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Branagh, Amini among Guiding Lights mentors

17 December 2014 4:28 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

UK mentor scheme received seventeen applications for each place.

Actor-director Kenneth Branagh and writer-director Hossein Amini are among mentors for training programme Guiding Lights, run by Brighton-based cultural agency Lighthouse.

The 15 mentees include directors, writers, producers and, for the first time, exhibitors, as a result of a new partnership with Film Hub South East, part of the BFI Film Audience Network.

They will receive nine months of personal mentoring.

This year there were seventeen applications for each place on the scheme, which requires candidates to demonstrate experience in their field and their potential for the future.

The scheme began in 2006 and is sponsored by Creative Skillset and Studiocanal. Previous years’ mentors include Danny Boyle, Abi Morgan, Lone Scherfig and Julian Fellowes.

Kevin Macdonald, director of The Last King of Scotland, is taking part for the third time this year. He said: “What I really love about [Guiding Lights] is that I learn as much – maybe more – from the mentee »

- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)

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Lone Scherfig talks UK industry, von Trier, next films

16 December 2014 5:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

An Education director Lone Scherfig was the first woman to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean lecture.

Lone Scherfig has stressed the need to protect the British film industry and praised the “high moral standards, strong values, persistence and wit” of its members at BAFTA’s annual David Lean lecture.

Speaking on December 15 about British competition with America, the director of An Education and The Riot Club, said: “You may think that unlike other European countries you don’t have the advantage of a home market, speaking a language that you share with Americans, but in Europe we are not in doubt about which films are British and which are American.

“That is because of your traditions, your values, your tone, your cinematic history that comes back with every generation, and your education.” 

Speaking about the need to protect British film, she said: “I feel very grateful to the audiences here, to the festivals »

- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)

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Lone Scherfig talks UK industry, von Trier, next films at BAFTA

16 December 2014 5:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

An Education director Lone Scherfig is first woman to deliver David Lean lecture.

Lone Scherfig last night [Dec 15] emphasised the need to protect the British film industry and praised the “high moral standards, strong values, persistence and wit” of its members at BAFTA’s annual David Lean lecture.

Speaking about British competition with America, the director of An Education and The Riot Club, said: “You may think that unlike other European countries you don’t have the advantage of a home market, speaking a language that you share with Americans, but in Europe we are not in doubt about which films are British and which are American.

“That is because of your traditions, your values, your tone, your cinematic history that comes back with every generation, and your education.” 

Speaking about the need to protect British film, she said: “I feel very grateful to the audiences here, to the festivals here, people that protect »

- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)

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Lily James Does Errands and Goes to a Ball in 6 New Cinderella Images

9 December 2014 6:47 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Disney released a bunch of new images when the Cinderella trailer dropped a couple of weeks ago and now the studio is putting six more in the mix.  Kenneth Branagh’s live-action rendition of the classic tale features Lily James in the title role and it’s a performance that’s well worth keeping an eye on.  I’ve yet to give Downton Abbey a go so I’ve missed out on James’ work on that show, but next year there will be loads of opportunities to see what she’s capable of.  In addition to Cinderella, she also leads the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as Elizabeth Bennet and there was a report claiming that she was circling Lone Scherfig’s new movie, Their Finest Hour and a Half, as well.  Should Cinderella hit it big, odds are, many more projects will be added to that list. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Ava DuVernay Could Make Oscar History With a Best Director Nom

1 December 2014 6:50 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Last year’s Oscar ceremony made history when director Steve McQueen became the first black filmmaker to win for best picture with 12 Years a Slave and Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American to win for best director with Gravity. This year’s ceremony could make history as well: Ava DuVernay could become the first black female to be nominated for best director for Selma, and if Angelina Jolie lands a nomination for Unbroken, it will be the first time two women are nominated in the same year.

In 2012, DuVernay became the first black woman to win for best director at the Sundance Film Festival with Middle of Nowhere.

Lee & Low Books found that 99 percent of best director winners are male and 99 percent of best actress winners are white (93 percent of best actor winners are also white).

The lack of diversity at the Oscars does »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Denmark's Lone Scherfig to Become First Woman to Give BAFTA's David Lean Lecture

12 November 2014 3:55 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) said Wednesday that Danish director Lone Scherfig will deliver the David Lean Lecture, a high-profile film lecture, in December.  She will be the first woman to deliver it. Scherfig's lecture is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15 at BAFTA’s headquarters in Central London. Read more BAFTA to Kick Off ‘Life in Television’ Event Series With Julie Walters The David Lean Lecture "aims to provide an insight into the experiences and outstanding creative achievements of some of the world’s most compelling filmmakers," according to the organization. The lecture carries on

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Scherfig first woman to give Bafta lecture

12 November 2014 2:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Riot Club director will deliver her speech in December.

BAFTA has announced that Danish director Lone Scherfig is to deliver it’s David Lean Lecture Dec 15 at its London headquarters.

Scherfig, director of The Riot Club and An Education, will be the first woman to deliver the lecture, following previous speakers including Paul Greengrass, Robert Altman, John Boorman, Oliver Stone, David Lynch and Pedro Almodóvar.

The annual film lecture aims to provide an insight into the experiences and creative achievements of filmmakers.

Scherfig is currently directing Astronaut Wives Club, a 10-part drama for ABC Studios, which tells the story of the women behind some of the biggest events in Us history.

Nik Powell, chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, said Scherfig was “a unique talent as well as being a torchbearer for women directors everywhere”.

Scherfig began her career directing commercials and television dramas in her native Denmark. Her first feature as director, The Birthday »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sam Claflin & Lily James join WWII comedy Their Finest Hour and a Half

27 October 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sam Claflin and Lily James have been cast in Their Finest Hour and a Half.

The World War II comedy will reunite Clafin with his Riot Club director Lone Scherfig, reports Deadline.

Based on Lissa Evans's 2009 Orange Prize-nominated novel, the film will centre around the misadventures of a team working on a British propaganda film in Norfolk.

A silent age movie star, an advertising copywriter from the Ministry of Information, a Madame Tussauds costumier and a caterer-turned-military advisor unite to create the unlikely story of two women rowing across the channel to bring relief to the soldiers at Dunkirk.

Downton Abbey's James is currently filming Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.

Claflin can currently be seen in Love, Rosie and will reprise his role as Finnick Odair in the two Hunger Games: Mockingjay films.

Their Finest Hour and a Half will begin shooting in summer 2015.

Watch Sam Claflin talking to Digital »

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Sam Clafin & Lily James Enjoy Their Finest Hour And A Half

27 October 2014 1:45 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Following The Riot Club, Sam Clafin is set to re-team with director Lone Scherfig next year for Their Finest Hour And A Half. Lily James will also star in the adaptation of Lissa Evans' novel.The book, set during World War II, 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 craft the unlikely narrative of two women in a rowing boat who head off on a rescue mission to Dunkirk. They initially dislike each other, of course, but rally round in the cause of wartime morale.All the pleasing hallmarks of an Ealing comedy there (plus something of the vibe of Dad's Army), but Their Finest Hour And A Half »

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Warner Bros wants female director for Wonder Woman

26 October 2014 11:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Gal Gadot will get her own Wonder Woman solo movie in 2017. Warner Bros reportedly wants a female director, too.

You have permission to tut loudly at us, as it seems this landed at the very end of last week. But as it turns out, Warner Bros' long-overdue plans to spend an awful lot of money on a comic book movie with a woman at its centre don't stop there. The studio also wants a woman to direct the Wonder Woman film.

The movie, which is set to star Gal Gadot - picking up the role that she's going to initiate in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice - is set for release on June 23rd 2017. Gadot, to date, is the only part of the Wonder Woman jigsaw that we definitely know about. The news that Warner Bros actively wants a female director for the movie was broken by The Hollywood Reporter, »

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Sam Claflin and Lily James Eye 'Their Finest Hour and a Half'

24 October 2014 6:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sam Claflin and Lily James are circling starring roles in Their Finest Hour and a Half for BBC Films.

The plot is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Lissa Evans, which follows a British movie crew during World War II, who try to boost morale after the infamous London Blitz devastated the area. Gabby Chiappe, who has written for British TV shows such as The Paradise and Shetland, is writing the adapted screenplay.

Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day) is directing, with Amanda Posey (A Long Way Down) and Stephen Wooley (Byzantium) producing. Principal photography is scheduled to take place in summer 2015.

Sam Claflin most recently starred in The Quiet Ones and he will next be seen as Finnick Odair in Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. He is also starring in Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club, which is rolling out in overseas territories soon. »

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Casting Net: Megan Fox takes female lead in 'Zeroville' opposite James Franco

24 October 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Megan Fox will take the female lead in Zeroville, starring opposite James Franco, who is also directing. Adapted from the novel by Steve Erickson, the story follows a film-obsessed man (Franco) who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, hoping to break in to the business just as the industry is at a major turning point. Fox will play a Hollywood starlet with an uneasy past who becomes the romantic interest and obsession of Franco’s character. Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, Jacki Weaver, and Horatio Sanz also star. Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini is producing along with Caroline Aragon, »

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Casting News: Claflin, Stan, Rogen, Segan

24 October 2014 3:25 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Their Finest Hour and a Half

Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games") and Lily James ("Cinderella") are circling the lead roles in "An Education" director Lone Scherfig's "Their Finest Hour and a Half" for BBC Films.

Based on Lissa Evans' 2009 novel, the story follows a WW2 British movie crew trying to boost morale in the wake of the London Blitz. Gabby Chiappe ("Shetland," "The Paradise") is penning the script. Shooting is scheduled to take place in summer 2015. [Source: Deadline]

Ricki and the Flash

Sebastian Stan ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") is set to play the estranged son of Meryl Streep in the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-penned "Ricki and the Flash". Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield also star.

Streep plays a woman chasing her dreams of being a rock star, which resulted in losing her family. Now a grocery store clerk, she gets one final shot at fulfilling her rock and roll destiny. »

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Lily James And Sam Clafin Eyeing Up World War II Comedy Their Finest Hour And A Half

24 October 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin and Cinderella‘s Lily James are reportedly circling the lead roles in British comedy, Their Finest Hour And A Half. The witty title harkens to the average length of a film, as the movie explores the shenanigans of a film crew trying to helm a cheery wartime pic after the blitz.

Based on Lissa Evans’ 2009 award-winning novel, the adaptation caught the eye of Lone Scherfig (One Day, An Education), who is now attached to direct. Wild Gaze, Number 9 and BBC Films are working together to produce the movie, which will be introduced to buyers in Santa Monica next month at the American Film Market.

Before either actor commits to the flick, they’ll each have a number of titles hitting the market. Claflin can be next seen in The Riot Club and Love, Rosie. While his potential love interest, James, has two aces up »

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Margot Robbie in Talks for Taliban Shuffle, Lily James and Sam Claflin Circling Finest, and Luke Evans & More Join Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire

24 October 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’ve got a few casting announcements to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly: The Wolf of Wall Street breakout Margot Robbie is looking to add another comedy to her resume, as she is in talks to join Tina Fey in The Taliban Shuffle—though this doesn’t take her contention for Suicide Squad. Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Lily James (Downton Abbey) are circling director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) adaptation Their Finest Hour and a Half. Luke Evans is set to star in Kill List director Ben Wheatley’s shootout film Free Fire, which will also include Armie Hammer, Olivia Wilde, and Cillian Murphy. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Per THR, Margot Robbie is in talks to join Tina Fey in The Taliban Shuffle.  Based on Kim Barker’s wartime memoir, Fey is onboard to play a war correspondent working in Kabul, »

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Lily James & Sam Claflin Clock In For Lone Scherfig’s ‘Their Finest Hour And A Half’

24 October 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Lily James (Disney’s Cinderella) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) are circling to star in Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half. James, currently filming Burr Steer’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, is one of Britain’s hottest young actresses and is also attached to the plum role of Natasha in The Weinstein Company’s War And Peace miniseries.

Their Finest Hour And A Half, based on Lissa Evans’ 2009 novel that was nominated for Britain’s prestigious Orange literary prize, follows the misadventures of a British movie crew trying to make a patriotic film to boost morale after the Blitz during World War II. TV writer Gabby Chiappe is adapting. Principal photography is set for summer 2015.

The prestige picture is being produced by Wild Gaze’s Amanda Posey (A Long Way Down) and longtime associate Stephen Wooley (Byzantium) through his Number 9 Films. The pair previously »

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Film Review: ‘Love, Rosie’

18 October 2014 3:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A full quarter-century has passed since Nora Ephron deftly articulated the pitfalls of platonic friendship between men and women in “When Harry Met Sally…”. Yet if “Love, Rosie” is to be believed, a whole new generation of adults has arrived at much the same conclusion Ephron did: In the movies, at least, the sex part always gets in the way. A thoroughly likeable English-language debut for German comedy helmer Christian Ditter, this marzipan-sweet adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 bestseller “Where Rainbows End” is elevated by vibrant visuals and the winsome chemistry of Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. Cast as childhood BFFs who dance around their true feelings for each other through multiple decades, countries and partners, this inordinately pretty star pairing lends youthful appeal to a rom-com that could also woo the adult chick-lit crowd.

With its twelve-year narrative timeframe, comfy middle-class Britishisms and sparky pairing of striving, pure-hearted girl and raffish, »

- Guy Lodge

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Stockholm to honour Uma Thurman

16 October 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival’s 25th edition will feature a contribution from Ai Weiwei and competition titles including Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher.

The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.

The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.

Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.

He is still not allowed to leave China so will send a design that will be portrayed in the form of a large ice sculpture symbolising this years’ Spotlight theme - Hope.

Brazil

The festival will focus this year on Brazil »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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A Cell Phone Gets In the Way of an Important Conversation in This Short Film

4 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We’re teaming with The Current for the next two months to deliver 10 short films from 10 different directors, focused on social trends explored through cinema. The first short film, New Status, is an exercise in frustration when a major life event gets filtered through a cell phone. It’s a simple (now well-worn) concept given irritatingly funny life and a scream-worthy punchline. “My intention is to question the constant accessibility our smartphones provide and what it does to the way we communicate these days. It comes to a point where people are more focused on sharing with the world what a great time they are having, instead of actually having a great time. If we do not find the discipline to put the smartphone away once in a while, and have an old-fashioned face-to-face conversation, we will end up communicating via the smartphone only,” says director Maj-Britt La Cour. Here’s some more information on La Cour: »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: BFI & Aardman Animations Partner For Toon Features; Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason Toplines ‘The Serious Game'; More

3 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The British Film Institute is partnering with Aardman Animations are launching a new scheme backed by £1 million of lottery funding to help support the development and production of new animated feature films and the creative talent making them. The BFI will provide funding for up to two years to three filmmakers or filmmaker teams to develop their projects with dedicated development support through the BFI Aardman Animation Development Lab. The process for developing animated feature films is lengthy and expensive limiting the opportunities for British filmmakers. Wallace & Gromit producer Aardman will work with the filmmakers – animators, writers, directors, producers – to shape their ideas with the aim of emerging with a set of greenlight-ready materials for their films, ready to advance to production. The closing date for applications is November 28.

Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason will topline The Serious Game, directed by Pernilla August and scripted by Lone Scherfig based on the novel by Hjalmar Söderberg. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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