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Vicky McClure: ‘Nothing I do will ever top working with Shane Meadows’

17 July 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The star of This is England and Line of Duty on reaching her peak and why she’s more at home in Nottingham than Hollywood

It may be after 1pm, but it’s not long since Vicky McClure woke up. When we meet she’s nursing the mother of all hangovers and to make matters worse I’ve brought her to east London’s healthiest café. We settle in a corner on a grey upholstered banquette, away from a loudspeaker blaring house music. After pondering the possible merits of the courgette sandwich, McClure orders a builder’s tea.

Last night she was in town to attend the Glamour women of the year awards, where she walked the red carpet with Sigourney Weaver and Davina McCall. Today she’s low maintenance in rolled-up jeans, a black T-shirt and Nikes, her short brown hair scraped back into a stub of a ponytail. »

- Megan Conner

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Sheffield Doc/Fest reports record figures; reveals 2017 dates

22 June 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary festival attended by Sir David Attenborough, Michael Moore and Tilda Swinton among others.

Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) has reported record figures for its 23rd edition and confirmed that the edition will run June 9-14, 2017.

This year’s documentary festival, the first delivered by festival director Liz McIntyre, reported an increase of 4.6% on 2015 numbers, including industry delegates and public audiences.

A total of 32,769 people attended, including 3,534 industry delegates (up from 3,422 in 2015) who travelled from 60 countries, and 29,235 members of the public (up from 27,917 in 2015).

Audiences were drawn by big names from the documentary world including Us director Michael Moore, whose Where To Invade Next opened the festival; Sir David Attenborough, who was in conversation before a sold out crowd; Palme d’Or winning director Ken Loach; and legendary doc filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Other names included Joanna Lumley, Adam Buxton, Professor Green, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Louis Theroux, Freddie Flintoff, Reggie Yates, [link »

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

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Film Review: The Violators

18 June 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆Ten years have passed since Shane Meadows' This Is England punched a vitriolic, tattooed fist through the 1980s Midlands racial divide. Nationalist tension does not feature in novelist turned writer-director Helen Walsh's The Violators but it is a comparably hard-hitting and bleak state of the British nation address. At a time where class division seems to be worsening, Walsh points an accusatory finger at a system that fails those who need it most, but also simply at how deplorably people can treat one another. An example of loving thy neighbour it is not, at least not unconditionally. Acts of kindness are not freely given and must be reciprocated, often in kind. This is but one of many galling elements of a frank, slow-burning and gritty realist film that will leave audiences seething.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest: Window on the World

10 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary filmmakers will descend on Sheffield in the coming days to offer a window on the past, present and virtual future. Michael Rosser reports

The 23rd Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) kicks off today and promises to be one of its most eclectic to date, with its typically diverse line-up of documentaries from around the world complemented by big name speakers and a major showcase of virtual reality content.

Its 160 feature and short films will be bookended by opening film Where To Invade Next, from Oscar-winning Us director Michael Moore, and The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger. Moore and actress Tilda Swinton, a co-director on the latter doc, will both be in Sheffield to present their films.

Moore’s film and accompanying Q&A will also be live streamed to 120 cinemas across the UK through distributor Dogwoof – the second time Doc/Fest has done this, following Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets »

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

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John Carney interview: Sing Street, X-Men, Hitchcock & more

18 May 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The director of Once, Begin Again and Sing Street talks to us about his new film, getting films noticed, and Hollywood...

Well, Sing Street is just great. The new movie from writer-director John Carney, it tells the story of a young Irish teenager by the name of Cosmo, who – long story short – sets up a band to impress a girl. Yet that sells a funny, nerdy and quite brilliant film short.

Director John Carney – off the back of Once and Begin Again – made the movie. And he spared us some time for a chat about it…

Huge congratulations on Sing Street, which is one of our favourite movies of the year. It’s interesting, though, that it opens opposite a not-very-good X-Men movie this week, and they’re going head to head!

Oh great! [Laughs] That’s like Bernie Sanders and Trump!

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Jack O’Connell On The Intensity Of ‘Money Monster’ And Picking Projects – Cannes Studio

16 May 2016 12:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It takes a rare talent to clock up a volume of impressive performances in a career that’s only a decade old. But British actor Jack O’Connell has done just that, coming a long way since his solid debut aged 15 in Shane Meadows’ This Is England. In the last few years alone, his work leading Starred Up and ’71 brought him British Independent Film Awards nominations, and he came to Hollywood’s attention when Angelina Jolie cast him as Louis Zamperini in her movie… »

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Shane Meadows hints at a final This Is England feature film

11 May 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like the BAFTA-winning This Is England ’90 may not be the final chapter of Shane Meadows’ acclaimed This Is England saga after all, as the filmmaker has revealed to The Sun that he has plans to reunite the gang for one final feature special.

“There is one This Is England left,” said Meadows. “I’ve got one last idea for This Is England but as a film that can be split as a hybrid. Because it started in cinemas and ended up on TV, I would love to finish off with one feature-length episode people can watch in the cinema or on TV the same night. I know the desire is there from me and I’m pretty sure the cast, all of us, don’t see this as a job, we see this as a summer holiday. It’s tricky getting everyone together but I’m sure we can. »

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BAFTA TV Awards: ‘Wolf Hall’ Wins Drama Series; Mark Rylance Lead Actor – Full List

8 May 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Three programs scored double wins at tonight’s BAFTA TV Awards in London. Wolf Hall — Playground Entertainment, Company Pictures and BBC Two's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize winning novels — which led the nominations coming into the evening, took the Drama Series win. Star Mark Rylance, also a BAFTA Film Award and Oscar winner this year for his supporting turn in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies, was victorious in the Leading Actor race. Shane Meadows… »

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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: Complete List

8 May 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — In another strong year for British television, historical drama “Wolf Hall,” Shane Meadows’ “This Is England ‘90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” came up trumps at the BAFTA Television Awards, which unspooled on May 8 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The ceremony, which was hosted by Graham Norton, saw BBC2’s “Wolf Hall” win best drama series as well as leading actor for Mark Rylance’s depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court.

Upon receiving the award for best drama series, helmer Peter Kosminsky attacked the U.K. government’s treatment of the BBC, warning that its future was “under threat, make no mistake about that.”

On May 12, Blighty’s government is due to publish its white paper on the future of the Beeb, with the scope and funding of the corporation under threat. Kosminsky noted that government proposals that threatened the »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Shane Meadows: 'We haven’t ruled out Oap This is England'

8 May 2016 1:29 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

At the Bafta awards, Meadows said it is ‘difficult to close the door forever’ on his beloved project – and that fans can still look forward to one last ‘little gem’

Shane Meadows has said he would not rule out a new film or stage version of his This is England saga in the future.

Meadows had previously said that This is England ‘90 would be the final outing of his award-winning series, which began as a film in 2006 following young skinhead culture in the 1980s and developed into three follow-up series on Channel 4.

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Bafta TV awards 2016: full list of winners

8 May 2016 12:24 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

All the winners (and nominees) for this year’s Bafta awards, from Mark Rylance to Suranne Jones, Peter Kay’s Car Share to Poldark

Wolf Hall director says BBC is under threat

Shane Meadows: ‘We haven’t ruled out Oap This is England

Humans (Channel 4)

The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic)

No Offence (Channel 4)

Winner – Wolf Hall (BBC2)

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Daniel Battsek Takes Over as Director of Film4

14 April 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham has announced that Daniel Battsek will join the corporation as Director of Film4, following the news that David Kosse is to step down to join Stx Entertainment.

Battsek will join Film4 in July, relocating to the UK from New York after fulfilling his contract as President of Cohen Media Group - where he has overseen the acquisition and release of projects including back-to-back Oscar® nominees "Timbuktu" and "Mustang," as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ renowned novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4.   Prior to this role Daniel was President of National Geographic Films, and before that President, Filmed Entertainment at Miramax Films.

David Kosse will continue working for Film4 during the transition period on a consultancy basis until October.

Battsek will inherit the increased spend announced by David Abraham and David Kosse in February 2016 of £25 million for the year, with the ambition of maintaining similar increased levels of Film4 funding in future years.

Under Battsek’s leadership, Film4 will continue to seek out new partnerships like those announced with Fox Searchlight and Fp Films in February, which allow the company to take a greater stake in certain projects, with a view to seeing more of the returns flowing back to Film4 for investment in the company’s future slate.

Battsek also inherits a development slate which includes new work from Lenny Abrahamson, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Haigh, Steve McQueen, Martin McDonagh, Clio Barnard, Bart Layton, Garth Davis and Mike Leigh. as well as completed or near completed films from Andrea Arnold, Ben Wheatley, Ang Lee, Paddy Considine, Susanna White, John Cameron Mitchell, acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews, newcomer Toby Macdonald and Danny Boyle.

Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham commented: “Daniel Battsek’s passion for independent, filmmaker driven cinema, and experience in film production, development and distribution at the highest level in both the Us and UK markets, are second to none. He’s a perfect fit for the Film4 brand. We’re thrilled to bring this talented British executive back to the UK.

“As demonstrated by our record breaking year at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs, Daniel will inherit a Film4 business in fine creative and commercial health from David Kosse.  We’re sad he couldn’t have been with us longer but he’s had an incredible impact in the time he has led the division.  Both the exciting upcoming slate and the increased funding for original film we announced earlier this year are testament to the successful strategy implemented by David.   I’m delighted that he will be working alongside Daniel on a smooth transition over the summer and ensuring that it is business as usual for Film4 over this period.”

Daniel Battsek added: "I am hugely honored to have been offered this opportunity. My career began with so many of Film4's early productions and I have retained strong ties with British filmmakers throughout my time in the Us. Joining Film4 feels almost like coming full circle. I look forward to returning to the UK and putting the experience I've gained on both sides of the Atlantic to good use."

David Kosse said: "Film4 is a unique organization and a very special brand and it was a difficult decision to leave, but joining Stx at this stage is an opportunity that I couldn't pass up.  Over almost two years, I'm incredibly proud to have put in place a new strategy for Film4 which has boosted funding for the film industry to a record level and to have introduced an exciting new slate of high quality productions and developments with a diverse group of filmmakers.  David Abraham and the Channel 4 leadership team have been fantastic partners since day one and I look forward to continuing to work with them over the coming months."

Having worked at the cutting edge of the independent sector on three continents, Battsek brings 30 years’ production, development and distribution experience to Film4. For the last three years Battsek has served as President of New York based Cohen Media Group, where he has overseen the acquisition and release of arthouse/crossover releases including back-to-back Oscar® nominees "Timbuktu" and "Mustang," as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ renowned novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4. Prior to that he spent 2½ years at National Geographic Films, where as President he acquired projects for development and production including the  Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo, as well as National Geographic branded large screen and Imax 3D projects.

Battsek relocated from the UK to New York in 2005, where he served for five years as President, Filmed Entertainment at Miramax Films. Projects he greenlit and/or acquired there included Oscar® winners "The Queen," "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" and Oscar® nominees "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Happy-Go-Lucky". From 1991 to 2005, Battsek held the position of Evp and Managing Director, UK Distribution and European Production & Acquisitions at Buena Vista International, UK, where he oversaw all aspects of UK distribution for 18-25 releases per annum from Walt Disney Studios and their partners including Pixar and Miramax Films. At Bvi, Battsek also set up a Comedy Production Label in 2001 which financed and produced three films, including "Calendar Girls" and "Kinky Boots." Prior to that, Battsek spent six years as Managing Director of Palace Pictures, where he was responsible for the acquisition and distribution of quality independent titles from around the world for release in the UK, and he also spent three years as a Sales & Marketing Executive for Hoyts Entertainment in Australia, where he first cut his teeth in distribution.

Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division, which develops and co-finances films and has an established track record for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking.  Film4 has developed and/or co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years - Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave," Danny Boyle’s "Slumdog Millionaire," Lenny Abrahamson’s "Room," Alex Garland’s "Ex Machina," Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Andrew Haigh’s "45 Years" and Phyllida Lloyd’s "The Iron Lady," in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’ "Four Lions," Shane Meadows’ "This is England," Martin McDonagh’s "Seven Psychopaths," Yann Demange’s "71," Ben Wheatley’s "High-Rise," Clio Barnard’s "The Selfish Giant," Jonathan Glazer’s "Under the Skin" and David Mackenzie’s "Starred Up." »

- Sydney Levine

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Full list of nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

30 March 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards, with the BBC’s Wolf Hall leading the field with four nods, followed by Peter Kay’s Car Share and Shane Meadows’ This Is England ’90 with three apiece. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Lesley Manville, River

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Haunting

Entertainment performance

Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice

Stephen Fry, Qi

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan, Asian Provocateur

Male performance in a comedy programme

Hugh Bonneville, W1A

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- Gary Collinson

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'Wolf Hall' Leads BAFTA TV Nominations

29 March 2016 11:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Wolf Hall has emerged as the frontrunner in the race for this year's BAFTA TV Awards. The acclaimed BBC miniseries came away with four nominations at an announcement made on Wednesday, including drama series, leading actor for recent Oscar-winner Mark Rylance, leading actress for Claire Foy, soon to be seen as Queen Elizabeth in Netflix's The Crown, and supporting actor for Anton Lesser. The period drama — which aired on PBS in the U.S. — was followed by Shane Meadows' gritty four-part comedy-drama This is England '90, with three nominations. "You couldn't have two more different

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- Alex Ritman

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BAFTA TV Awards Nominations 2016: ‘Wolf Hall’ Leads Pack – Full List

29 March 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Update: Adding to its six BAFTA TV Craft Awards nominations, Wolf Hall — Playground Entertainment, Company Pictures and BBC Two's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize winning novels — also now leads the main pack of nominees for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards with four total. Those include Best Drama Series and Leading Actor for this year’s Supporting Actor Oscar and BAFTA winner Mark Rylance. Shane Meadows’ latest installment in the This Is En… »

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On my radar: Daniel Mays’s cultural highlights

27 March 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor on Harold Pinter, a great Marlon Brando documentary, a Peter Ackroyd murder mystery and Shane Meadows’s This Is England saga

Daniel Mays, 37, grew up in Epping, Essex, and trained at the Italia Conti Academy and Rada. Not long after graduating, he was cast by Mike Leigh in All Or Nothing and later as Imelda Staunton’s cocky son, Sid, in Vera Drake. His impressive list of screen credits, including roles in Atonement and Made in Dagenham, Red Riding and Ashes to Ashes, is matched by an equally weighty stage CV – Mays has appeared in six productions at the Royal Court. He stars alongside Timothy Spall in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at the Old Vic from Tuesday 29 March.

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‘Revenant,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Mad Max’ Among Winners at Empire Awards

21 March 2016 4:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “The Revenant” won best film at the Empire Awards in London Sunday, but it was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” that ruled overall, taking five prizes, including director for J.J. Abrams, visual effects, sci-fi/fantasy, and male and female newcomer for stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who were both present to accept their trophies.

Mad Max: Fury Road” was close behind with four awards, including soundtrack, costume design, make-up and hairstyling, and production design.

Among the stars honored at the ceremony included Matt Damon, who was in attendance to receive the actor award for his performance in “The Martian.” Director Paul Greengrass, who has recently reunited with Damon on the upcoming “Jason Bourne,” presented the award to him on stage. Alicia Vikander was crowned best actress for “The Danish Girl.”

Spectre” won best British film and best thriller, with the awards collected by director Sam Mendes.

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'Star Wars' wins five at Empire Awards

20 March 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Posthumous Empire Legend award for Alan Rickman; Matt Damon collects Best Actor award and Best Actress goes to Alicia Vikander

Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the pack at the Jameson Empire Awards in London on Sunday evening, winning five trophies including Best Director for J.J. Abrams, Best Visual Effects, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy collected by C-3Po actor Anthony Daniels, and Best Male and Female Newcomer awards for stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, who were both present on the night.

Three honorary awards included the Empire Inspiration award, which was presented to British actor-director Paddy Considine by long-time collaborator Shane Meadows, while actor Stanley Tucci was named Empire Hero. Miranda Richardson, currently filming Churchill with Tucci, presented him with the award in recognition of his recent performances in high-profile films including the Hunger Games series and Spotlight.

The late Alan Rickman was posthumously named this year’s Empire Legend.

Other stars honoured »

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The Observer/Anthony Burgess awards 2015: Ed Cripps wins second prize

20 March 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ed Cripps’s article on a South Bank Show about Paul Greengrass scooped second place at the annual arts journalism awards

Read the winning essay by Leah Broad

The South Bank Show’s episode on Paul Greengrass was the best kind of arts journalism, an accidental celebration of two aesthetic statesmen dense with respect and common ground. Melvyn Bragg and his subject are sophisticatedly mainstream, lustrously haired documentarians with inverse social trajectories, Bragg the Wigton-born baron of the arts, Greengrass the public school anti-establishment renegade, a peer and a parabolist. If Bragg has become our post-Parkinson interviewer-laureate, Greengrass is (along with Shane Meadows) a sort of director-laureate, north-south magnets of tough, humane Englishness.

Bragg’s approach flickers between tutorial, therapy, dance and seduction, occasionally catching himself in the mirror

Related: 2015 Observer/Anthony Burgess prize-winner announced

Greengrass’s films have the impartiality of a Bragg documentary, fragments of dialectic and opinion shored with artistry

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- Ed Cripps

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The Observer/Anthony Burgess awards 2015: Ed Cripps wins second prize

20 March 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ed Cripps’s article on a South Bank Show about Paul Greengrass scooped second place at the annual arts journalism awards

Read the winning essay by Leah Broad

The South Bank Show’s episode on Paul Greengrass was the best kind of arts journalism, an accidental celebration of two aesthetic statesmen dense with respect and common ground. Melvyn Bragg and his subject are sophisticatedly mainstream, lustrously haired documentarians with inverse social trajectories, Bragg the Wigton-born baron of the arts, Greengrass the public school anti-establishment renegade, a peer and a parabolist. If Bragg has become our post-Parkinson interviewer-laureate, Greengrass is (along with Shane Meadows) a sort of director-laureate, north-south magnets of tough, humane Englishness.

Bragg’s approach flickers between tutorial, therapy, dance and seduction, occasionally catching himself in the mirror

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- Ed Cripps

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