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Toronto — You likely have no idea who Ben Schnetzer is. Even if you're one of the few moviegoers who saw the WWII drama "The Book Thief" in theaters last year you wouldn't know the name. You'd remember his performance as Max, the young Jewish man who hides in the family's basement, but you'd find yourself scratching your head as to who actually played him. Since finishing "Thief," the 24-year-old has shot three other movies: "The Riot Club," "Pride" and Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of the classic video game "Warcraft." Each project finds him playing widely different roles, but if you're looking for a true sign of his talent you must see his performance in the new drama "Pride." Schnetzer, the son of two working New York actors, plays Mark Ashton, a man who spent most of his short life fighting for the rights of gays and lesbians in his native United Kingdom. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Denzel Washington is gearing up to show his box office might once more as The Equalizer debuts in 3,234 theaters, including IMAX and other premium large format screens, starting with early Thursday-night showings. The R-rated Columbia Pictures action thriller, which re-teams Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, will easily win the weekend, beating out last week’s champ The Maze Runner and this week’s other new opener, the family-friendly The Boxtrolls.
Here’s how things might play out:
1. The Equalizer — $30 million
Denzel Washington plays a former black ops agent who’s attempting to lead a quiet life until »
- Lindsey Bahr
Music is at the core of two new Specialty features making their theatrical bows this weekend, albeit from rather different ends of the spectrum. XLrator Media will open Jimi: All Is By My Side focusing on the artist’s life in London in nearly three dozen theaters, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow faith-centered The Song in over 300 theaters, the biggest number of runs for a limited release newcomer this week. Magnolia Pictures will take thriller The Two Faces Of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac to an initial half-dozen locations in the wake of its VOD release late last month and CBS Films is targeting the same number of runs for its Cannes ’14 feature Pride. Factory 25 is opening its art meets goth-rap thriller Hellaware and Cinema Libre will debut a former Swiss foreign-language Oscar contender The Little Bedroom in exclusive New York runs. The weekend is »
- Brian Brooks
It sometimes feels like the British film industry only makes about three or four different kinds of movies: dreadful gangster films that rarely get a release abroad, gritty social realism pictures, period costume dramas, and semi-quirky comedies with a tearjerking side, exemplified by something like "Billy Elliot" or "The Full Monty," but more often turning out like "Calendar Girls" or "Song For Marion." The latter category might be the most dispiriting of them all, and it's the category that "Pride" initially seemed to fit into. The film, directed by acclaimed theater director Matthew Warchus (who just this week was appointed Kevin Spacey's successor as the artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London), has that mix of social issues drama, culture clash, old people doing unlikely things, and Bill Nighy that so often proves a middlebrow crowd-pleaser. But we figured there had to be a reason it was picked to close the Directors'. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Pride CBS Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director: Matthew Warchus Screenplay: Stephen Beresford Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine Screened at: AMC 34th Street, NYC, 9/23/14 Opens: September 26, 2014 We’ve come a long way, haven’t we? From outright hostility toward gays, from families throwing their children out of their homes upon discovering their sexual orientation, we now have at least the more progressive states endorsing not just gay rights but gay marriage. To think otherwise nowadays marks you as some sort of reactionary, denying marriage equality to a people that allegedly make up ten percent of the population. [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
This crowdpleasing winner of the Queer Palm at Cannes--where it closed the Directors' Fortnight--centers on the true UK story of a group of eager, streetwise, Lgbt youngsters who in 1984 rallied to support the underserved National Union of Mineworkers, taking their little-campaign-that-could (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) from the grassroots level in a small Welsh village to national fame. Warchus' first film in 15 years after 1998's commercially unsuccessful "Simpatico" boasts an impressive glut of rising stars including Joseph Gilgun, Jessie Cave, Freddie Fox, Liz White, Andrew Scott, Russell Tovey and, of course, adorable 22-year-old George MacKay who plays young Joe, the film's in-the-closet, fish-out-of-water hero who lives outside London and is a stranger in this strange land of the city. Across-the-pond regulars include Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton, and a scene-stealing Dominic West as a tortured but life-loving artist living with »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Climate Was Changing: Warchus Revisits 80s Set Instance of Activism
British director Matthew Warchus first appeared in 1999 with his directorial debut, Simpatico, based on the Sam Shepard play. While it received a rather underwhelming response despite starring Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte and a supporting Sharon Stone, Warchus has been off the map for the past fifteen years until Pride. An insightful screenplay from first time writer Stephen Beresford is the first of many surprises in this well performed resuscitation of the 1984 UK mining strike, which examines the possibilities of tolerance and supporting those in need of assistance. Though its tale may seem merely a footnote in the long haul toward Lgbt equality, Warchus has concocted a relatable film meant to cross boundaries and audiences, and thankfully isn’t shackled down by its own good intentions.
In 1984 Britain, the National Union of Mineworkers called a series of strikes that crippled the government. »
- Nicholas Bell
Beverly Hills — I absolutely love talking to Sir Ben Kingsley. He has a cadence, a swagger, a rhythm of speech that I find easy to tap into, understand, and bounce off of, like a surfer off waves. His passion for his craft is always on the surface. He delights in its specificity. And with "The Boxtrolls," he has carved out another memorable piece of work in one of cinema's most laureled filmographies. Nominated for four Oscars, having won the first time out for his iconic "Gandhi" performance, Kingsley continues to impress with his versatility. When Laika came calling, he discovered an opportunity to dive headlong into an extreme, manic, villainous character, Archibald Snatcher, and come away with the most memorable beats of the film. It's enough to make you wonder what other characters he might be able to manifest from those vocal chords, because he's certainly not lazily going through the celebrity voice motions here. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Screenwriter Stephen Beresford has confirmed that he is in talks with producers about reworking the film for the stage.
Beresford told London Live: "We have talked about that, yes, it has been discussed. I think it could work."
Pride, which charts the alliance between a group of Lgbt campaigners and the striking miners' union in 1980s Britain, has enjoyed both commercial and critical success since its opening.
The Riot Club no match for feelgood comedy drama on social networks in the UK.
The true story of gay activists who supported miners during the strike of 1984 generated more than 2,400 comments from Sept 4-10, with more than 45% of those expressing intent to view.
Lone Scherfig’s British elite drama The Riot Club, starring Max Irons and Sam Claflin, had to settle for second place with just over 1,900 comments, with a healthy 41% intending to covert comments into cinema tickets.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“Audiences will have their sense of humanity refreshed.”
Critics are already cheering the film. “Breakout British hit is a warm, witty triumph,” says Digital Spy.
The Hollywood News writes, “Pride really is a thing of beauty.”
Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story.
It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
- Michelle McCue
Compared to Tiff 2013 where the focus was mainly on mainstream releases, I made the decision to mix things up about by also covering movies that I would not get a chance to see out of the festival circuit such as A Girl at My Door and Phoenix. The other ambition was to expand the number of interviews with the visiting filmmakers and actors but that required getting access to the publicist information ahead of time rather than the day before the festivities. With the help of the Tiff publicity department I was able to get a list of contact names as well a heads up when the press and industry schedule was available online. Added by some luck in finding a press release for Good Kill online which listed a PR contact and a good relationship with another PR firm, I was able to watch some key films and conduct »
- Trevor Hogg
Director: Matthew Warchus
Running Time: 120 minutes
Synopsis: U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
Based on a true story, Pride follows a group called the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (Lgsm) who decide to raise money for the miners in a mark of solidarity. They soon discover that the miners are largely reluctant to take their donation and need to find a particular community willing to work with them.
Their search takes them to a small community in Wales where many of the residents need some time to learn to accept their new guests. The assembled cast are sublime, with the likes of Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and many more on hand to tell the story. »
- Amanda Keats
One of the year's biggest homegrown success stories is Pride, a warm, sharply observed comedy-drama that follows the uneasy alliance between a group of Lgbt campaigners and the striking miners' union in 1980s Britain.
Following its premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm, buzz has gathered rapidly around this modestly budgeted gem, which boasts an ensemble cast that includes Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Andrew Scott.
Screenwriter Stephen Beresford first heard the story during the second round of pit closures in the 1990s, during an argument with a friend who was trying to convince him to support the miners.
"I was literally crowing about it, which is not an attractive part of my personality," he admits. "It's like being a gold prospector: 'Yes! These people have been left in obscurity for 30 years! This couldn't be better!'"
But it still took a long time »
In an extended interview from yesterday’s post, Oliver Davis sits down with Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief, The Riot Club) and Faye Marsay (The White Queen, Fresh Meat) to talk about their new movie Pride, Ben’s upcoming role in Duncan Jones’ World of Warcraft movie and who really is the best at accents out of the two stars!?
You can catch Pride in UK cinemas from today, and over in the Us from 26th September, 2014. The film is directed by Matthew Warchus and also stars Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Ben Schnetzer, Imelda Staunton, Joseph Gilgun and George MacKay. Stay tuned throughout the week for other interviews with the film’s stars – including director Warchus, screenwriter Stephen Beresford, and actors Schnetzer and Faye Marsay. You can read Matt Smith’s ★ ★ ★ ★ review of the movie here.
- Oliver Davis
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
One of the rare movies that gets absolutely everything right, bursting with happy-tears emotion about solidarity, friendship, and smashing bigotry. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
And then sometimes the forces of good win. Well, the good guys almost always win in The Movies, but not so much in real life.
Background: For a year in 1984-5, U.K. coal miners engaged in a massive industrial action that saw them walk out of work over government plans to close a massive number of pits. (The industry was at the time nationalized and controlled from Westminster.) Most Americans and probably many younger Brits will likely be unaware of this important historical event (unless they’ve seen the film Billy Elliot, which, like Pride, was set amidst the strike); the closest American analogy might be the 1981 strike »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Flickering Myth Podcast catches up with Andrew Scott…
On the latest episode of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Oliver Davis sits down with Andrew Scott (Sherlock) to discuss his new movie Pride, homosexuality in film casting, those crazy Moriarty fans, his role in Max Landis’ upcoming Victor Frankenstein and much more.
Pride is the new film by Matthew Warchus that tells the true story of how a group of lesbian and gay activists joined forces with a small Welsh mining community in 1984, supporting them during their darkest hour. Starring an ensemble cast including Dominic West, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott and Paddy Considine, Pride received a standing ovation at Cannes this year and is being heralded as the British feel good movie of the year.
You can subscribe to the Flickering Myth Podcast via iTunes, update your RSS feed or listen via Sitcher or using the player below:
Or listen via Flickering Myth TV, »
- Luke Owen
Feelgood comedy drama leads the pack on social networks in the UK.
The true story of gay activists who supported miners during the strike of 1984 generated more than 2,400 comments from Sept 4-10, with 43% of those expressing intent to view.
The film, starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton, opens across the UK today (Sept 12). Pride received its world premiere at Cannes in May and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last week.
The film drew more than three times as many comments as animation The Boxtrolls 3D and Anton Corbijn’s A Wanted Man, both of which open this weekend.
After a week on release, there were strong showings for light-hearted culinary drama The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, and Adam Wingard’s psychological thriller The Guest, starring [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
November 6 has been set for the first National Theatre Live telecast of Of Mice and Men starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. The revival of the John Steinbeck play, which closed on July 27, also stars Leighton Meester and Jim Norton. Staged by Anna D. Shapiro, it’s the first Broadway show ever on the U.K.-based program’s roster. Tickets for the Nt Live presentation, booked into 700 U.S. and Canada movie theaters, will go on sale September 12 at NTLive.com.
The sixth season of NTLive telecasts launches September 16 with A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby, followed on October 23 by the Broadway-bound revival of David Hare’s Skylight, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. Then the National’s electrifying Frankenstein, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, on October 27 and 29: Of Mice And Men; John (December 9) and Treasure Island (January 22, 2015). The »
- The Deadline Team
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