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30West Hires Sundance Programming Director Trevor Groth

30West Hires Sundance Programming Director Trevor Groth
30West has hired Trevor Groth, the longtime director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival, for an undisclosed post.

Groth will join the finance-production company in February. He first joined the programming staff of the Sundance festival in 1993, was named senior programmer in 2003, and director in 2009. While at Sundance, Groth was an advocate for a variety of notable independent titles including “Whiplash,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Hard Eight,” “Pi,” “Memento,” and “Napoleon Dynamite.”

Under his direction as head programmer for the festival’s Short Film Section, Groth also showcased the work of prominent filmmakers such as Spike Jonze, Cary Fukunaga, Taika Waititi, and Sarah Polley.

“For over twenty years Trevor has been one of the film community’s most consistent champions of original creative voices, all while exhibiting a fearless commitment to pushing the boundaries of film creation and distribution,” 30West said. “We could not be more thrilled that he has chosen to join us.”

30West announced
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Review: Daphne (2017)

The success of playfully impudent shows such as Girls and Fleabag continues to prove that the modern mid-twenties (and beyond) woman is still feeling a bit lost and even a bit p*ssed off. Much like Fleabag, Peter Mackie Burns’ cinematic offering Daphne drops straight into the heart of a frustrated London-based singleton, who attempts to navigate her career, sex and relationships against a bleak city backdrop.

Emily Beecham’s portrayal of the well-educated, abrasive and sexually/emotionally-detached Daphne is inarguably the core characteristic of the film around which everything else oscillates. Thankfully, she does a wholly convincing execution – delivering Daphne’s blunt lines as if a lack of patience and manners is part of her very being. By contrast, Geraldine James expertly plays the contrasting role of Daphne’s mother, battling cancer and newly interested in Buddhism and spirituality.

The contrast between Daphne’s rude rebukes and her mother
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Sundance: 30West to Buy Neon Following ‘I, Tonya’ Collaboration

Media investment company 30West is acquiring majority ownership in Neon, a specialist in the independent theatrical marketing and distribution space.

Both companies collaborated on the theatrical release of awards contender “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, and Sebastian Stan. The deal was announced Friday on the second day of the Sundance Film Festival.

One component of the deal is the acquisition of Sr Media’s interest in the company. CAA negotiated the deal on Sr Media’s behalf.

30West was unveiled in April with Micah Green, the co-head of the film finance and sales group at Creative Artists Agency, leaving CAA to start a new venture with investor Dan Friedkin. It noted in Friday’s announcement that production has now started on two of its projects — Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” starring Nicole Kidman, and Peter Hedges’ “Ben Is Back,” starring Julia Roberts.

At the Toronto Film Festival last year, the company
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Another Gorgeous Shot From Festival Hit ‘Beast’

After taking North American distribution rights out of Tiff, 30West is bringing Michael Pearce’s Beast starring Jessie Buckley (Taboo, War and Peace), Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria, Song One), and Geraldine James (45 Years, Calendar Girls). to the forthcoming Sundance Film Festival. “Beast centers around a small island community where a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape from […]
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Jessie Buckley’s Thriller ‘Beast’ Scheduled for Spring Release

Jessie Buckley’s Thriller ‘Beast’ Scheduled for Spring Release
30West is partnering with Roadside Attractions for a spring U.S. theatrical release of Michael Pearce’s psychological thriller “Beast,” starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, and Geraldine James.

30West acquired the North American distribution rights from Protagonist Pictures out of the Toronto International Film Festival where it premiered. “Beast” will make its U.S. debut in the Spotlight section of the Sundance Film Festival in January.

The movie, the first feature-length project from writer/director Pearce, centers on a small island community where a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape from her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she defends him at all costs.

Guy Lodge gave “Beast” a strong review for Variety at Toronto: “Upgrading a sleeping-with-the-enemy premise familiar from countless B-thrillers with a faintly mythic aura and cool psychosexual shading, ‘Beast’ also sustains a fresh, frank feminine
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Roadside Attractions to Distribute Michael Pearce Drama 'Beast' in U.S.

Roadside Attractions to Distribute Michael Pearce Drama 'Beast' in U.S.
Roadside Attractions will partner with 30West to distribute the Michael Pearce-directed drama Beast in the U.S.

Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn and Geraldine James star in the drama, which was acquired by 30West after its Tiff debut, and centers on a small island community where a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape from her oppressive family.

Stray Bear Films’ Ivana MacKinnon and Lauren Dark produced, along with Kristian Brodie of Agile Films. Film4’s Sam Lavender, BFI’s Natascha Wharton, Agile FilmsMyles Payne and David Staniland exec produced, along with David Kosse.

Beast will have its U.S. debut in...
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Anne (with an E): Season Two Filming Begins for CBC and Netflix Series

Anne with an E is back in action. Recently, Netflix announced production has begun on season two of the Canadian TV show.Based on the classic novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the drama tells the story of Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a young girl who is adopted by a middle-aged brother and sister. The cast also includes Geraldine James, Rh Thomson, Lucas Jade Zumann, Dalila Bela, and Corinne Koslo.Read More…
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Karyn Kusama’s New Film Destroyer to Star Nicole Kidman

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She welcomed viewers to one of the most unsettling dinner parties put to film with The Invitation, and now Karyn Kusama is getting ready to introduce viewers to a new kind of cult in Destroyer, her upcoming thriller that has now added Nicole Kidman in a lead role:

Press Release: Los Angeles (October 4, 2017) – Academy Award® and Emmy® Award Winner Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies,” The Hours) will star in Destroyer, a modern Los Angeles crime thriller to be directed by Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) from an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation,Ride Along). 30West will fully finance the film. Academy Award® Nominee Fred Berger (La La Land) of Automatik is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi, who also wrote and produced Kusama’s critically acclaimed film The Invitation. Rocket Science is handling international sales and helped arrange the financing, while ICM Partners and CAA are
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Anne with an E: Season Two Filming Has Begun

Anne with an E is coming back soon. Recently, it was announced season two of the Netflix TV show has begun filming.Based on the Anne of Green Gables book series, the Canadian drama centers on Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), a 13-year-old orphan who moves in with two middle-aged siblings who meant to adopt a boy. The cast also includes Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson, Dalila Bela, Corinne Koslo, Aymeric Jeff Montaz, Helen Johns, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Christian Martyn.Read More…
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Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller

Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Stephen Rea and Colm Feore join “The Widow,” 30 West buys rights to the thriller “Beast,” and AFI Fest announces a Robert Altman retrospective.

Castings

Stephen Rea, Colm Feore, and Zawe Ashton have joined the previously announced cast of the thriller “The Widow,” opposite Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Maika Monroe.

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Neil Jordan, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “The Crying Game,” will direct from a screenplay by Ray Wright. The project re-teams Jordan with Rea, who received a best actor Oscar nomination for “The Crying Game.”

The film begins principal photography this month. The story is set in New York and follows Moretz’s character as she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic widow, played by Huppert, whose motives are gradually revealed to be sinister. Rea
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30West Harbors a Murderer with Tiff Thriller ‘Beast’

30West Harbors a Murderer with Tiff Thriller ‘Beast’
30West has acquired North American distribution rights to Michael Pearce’s Beast starring Jessie Buckley (Taboo, War and Peace), Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria, Song One) and Geraldine James (45 Years, Calendar Girls). The Protagonist Pictures repped psychological thriller is the first feature-length project from writer/director Pearce and received strong reviews after its world premiere […]
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Toronto: Psychological Thriller 'Beast' Sells to Upstart 30West

Toronto: Psychological Thriller 'Beast' Sells to Upstart 30West
Marking its third deal of the Toronto International Film Festival, upstart 30West has acquired North American distribution rights to Michael Pearce’s Beast.

Starring Jessie Buckley (Taboo, War and Peace), Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria, Song One) and Geraldine James (45 Years, Calendar Girls), the film made its world premiere on Sept. 9 at the festival.

Unlike the other two deals inked by 30West on the ground in Toronto (I, Tonya and Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!), Beast does not yet have a domestic distribution partner in place. I, Tonya will be released by Neon, and Super Size Me...
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‘Beast’ With Johnny Flynn Roars, But Needs More Bite [Tiff Review]

Growing up and living on the tiny island of Jersey can’t make it easy to escape your past. Located off the coast of Britain, writer and director Michael Pearce, making his feature debut with “Beast,” presents the picturesque enclave as one guarded by a noted strain of conservatism, if not oppression. Certainly, Moll (Jessie Buckley) sees her own life bound by the rigid rules laid out by her mother Hilary (Geraldine James), who keeps hawk-like watch over her daughter following a harrowing incident that haunts their relationship years later.

Continue reading ‘Beast’ With Johnny Flynn Roars, But Needs More Bite [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Beast’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Beast’
Isolated misfit Moll Huntford has been obsessed with killer whales since childhood, she informs us in forthright voiceover: “They always seem to be smiling.” The same might be said, of course, of a number of bloodthirsty mammals, a truth that keeps British writer-director Michael Pearce’s prickly, twistily effective first feature “Beast” on a ridge of queasy tension throughout. The title may be in the singular form, but it turns out there are multiple human monsters lurking on Moll’s native island of Jersey, though presumably only one of them is on an escalating killing spree targeting young women just like her — and annoyingly enough, he might just be the rogueishly cute guy she’s really into. Upgrading a sleeping-with-the-enemy premise familiar from countless B-thrillers with a faintly mythic aura and cool psychosexual shading, “Beast” also sustains a fresh, frank feminine perspective through Jessie Buckley’s remarkable lead performance.

Following its premiere in Toronto’s Platform strand
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Poster and trailer for Daphne starring Emily Beecham

With just a month to go until it arrives in UK cinemas, a poster and trailer have been released for the upcoming romantic comedy Daphne. The film marks the feature directorial debut for Peter Mackie Burns and features a cast that includes Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor; take a look here…

Daphne is a young woman negotiating the tricky business of modern life. Caught in the daily rush of her restaurant job and a nightlife kaleidoscope of new faces, she is witty, funny, the life of the party. Too busy to realise that deep down she is not happy. When she saves the life of a shopkeeper stabbed in a failed robbery, the impenetrable armour she wears to protect herself begins to crack, and Daphne is forced to confront the inevitability of a much-needed change in her life.

Daphne is set for release on September 29th in the UK.
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Protagonist Pictures Tames Michael Pearce’s Romantic Thriller ‘Beast’ (Exclusive)

Protagonist Pictures Tames Michael Pearce’s Romantic Thriller ‘Beast’ (Exclusive)
Protagonist Pictures will handle worldwide sales on “Beast,” the Michael Pearce romantic thriller that will have its premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film star Jessie Buckley, who was recently in “Taboo” and is currently filming “Country Music,” as a troubled young woman living in a small island community.

She falls in love with a mysterious outsider, played by Johnny Flynn (“Genius”), and is then forced to defend him when he is suspected of involvement in a series of brutal murders.

Geraldine James (“Dummy”), Charley Palmer Rothwell (“Dunkirk”) and Trystan Gravelle (“Mr Selfridge”) also star in the film, which is Pearce’s feature directorial debut after a series of shorts, including BAFTA-nominated “Rite,” and “Keeping Up With The Joneses.”

Beast” will be in the Platform selection at Tiff, where Protagonist will introduce the film to buyers.

Michael Pearce is without doubt one the UK’s most talented new filmmakers and the team at Protagonist couldn
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TV News Roundup: Viola Davis’ Husband to Guest Star on ‘How to Get Away With Murder’

TV News Roundup: Viola Davis’ Husband to Guest Star on ‘How to Get Away With Murder’
In today’s roundup, Dave Annable and Gil Birmingham have joined the Paramount Network drama series “Yellowstone,” while “How to Get Away with Murder” announces Viola Davis’ husband Julius Tennon to guest star on the upcoming season.

Casting

How to Get Away with Murder” star Viola Davis’ husband Julius Tennon will guest star on the upcoming season of the ABC drama. No details are currently available as to the nature of his role, but he has been booked for at least one episode.

Dave Annable and Gil Birmingham have been cast in the upcoming Paramount Network original drama series “Yellowstone.” Annable will play John Dutton’s (Kevin Costner) oldest son Lee, a cowboy who serves as his father’s right-hand man in running the ranch, while Birmingham will join as Thomas Rainwater, a proud chief of an Indian tribe battling the Dutton family. The series will be directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. “Yellowstone
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Anne with an E: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on Netflix?

Vulture Watch: How long will Anne Shirley stroll the shores of Avonlea's Lake of Shining Waters? Has the Anne with an E TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Anne with an E season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Streaming on the Netflix paid subscription platform, Anne with an E stars Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson, Dalila Bela, Corinne Koslo, Aymeric Jeff Montaz, Helen Johns, Lucas Jade Zumann, Christian Martyn, Kyla Matthews, Philip Williams, Lia Pappas-Kemps, Miranda McKeon, and Jonathan Holmes. A TV show adaptation of Lucy Maud Mongomery’s Anne of Green Gables novel series, Anne with
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Anne with an E: Season Two Renewal from Netflix and CBC

Good news, kindred spirits. CBC and Netflix have renewed their Anne of Green Gables TV show, Anne with an E (which is billed Anne, in Canada). The season two order has been bumped up from eight to ten hours, which will premiere in 2018. In season two, creator Moira Walley-Beckett has put together an all-female writers’ room. She will be writing with Jane Maggs, Shernold Edwards, Kathryn Borel, Amanda Fahey, and Naledi Jackson. An 1890s period drama, Anne with an E is a television adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel series. The Netflix cast includes: Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson, Dalila Bela, Corinne Koslo, Aymeric Jeff Montaz, Helen Johns, Lucas Jade Zumann, Christian Martyn, Kyla Matthews, Philip Williams, Lia Pappas-Kemps, Miranda McKeon, and Jonathan Holmes. Read More…
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“Anne With an E” Renewed for Season 2

Anne With an E”: Netflix

The chattiest, most precocious redhead on TV is sticking around for a while. Netflix and CBC have renewed “Anne with an E” for a ten-episode second season, Deadline confirms. Season 1 of coming-of-age story included seven eps. Series creator Moira Walley-Beckett (“Breaking Bad”) will return as showrunner.

Based on L.M. Montgomery’s classic series of novels, “Anne with an E” centers on Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty, “Morgan”), a loquacious, dramatic, and imaginative orphan who is mistakenly sent to live with a middle-aged sister (Geraldine James, “Sherlock Holmes” franchise) and brother (R.H. Thomson, “Chloe”). The siblings wanted a boy to help them work on the farm. While Anne is not at all who they were expecting, the pair eventually come to accept and embrace her.

Scheduled to shoot this fall, Season 2 “will add new characters and storylines, and continue to explore themes of identity, prejudice, feminism, bullying, gender parity, and empowerment through the lens of its 14-year-old protagonist,” Deadline writes.

Three-time Emmy winner Walley-Beckett penned every episode of Season 1, and five of seven eps were directed by women, including Niki Caro (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”) and Patricia Rozema (“Into the Forest”).

Anne With an E” Renewed for Season 2 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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