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Jonathan Teplitzky begins shooting Churchill bio-drama with Brian Cox

25 May 2016 5:55 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Brian Cox as Churchill.

Shooting has begun in Scotland on Jonathan Teplitzky's next film, Churchill, starring Brian Cox as the man himself.

The film was written by Alex von Tunzelmann, best known for her Guardian column Reel History,.on the historical accuracy - or not - of certain movies.

Churchill takes place in the forty-eight hours leading up to D-Day in May 1944, and, given it marks von Tunzelmann's feature debut, is presumably unimpeachable on historical grounds.

Joining Cox in the cast are Miranda Richardson as Churchill's wife Clemmie, John Slattery as Eisenhower, James Purefoy as George VI and Ella Purnell as Churchill's secretary.

Teplitzky (The Railway Man, Better Than Sex) said that "to work with Brian Cox and see him play such an icon will be an incredible experience..

Producers are Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of Salon Pictures with Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford.s Tempo Productions, »

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First Look: Brian Cox Stars in Jonathan Teplitzky’s ‘Churchill’

24 May 2016 2:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Jonathan Teplitzky’s “Churchill,” starring Brian Cox, has started principal photography, and the first image has been released.

Miranda Richardson, “Mad Men” star John Slattery and James Purefoy recently joined the cast. Richardson plays the British leader’s wife Clemmie, Slattery is General Eisenhower, Purefoy is King George VI, and rising-star Ella Purnell plays Churchill’s secretary.

Action is set on May 23, 1944, as tensions mount in the 48-hours preceding D-Day. Churchill must prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army. With the war effort hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher. As the wartime leader clashes with his generals, tension builds with the Americans, and Churchill must wrestle his inner-demons in order to navigate the Allies to victory.

Pic is directed by Teplitzky (“The Railway Man,” “Marcella”), and written by British historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann.

The film, which was developed with the assistance of the BFI, »

- Leo Barraclough

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'Churchill' shoot begins; cast revealed

24 May 2016 3:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

First look at Brian Cox as the wartime leader as Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, James Purefoy and Ella Purnell join cast.

Salon Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun in Scotland on its new feature film, Churchill.

Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy) plays the Second World War leader in the 48-hours preceding D-Day in May 1944, when Churchill had to prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army.

The cast is rounded out with Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Testament of Youth) as wife Clemmie Churchill, with John Slattery (Mad Men) as General Eisenhower, James Purefoy (Rome) as King George VI, and rising-star Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tarzan) joining the cast as Churchill’s secretary.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), the film is written by British historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann in her feature debut.

Churchill was developed with the assistance of the BFI. Producers are [link »

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

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Embankment, Kevin Loader team for Ferarri racing documentary

11 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: In The Loop and Coriolanus producers team with Embankment Films.

Producers Kevin Loader (The Lady in the Van, In The Loop) and Julia Taylor-Stanley (Coriolanus) have joined forces with Embankment Films to tell the story behind the iconic Ferrari motor racing team of the late 1950s.

Ferrari: Race To Immortality, which is currently in production, will chart the story of one of the greatest decades in motor racing history.

Enzo Ferrari was the complex visionary whose obsessions and passions knew no limits – winning was everything and his drivers would pay the ultimate price. Collins, Hawthorn, Musso and de Portago all pushed themselves to the limit with fatal consequenses.    

The film will use re-creation, first-hand accounts and archive material to tell the story of the one of greatest teams of drivers ever assembled – Ferrari’s La Scuderia – considered gladiators of motor sport.      

Sports film director Daryl Goodrich, whose Olympic Games launch film Make Britain Proud played a role »

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

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John Slattery to play Eisenhower in Churchill biopic

28 April 2016 2:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Mad Men and Spotlight star to play opposite Brian Cox in Churchill, one of five films in production for Embankment Films.

Mad Men and Spotlight star John Slattery will play Us Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower in upcoming biopic Churchill, which will star Brian Cox as the eponymous British war-time leader.

Shoot is due to get underway on May 23 in Scotland on the feature from The Railway Man director Jonathan Teplitzky.

Miranda Richardson and Suki Waterhouse will co-star in the feature, which Embankment Films launched at Afm last year and will continue selling in Cannes.

Eisenhower served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II and would go on to serve as 34th President of the Us from 1953 until 1961.

Stanley Tucci had previously been lined up for the role but was unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts.

Churchill is one of five productions to get underway for Embankment between April 11 and »

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

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Embankment Ups Max Pirkis To Head Of Acquisitions And Distribution – Berlin

18 February 2016 5:37 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar’s Embankment has upped Max Pirkis to its head of acquisitions and distribution. The move comes after what the company claims has been a successful Berlin with a slate including the Alicia Vikander-James McAvoy love story Submergence and Kit Harington-Dakota Fanning project Brimstone. Pirkis will now manage Embankment's acquisitions slate while also coordinating international delivery and distribution of current Embankment titles. Greg Martin… »

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Embankment names Max Pirkis head of acquisitions and distribution

18 February 2016 4:21 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sales outfit has been at Efm with Submergence.

Embankment Films has appointed Max Pirkis as head of acquisitions and distribution with immediate effect.

Pirkis, who joined the London-based sales firm in 2013, now heads up and manages Embankment’s acquisitions slate while also co-ordinating international delivery and distribution of current Embankment titles.

Greg Martin, who previously worked for Working Title, reports to Pirkis as acquisitions and distribution executive. Pirkis replaces Sara May, who moves on from her consultancy role with Embankment and will shortly be announcing her own new venture. 

Embankment co-founder Tim Haslam said: “In Max, we have nabbed and nurtured one of the brightest – and we are convinced that he is an industry star of the future. His expanded role and responsibility is an exciting opportunity for the company and our team.

“[Embankment co-founder Hugo Grumbar] and I vividly recall first meeting him and thinking we’ve seen that guy before somewhere. Turns out he was amongst the lead actors »

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

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Rachel Nichols Stars in ‘Inside’ (Exclusive)

11 February 2016 7:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rachel Nichols, who starred in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and 2011’s “Conan the Barbarian,” is attached to topline psychological thriller “Inside,” from director  Miguel Angel Vivas, and Spain’s latest English-language genre movie teaming talents behind the “[Rec]” franchise, one of Spain’s biggest genre exports, “Buried” and “Kidnapped,” the first feature from Vivas.

London-based financing-sales agency Embankment, headed by Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar, is selling “Inside” at the European Film Market.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, whose credits include “Buried,” “Red Lights,” with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver, and “Palm Trees in the Snow,” which has grossed $18 million-plus and counting for Warner Bros. in Spain, “Inside” is written by Manu Diez and “[Rec]” creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero, helmer of “Darkness,” which grossed $22.2 million for Dimension. Balaguero also serves as exec producer.

“Inside” turns on pregnant woman, left partially deaf from »

- John Hopewell

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Embankment Nabs Wim Wenders’ ‘Submergence’ With Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy

28 January 2016 4:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

U.K. sales banner Embankment has acquired Wim Wenders’ “Submergence,” an epic love story with Oscar-nominated Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) and James McAvoy (“X-Men”) in the run up to Berlin Film Festival.

One of the most buzzed-about projects to be pitched at next month’s European Film Market, “Submergence” is being produced by Cameron Lamb’s Lila 9th Productions with France’s Backup Media (“Still Alice”), Germany’s Neue Road Movies and Spain’s Morena Films.

Vikander is set to star as Danielle, an ocean explorer facing a terrifying, pioneering descent into the Arctic abyss. McAvoy stars as her soulmate James, a contractor held captive by African jihadists. Facing life-or-death situations and separated by thousands of miles, each finds solace in memories of their romance and deep emotional connection to overcome their ordeals.

Penned by Erin Dignam, the screenplay is based on J.M. Ledgard’s New York Times bestseller. »

- Elsa Keslassy and Leo Barraclough

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WestEnd Films hires Sofia Neves as director of sales

14 January 2016 4:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Neves will join in time for the European Film Market at the Berlinale (Feb 11-19).

Sofia Neves has joined international sales and film financing outfit WestEnd Films as its new director of sales.

Neves previously worked with WestEnd’s managing directors Schoukroun and Maya Amsellem during her time at Capitol Films.

She began her career with producer Paulo Branco before joining Capitol, run by Jane Barclay and Sharon Harel, in 2005.

Neves then moved to HanWay Films, run by Jeremy Thomas and Tim Haslam, in 2008 as the company’s director of sales and distribution.

Throughout her career she has handled titles including Nick Cassavettes’ Alpha Dog, Sidney Lumet’s Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion, John Maybury’s The Edge Of Love, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Nowhere Boy, and Steve McQueen’s Shame

WestEnd’s managing director Maya Amsellem said of the appointment: “We’re delighted to welcome Sofia to the »

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Sofia Neves Joins WestEnd Films as Director of Sales

14 January 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Sofia Neves has joined international sales and film financing company WestEnd Films as director of sales, and will attend next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Neves previously worked with WestEnd co-founders Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and Sharon Harel-Cohen at Capitol Films.

Neves started her career with producer Paulo Branco. In 2005 she joined the sales department of Capitol Films, run by Jane Barclay and Sharon Harel, and then moved to HanWay Films in 2008, run by Jeremy Thomas and Tim Haslam, as director of sales and distribution. In 2014, she took on the role of distribution analyst at the production finance department of the British Film Institute’s Film Fund.

During her sales career, Neves has handled titles like Nick Cassavettes’ “Alpha Dog,” Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love,” Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Nowhere Boy, »

- Leo Barraclough

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