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Edinburgh 2017: God's Own Country, Glory, Donkeyote and The Full Story Receive Festival's Top Awards

While the Edinburgh International Film Festival may still have a few days left to run, including the Closing Film England is Mine on Sunday, the recipients of their top awards were announced this morning. The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film went to director Francis Lee for his directorial debut and festival Opening Film, God’s Own Country. Named after one of the UK’s most original filmmakers, the jury was comprised of award-winning composer David Arnold, International Film Festival Rotterdam Artistic Director, Bero Beyer, and BAFTA-nominated film and television writer Andrea Gibb. Lee said of his award; “I am thrilled with this honour for God's Own Country, especially when you consider the British films that have won before. After premiering at Sundance and Berlin...

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'God's Own Country' wins top prize at Edinburgh Film Festival

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'God's Own Country' wins top prize at Edinburgh Film Festival
Daphne, Glory also scoop prizes.

Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country has won the top prize at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The well-received drama, which premiered in Sundance and had its UK premiere in Edinburgh, took the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film.

The prize was awarded by a jury consisting of composer David Arnold, International Film Festival Rotterdam artistic director Bero Beyer, and Bafta-nominated film and television writer Andrea Gibb.

The jury commented: “We present the Michael Powell Award to God’s Own Country, directed by Francis Lee, a film with a singularity of storytelling and consistency of vision. Assured direction with raw and endearing performances result in a film that has an authenticity that is both tender and brutal, a juxtaposition of landscape and emotion, which explores the question of what it means to be a man.”

On hearing the news, director Francis Lee said: “I am thrilled with this
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Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn take 'Swallows And Amazons'

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Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn take 'Swallows And Amazons'
HanWay Films handles international sales.

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have secured North American rights to Philippa Lowthorpe’s Swallows And Amazons.

The film, based on the classic 1930s novel by Arthur Ransome of the same name, stars Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, and Kelly Macdonald.

Swallows And Amazons centres on four children on summer holiday who find adventure when the camp on an island in the middle of a lake. Andrea Gibb adapted the screenplay.

Harbour PicturesNicholas Barton and BBC FilmsJoe Oppenheimer served as producers.

Swallows And Amazons is a Harbour Pictures Productions in association with HanWay Films, Studio Canal, BBC Films, BFI, Screen Yorkshire, Electric Shadow Company, and Maiden Investments.

“I believe it’s important to bring a good family film to the market, and that’s what I found in Swallows And Amazons,” Peter Goldwyn, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films, said. “The film has a talented cast, and I know
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Guest editorial: Swallows and Amazons – A Writer’s Journey by Andrea Gibb

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To celebrate the release of Philippa Lowthorpe’s adaptation of Swallows and Amazons on Blu-ray and DVD we are privileged to have an inside view on the film’s production.

In this guest editorial screenwriter Andrea Gibb takes us on her journey bringing the beloved book to the big screen.

I first got involved with ‘Swallows and Amazons’ in 2007. Nick Barton, one of the producers, had seen my film ‘Dear Frankie’ and liked it. That had a child at the centre and, as the most important characters in ‘Swallows’ are the kids, Nick felt I could write them for the screen.

I hadn’t read the book as a child but the minute he gave it to me, I fell in love. I was struck by its power as an evocation of childhood and by the simple truth of its message; children love to play, explore and imagine.
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Swallows and Amazons movie review: a free-range kiddie adventure

Behold a time before helicopter parenting, when children roamed free, ate cake for dinner, and played with fire. A delightfully old-fashioned treat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Gather round, kiddies, and behold a time before videogames — before television, even — when children roamed free and were forced to relieve their boredom with nothing more than a couple of sticks and their imaginations… and they relished it. Gather round, parents, and marvel as a mother grants permission for her four children to go sailing and camping on their own recognizance, with no adult supervision at all, for days. Because, as that mother says, “I don’t want them frightened of the world,” so they have to learn how to deal with it on their own. Imagine that!

Not only
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Film Review: ‘Swallows and Amazons’

Film Review: ‘Swallows and Amazons’
Based on British author Arthur Ransome’s popular children’s books of the 1930s and 1940s, “Swallows and Amazons” is, on the face of it, a fairly conservative film. Detailing the summer vacation adventures of the upper middle-class Walker family, it is a relaxed piece set in the summer of 1935, in a heritage England of Dundee cake, small boats and blithe acceptance of a broadly colonialist outlook. It is an England where the machinations of Russian spies can be safely foiled in time for tea by a band of plucky children. It is the fictional England to which many Britons who voted for Brexit aspire to return.

Properly understood as a fiction, this rose-tinted world of kids who covet knives in order to whittle sticks — rather than, say, to stab a schoolmate — makes for a very charming, fairly twee, entirely respectable adventure. Of the five Walker children, the standout is
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‘Sherlock’s’ Moriarty, Andrew Scott, Joins Cast of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (Exclusive)

‘Sherlock’s’ Moriarty, Andrew Scott, Joins Cast of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ (Exclusive)
London — Andrew Scott, who is Jim Moriarty in “Sherlock” and is soon to be seen as Denbigh in James Bond movie “Spectre,” has joined the cast of Philippa Lowthorpe’s feature film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s adventure story “Swallows and Amazons.” Scott, whose other movie credits include “Pride,” will play a secret agent — by the name of Lazlow — in pursuit of the reclusive and enigmatic Jim Turner (Rafe Spall), inspired by Ransome’s own life as a spy.

In the novel “Swallows and Amazons,” Ransome based the character of Turner on himself as a novelist. The filmmakers behind this new adaptation have been inspired by Ransome’s secret life as an agent for the British intelligence service MI6, and based Turner on Ransome the spy. The truth about Ransome’s role as a secret agent, whose code name was S.76, was revealed 10 years ago when the British government released
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Swallows and Amazons casting news

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Filming is finally underway on the new Harbour Pictures/BBC Films adaptation of Arthur Ransome's classic novel Swallows and Amazons, after a long period in development.

(Pictured left are the The Walker children from the 1960s BBC adaptation – Simon West, Stephen Grendon, Suzanna Hamilton and Sophie Neville.)

The team at Shaheen Baig Casting have discovered six young newcomers to take on the roles of the Walker and Blackett children in the Lake District set adventure.

Dane Hughes will play John Walker, Orla Hill (a pupil at Anna Fiorentini Drama School who appeared in Song for Marion) will play Susan Walker, and Bobby McColloch as Roger Walker, with Lily and Alfie Allen's half-sister 8 year old Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, the daughter of actors Keith Allen and Tamzin Malleson playing the the youngest, Tatty Walker.

The two Blackett sisters are to be played by Seren Hawkes as Nancy, and Hannah Jayne Thorp as Peggy.
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Gwendoline Christie, Harry Enfield join 'Swallows and Amazons'

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Principal photography underway in the UK on book adaptation.

Cast and crew have set sail for the big-screen adaptation of the film update of Arthur Ransome classic Swallows and Amazons.

Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead) and Harry Enfield (Kevin and Perry Go Large) have joined Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald in Philippa Lowthorpe’s (Call the Midwife) feature debut, adapted by Andrea Gibb (Dear Frankie).

The Walker and Blackett children will be played by Dane Hughes, Orla Hill, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Bobby McCulloch, Seren Hawkes and Hannah Jayne Thorp.

Principal photography got underway in the Lake District on June 21.

Nick Barton of Harbour Pictures Productions, Nick O’Hagan, and BBC FilmsJoe Oppenheimer, are producers.

Swallows and Amazons follows four children dreaming of an escape from the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast
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StudioCanal, HanWay board 'Swallows and Amazons'

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Exclusive: Iconic UK book series sails to production with Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald in lead roles.

StudioCanal has snapped up UK rights to the upcoming feature version of UK classic book series Swallows and Amazons from HanWay Films, which has launched world sales at Cannes.

Boardwalk Empire star Kelly Macdonald has newly joined the Harbour Pictures’ (Calendar Girls) production alongside Rafe Spall (Get Santa) who will lead the cast as the enigmatic Captain Flint.

Philippa Lowthorpe (Jamaica Inn) will direct from a screenplay by Andrea Gibb (Dear Frankie).

Production on the film version will begin in the Lake District this summer. BBC Films and the BFI developed the project and are on-board for production finance.

The film is set over an idyllic English summer holiday where the Walker children and their sailing rivals, the Blacketts, run amok in their boats against the impressive backdrop of the Lake District. But when the Walker’s uncle Jim is revealed
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Colin Firth Movie from ‘Theory of Everything’ Director Heads BBC Films’ New Slate

London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at a party in London today, has revealed its latest slate, which includes new projects from the directors of “The Theory of Everything” and “The Lunchbox,” as well as films by Armando Iannucci and Ricky Gervais.

James Marsh, the director of “The Theory of Everything,” is helming a film recounting the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, and his attempt to win the first single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. Pic is produced by Blueprint Pictures; it is written by Scott Z. Burns and stars Colin Firth.

Ritesh Batra, who helmed “The Lunchbox,” will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel “The Sense of an Ending.” The adaptation is the debut screenplay of playwright Nick Payne, whose play “Constellations” has recently been on Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world
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BBC Films unveils 25th anniversary slate

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Ricky Gervais, James Marsh, Armando Iannucci films on slate.

BBC Films has revealed details of its upcoming slate, which includes new projects from Ricky Gervais, Armando Iannucci, James Marsh and Ritesh Batra.

The slate of projects was revealed during an event in London to celebrate the 25th birthday of BBC Films, whose first first theatrical production, Truly Madly Deeply, directed by Anthony Minghella, was released in 1990.

As previously reported, Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize winning novel The Sense of an Ending.

The adaptation is the debut screenplay of award-winning playwright Nick Payne and tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world is rocked to its foundations by the emergence of an explosive letter from his careless youth.

David Thompson will produce for Origin Pictures.

Rafe Spall is confirmed for Swallows and Amazons, a reinvention of Arthur Ransome’s classic. Written by Andrea Gibb, the film will
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Elizabeth Is Missing to become three-part Stv series

Emma Healey's bestselling novel Elizabeth Is Missing will be made into a three-part series by Stv Productions.

Healey's 2014 debut novel will have a script developed by writer Andrea Gibb (BBC Films' Swallows and Amazons and Music and Silence).

Elizabeth Is Missing tells the story of Maud and her quest to find her missing best friend while battling with dementia.

"Elizabeth Is Missing is a dramatist's dream," said Gibbs.

"It has everything; a great premise, a compelling mystery, an unusual and engaging heroine and is both funny and very moving."

She added: "It is also about something very important. Dementia is a time bomb. According to the Alzheimer's Society, two thirds of people with dementia are women and by 2021 there will be a million people with it in the UK.

"It's not an inevitable disease of old age but a disease of the brain which affects not just the person
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Scottish Desire for Freedom Raises the Question: And Then What?

Edinburgh, Scotland — Next week the Edinburgh Film Festival marks the 20th anniversary of the start of production on “Braveheart” with a special screening, which coincides nicely with the run-up to September’s referendum on Scottish independence. Both the film and the campaign for independence focus on the issue of “freedom” for Scotland, but also prompt the question: “And then what?”

For a film that is about Scottish nationalism, it has always irked the industry in Scotland that “Braveheart” was largely shot in Ireland, due to that country’s tax breaks and the offer of 1,700 Irish soldiers for the battle scenes. This was raised again on Wednesday by Scottish film critic Siobhan Synnot, who was speaking in Edinburgh at a Scottish film industry summit titled “The Future of the Scottish Film Sector, Post Referendum.” Synnot pointed out that the debate that “Braveheart” ignited when it premiered in Scotland is still going on today.
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McKidd Eyes Return To Scotland

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McKidd Eyes Return To Scotland
Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd has been pining for his native Scotland since moving to America, so the actor plans to return to his homeland soon to shoot three movies.

The Scottish actor has been based in Los Angeles with his wife Jane and their two children since he landed a role as Dr. Owen Hunt in the medical drama in 2008.

But he feels increasingly homesick, and is planning to head back to Scotland soon to helm three projects after he fell in love with directing while taking charge of an episode of Grey's Anatomy earlier this year.

McKidd tells the Daily Record newspaper, "I'm hoping to do a low budget film for Sigma Films with (Scottish screenwriter/actress) Andrea Gibb, who I did (2003 film) Afterlife with and who had written an amazing script - like (1983 American drama) The Big Chill but set in Scotland. And (Scottish rocker/filmmaker) Richard Jobson is also trying to get a project off the ground that would be shooting in Grampian, so hopefully they can both come off.

"I'd love to come back to direct some kind of independent film. I'm not sure what that would be yet but I definitely want to do that. Next year there's a Shakespeare play in Scotland I'm working to get made as a movie."

McKidd has also hinted he is eyeing a future behind the camera because his directorial debut for Grey's Anatomy was such a hit, producers have invited him to helm more episodes.

He adds, "I think I did a good job and I was delighted to get the opportunity. They have also asked me back to direct a couple of episodes in season eight, which starts later this year."

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