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Lionsgate U.K.’s increasing focus on investing in British movies to fill a major part of its distribution slate, alongside third-party acquisitions and titles from Lionsgate and Summit in the U.S., makes commercial sense, says Nick Manzi, head of production and acquisitions at Lionsgate U.K.
“There is an audience in this country for British films,” he says. “Every country wants to see stories about themselves, and we are lucky because we share the same language as America, so these films can travel — if you get them right.”
The aim is to give a wide release to the majority of its movies. “We look for stories that resonate with a broad audience,” he says. But Manzi warns that the distribution market has changed. “We are finding that there’s no in-between — there’s no middle ground. Films either work or they don’t.”
The company has a diverse »
- Leo Barraclough
Jack Huston (Ben-Hur) and Jake Lacy (Carol) have joined the cast of Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half. Gemma Arterton (Quantum Of Solace), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Bill Nighy (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Richard E. Grant, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Rachael Stirling and Henry Goodmanstar star in a screwball comedy battle of the sexes that follows the misadventures of a British movie crew trying to make a patriotic film to… »
We already knew that Sam Clafin was reuiniting with his Riot Club director Lone Scherfig for Their Finest Hour And A Half. In the year since that announcement the cast has grown exponentially, with Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy - pictured below in the first official image from the film - at the top of the bill. Richard E. Grant, Helen McRory, Eddie Marsan, Rachel Stirling and Henry Goodman are all also signed up for the WWII-era comedy. And the most recent additions to the ensemble are Jack Huston and Jake Lacey.Based on the novel by Lissa Evans, the film tells the comical story of a disparate group of people brought together in Norfolk to make a British propaganda film. A forgotten actor from the silent movie age, an advertising copywriter from the Ministry of Information, a Madame Tussauds' costumier and a caterer-turned-military advisor are all pitched in to »
Recent additions to the film’s cast include Jack Huston (Ben-Hur) and Jake Lacey (Carol). The ensemble also includes Sam Claflin, Richard E. Grant, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Rachael Stirling and Henry Goodman.
Set in the early 1940s, the story centres on a young, female screenwriter working in London under threat of invasion during The Blitz.
The film was developed and financed by BBC Films, Wales Screen and Pinewood Films. Producers are Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (Carol, Made in Dagenham) and Amanda Posey (Brooklyn, An Education).
International sales are being handled by Hanway Film. The film is »
Shooting started in London last week on romantic comedy Their Finest Hour And A Half from An Education helmer Lone Scherfig. Starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy, the first still from the production is above while Jack Huston and Jake Lacy have now joined the cast. Also aboard are Sam Claflin, Richard E. Grant, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Rachael Stirling and Henry Goodman. The 1940s set film is a screwball battle of the sexes that follows the misadventures of a… »
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- Garth Franklin
Daniel Brühl, the German star of A Most Wanted Man, Rush and Marvel’s forthcoming Captain America: Civil War, is set to become a partner at Hamburg/Berlin-based production company Amusement Park Film.
Brühl will join forces with Malte Grunert and Klaus Dohle as a producer with the aim of finding, developing and producing material across both film and television. Their focus will be on English-language products.
Brühl and Grunert are both attending the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) this coming week with their own projects.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Swedish actress-turned-writer/director Pernilla August, whose latest film Beyond (Svinalängorna, 2010) garnered her three Guldbaggar – Sweden’s national film award – and the Nordic Council Film Prize, will introduce her new feature A Serious Game (Den allvarsamma leken) in New Nordic Films at the Norwegian International Film Festival (Aug 15-21) in Haugesund.
Danish writer-director Lone Scherfig has scripted the new version of the passionate love between Arvid and Lydia (Sverrir Gudnason, Karin Franz Körlof), which Patrik Andersson, Frida Barzgo and Fredrik Heinig are producing for A B-Reel Production.
A Serious Game is one of 11 new Nordic productions, which will be presented tomorrow and Thursday (Aug 19-20) at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim: six from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
Haugesund, Norway — Hosted in the middle of summertime in a cool-weathered small Norwegian town, the Haugesund Film Festival’s New Nordic Films has beefed up its program significantly in order to lure jaded industryites for few days before the start of fall festivals’ Tsunami.
New Nordic Films has indeed broadened its scope year after year to firm up its position as one of Scandinavia’s top two confabs — along with Goteborg’s market. Aside from presenting 22 completed movies, including 16 market premieres, New Nordic Films will showcase 11 pics in post in the Works in Progress section, while the co-production forum will introduce participants to 24 projects in development, including seven genre titles – pitched as part of the Nordic Genre Boost sidebar, an event co-hosted by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.
Among the productions presented in the Works In Progress section, some of the most anticipated titles are Greenlandic helmer Pipaluk K. Jørgensen’s romance drama “Anori, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Too little too late, but ABC has finally found the perfect companion piece for "Pan Am." A bright-and-glossy dose of '60s nostalgia mixed with easily digestible proto-feminism, ABC's "Astronaut Wives Club" premieres on Thursday (June 18) night, more than three years after "Pan Am" was cancelled and I suspect they're likely to be remembered in the same way: Period dramas with high production values, a fantastic cast that ABC will look back at yearningly and unrealized creative potential obscuring otherwise solid storytelling. Is there a hypothetical TV series about the wives of the Mercury astronauts that's more than a slightly superficial, slightly choppy and slightly misfocused showcase for fine performances and some snazzy retro-style? Absolutely, but there's still some virtue to this sort of watchable, somewhat nourishing summer entertainment, even in a landscape that's overflowing with summer viewing options. Thursday's exposition-heavy premiere episode begins in 1961 with Louise Shepard (Dominique McElligott »
- Daniel Fienberg
Winston Baker has unveiled the lineup for its sixth annual International Film Finance Forum, sponsored in part by Variety, to coincide with the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
The forum, which takes place on May 15 at the Carlton hotel in Cannes, will feature top entertainment industry professionals including directors, producers, financiers, agents and executives.
Featured events during the half-day program include a panel on digital strategies and a director’s keynote panel with Lone Scherfig (“An Education,” “One Day”) and writer and director Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”).
Additional information, including registration, can be found on the event’s website.
The full list of confirmed speakers:
Ashok Amritraj, chairman and CEO, Hyde Park Entertainment Tom Ara, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig Joseph Calabrese, global chair, entertainment, sports and media practice, Latham & Watkins Jeffrey Chan, co-founder and CEO, Distribution Workshop Joseph Chianese, executive VP, Ep Financial Solutions, Entertainment Partners Guillaume de Chalendar, senior VP, »
- Seth Kelley
Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy head up the cast of the romantic comedy about a young woman screenwriter during the Blitz in London, which is set to start shooting late summer. It is an adaptation of Lissa Evans’s 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction nominated novel.
Hanway are handling worldwide sales in Cannes.
Zygi Kamasa, Lionsgate UK CEO, who will executive produce together with BBC Films’ Christine Langan, said: “A project such as this with a visionary director, established producing team and impressive British cast cements the fact that British cinema is thriving and we’re thrilled »
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Sweden is flush from significant Cannes and Venice triumphs in 2014, and at Berlinale more recently. This year, Cannes slots include Magnus von Horn’s debut “The Here After,” to be screened at Directors’ Fortnight, and Romanian Radu Muntean’s “One Floor Below,” a co-production, at Un Certain Regard.
Playing in the Fortnight shorts section is David Sandberg’s passionate ’80s homage “Kung Fury.” Isabella Carbonell’s short “Boys” is selected for Critics’ Week. Add Stig Bjorkman’s intimate portrait of Ingrid Bergman in the Cannes Classics’ “Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words” — in which Swedish star Alicia Vikander voices the iconic thesp — and a thriving image of Swedish cinema comes to light.
Not without a reason. Over the past half-decade Swedish film has experienced a significant rise in quality and diversity. Patrik Andersson, producer and head of development at B-Reel, says the improvement is reflected both in festival and hits »
- Jon Asp
Cannes — Lionsgate has taken U.K. rights to “Their Finest Hour and a Half,” which Lone Scherfig (“The Riot Club,” “An Education”) will direct. The pic will star Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.
The romantic comedy, which is set in the early 1940s, combines the quick-fire repartee of a screwball battle of the sexes infused with the reality of filmmaking under threat of invasion and London in the Blitz. It’s a witty and warm-hearted portrayal of a young woman screenwriter finding her way in matters of life, death and the heart.
BBC Films has developed and will co-finance the film, which is being produced by Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (“Carol”) and Amanda Posey (“Brooklyn,” “An Education”). It has been adapted for the screen by Gaby Chiappe from Lissa Evans’s novel. Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate U.K. and Christine Langan and »
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: Lionsgate has moved quickly to snap up UK rights to Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half. Gemma Arterton (Quantum Of Solace), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Bill Nighy (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) star in a screwball comedy battle of the sexes that follows the misadventures of a British movie crew trying to make a patriotic film to boost morale during the Blitz. BBC Films developed and co-finances the film, which is being… »
Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise, The Riot Club, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is set to star in the soccer legend biopic Robin Friday, to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball, Disconnect), it was announced today by producers Mike Young, Julian Stone and Paolo Hewitt of Rf Movie Productions Ltd. Financing partners include Global Film Partners’ Daniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael’s Paul Cummings and 9Magnan’s Meghana Gupta.
Fortitude International, co-founded by Nadine de Barros, Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner, will handle foreign rights and will present the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Market. De Barros will be supported by her sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of International and Samantha Peel, Director of International Sales and Marketing.
CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Robin Friday, will represent the film’s North American rights.
Based on the biography »
- Michelle McCue
Every year, the Istanbul Film Festival organizes a Masterclass on the serene campus of Boğaziçi University. In an auditorium surrounded by leafy trees, with a balcony overlooking the magnificent Bosphorus, an acclaimed filmmaker delves into his or her career and shares lessons learned along the way. In 2014, Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian auteur who's been feted by everyone from the Oscars to the Berlinale, spoke about the guiding principle of his career: being "unbiased and just." This year, Lone Scherfig took his place. The Danish filmmaker is most famous for the Oscar-nominated "An Education," but was already renowned in the international film fraternity for her association with the Dogme 95 movement and the Silver Bear-winning film "Italian for Beginners." Her latest film is "The Riot Club," which screened at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. As can be expected from a career spanning the Danish film school, writing characters for »
- Laya Maheshwari
Film4 sits down with great directors including Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Ben Wheatley, Steve McQueen, Joe Carnahan and Lone Scherfig to candidly talk the art of filmmaking, where and how they got started, and their fears. One thing, which is said by Mark Romanek, is true for even the most ruthless of the bunch: "Every director... goes in in the morning terrified that what they're doing is not going to work." Read More: David Fincher Reveals "Gone Girl" Secrets, and Whose Side He's Really On Ryan Lattanzio is the staff writer for Toh at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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