10 items from 2016
Keep your shirts on, Captain Ross will return and probably without his. The BBC confirms it has renewed the Poldark TV show for a third season on BBC One. There was little worry that Poldark would be cancelled. Last month, we reported filming had already begun on season three. The second series of Poldark will air on both PBS Masterpiece and BBC One in fall, 2016, date Tba.A British drama series set in Cornwall, England, after the American Revolution, the Poldark TV series cast includes: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Jack Fathering, Kyle, Soller, Warren Clarke, Phil Davis, Beatie Edney, Ruby Bentall, Richard Harrington, Robin Ellis, Luke Norris, Richard Hope, Alexander Arnold, Pip Torrens, and Caroline Blakiston.Read More… »
Murray Dibbs departs as managing director after eight years at the company.
Phil Davis will take the newly created post of head of sales at Fusion Media Sales as Murray Dibbs steps down as the company’s managing director.
Davis starts his post on July 4; Dibbs departs on June 30.
Davis had been at Elevation Sales for ten years, most recently as senior national account manager.
Fusion is the the home entertainment sales and distribution outfit fully owned by the Curzon group.
Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull said: “Over the past eight years, Murray has played an integral role in building Fusion into a successful independent sales and distribution provider. His hard work and professionalism will be missed and we wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
“We are delighted to have appointed Phil Davis as head of sales, who greatly impressed with the calibre of his career achievements, ability and enthusiasm. Phil has exciting »
[caption id="attachment_51138" align="aligncenter" width="393"] (C) Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for Masterpiece.[/caption]
Radio Times reports the Poldark TV show has been renewed for a third season on BBC One. According to the report, although the BBC has not yet announced recommissioning the program for a third series, filming has already been scheduled for September, 2016. In the Us, season one of Poldark premiered on PBS under the Masterpiece banner in June 2015. The second season of Poldark will air on BBC One in fall, 2016. PBS has yet to announce Poldark, season two.
A British drama series set after the American Revolutionary War, The Poldark TV series cast includes: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Jack Fathering, Kyle, Soller, Warren Clarke, Phil Davis, Beatie Edney, Ruby Bentall, Richard Harrington, Robin Ellis, Luke Norris, Richard Hope, Alexander Arnold, Pip Torrens, and Caroline Blakiston.
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The Firm, 1988.
Directed by Alan Clarke.
Rival football fans organise a fight before a big match…
Euro 2016 is kicking off across France and news bulletins tell us about violence between British fans and other supporters. This is the perfect moment to reevaluate Alan Clarke’s The Firm. Acknowledging the joy of football, Clarke doesn’t shy away from the uglier side of the game as vandalism, abuse and dominance play its part in the support of a local team. From the moment The Firm starts, there is a romance surrounding the sport. Men on the field as Dean Martin’s ‘That’s Amore’ plays on the sound track is anything but subtle. This is in contrast with a malicious attack on cars and clothing in the changing rooms. The conscious, lingering question is whether it’s a love of »
- Simon Columb
The Tracking Board are reporting that Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play Mandrake The Magician in a new film based on the comic strip of the same name. The film is based over at Warner Bros. and Etan Cohen is set to direct.
Mandrake The Magician is a syndicated newspaper comic strip, created by Lee Falk. Mandrake began publication on June 11, 1934. Phil Davis soon took over as the strip’s illustrator, while Falk continued to script.
No news on when the new film will start production, but we’ll keep you updated.
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- Paul Heath
Universal Pictures has released a poster and trailer for ID2: Shadwell Army, a sequel to Philip Davis’ 1995 cult classic I.D., which is set to receive a UK cinema release this August. Check them out here, along with the official synopsis…
Young British Asian Mo is a fast-rising police officer who goes undercover infiltrating Shadwell’s resurgent hooligan element, which is fired up by the club’s takeover by a Russian oligarch and their unlikely adventure into European competition. Mo quickly becomes embroiled in the local schism between the British National Party (BNP) and English Defence League (Edl), and plans to build a new mosque in the shadow of the Shadwell ground creates a toxic atmosphere in which football and political violence form a perfect storm of social unrest. In the midst of this, Mo is faced with the essential existential question of who he is and where he really belongs. »
- Gary Collinson
Dough is a warm-hearted little British dramedy starring Jonathan Pryce (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) as an old Orthodox Jewish baker who is struggling to keep his family’s bakery going, in a tough East End London neighborhood. When his assistant quits, Nat agrees to hire the teen-aged son of the bakery’s African immigrant cleaning lady, not realizing his new assistant is a Muslim.
While this is not a film for serious cinephiles, it has found an audience on the film festival circuit and is now making the leap to wider distribution. The gentle little cross-cultural comedic drama draws its appeal more from its likable characters and their believable relationships rather than its overly familiar plot or comedy, some of which is summed up in the film’s tagline “Dough: It’s not the only thing getting baked.” The charm of this crowd-pleaser is not the contrived humor or »
- Cate Marquis
This week Neil Calloway looks at the career of an overlooked director…
Imagine a director who gave early roles to Ray Winstone, Tim Roth and Gary Oldman, who had a film remade by Gus Van Sant, who gave Danny Boyle one of his first producing credits, and who inspired Paul Greengrass.
Alan Clarke was that director, and though he has gone sadly underappreciated, a new season of his films at the British Film Institute, as well as a re-release of his work on blu-ray and DVD, should go some way to restoring his reputation.
Clarke worked largely in television, making the sort of standalone films that gave Mike Leigh and Ken Loach their breaks but are sadly absent from TV nowadays. His films dealt with glue sniffing Neo Nazis, yuppies, football hooligans and the futile cycle of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland; in short, these weren’t the big screen »
- Neil Calloway
People have been arguing the “who was comics’ first costumed hero” question for decades. Some feel it was Mandrake the Magician, by Lee Falk and Phil Davis (1934), others cite the truly obscure Red Knight created by John Welch and Jack McGuire, and still others prefer to credit E.C. Segar’s Popeye (1929). But I think it’s safe to say that most comics fans and scholars bestow that honor upon The Phantom, created by Lee Falk and Ray Moore 80 years ago this past week.
Neither Mandrake nor Popeye are “costumed heroes.” They perform their feats of daring in their regular work clothes. Whereas the Red Knight got his start in 1934 as a guy named Bullet Benton, he did not don the Red Knight costume and, therefore, the costumed hero persona until April of 1940. I suspect somebody at the Register and Tribune Syndicate took a gander at the McClure Syndicate’s success with Superman. »
- Mike Gold
Universal has picked up U.K. and Australian rights to “ID2: Shadwell Army,” the sequel to 1995 soccer hooliganism cult movie “I.D.” by Philip Davis. Venezuelan Joel Novoa (“God’s Slave”) helmed the pic from a screenplay by Vincent O’Connell. The drama is co-produced by Sally Hibbin, the long-time producer of Ken Loach, along with Patrick Cassavetti. Moviehouse Entertainment has kicked off rights sales to the rest of the world at the Berlinale’s European Film Market.
The pic tracks a police officer who goes undercover to infiltrate Shadwell’s revitalized hooligan element, and gets caught up in the political turmoil sparked by plans to build a mosque in the East London district.
Parallax East, Screen Yorkshire and Germany’s Post Republic co-produce.
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
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