8 items from 2015
It’s an institution, in the best possible sense of the word. And nowadays it’s impossible to think of “the Beeb” without thinking of its filmmaking arm. This week BBC Films celebrated its 25th birthday, a quarter of a century of British independent filmmaking during which it has developed and produced over 250 films. The anniversary comes just a month after it won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the BAFTAs. From its first film, Anthony Minghella’s "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1990, just a smattering of the back catalogue reflects the quality of its output, much by directors nurtured at the start of their filmmaking careers: "Jude" (Michael Winterbottom), "Twenty Four Seven" (Shane Meadows), "Billy Elliot" (Stephen Daldry), "Last Resort" and "My Summer of Love" (Pawel Pawlikowski), "Eastern Promises" (David Cronenberg), "The Duchess" (Saul Dibb), "An Education" (Lone »
- Demetrios Matheou
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.
Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.
As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...
Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)
Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »
Exclusive: Former TF1 sales exec joins London outfit as home ent exec.
Former TF1 International and Funny Balloons sales executive Marta Ravani-Lorber has joined Protagonist Pictures as director of video, digital and TV sales, effective immediately.
Based at Protagonist’s London headquarters, Ravani-Lorber’s remit will include sales to all platforms of the Film4 Library, which Protagonist has handled since 2008, and its own back catalogue of more than 50 titles.
Ravani-Lorber previously worked across sales, production and acquisitions, most recently as international sales manager for TF1 International in Paris and before that as sales acquisitions manager with Funny Balloons.
The valuable Film4 Library contains films from Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Peter Greenaway, Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass and Michael Winterbottom while Protagonist’s own library includes films from Ben Wheatley, Shane Meadows, Terence Davies, Kevin Macdonald and Peter Strickland.
Ravani-Lorber will attend upcoming MipTV in her new role. »
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This week Neil Calloway looks at the benefits of brands appearing in films…
I thought the peak of award season was always the Oscars, and I imagine you did too. Turns out I’m wrong; there is also the Brandcameo Product Placement Awards.
Given out yearly, the awards “honour” films for their use of brands, and brands for their use in films. They are not entirely serious, and it could be said that they are a sly dig at the paid use of brands in movies.
This year, Apple won the award for “Overall Product Placement”, with its products appearing, or named in, 9 out of the 35 movies that topped the Us Box Office in 2014. The other big award is the Achievement in Product Placement in a Single Film, won this year by Transformers: Age of Extinction, with appearances by 55 brands, seven ahead of its nearest rival, Gone Girl.
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- Neil Calloway
The stars of a gritty drama about a girl on the run from her father were spotted on the street. It’s a trail blazed by directors from Ken Loach to Shane Meadows, and has brought some of our most searing performances to the screen
Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar last week was the icing on the cake for what’s been a good spell for British acting. There was also recognition for the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike at this year’s Oscars, and British actors have been routinely nabbing iconic American roles such as Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo), Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and even Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). Not to mention Spider-Man, Superman and the last Batman.
But it’s a certain kind of British actor who has been celebrated of late, as evidenced by Vanity Fair’s recent Hollywood issue, which »
- Steve Rose
The Boardwalk Empire actor on the brilliance of The Sopranos, Venice in winter and taking the kids to see Kasabian
Actor Stephen Graham, 41, was born in Kirkby, Liverpool, and got his breakthrough role in 2000, when Guy Ritchie cast him as Tommy in gangster film Snatch. Since then, he has played Combo in Shane Meadows’s Bafta-winning This Is England film and TV series and Al Capone in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He has also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Gangs of New York. He is married to fellow actor Hannah Walters, with whom he has two children. His next role is in crime drama Hyena, released in the UK on 6 March.
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- Ralph Jones
News of the singer's passing was posted last night (February 16) on Clark's Facebook page by his management.
"Gavin Clark tragically passed away last night," the message read.
"Until a full statement is released, we ask the press to respect the family's request for privacy at this time, so that they can grieve in peace."
He sung on several tracks on follow-ups End Titles... Stories for Film and Where Did the Night Fall.
Clark was the subject of Meadows's 2007 documentary The Living Room. He also provided the music for several of the director's films.
Clayhill's cover of The Smiths' 'Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want' closed Meadows's This Is England, and their track 'Afterlight' »
Shane Meadows has made a career of chronicling the messy complications of regular life. Whether it's in his ongoing "This Is England," or in efforts such as "Somers Town" and "Twenty Four Seven," the filmmaker has taken an observational and personal approach to storytelling. But for this latest effort, he turns the camera to a close friend, the result is "The Living Room," and you can watch the whole thing right now. Running just a shade under forty-minutes, the documentary — which circles back to a few years ago — focuses on Gavin Clark, Meadows' friend, musician, and former member of Clayhill, and his battle to return to the stage. He begins by hosting a series of solo living room concerts, and after his music for Meadows' "Somers Town" gets critical acclaim, he makes his way back on the big stage once again. Check out the low-key film below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
8 items from 2015
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