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Review: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Unexpectedly Funny And Moving 'Penance'

12 November 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint if our review from the 2012 Venice Film Festival. For all the talk of auteurs working on the small screen and helping to usher in a new golden age of television – Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann etc. – it’s hardly a phenomenon only made up of HBO’s current output. Ingmar Bergman and Rainer Werner Fassbinder both turned to television in the 1980s, for instance, and more recently British filmmakers Shane Meadows and Michael Winterbottom have both worked regularly on U.K. TV. The latest international filmmaker to follow in their footsteps is Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the Japanese filmmaker best known for his millennial horror masterpiece “Pulse.” For his first work since 2008’s low-key, arthouse-minded non-genre picture “Tokyo Sonata,” Kurosawa has turned to the small screen, for a collaboration with the Wowow network in Japan for “Shokuzai” (or “Penance,” in English), an adaptation of the novel by Kanae Minato »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Definitive Scary Scenes from Non-Horror Films: 50-41

2 October 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In the spirit of October, this list will look at scary scenes, but not from the horror classics directed by Craven or Carpenter or even Hitchcock (I’m excluding him, though I argue most of his work isn’t exactly horror). These are from the films that aren’t really meant to scare you. At least, not at the visceral level that horror films do. These are the fifty definitive moments from non-horror films that still made an impact on the “frightening front.” From shocking to creepy to unsettlingly hair raising, these are moments that will stick in your mind long after watching the films, even if they are part of a very different narrative.

50. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Scene: Monkey Security

Video: http://youtu.be/x6QkcJjx-Vo

The third installment of the one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time is also one of the darkest children’s films ever made. »

- Joshua Gaul

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This is England ’90 begins shoot

1 October 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shane Meadows’ BAFTA-winning drama for Channel 4 starts shooting “final four stories” in Sheffield.

Warp Films has begun shooting the final chapters in Shane Meadows’ This Is England series on location in and around Sheffield. 

This Is England ‘90 will catch up with characters including Lol, Woody and Shaun as they enter the new decade, going from bowl haircuts and baggy jeans in the spring to taking ecstasy in the fields, forests and factories of England during the ‘summer’ of love - which soon gives way to a winter of discontent.

The story began with Meadows’ 2006 feature This Is England, which won the BAFTA for Best British Film. Based on the experiences of the director, the coming-of-age story centres on a troubled boy growing up in 1983 who befriends a group of skinheads.

Meadows followed it up with four-part television series This is England ’86, co-written by Jack Thorne, which aired on Channel 4 in 2010 to critical acclaim.  

This is England »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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This Is England '90: Final four-part series to air in 2015

1 October 2014 5:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4 has confirmed that This Is England '90 will air next year

The Shane Meadows drama will conclude with a four-part series in 2015, set two years after the events of This Is England '88.

This Is England '90 will follow the same group of youths in the North, including Lol (Vicky McClure), Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) and Woody (Joe Gilgun).

The director said: "We will see an enormous transformation in the lives of our cast over these final four stories as Shaun writes his final chapter with the gang he loves."

Piers Wenger, Channel 4 Head of Drama, added: "We might feel like we've grown up with Lol, Woody, Shaun and the gang but what Shane has planned for them in these final four parts will ensure that they are in our hearts forever."

Milky (Andrew Shim), Smell (Rosamund Hanson), Gadget (Andrew Ellis), Harvey (Michael Socha), Kell (Chanel Cresswell), Trev »

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This Is England ’90 starts shooting this weekend

5 September 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in 2006 up and coming Uttoxeter-born director Shane Meadows (Dead Mans Shoes) began working on a low-budget British movie centring around the skinhead subculture in the aftermath of the Falklands War in the early 80’s. Based on his own childhood experiences during the time, the movie struck a delicate and poignant chord in the UK and helped launch the careers of young British actors including Vicky McClure (Line Of Duty, Broadchurch), Thomas Turgoose (Eden Lake), Joe Gilgun (Pride) and Jack O’Connell (Starred Up). It was hailed by many critics as one of the best British movies of the decade and in 2008 it won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the BAFTAs. It spawned two very successful TV miniseries – This Is England ’86 and This Is England ’88 – with a third instalment on the horizon.

After almost three years of waiting it now looks like This Is England ’90 finally has it’s shooting date. »

- Gavin Logan

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This Is England '90 to start filming in September

29 August 2014 6:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

This Is England '90 is to start filming next month.

The final instalment in Shane Meadows's dramatic saga will shoot in and around Sheffield from September.

The series' return was confirmed via an eBay auction, offering the chance to appear as an extra in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

At the time of writing the auction - which ends later today (August 29) - has reached a top bid of £2,500.

Meadows confirmed to Digital Spy last year that This Is England '90 would be the last entry in the series.

Originating with the film This Is England in 2006, Meadows's story - which follows a gang of youths in the North - moved to television for the acclaimed series This Is England '86 (2010) and This Is England '88 (2011).

Jack O'Connell may star in This Is England '90: 'Pukey still exists'

This Is England '90 ending is "very sad", says »

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Daily | Venice 2014 | Guy Myhill’s The Goob

28 August 2014 6:08 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Guy Myhill's debut feature, The Goob, premiering at Venice Days, "ostensibly borrows heavily from the Andrea Arnold school of contemporary working class miserablism," notes Adam Woodward at Little White Lies. "Stylistically and tonally, however, it blends the codeine reverie of Harmony Korine's Gummo with the cold-shower realism of early Ken Loach, although perhaps the film it best evokes is Shane Meadows's A Room for Romeo Brass. This is a tremendously assured portrait of an underprivileged if sporadically joy-filled childhood." And we've got more reviews and clips. » - David Hudson »

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Simon Pegg interview: Hector, British film, blockbusters

13 August 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Pegg tries to find the secret to happiness in his latest film. He chats to us about its making, British cinema and more...

Simon Pegg is back in cinemas this week, in Peter Chelsom's Hector And The Search For Happiness. Ahead of that, the man himself sat down with us for a chat, that led to us - genuinely - being locked in a hotel room together for a minute or two.

It was not helped by us holding a packet of Love Hearts at the time. It's probably best you don't ask.

Anyway, we kept our professional composure, and this is what happened...

Given what a globetrotting movie this one is, how are your passport stamps looking?

It's ridiculously stamped now!

Did you film any of it in Liam Neeson's fake plane from Non-Stop? That would have made it easier.

We were working out how long »

- ryanlambie

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David Kosse named Film4 boss

4 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Universal Pictures exec to replace Tessa Ross in November.

David Kosse has been named the new head of Film4, ending months of industry speculation over the appointment.

The widely-respected production and distribution executive will take up the position from November 1 after a decade at studio Universal, most recently as president of international.

He takes over from outgoing boss Tessa Ross, who leaves to become chief executive of the National Theatre in the autumn.

As director of Film4 Kosse will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution of all Film4-backed releases both in the UK and internationally. 

Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham told ScreenDaily that Kosse “really stood out” among candidates, with the decision crystalizing over the last month.

“He has built impeccable creative relationships with British and international talent and is also steeped in knowledge and experience of changing distribution models in film,” Abraham added in »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Blu-ray Review: 'Jules et Jim' & 'Shoot the Pianist'

28 July 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★French critic and auteur François Truffaut's tone and style have been both successfully and unsuccessfully mined by numerous directors over the years, including the likes of Wes Anderson, Richard Ayoade and Shane Meadows. Never as knowingly hip and revolutionary as others, his cinema belongs to Renoir and Vigo, and is carried on by that doomed depressive Leos Carax. Truffaut claimed that if he walked into a casino, his first instinct would be to master the rules. Godard's first instinct, Truffaut added, would be to invent new ones. With his second and third films, Shoot the Pianist (1960) and Jules et Jim (1962) - both rereleased this week - we see a true master at work.

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- CineVue UK

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Brotherly love: 5 must-see movies that show blood is thicker than water

27 June 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mistaken for Strangers, the documentary about The National frontman Matt Berninger and his wayward filmmaker brother Tom, arrives in UK cinemas today (June 27), and is a reminder that siblings can sometimes make for great cinema.

Whether it's the constant squabbling of Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in Step Brothers, the epic Corleone rivalry in The Godfather or Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront, brothers can make for highly-charged drama.

The National: Matt, Tom Berninger on their rock doc Mistaken for Strangers

The National to release "huge bonus version" of Mistaken for Strangers doc

Digital Spy takes a look back at 5 movies about brothers - from entirely different genres - that are essential viewing for film fans.

Dead Ringers (1988)

A typically ambitious psychological thriller from David Cronenberg, Dead Ringers saw Jeremy Irons take on the role of Beverly and Elliot Mantle, identical twin brothers who work as »

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Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce & David Michôd Introduce us to the world of The Rover in our Exclusive Video

20 June 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This year’s Cannes film festival played host to the premiere of David Michôd’s bleak follow up to his fearsome 2010 film Animal Kingdom. Today we have an exclusive introduction to the dark near-future world of The Rover.

Michôd’s latest film takes place ten years after a global collapse with cultures and societies shifting and realigning.  Pearce’s downtroddden farmer finds himself on a dangerous journey through the unforgiving landscape following a violent robbery.

This short peek behind the scenes introduces us to the main players in this dystopian funk, along with Messrs. Pearce and Pattinson we have Susan Prior, Producer David Linde and Cinematographer Natasha Braier to talk us through own visions of Michôd’s strange new world.

Take a look below,

Braier’s work in particular is shown off beautifully here and she has done some fine work with the likes of Shane Meadows and Lynne Ramsay, »

- Jon Lyus

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Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce & David Michôd Introduce us to the world of The Rover in our Exclusive Video

20 June 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This year’s Cannes film festival played host to the premiere of David Michôd’s bleak follow up to his fearsome 2010 film Animal Kingdom. Today we have an exclusive introduction to the dark near-future world of The Rover.

Michôd’s latest film takes place ten years after a global collapse with cultures and societies shifting and realigning.  Pearce’s downtroddden farmer finds himself on a dangerous journey through the unforgiving landscape following a violent robbery.

This short peek behind the scenes introduces us to the main players in this dystopian funk, along with Messrs. Pearce and Pattinson we have Susan Prior, Producer David Linde and Cinematographer Natasha Braier to talk us through own visions of Michôd’s strange new world.

Take a look below,

Braier’s work in particular is shown off beautifully here and she has done some fine work with the likes of Shane Meadows and Lynne Ramsay, »

- Jon Lyus

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Common People – Documenting the Fans in Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets

6 June 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

“This band are the reason that I’ve never worn a tie.” This quote is one of the many superb fan quotes from Shane Meadows’ excellent documentary Made of Stone. Released last year, the film followed the comeback of legendary band The Stone Roses. The documentary was outstanding, but what made it exceptional were the scenes that explored the reaction of the band’s fans, many of whom had never expected to ever see a reunion. Ranging from unashamed joy to downright hysteria (even Meadows himself could barely keep it together when hearing the news), each of the fans discussed what exactly the band and their music had meant to them. Through listening to the fans, Meadows gains a true understanding of the way in which music can form the identity of the common man, and how music can allow a person to break out of the comfort of their »

- Nia Childs

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Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets review: A life in the day

2 June 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Florian Habicht; Starring: Jarvis Cocker, Mark Webber, Candida Doyle, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey and the people of Sheffield; Running time: 90 mins; Certificate: 12A

Forming in 1978 and releasing their first album It in 1983, Pulp became the slowest-burning overnight success in history when the double-whammy of His 'n' Hers and Different Class made them pop superstars in 1994/95.

But rather than trudge us through the Fire to the Promised Island, director Florian Habicht instead picks - more or less - a single day in the Pulp story. December, 8, 2012 - the band's homecoming show after their reunion the year before.

Most of the film is made up of chats (it'd be over-formalising them to call them interviews) with the band, their fans, and the people of Sheffield. By narrowing his film's focus, Habicht has made a tender, charming life in the day of a unique band in British pop.

From lads working the »

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Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets Review

2 June 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Florian Habicht’s nostalgia-infused documentary about Pulp; one of the pioneers of the Britpop phenomena, opens somewhat predictably with their biggest single Common People. On first impressions, such a selection seems too obvious, as though appealing to a mainstream audience rather than the “proper” fans. However eventually it makes perfect sense, as the song is contextually perfect in relation to this film, as that’s what this is truly all about; the common people.

Gaining most of their success in the mid-90s, particularly with their release of the classic album Different Class in ’95, Pulp, led by the enigmatic frontman Jarvis Cocker, have since returned to the stage, reuniting to tour once again. This documentary chronicles the band’s decision to get back together, in the build up to their final show – in their hometown of Sheffield.

Sheffield plays a huge part in this title, as Habicht follows the city’s inhabitants voyeuristically, »

- Stefan Pape

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Hyena to open Edinburgh

12 May 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gerard Johnson’s follow-up to Tony to receive world premiere as opening film; contenders for Michael Powell Award also revealed, including six world premieres.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has revealed that corrupt cop drama Hyena will open the 68th edition of the festival on June 18.

The film reunites director Gerard Johnson with Peter Ferdinando, who played the lead in his debut feature Tony which received its world premiere at Eiff in 2009.

Producers include Stephen Woolley (Made in Dagenham, The Crying Game, Mona Lisa), Elizabeth Karlsen (Great Expectations, Ladies in Lavender) and Joanna Laurie. Hyena was developed by Film4. Sam Lavender and Katherine Butler exec produced the film for Film4 which was co-financed by Film4, BFI, Ingenious and Lipsync and will be released by Metrodome in the UK and distributed internationally by Independent.

Set in London, Hyena revolves around corrupt police officer Michael Logan (Ferdinando) who has to deal with an influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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After Bob Hoskins, it's curtains for working-class actors these days | Barbara Ellen

3 May 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bob Hoskins had a rich and varied career that would not happen now as upper-class men get all the good parts

Rip, Bob Hoskins extraordinary actor and, by all accounts, decent cove. In a wider sense, Hoskins's death raises fresh questions about his legacy as a working-class actor in that he actually got to leave a legacy, in the form of a canon of remarkable and (crucially) varied work spanning 40 years. Jump forward a few decades and how many British working-class actors will have had such chances?

When people comment along the lines that we will never see Hoskins's like again, they are rightly referring to his acting, but it could just as easily be a statement about his class. Outside designated zones such as soap-land, or whatever Shane Meadows, Noel Clarke or Paul Abbott might be doing, working-class actors are becoming practically invisible, the ghosts of the industry, rarely »

- Barbara Ellen

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Helen Mirren on Bob Hoskins: 'A spectacular firework just as it takes off'

30 April 2014 9:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stephen Woolley, Shane Meadows and Helen Mirren pay tribute to actor Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71

Bob was a great actor and an even greater man. Funny, loyal, instinctive, hard-working, with that inimitable energy that seemed like a spectacular firework rocket just as it takes off. When I worked with him on The Long Good Friday he was supportive and not egotistical. He was never sexist, when many around at that time were. I had the honour of watching the creation of one of the most memorable characters in British film.

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- Shane Meadows, Helen Mirren and Stephen Woolley

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Bob Hoskins: forget Mona Lisa, Felicia's Journey was his masterpiece | Peter Bradshaw

30 April 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bob Hoskins' appeal lay in a chirpiness forever on the edge of explosion. Yet his most powerful hour came playing a man with genuinely unsettling intent beneath that cuddly exterior

 Helen Mirren, Shane Meadows and Stephen Woolley share their memories of Hoskins

Bob Hoskins was such a strong presence on screen: wiry, coiled, a low centre of gravity. For me, he always no matter how old he got looked like a recently retired boxer, the kind who might well instantly return to fisticuffs if provoked, but also like a man who could suddenly burst out laughing at a joke he liked, or into tears at a sentimental song. He was more muscle than fat, more heart than most. And it looked like someone might have broken that heart.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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