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Priestley’s first postwar play, An Inspector Calls, was premiered not in London but in Leningrad. Seventy years on, and in the runup to both the revival of Stephen Daldry’s classic production on stage and a new BBC film version, the playwright’s Russian journey seems more extraordinary than ever
‘They simply adore Daddy here”... “Daddy was recognised everywhere ... his books sell like hot cakes … ” “Daddy made a speech, terrific applause, packed theatre stood and shouted.” “People kept coming up and saying ‘What a mind!’ ‘What a man!’”
This was Jb Priestley’s wife Jane, in September 1945, writing home to their six children from Russia, where they had been invited for the world premiere of An Inspector Calls. It opened first in Leningrad as “This You Will Not Forget”, then in Moscow where it was retitled “He Came”: the new titles were needed because in Russia an inspector »
- Valerie Grove
It was a year ago when many were wondering if Stephen Daldry‘s Oscar bait streak would continue with Trash. However, after a premiere at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the latest drama from the director of The Hours and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close never saw a U.S. release. But now it’s quietly coming this October, and […] »
- Jordan Raup
Yahoo has debuted the maiden and indeed uplifting trailer for Stephen Daldry’s slum drama, Trash, following thee young children – played by Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, and Luis Eduardo – who while away the hours on one of Rio de Janeiro’s infamous dumps.
Highlighting the decidedly less glamorous side of the Brazilian mega-city, the footage is an riveting tease of the feature film, which sees the aforementioned trio stumble upon a wallet that is considered important to some of the most powerful people in the area. Filmed in and around Rio’s favelas, the first Trash clip evokes a similar mise-en-scene to City of God, though we’ll be truly surprised if Daldry’s picture can capture even a fraction of the emotional punch as the 2003 classic.
- Michael Briers
Titled Trash, the film is Daldry’s fifth feature-length directorial effort. The film itself is an adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s 2010 novel, with three newcomers in the lead roles in Luis Eduardo, Rickson Tevez, and Gabriel Weinstein. Richard Curtis wrote the screenplay, and the supporting cast includes Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, and Rooney Mara.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael and Gardo, realize that what they’ve found must be important.
This is Daldry’s first »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Perennial Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry is back this year with Trash, an adventure set in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Though it features some well known, well regarded faces like Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, and Wagner Moura, the real stars of the film are a trio of young unknowns. Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, and […]
- Angie Han
"Through all of that, why did they stick with it?" "Because it was right." An official Us trailer has debuted for the film Trash, directed by Stephen Daldry, co-directed by Christian Duurvoort, about three kids in Brazil who find something in the trash that changes their lives. We've been posting about this film for a while already, featuring a couple of different trailers over the years. What we saw back then was much more like a City of God, with the story of kids growing up within the crazy world of Brazil. This trailer looks much more mainstream, with some familiar faces that speak English to help guide us through the story. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen are in this, along with Wagner Moura. I'm still very interested in seeing this. Here's the new official Us trailer for Stephen Daldry's Trash, originally from Yahoo: When two trash-picking boys from »
- Alex Billington
Stephen Daldry occupies a rarefied position. He is one of the few filmmakers to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director four times in a row and for his first four films: “Billy Elliott,” “The Hours,” “The Reader” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (three of the four were also nominated for Best Picture). Perhaps after years of Oscar-bait material —he has directed six actors in Oscar-nominated performances, namely Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, and Max von Sydow— Daldry has switched gears for “Trash” a movie set in the slums of Rio with big stars cast in supporting roles. Read More: Stephen Talks Asperger's, Depicting 9/11 In 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,' And the Oscars Sure, the movie features Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Brazilian actors Wagner Moura and Selton Mello, but the leads are three unknown Brazilian non-actors (Rickson Tevez, Luis Eduardo, »
- Edward Davis
Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The filmmaker was found guilty on Tuesday by a Russian court on charges of terrorism.
The international film community, including Stephen Daldry, Mike Leigh, Bertrand Tavernier, Wim Wenders and Jean-Pierre, have rallied around the director of the 2011 film “Gámer.” Sentsov’s controversial trial has been littered with irregularities.
The European Film Academy sent a letter again last week with more than 1,000 signatures to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging for Sentsov’s release.
Despite bruises on his body, investigators have dismissed Sentsov’s claims that he was tortured in custody. The key witness in the case also recently retracted his testimony in court, claiming it been extorted under torture.
The prosecution had called for a 23-year sentence for Sentsov, 39. His co-defendant Alexander Kolchenko, received a 10-year sentence at the same trial.
Sentsov was imprisoned for over a year on charges including terrorism, »
- Variety Staff
Oleg Sentsov, the Ukranian film director behind Gámer, was today sentenced to 20 years in prison after a military court in Rostov-on-Don convicted him of plotting to commit terrorist acts in Crimea. He has already served over a year in Lefortovo prison after being detained following a protest against the Russian presence in the region.
Sentsov's arrest prompted an international campaign spearheaded by filmmakers like Mike Leigh, Pedro Almodóvar, Agnieszka Holland and Stephen Daldry, who were convinced that it was politically motivated. The Ukrainian government has argued that he is being punished for his pro-Ukraine views. Setsove himself has refused to recognise the authority of the court and has alleged that he was beaten and threatened with rape in an attempt to make him confess to a plot to bomb war memorials and set fire to government buildings.
The official convictions were for terrorism, organising a terrorist group and arms trafficking. »
- Jennie Kermode
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years in a verdict passed today (Aug 25) by a military court in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don.
His co-defendant, the activist and anti-fascist Alexander Kolchenko, was sentenced to 10 years.
The judge found Sentsov guilty of setting up a terrorist organisation and committing two terrorist acts.
When asked by the presiding judge Sergei Mikhailyuk whether they understood the verdicts, Sentsov and Kolchenko responded by defiantly singing the Ukrainian national anthem Ukraine Has Not Yet Died.
Sentsov, best known for his 2011 film Gamer, was arrested in May 2014 during a protest against Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula two months earlier.
The 39-year-old director was accused of plotting to blow up a monument to Lenin in Crimea and set fire to the Crimean offices of pro-Moscow political organisations.
The Ukrainian government said he is being punished for being a Crimea-based pro-Ukrainian activist. Russia denies claims he is a political prisoner.
Sentsov denies »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
British cinematographer Chris Menges is to receive a lifetime achievement award at Camerimage (Nov 14-21), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
Menges will attend the 23rd edition of Camerimage in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz to accept the award, introduce screenings of his films and will meet with the festival’s audience.
He returned to work with Loach on Kes, which marked »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
After being arrested in May 2014 by the Russian Federal Security Service on suspicion of terrorist plotting and entanglement in a Ukrainian paramilitary group, Oleg Sentsov could be sentenced to 23 more years in prison Tuesday. So in the face of this week's verdict, which would exile the Ukrainian filmmaker to a high-security penal colony, the European Film Academy has gathered over 1,000 signatures calling for his release from Russia, whose accusations remain shadowy after the retraction of a key witness testimony last month. Petitioning supporters (listed here) come from all over Europe, including film academies in Poland, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic, and the Union of Russian Filmmakers—who aren't strangers to censorship. Filmmakers on the list include: Stephen Daldry, Mike Leigh, Mike Downey, Agnieszka Holland, Dariusz Jablonski, Aki Kaurismäki, Ken Loach, Wojciech Marczewski, Béla Tarr, Bertrand Tavernier, Andrzej Wajda and Wim Wenders. Read More: »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Sarajevo, Bosnia — A group of prominent European filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Stephen Daldry, Agnieszka Holland and Mike Leigh, has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to order the release of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whose trial resumes in Russia today.
Sentsov, who is accused of having committed “crimes of a terrorist nature,” faces up to 20 years in prison. The prosecution’s main witness has retracted his statement, but the trial continues nonetheless.
The letter states that the filmmakers have been “deeply worried” since Sentsov was arrested by Russia’s Federal Security Service (Fsb), the successor to the Kgb, in his house in Simferopol, Crimea, on May 11, 2014. It adds: “Having observed the trial and especially the fact that the key witness for the prosecution has retracted his testimony as ‘given under pressure and duress,’ we are shocked that the accusation of Oleg Sentsov having committed ‘crimes of a terrorist nature’ is still being upheld. »
- Leo Barraclough
Ukrainian director faces 20 years in jail despite retraction of key witness testimony.
European filmmakers including Mike Leigh, Agnieszka Holland, Stephen Daldry and Wim Wenders have penned a new letter to Russian authorities calling for the immediate and unconditional release of detained Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.
The letter also asks for the safety of Sentsov to be assured and for an investigation to be launched into circumstances surrounding the acquisition of witness testimony.
On July 31, crucial prosecution witness Hennady Afanasyev retracted his statement, claiming: “All testimony was given under pressure and duress”.
Despite this development, the charges are being upheld and the trial is set to continue.
The European Film Academy (Efa) board previously penned a letter to authorities fourteen months ago.
Sentsov, originally arrested in May 2014, is accused of plotting terrorist acts in Crimea. »
Well, the New York Film Festival slate has been announced and with that out of the way, many of those movies can now reveal their release dates. Gaspar Noe's "Love," Hou Hsiao-hsien's "The Assassin" and perhaps more curiously, Stephen Daldry's almost-forgotten Brazilian favela drama "Trash" co-starring Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen. The movie debuted last fall, but failed to make the fall film festival rounds like many expected (outside of the Rio Film Festival). Instead, the movie will now arrive on October 9th. Gaspar Noe's controversial 3D sex film "Love" finally lands stateside November 6th, and Hou Hsiao-hsien's "The Assassin," a film many thought was a strong contender to win the top prize at Cannes, lands on October 16th. Also revealed are release dates for Laurie Anderson's latest, Guy Maddin's "The Forbidden Room" and festival favorites from Veronika Franz, Rick Alverson, Jafar Panahi and more. »
- Edward Davis
Roger Moore In "Spectre"
What if the upcoming "Spectre" were done as a Roger Moore Bond film? A Youtube user has cut together the recent "Spectre" trailer in a way that replaces all of Daniel Craig's shots with scenes from Moore's seven film run in the character.
The different film grade and thirty year age gap mean the transitions are hardly seamless, but it's a fun mash-up nonetheless and one which Moore himself approves it would seem according to his official Twitter:
Viacom has confirmed that principal photography has wrapped on the upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sequel. The project began shooting back in April in New York City under the helm of Dave Green ("Earth to Echo") and is scheduled for release in June next year.
- Garth Franklin
Breaking: Another August day, another big book deal. I’m hearing that Fox 2000 is closing up a deal for The Wonderling, a partial manuscript for a futuristic Ya novel by Mira Bartok that has Stephen Daldry attached to direct and produce. This was preemptive and Stacey Snider was very involved along with Elizabeth Gabler. The book is a fantasy about a half human/half fox who, with a half human/half bird journeys from an orphanage to the city to save music. This comes… »
The hunt for new young adult-aimed fiction to turn into movies doesn’t seem to be slowing down much, despite the dominance of other genres at the moment. Fox 2000 has snapped up the rights to Mira Bartok’s planned novel The Wonderling, and Stephen Daldry is aboard to direct. Bartok’s embryonic book is a fantasy set in a futuristic society modelled on Victorian England. The High Hats are the ruling class overseeing things, while the Groundlings are human-animal hybrids that live in servitude, working in giant factories in an underground zone known as City Beneath The City. Our hero is Number 13, a shy, fox-like character who has lost an ear in the past and must escape an orphanage to go on a remarkable journey along with best pal Trinket, who is part-human and part-bird. It won’t surprise you to learn that Bartok is planning a trilogy of tomes, »
Family Matters: Wolfe’s Unsettling Debut a Thriller with a Mean Streak
Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, director Daniel Wolfe’s directorial debut, Catch Me Daddy, is most likely to inspire awe or ire as a denuded genre thriller, pared down to the barest essentials of abject miserabilism. There’s no one to innately empathize with, beyond being exposed to a central victim whom we must logically root for given her ambitious rebellion against the patriarchal straightjacket she was weaned from. Unfolding with methodical calm, the first time filmmaker manages to instill a mounting dread thanks to surprising, even shocking moments of gruesome violence, and that’s despite its lack of emotional posturing. Down and out working class folks thrust into dire straits is the name of the game here, and though a bit of additional context would’ve enhanced the basic premise, »
- Nicholas Bell
According to the Daily Mail’s showbiz reporter Baz Bamigboye, theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh has teamed up with powerhouse UK film outfit Working Title to get a long-mulled over film production off the ground. (The same team partnered for the blockbusting 2012 adaptation of stage musical Les Miserables.) The original suggestion was that Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry may have taken the director’s chair, but that is apparently not the case. Aside from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Haynes has also directed episodes of Sherlock, Doctor Who and Being Human. This would be his feature film debut. »
- Andrew Pulver
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