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Alexander McQueen Movie Boarded by Embankment

7 February 2017 3:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Embankment Films is launching worldwide sales at Berlin’s European Film Market on “McQueen,” a feature-doc about Alexander McQueen, “the working-class boy who rose from Savile Row tailor’s apprentice to become the most celebrated and controversial fashion designer in the world,” according to a statement.

The film is directed by Ian Bonhote, director of international campaigns for brands including Gatorade, Puma, Nike and Pepsi, and music promos for artists including Mumford & Sons, Morcheeba, Tom Jones and Jamie Cullen.

Bonhote has directed films for fashion designers Matthew Williamson and Hussein Chalayan, and partnered with model Lily Cole for her film “Perfection.” His latest fashion industry film, “La Lucha,” won multiple awards at La Jolla Intl. Fashion Film Festival, the Miami Fashion Film Festival and the Bruxelles Intl. Fashion Film Festival. Bonhote recently directed his first feature film, “Alleycats,” starring Eleonor Tomlinson and Sam Keeley.

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Efm: Alexander McQueen doc in early production

6 February 2017 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Embankment to launch feature doc from Churchill producers.

Embankment Films will launch sales at the Efm on a documentary about fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

McQueen will chart the story of how the working-class Englishman rose from Savile Row tailor’s apprentice to become one of the most celebrated fashion designers in the world before his untimely death.

Salon PicturesNick Taussig and Paul Van Carter (Churchill) produce with Misfits’ Andee Ryder (Alleycats).

Ian Bonhôte (Alleycats), the co-founder of Pulse Films who recently launched production outfit Misfits with Ryder, will direct in collaboration with screenwriter Peter Ettedgui (Listen to Me, Marlon).

Bonhôte said: “I moved to London from Paris in the ‘90s much in part because of McQueen. His sense of style became synonymous with the city’s raw energy and edginess, and I know of no other contemporary designer to ignite such an immediate visceral response from an audience – it was so exhilarating.”

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Brian Cox’s D-Day Drama ‘Churchill’ Set for U.S. Release in June

20 January 2017 7:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cohen Media Group has acquired all distribution rights in the U.S. to Brian Cox’s “Churchill,” a drama about Winston Churchill and the D-Day invasion of Europe.

Cmg is planning a theatrical release for June to coincide with the 73rd anniversary of the 1944 invasion. Miranda Richardson and John Slattery also star in “Churchill,” directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (“The Railway Man”) from a script by Alex von Tunzelmann.

The film is set in June, 1944, as a million Allied forces are assembled on the south coast of England on the brink of the greatest invasion in history with the landing on the beaches of Normandy, France – the first step in the campaign to free Europe from Nazi Germany. But Churchill fears that if the invasion fails, history will remember him chiefly as an architect of carnage.

Richardson co-stars as Churchill’s wife, Clementine and Slattery (“Mad Men”) portrays General Dwight D. Eisenhower, »

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Us Briefs: FilmRise acquires Slamdance entry 'Supergirl'

20 January 2017 3:14 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jessie Auritt’s film screens on Saturday in Park City and explores the life of Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen who broke powerlifting world records at the age of nine.

As Kutin becomes an adolescent she fights to hold on to her title while navigating religious issues, cyber-bullying and health issues.

The coming-of-age documentary received its world premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival and will get its broadcast debut on the upcoming season of PBS’s Independent Lens. Preferred Content represented the filmmakers in the deal.

Figures released on Friday by the National Association Of Theatre Owners reveal that the average price of a Us theatre ticket in 2016 reached $8.65, marking a 2.65% rise on 2015. Annual admissions hit 1.314bn, down 0.45% on 2015.Cohen Media Group has picked up all Us rights to Winston Churchill drama Churchill starring Brian Cox following a deal with Embankment’s Tim Haslam. Cmg plans a theatrical release to coincide with the anniversary of the »

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