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Ian Hart, Manon Ardisson, Josh O' Connor, Francis Lee, Alec Secareanu and Gemma Jones on the red carpet for God's Own Country Photo: Courtesy of Eiff The 71st edition (and 70th anniversary) of Edinburgh Film Festival got under way last night, with the UK premiere of God's Own Country.
The film, which charts the gay romance between a Yorkshire sheep farmer and a migrant farmhand, has featured at a string of festivals since it had it's world premiere in Sundance.
Richard E Grant Photo: Courtesy of Eiff Mark Adams, Eiff artistic director, said: "In the Festival's 70th Anniversary Year, we're proud to be showcasing some of the most exciting, accomplished material from around the world and are looking forward to hosting these talented filmmakers and artists."
- Amber Wilkinson
Author: Zehra Phelan
The serenely captivating trailer for Francis Lee’s debut God’s Own Country has arrived ahead of opening at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival on the 21st of June.
Already having met to rave reviews after premiering at Sundance and later at Berlin, God’s Own Country, which is set in the vast opening countryside of Northern England, explores one man’s journey of sexual discovery after falling for a Romanian Migrant worker.
Read our 5★ review of God’s Own Country Here.
The trailer focuses on Johnny, unhappy with his life on a remote family farm, his Father is loveless and full of scorn for Johnny who struggles to prove himself capable. Enter the Romanian worker: handsome, friendly and caring. The pair build on a friendship which, at first, Johnny is reluctant to do but those barriers are broken down… “What do you want?” “ I want »
- Zehra Phelan
The first trailer has arrived online for writer-director Francis Lee’s upcoming drama God’s Own Country. The film made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and stars Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, and Ian Hart; watch it below after the official synopsis…
Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking and casual sex.
But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship start to form which could change Johnny’s life forever.
God’s Own Country is set for release on September 1st. »
- Amie Cranswick
"Just so's you're clear - he's here to work." An official UK trailer has debuted for a film titled God's Own Country, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival before hitting other fests around the world. The film tells the story of a young farmer boy named Johnny Saxby from Yorkshire who falls for a Romanian migrant worker who comes in to work for the season. It's another sexual awakening story of a gay romance, but rave reviews from all the festivals have made it stand out in particular and you can see why below. Starring Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, and Ian Hart. This is a seriously beautiful trailer that promises an excellent film that should live up to the praise so far. Take a look. Here's the first official UK trailer for Francis Lee's God's Own Country, originally from Empire: Spring. Yorkshire, »
- Alex Billington
One of our favorite debuts of the year so far is Francis Lee‘s God’s Own Country, a gay romance set in the harsh countryside in the Yorkshire Moors of northern England. Starring Josh O’Connor as farmer joined by a Romanian worker (Alec Secareanu), it picked up a directing award at Sundance in its : World Cinema Dramatic and ahead of a U.S. release, it’ll arrive in the U.K. this September and now the first trailer has landed.
“British filmmakers have a recent habit of bringing about canonical additions to UK queer cinema with their debuts. Andrew Haigh’s heartbreaking romance Weekend and Hong Khaou’s moving Lilting are now joined by Francis Lee’s gay romance God’s Own Country, a bold and brilliant drama rightfully garnering Brokeback Mountain comparisons out of its Sundance Film Festival berth,” we said in our review. “Anchored by »
- Jordan Raup
Author: Stefan Pape
Francis Lee’s directorial debut opens with a shot of the film’s protagonist Johnny (Josh O’Connor) throwing up into a toilet. All we can hear is retching before his swollen face emerges from the bowl. This sets the tone for a uniquely immersive cinematic experience, that lingers on every gritty detail, as a film that takes place on a farm and has an unwavering commitment to authenticity, with a core romantic narrative that is enriched by the director’s inclination to study man’s relationship with the land he inhabits.
Johnny works, isolated, on his family’s farm in Yorkshire, with the lone responsibility of getting all of the laborious tasks done – given he lives with his debilitated father Martin (Ian Hart), and grandmother Deirdre (Gemma Jones). It’s lambing season, and to help lighten the load of this troubled, alcoholic youngster, they hire Romanian »
- Stefan Pape
The Edinburgh International Film Festival will open and close with British films “God’s Own Country” and “England Is Mine,”and show Netflix’s “Okja,” which recently caused a stir as an official selection in Cannes.
Disney’s “Cars 3” will have its U.K. premiere amid the festival’s 151 feature films, which include titles from U.S. independents and a documentary section.
There is no overriding theme to the Eiff, with the organizers preferring to include a selection that spans U.K., European, U.S., and international films and docs across all genres.
- Stewart Clarke
BBC Two has commissioned one-off feature-length drama “Diana & I,” from BAFTA-winning writer Jeremy Brock and Oscar-nominated director Peter Cattaneo. The fictional TV drama will explore the impact of the death of Princess Diana from the point of view of four ordinary people, whose stories intersect, during the week following her death in 1997.
“I wanted to explore the lives of four ordinary people and how they internalized their memories of Diana in the aftermath of her death,” said Brock. “The week following her fatal car crash was a week like no other before. It catapulted many of us into emotional states we rarely visit, leaving us open to new insights and new experiences.”
Tamsin Greig, Nico Mirallegro, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Laurie Davidson are set to star. Gemma Jones, Neil Morrissey, Tuppence Middleton, Charlotte Hope, Asif Khan, Kingsley Ben-Adir, John Gordon Sinclair and Roshan Seth will also feature.
Brock said the film would be a “celebration of what »
- Robert Mitchell
Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu in God's Own Country - springtime in Yorkshire: isolated young sheep farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker, employed for the lambing season, ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path. Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival British drama God's Own Country has been announced as the opening night gala for this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 21.
The debut feature by Francis Lee tells the story of a gay romance that blossoms between the angry young son of a Yorkshire sheep farmer and a Romanian migrant worker. The film - which stars Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu alongside Ian Hart and Gemma Jones - premiered at Sundance and also played in Berlin.
- Amber Wilkinson
The opening film of the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival has been announced. God’s Own Country will open the 71st edition of the Festival on 21 June, 2017. Captivating and broodingly beautiful, God’s Own Country is the award-winning debut feature from Yorkshire-born writer/director Francis Lee. Bracingly open hearted, this is a thrillingly romantic story set in the heart of rural Yorkshire. Both poignant and moving, this finely crafted British film features a host of standout performances, marking it out as an absolute must see…
Shot entirely on location in West Yorkshire, God’s Own Country is a contemporary tale of self-discovery and emotional-awakening set on the sheep farming hills of rural Northern England. Rising star Josh O’Connor (The Riot Club, The Durrells) takes on the central role of Johnny, a young man carrying the weight of his family’s sheep farm alone until the arrival of Romanian worker Gheorghe »
- Paul Heath
The Edinburgh International Film Festival has set Francis Lee’s Sundance buzz title “God’s Own Country” as the opening night film for its 71st edition in June. The contemporary gay drama will see its U.K. premiere at the festival.
“This hotly tipped feature debut is one to watch in this incredible year for independent film, and perfectly reflects the festival’s ongoing dedication to delivering audiences the most original and artistically accomplished work in international cinema,” said Edinburgh’s artistic director Mark Adams.
The Yorkshire-set gay romance, which has been described as a “British ‘Brokeback Mountain,’” stars Josh O’Connor as a young sheep farmer carrying the weight of his family’s business alone. When his father hires a Romanian migrant worker, played by Alec Secareanu, and the pair begins to work closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship develops. But when family misfortune increases Josh’s responsibilities, »
- Robert Mitchell
When Ken Russell’s provocative religious horror “The Devils” became available to stream for the first time last week, cinephiles the world over were re-introduced to one of the greatest under appreciated films of all time — one that is surprisingly poignant in our current state of political unease. Infamous for its controversial release (the film was banned in several countries and received an X rating only after Russell cut a handful of the most incendiary scenes), the 1971 epic offers a stylish and scathing parable about the dangerous ways that the powerful can exploit religious zeal to stay that way.
Based on the true story of the trial of Urbain Grandier, a Catholic priest who was executed in 1634 on charges of witchcraft, Russell adapted “The Devils” from John Whiting’s 1960 play and Aldous Huxley’s 1952 novel, The Devils of Loudun. Russell digressed stylistically from his source material, taking a contemporary approach »
- Jude Dry
They remembered! ITV has renewed its Forgotten TV show for a third series (season). The British crime drama series stars Nicola Walker as Dci Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as Di Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan. The season three order is for six hourlong episodes.Creator Chris Lang is writing the third installment for ITV. In the first two seasons, Unforgotten also featured Tom Courtenay, Trevor Eve, Bernard Hill, Hannah Gordon, Gemma Jones, Ruth Sheen, Mark Bonnar, Lorraine Ashbourne, Peter Egan, Rosie Cavaliero, Badria Timimi, Adeel Akhtar, and Wendy Craig.Read More… »
Exclusive: Yorkshire-set drama will have its European premiere at the Berlinale.
Picturehouse Entertainment has acquired Sundance buzz title God’s Own Country for the UK.
Premiering in Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition last month, where it scooped the best directing jury prize for debutant Francis Lee, the Yorkshire-set drama is set to have its European premiere in Berlin’s Panorama section on Feb 14.
As reported by Screen, UK-based sales outfit Protagonist Pictures picked up the film in December 2016 and is representing world rights.
God’s Own Country stars former Screen Star of Tomorrow Josh O’Connor as a solitary young sheep farmer who numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex. The arrival of a Romanian migrant worker (played by newcomer Alec Secareanu) ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
God’s Own Country Review God’s Own Country (2017), Film Review from the 33rd Annual Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Francis Lee, starring Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart, and Gemma Jones. Ever since this film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, film critics have, unfortunately, been quick to label it the “British Brokeback Mountain.” Sure, many appropriate comparisons can […] »
- Drew Stelter
A rugged young Englishman and a gentle Romanian migrant worker find intimacy atop the lonesome hills of Northern Yorkshire in “God’s Own Country,” Francis Lee’s quietly remarkable debut feature. Embittered by his isolated existence, Johnny (Josh O’Connor) softens upon meeting Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), who has much to teach him, and not just how to delicately breathe life into a newborn lamb. Such explicit scenes of daily farm life give the film documentary-like potency, elevating it far beyond conventional romantic drama.
The sole able-bodied man of the family after his father, Martin (Ian Hart), has a stroke, Johnny Saxby spends his days mucking stalls, pissing on walls, and ducking into cattle trailers for the occasional kiss-free grunting session, a glob of spit rolling down a lily-white bottom. When one such escapade delays his return, Johnny’s beloved cow has delivered a stillborn calf. A disapproving Martin hands him a rifle, »
- Jude Dry
The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has completed its lineup with the addition of 24 feature films, including “Call Me by Your Name,” an extremely well-reviewed gay love story featuring actor Armie Hammer.
The full Panorama program includes 36 world, six international and nine European premieres. Thirteen European films have been added. Among those is “Call Me by Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash”) from an adaptation, co-written with James Ivory, of a novel by André Aciman.
There are five films from Brazil, including “Como Nossos Pais” (Just Like Our Parents), directed by Lais Bodanzky, who depicts the everyday lives of three generations in Sao Paulo as “a pyrotechnic display of individual passions and existential delusions staged with a sublime naturalness,” according to the festival.
- Leo Barraclough
Berlin’s Panorama lineup also includes new films from Us, China and Brazil.
Berlin’s Panorama strand is now complete following the addition of 24 additional titles.
A total of 51 works from 43 countries have been chosen for screening in the section, including 21 in Panorama Dokumente and 29 feature films in the main programme and Panorama Special. 36 of these films will be getting their world premieres at the Berlinale.
Among newly confirmed films are UK Sundance title God’s Own Country, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, feminist fairy tale The Misandrists by Berlinale regular Bruce Labruce, Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice and Belgian-French-Lebanese co-production Insyriated which stars Hiam Abbass as a woman trapped in an apartment during war.[p »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
This Yorkshire-set story about a relationship between a farmer and an immigrant worker is a beautifully judged, unsentimental study from first time director Francis Lee
This debut feature from Yorkshire-born actor and first-time director Francis Lee is tough, sensual, unsentimental, with excellent lead performances from Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu. Johnny (O’Connor) is the unhappy, angry young guy working on the family farm, dulling his emotional pain with drink and casual sex; Gheorghe (Secareanu) is a hired hand from Romania brought in for a few weeks. They give tremendous performances – and Gemma Jones and Ian Hart are both very good in the supporting roles as Johnny’s grandmother and father, stoic and tightlipped by temperament and repressed by years of work and responsibility, and in his father’s case by the aftermath of a stroke.
It is almost – but not quite – a Dales Brokeback, a love story which »
- Peter Bradshaw
In case it didn’t court “Brokeback Mountain” comparisons directly enough with its tale of two young sheep farmers finding love in a hopeless place, “God’s Own Country” seals the deal with one winkingly quoted shot: a work shirt draped on a wire hanger, poignantly removed from its wearer. 12 years on, Ang Lee’s film has proven enough of a cultural milestone to merit such affectionate homage; luckily, Francis Lee’s tender, muscular Yorkshire romance has enough of an individual voice to get away with it. Skipping some of the more predictable narrative obstacles we’ve come to expect from the coming-out drama, this sexy, thoughtful, hopeful film instead advances a pro-immigration subtext that couldn’t be more timely amid the closing borders of Brexit-era Britain. Bolstered by a particularly sympathetic lead turn from rising star Josh O’Connor, Lee’s auspicious (if somewhat dourly titled) debut feature is »
- Guy Lodge
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