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Picturehouse stands firm over pay dispute despite further strike action

15 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK entertainment union Bectu is holding a protest in London today with striking Picturehouse staff.

UK entertainment union Bectu is holding a protest in London’s Leicester Square this afternoon (Feb 25) over an ongoing staff pay dispute with exhibitor Cineworld and its subsidiary Picturehouse.

According to Bectu, “the majority” of workers from four of Picturehouse’s London venues - the Ritzy [pictured], Hackney Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central and Crouch End Picturehouse - are striking in order to join the protest.

Labour MP and shadow chancellor of the exchequer John McDonnell was due to attend today’s protest, the union told Screen.

Bectu wants London Picturehouse venues to pay the London living wage of £9.75 per hour.

Staff at Picturehouse’s Brixton location the Ritzy currently earn £9.10 per hour, while staff at other Picturehouse locations in London earn £9.05 per hour. Outside of London, the rate is £8.18.

Picturehouse this week defended the company’s pay structure in a statement on its website »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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'Elle', Isabelle Huppert among César Awards 2017 winners

24 February 2017 3:26 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

France’s highest film awards were handed out at the 42nd annual ceremony in Paris on Friday [24].

Isabelle Huppert clinched best actress for her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle at France’s annual César awards at Salle Pleyel in Paris on Friday evening (24), in a 42nd edition marked by strong female stories, newcomers and outsiders. 

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Verhoeven’s tale of a tough female company boss who plays a cat-and-mouse psychological game with a rapist also won best film with Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar presenting the award to the Dutch director and the film’s producers Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt.

The director noted Huppert had taken the film to a higher level.

“You added something that I didn’t have in mind when I started the project, it came through the collaboration you. Thank you, Isabelle, I adore you.”

Huppert was also on hand to accept her award ahead of »

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‘Elle’ Star Isabelle Huppert Wins Best Actress, Xavier Dolan Wins Best Director at France’s Cesar Awards

24 February 2017 3:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert won best actress at the 42nd Cesar Awards, the country’s top film prize.

Out of 16th Cesar nominations, Huppert had only won once for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie.”

Huppert has been on a laureled path since “Elle” competed at Cannes: she notably won the Golden Globe award. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.

The biggest surprise of the night was Xavier Dolan winning best director and editing with “It’s Only The End of the World” which also earned Gaspard Ulliel the best actor prize. Dolan is currently shooting “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” in Prague.

Dolan won over Paul Verhoeven (“Elle”), Houda Benyamina (“Divines”), François Ozon (“Frantz »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cesar Awards 2017: Isabelle Huppert and Xavier Dolan Lead This Year’s Winners

24 February 2017 1:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Before Hollywood takes the spotlight this weekend, the film world turns its eyes to France for the annual Cesar Awards. Presented by the French Academy, this year’s nominees represent a distinct blend of international favorites, festival standouts and homegrown hits.

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” led this year’s nominees, scoring 11 nominations for Verhoeven as Best Director, lead actress Isabelle Huppert, Best Adapted Screenplay and a trio of other acting awards.

Read More: ‘Elle,’ Isabelle Huppert, Xavier Dolan Nominated in France’s Cesar Awards

The evening’s winners at Paris’ Salle Pleyel featured a variety of upsets and sure things. Huppert, going into a busy weekend in the States, won her category. In a pair of surprises, Xavier Dolan and Gaspard Ulliel both won their respective categories for Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World.” Houda Benyamina’s debut feature “Divines” also won big, taking home prizes for Best First Film, »

- Steve Greene

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Top Five Films That Influenced Change

24 February 2017 2:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I Daniel Blake

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake (releasing on DVD and Blu-ray 27th February) lays bare the cruel realities for those who fall through the cracks of society. With the film resulting in much topical debate, we take a look at five films that have influenced change following its release to screen:      

Alfie

In the 1966 original (not the remake), Julia Foster’s character Gilda undergoes a harrowing abortion – carried out in a back room in Alfie’s (Michael Caine) flat. At the time, abortion was illegal in the UK, and the procedure is seen to be carried out by a “back-street” abortionist.

“Backstreet abortions” were outlawed in the UK with the introduction of the 1967 Abortion Act. Although not openly stated, Alfie’s conscience when he saw the results of a botched operation is arguably a contributor to this, as – coincidentally – the film released months before the law began to change. »

- The Hollywood News

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'Ken Loach for kids': the minds behind My Life As a Courgette

23 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A boy who kills his alcoholic mum is the unlikely star of this Oscar-nominated family film. Its makers tell us about taking young audiences seriously and planning to ‘crush their little hearts’

Animations made outside of the Us rarely get a look-in come Oscar night, Aardman and Studio Ghibli being the only non-American studios to win since animation was given its own category in 2001. On top of that, a “family film” whose nine-year-old protagonist kills his mother might seem a tad dark for voters. And who could fancy the chances of any film, for any prize, when it has the name of a vegetable in its title?

That said, Ma Vie de Courgette, nominated as My Life As a Zucchini and described by its director as “Ken Loach for kids”, has already been breaking the mould. With a clutch of film festival prizes and a European film award, it happens »

- Demetrios Matheou

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Berlinale 17 Talents: Shock of the Real: History as Provocation

22 February 2017 8:53 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama, Berlinale Special and dffb: A conversation between Raoul Peck and Ben Gibson.Raoul Peck and Ben Gibson

Acclaimed Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck has created a body of work in documentary and fiction distinguished by its critical engagement and intellectual courage. Taking on such specters of postcolonial injustice as underdevelopment, racism and communal violence, Peck’s films illuminate the personal stories and contradictory experiences of those individuals often treated by history and cinema as faceless, invisible, silent. This year’s Berlinale features two new Peck films: the fictional “The Young Karl Marx” in Berlinale Special and the Academy Award-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary based on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin in Panorama. In the 50th year of the dffb, Peck, a graduate of the Berlin film school, reflects on his cinematic journey with Ben Gibson dffb’s first non-German director of the school. »

- Sydney Levine

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Win I, Daniel Blake on Blu-ray

20 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2016 and winner of Outstanding British Film at the 2017 BAFTA Awards, Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed film – I, Daniel Blake – will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from 27 th February 2017; to celebrate, we have 3 Blu-rays up for grabs!

Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner for most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie who is battling to keep her two young children fed. Daniel and Katie find themselves in a no-man’s land, striving to pull themselves out of the welfare bureaucracy of modern day Britain.

I, Daniel Blake tells the astonishing story of triumph and adversity in modern day Britain from director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty. It is out now digitally and available on »

- Competitions

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Ghost Hunting’

18 February 2017 11:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having already indulged an exercise of soul-baring filmed psychoanalysis with “Fix Me,” director Raed Andoni extends his outdated idea of therapy to others in “Ghost Hunting,” an ethically problematic documentary in which Palestinian men recreate the circumstances of their incarceration and torture by the Israeli occupiers. Using the largely debunked notion that acting out one’s trauma is a means towards catharsis, Andoni has his various “actors” verbally and physically abuse one another while he watches from the side, exchanging the charge of narcissism that accompanied his previous doc with that of sadism.

Glowing pre-premiere praise from Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, the sensationalized emotional charge of the subject, plus Berlin’s best documentary prize means “Ghost Hunting” will garner far more attention than it deserves. The concept must have sounded hard-hitting and original on paper, considering the number of respected funding bodies — Doha, Sundance, Sanad, Venice’s Final Cut, »

- Jay Weissberg

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‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Director Is Part of Small Group of Foreign Stop-Motion Animators

16 February 2017 9:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy’s animation branch regularly shows love for foreign-language films, and the Oscar nomination of “My Life as a Zucchini” is a striking example. Claude Barras’ feature debut about orphaned children is notable for both its bold subject matter and its format: a stop-motion film produced in French. The Swiss-born director even had his film short-listed as Switzerland’s official entry in the foreign-language film category.

“That was rather rare,” says Barras, who’s earned acclaim at Cannes, Annecy, and festivals worldwide. But he doesn’t think he’s an outlier when it comes to foreign-language stop-motion. “There are several centers in France — in Valence, Brittany, and Toulouse — and in Belgium, Norway, and Switzerland.” Barras cites an informal network of stop-motion animators who travel from one center to another to work. “We received proposals from the four corners of Europe, and even from the U.S. and New Zealand. »

- Ellen Wolff

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BBC Films: who’s in the running for the top job?

14 February 2017 11:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen considers potential runners and riders.

The BBC is likely to announce its new head of film within the next two weeks, according to sources close to the process.

Scroll down for potential candidates and the original job spec

That timetable should come as a relief to those under consideration for the role and to wider industry who will want to begin building or growing their relationship with the new boss.

The job, which is considered one of the UK’s most prestigious posts, became vacant in autumn 2016 following the departure of long-time chief Christine Langan. BBC Films veteran Joe Oppenheimer has been serving as acting head of film since then.

The incoming head of film is expected to have an annual war chest of around £12m for production, cementing BBC Films’ position as one the three mainstays of public funding in the UK along with the BFI and Film4.

The organisation advertised the position (as ‘director »

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

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Ken Loach's passion and the La La Land wobble: the Baftas 2017 verdict

13 February 2017 12:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The gongs were scattered wide, but what united this year’s Bafta film winners was the remarkable quality of their commitment

The Baftas went according to plan, if not exactly according to type, and the pundits’ predictions were largely correct, although it is sad that Moonlight did not get the silverware that it deserved. There was actually an interestingly political and dissentient flavour to the evening, with wins for I, Daniel Blake in the best British film category, occasioning a stirring speech from that remarkable film-maker Ken Loach, whose return from retirement has been marked with one of the biggest hits of his career. Ava DuVernay had the prize for documentary with her angry, uncompromising and unmissable film 13th, a barnstorming attack on the poisonous residue of Jim Crow and slavery in America’s penal and criminal justice system. These wins are all more relevant and appropriate for our new lurch into chaotic, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Ken Loach slams ‘brutally callous’ government at 2017 Baftas – video

13 February 2017 12:23 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director Ken Loach accepts the Bafta award for Best British Film for his portrayal of life in the British welfare system in I, Daniel Blake. He uses his speech to criticise the government for its “callous brutality” and its attitude towards “the most vulnerable and the poorest people” in our society, and particularly notes that the “disgraceful” cruelty now “extends to keeping out refugee children”

Ken Loach: Tory government ‘callous, brutal and disgraceful’ and ‘must be removed’ Continue reading »

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The awards, the speeches and the frocks: Baftas 2017 - as it happened

12 February 2017 3:09 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ken Loach, Viola Davis and Emma Stone were among the award winners at this year’s British Academy film awards

• What we learned

Peter Bradshaw’s reaction

• Full list of winners

La La Land fails to win landslide

• The night in pictures

11.09pm GMT

And finally, no flounce this year

It Can be ok to meet your heroes. The astounding #MelBrooks pic.twitter.com/BtxOvZ4zL9

11.03pm GMT

Right, hooray, we did it! As such, the timelines must now merge, and everything can happen at the same time again. It’s a shame, but hopefully we can all meet back here again one day and inexplicably choose to cover something that happened in the past in the present as it happens after it finished. We can dream, right?

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How the BAFTAs Will Affect the 2017 Oscar Race

12 February 2017 3:08 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Several things to keep in mind about Sunday’s BAFTA Awards in London. First, these are British awards, and they favor their own.

For example, the outstanding British Film, Ken Loach’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake,” wasn’t nominated for any Oscars, nor was BAFTA Best Actress candidate Emily Blunt, who is British. And their love for “Nocturnal Animals” — which earned nine BAFTA nominations — wasn’t shared by Academy voters, who only recognized American Michael Shannon, not Brit Aaron-Taylor Johnson, in the Supporting Actor category.

On Sunday, Britain’s own Dev Patel won Best Supporting Actor for “Lion,” which is unlikely to repeat at the Oscars. But “La La Land” will undoubtedly win its five BAFTA-winning categories on Oscar night, and more: picture, director Damien Chazelle, actress Emma Stone, cinematography Linus Sandgren, and original score Justin Hurwitz.

We also will see repeats of such acceptance sentiments as Stone’s, »

- Anne Thompson

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How the BAFTAs Will Affect the 2017 Oscar Race

12 February 2017 3:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Several things to keep in mind about Sunday’s BAFTA Awards in London. First, these are British awards, and they favor their own.

For example, the outstanding British Film, Ken Loach’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake,” wasn’t nominated for any Oscars, nor was BAFTA Best Actress candidate Emily Blunt, who is British. And their love for “Nocturnal Animals” — which earned nine BAFTA nominations — wasn’t shared by Academy voters, who only recognized American Michael Shannon, not Brit Aaron-Taylor Johnson, in the Supporting Actor category.

On Sunday, Britain’s own Dev Patel won Best Supporting Actor for “Lion,” which is unlikely to repeat at the Oscars. But “La La Land” will undoubtedly win its five BAFTA-winning categories on Oscar night, and more: picture, director Damien Chazelle, actress Emma Stone, cinematography Linus Sandgren, and original score Justin Hurwitz.

We also will see repeats of such acceptance sentiments as Stone’s, »

- Anne Thompson

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BAFTAs 2017: 'La La Land' scoops five as 'Moonlight', 'Nocturnal Animals' are shutout

12 February 2017 2:22 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Damien Chazelle’s musical wins best film, best director and best actress for Emma Stone. Moonlight walks off empty-handed.Read: Full list of winners

La La Land was the big winner at the 70th Bafta Film Awards on Sunday night (Feb 12), scooping five awards from 11 nominations, on a night when voters largely spread the love: no other film picked up more than two prizes.

As well as taking best film, La La Land’s Damien Chazelle won the best director award while co-lead Emma Stone won best actress.

As was widely anticipated, Casey Affleck won Leading Actor for Manchester By The Sea.

However, in an acting category shock Lion’s Dev Patel triumphed over Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali for the supporting actor award.

Read: Baftas 2017: The winners’ speeches

Barry JenkinsMoonlight went away empty handed from its four nominations and it wasn’t the only critically lauded film to be denied.

Nocturnal Animals and [link »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Baftas 2017: 'La La Land' scoops five as 'Moonlight', 'Nocturnal Animals' shutout

12 February 2017 2:22 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Damien Chazelle’s musical wins best film, best director and best actress for Emma Stone. Moonlight walks off empty-handed.Read: Full list of winners

La La Land was the big winner at the 70th Bafta Film Awards on Sunday night (Feb 12), scooping five awards from 11 nominations, on a night when voters largely spread the love: no other film picked up more than two prizes.

As well as taking best film, La La Land’s Damien Chazelle won the best director award while co-lead Emma Stone won best actress.

As was widely anticipated, Casey Affleck won Leading Actor for Manchester By The Sea.

However, in an acting category shock Lion’s Dev Patel triumphed over Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali for the supporting actor award.

Read: Baftas 2017: The winners’ speeches

Barry JenkinsMoonlight went away empty handed from its four nominations and it wasn’t the only critically lauded film to be denied.

Nocturnal Animals and [link »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Baftas 2017: The winners’ speeches

12 February 2017 2:15 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Did the stars thank their agents or bash Trump?

Politics were high on the agenda in the speeches at the 2017 Bafta awards.

Acceptance speeches from the likes of Emma Stone and Manchester By The Sea’s Kenneth Lonergan addressed the state of Us politics.

There was also criticism of Brexit and the British government’s scrapping of the Dubs child refugee scheme, with Ken Loach in particular slamming the government’s “brutality”

Even host Stephen Fry made a few political jokes, saying of this year’s awards: “[Let’s] find out who the Russians have decided has won”.

Outstanding British Film

“Thank you to the academy for endorsing the truth of what this film says,” I, Daniel Blake’s Ken Loach said accepting the award. “The most vulnerable and poorest people are treated by government with brutality. Brutality that keeps out refugee children, and that’s disgraceful.

He added that films “can tell us about the world we live »

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Ken Loach slams government in Bafta speech for 'I, Daniel Blake'

12 February 2017 2:09 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director delivers fiery acceptance speech after winning Outstanding British Film.

I, Daniel Blake director Ken Loach took aim at the British government in his Bafta acceptance speech.

Picking up the award for Outstanding British Film, he said:

“Thank you to the Academy for endorsing the truth of what the film says, which hundreds of thousands of people in this country know, and that is that the most vulnerable and the poorest people are treated by this government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful.

“It’s a brutality that extends to keeping out refugee children that we have promised to help, and that is a disgrace too.”

Loach was referring to the closure of Dubs child refugee scheme, which sparked controversy when the news was announced last week.

He added: “But c And in that real world - it is a bit early for a political speech, I am sorry - it is getting darker, as we know »

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