelings to her late father. As an architect Alva is also able to
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Stockholm, My Love review – a cerebral city-symphony film from Mark Cousins

Neneh Cherry stars as a grieving academic who wanders Stockholm in a pensive mood

Stockholm, My Love is an intriguing and palate-cleansing work, ruminative and cerebral, with a literary feel, like an elegant European novella in translation. There are some tremendous reportage images created by both Mark Cousins and Christopher Doyle as cinematographers, showing the city’s clear, open, mostly unpopulated spaces. In the city-symphony tradition, it has something of Chris Petit and Iain Sinclair’s London Orbital or Cousins’ own previous work, I Am Belfast. This is vernacular cinema, in its way, straightforwardly taking the camera for a walk.

Stockholm, My Love stars singer Neneh Cherry, presented in downbeat, daylit and unglamorised closeup, and the whole film could be seen as a reverse engineered video for her title song, which comes in at the very end. She plays an academic who had come to Stockholm to give a lecture on the city’s architecture,
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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

After four years Martin Scorsese is back with another six filmic gems from all corners of the Earth. Love struggles in the slums of Thailand and the economic boom town of Taipei; underdog heroes undertake troubled missions in Turkey and Kazakhstan, a Malay storyteller plays cinematic games with basic narrative, and a vintage Brazilian art film is pure visual poetry. They’ve all been rescued by the World Cinema Project.

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

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Directed by Lino Brocka, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ermek Shinarbaev, Mário Peixoto, Lütfi Ö. Akad, Edward Yang

I readily confess that in my patchy history of film festival attendance, I gravitated not toward the really obscure foreign films, unless they promise to be as entertaining as things I’m more familiar with. Based on the results, one of
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Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon among actors to back Living Wage campaign

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Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon among actors to back Living Wage campaign
Campaign is calling for Picturehouse owner Cineworld to pay its staff the London Living Wage.

Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon and Mark Rylance are among actors to have lent their names to a campaign calling for Picturehouse and Cineworld cinemas to pay their staff the London Living Wage.

According to UK entertainment union Bectu, a host of actors and directors have signed a letter which will be delivered to Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger.

As previously reported by Screen, the letter calls for Cineworld to pay staff at its venues - which include the Picturehouse cinema chain - the London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour. The letter proposes boycotting the cinemas if staff is not paid the Wage.

Lowest paid staff at Picturehouse’s Brixton location the Ritzy currently earn £9.10 per hour, while some staff at other Picturehouse locations in London earn £9.05 per hour. Outside of London, the rate is £8.18.

Signatores are said to also include Elizabeth Berrington, [link
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Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon among actors to back Cineworld-Picturehouse boycott

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Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon among actors to back Cineworld-Picturehouse boycott
Campaign is calling for Picturehouse owner Cineworld to pay its staff the London living wage.

Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon and Mark Rylance are among actors to have lent their names to a campaign calling for a boycott of Picturehouse and Cineworld cinemas over a pay dispute.

According to UK entertainment union Bectu, a host of actors and directors have signed a letter which will be delivered to Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger.

As previously reported by Screen, the letter calls for Cineworld to pay staff at its venues - which include the Picturehouse cinema chain - the London living wage of £9.75 per hour.

Lowest paid staff at Picturehouse’s Brixton location the Ritzy currently earn £9.10 per hour, while some staff at other Picturehouse locations in London earn £9.05 per hour. Outside of London, the rate is £8.18.

Signatores are said to also include Elizabeth Berrington, Jo Brand, Mark Cousins, Richard Curtis, Natalie Dormer, Lindsay Duncan, [link
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Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon, Mark Rylance back Cineworld-Picturehouse boycott

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Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon, Mark Rylance back Cineworld-Picturehouse boycott
Campaign is calling for Picturehouse owner Cineworld to pay its staff the London living wage.

Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon and Mark Rylance are among actors to have lent their names to a campaign calling for a boycott of Picturehouse and Cineworld cinemas over a pay dispute.

According to UK entertainment union Bectu, a host of actors and directors have signed a letter whcih will be delivered to Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger.

As previously reported by Screen, the letter calls for Cineworld to pay staff at its venues - which include the Picturehouse cinema chain - the London living wage of £9.75 per hour.

Lowest paid staff at Picturehouse’s Brixton location the Ritzy currently earn £9.10 per hour, while some staff at other Picturehouse locations in London earn £9.05 per hour. Outside of London, the rate is £8.18.

Further signatores are said to include: Elizabeth Berrington, Jo Brand, Mark Cousins, Richard Curtis, Natalie Dormer, Lindsay Duncan, [link
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Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara and More: 10 Hot Projects at Berlin’s European Film Market

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The European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival marks the first major film market of the year, and is one of the few events where nearly everyone from the global movie business comes together to network and launch new projects.

Read More: 5 Exciting Films in the 2017 Berlin Film Festival Competition Lineup

This year’s Efm will draw more than 1,600 buyers from roughly 70 countries into a deal-making bonanza for films in every stage of development and production, much like the American Film Market in Los Angeles and the Marché du Film in Cannes. Efm will include around 730 screenings this year, more than 600 of which will be market premieres.

What are the movies and screenplays already on executives’ radars? Here are 10 hot projects that could be prime targets.

“Borg/McEnroe

Summary: This sports drama stars Shia Labeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg. The movie focuses on the pair’s 1980 Wimbledon tennis championship,
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Mark Cousins destroys his own film with an axe at Iffr

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Mark Cousins destroys his own film with an axe at Iffr
British filmmaker’s unusual stunt made for one of the quirkier moments of Iffr 2017.

In one of the more unorthodox moments of the 2017 International Rotterdam Film Festival (Iffr), following a screening of his film Bigger Than The Shining, British filmmaker Mark Cousins literally axed the film’s Dcp (digital cinema package).

In full view of the audience in Rotterdam’s Pathe cinema, where the film was screened on Wednesday (Feb 1), Cousins destroyed the Dcp, with the intention being for it to never be shown again.

Originally commissioned for Iffr 2016 and world premiering there before also screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the documentary is designed to be a provocative experiment exploring subjects including copyright, male rage, and was made by combining footage from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic The Shining and Nicholas Ray’s 1956 melodrama Bigger Than Life.

Screen caught up with the filmmaker to ask about the unusual event.

Literally destroying
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Iffr: Mark Cousins axes his own film in front of audience

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Iffr: Mark Cousins axes his own film in front of audience
British filmmaker’s unusual stunt made for the of the quirkier moments of Iffr 2017.

In one of the more unorthodox moments of the 2017 International Rotterdam Film Festival (Iffr), following a screening of his film Bigger Than The Shining, British filmmaker Mark Cousins literally axed the film’s Dcp (digital cinema package).

In full view of the audience in Rotterdam’s Pathe cinema, where the film was screened on Wednesday (Feb 1), Cousins destroyed the Dcp, with the intention being for it to never be shown again.

Originally commissioned for Iffr 2016 and world premiering there before also screening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the documentary is designed to be a provocative experiment exploring subjects including copyright, male rage, and was made by combining footage from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic The Shining and Nicholas Ray’s 1956 melodrama Bigger Than Life.

Screen caught up with the filmmaker to ask about the unusual event.

Literally destroying
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Bernardo Bertolucci Calls ‘Last Tango in Paris’ Rape Scene Controversy a ‘Ridiculous Misunderstanding’

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Bernardo Bertolucci Calls ‘Last Tango in Paris’ Rape Scene Controversy a ‘Ridiculous Misunderstanding’
This weekend’s news that an infamous rape scene from Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Last Tango in Paris” involving actors Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider was indeed non-consensual elicited an immediate uproar online. The filmmaker has now responded with a new statement (translated from Italian) in which he claims that there’s been a “ridiculous misunderstanding” as to what actually occurred.

Read More: ‘Last Tango in Paris’: Director Bernardo Bertolucci Says Infamous Rape Scene Was Not Consensual

“I would like, for the last time, to clear up a ridiculous misunderstanding that continues to generate press reports about ‘Last Tango in Paris’ around the world,” begins the statement. “Several years ago at the Cinemathèque Francaise someone asked me for details on the famous ‘butter scene.’ I specified, but perhaps I was not clear, that I decided with Marlon Brando not to inform Maria that we would have used butter. We wanted
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‘Last Tango in Paris’: Director Bernardo Bertolucci Says Infamous Rape Scene Was Not Consensual

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‘Last Tango in Paris’: Director Bernardo Bertolucci Says Infamous Rape Scene Was Not Consensual
Last Tango in Paris” has always courted controversy and acclaim in roughly equal measure. That balance seems likely to tip with the revelation that an infamous rape scene involving Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider and a stick of butter was, in fact, non-consensual.

Bernardo Bertolucci has admitted as much in a newly surfaced interview from 2013 held at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris, saying that he “didn’t tell [Schneider] what was going on” because he wanted her to react “as a girl, not as an actress.” Watch the video below.

Read More: R.I.P. Maria Schneider (1952-2011)

Schneider was 19 at the time, while Brando was 48. “I wanted her to react humiliated,” Bertolucci adds. “I think she hated me and also Marlon because we didn’t tell her.” That said, he doesn’t “regret” his actions — this, despite Schneider’s reaction to her experience. “To obtain something I think you have to be completely free,
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Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise review – laborious archival pasteup

Mark Cousins’ cine-essay for BBC Storyville to mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb falls short as straight documentary or visual poetry

Mark Cousins’ epic Story of Film reinforced his credentials as a fine, intuitive advocate for cinema. But his efforts to straddle the gap between interpreter and creator remain fitful. His otherwise enlivening A Story of Children and Film, from (2013) was bogged down by awkwardly indulgent digicam sections with his family. Other would-be lateral jeux d’esprits fall flat in this BBC Storyville cine-essay touring small UK cinemas to mark the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb. The early montage of mushrooming cells and sprouting seeds is a bit pat: life over death, man! Soundtracked by Mogwai’s doomy lull, the archival collage that follows – Hiroshima, cold-war paranoia, Cnd marches, Chernobyl, nuclear medicine and much else – contains lots of Google fodder. Steadfastly unanalytic, it
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Stockholm Film Festival to open with 'I, Daniel Blake'

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Stockholm Film Festival to open with 'I, Daniel Blake'
The 27th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 9 - 20) will present 200 films from 70 countries.

The Stockholm International Film Festival will kick-off with Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake, followed by a mid-festival ‘middle film’ screening in the shape of Nate Parker’s Birth of A Nation, and will close with Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea.

Directors attending the festival include Francis Ford Coppola (who will receive the lifetime achievement award, present a public talk, and screen Apocalypse Now), Ken Loach, Francois Ozon (who receives the festival’s Visionary Award), Ira Sachs, Alice Lowe, Mark Cousins, Anne Fontaine, Gabe Klinger, and many more.

The festival’s main competition line-up is:

A Decent Woman by Lukas Valenta Rinner (Arg, S Kor, Aus)A Taste Of Ink by Morgan Simon (Fr)Albüm by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu (Tur, Fr, Rom)Are We Not Cats by Xander Robin (Us)Birth Of A Nation by [link
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