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London Calling: Phil Hunt Rocks the Casbah with Head Gear Films

22 April 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Phil Hunt’s London-based film-financing house Head Gear Films, which launched 15 years ago, has been ramping up its dealmaking activity in recent years. The company provided funding for 55 movies last year, up from five in 2012. Movies backed have included Johnny Depp starrer “Black Mass,” “Trespass Against Us,” starring Michael Fassbender, and John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone,” starring Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena. Hunt tells Variety about how he balances his punk-rock ethos with a careful assessment of the risks inherent in the independent film business.

Hunt, who also co-heads 10-year-old sales company Bankside Films, started out as a photographer in the advertising business in the early 1990s. A punk rocker and Clash devotee at heart, he started to shoot music videos for bands like Big Audio Dynamite, as well as corporate films. From there he pogoed into producing micro-budgeted feature films, starting 20 years ago with “Fast Food,” starring Gerard Butler. »

- Leo Barraclough

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John Cleese To Woo ‘Edith’ In BBC Sitcom; Cannes Sets Short Films – Global Briefs

12 April 2017 2:24 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

John Cleese is returning to a BBC sitcom for the first time since Fawlty Towers — after having previously lobbed criticism at the broadcaster. But, he says, the scripts for six-part comedy Edith are “the most enjoyable” he’s been sent “in the last 100 years." Written by Charles McKeown (Brazil) and produced by BBC Studios for BBC One, Edith also stars Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) and Jason Watkins (Line Of Duty). The story centers on Edith (Steadman) who’s been a… »

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John Cleese To Woo ‘Edith’ In BBC Sitcom; Cannes Sets Short Films – Global Briefs

12 April 2017 2:24 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

John Cleese is returning to a BBC sitcom for the first time since Fawlty Towers — after having previously lobbed criticism at the broadcaster. But, he says, the scripts for six-part comedy Edith are “the most enjoyable” he’s been sent “in the last 100 years." Written by Charles McKeown (Brazil) and produced by BBC Studios for BBC One, Edith also stars Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) and Jason Watkins (Line Of Duty). The story centers on Edith (Steadman) who’s been a… »

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John Cleese to Star in ‘Edith,’ First BBC Sitcom Since ‘Fawlty Towers’

11 April 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

British comedy legend John Cleese is returning to the small screen in his first BBC sitcom since “Fawlty Towers,” the network announced Tuesday. Cleese will co-star along with Alison Steadman (“Orphan Black,” “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”) in “Edith,” a six-part comedy series created and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Charles McKeown (“Brazil”). Cleese and Steadman previously played husband and wife in the 1986 film “Clockwise.” The series follows a widow — named Edith, of course — whose life is put on hold after her son hits rock bottom and moves back in with her. Cleese will play Phil, an old boyfriend and neighbor of. »

- Carli Velocci

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John Cleese to appear in his first BBC sitcom since Fawlty Towers

11 April 2017 7:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Monty Python actor, who vowed never to work with the corporation again, will star alongside Alison Steadman in Edith

John Cleese is to star in his first BBC sitcom since Fawlty Towers ended nearly four decades ago.

The Monty Python legend will appear alongside Alison Steadman in the comedy series Edith, having previously vowed never to work with the BBC again.

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John Cleese to Star in a British Sitcom for First Time in Nearly 40 Years

11 April 2017 4:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Cleese is set for a return to a BBC sitcom for the first time since “Fawlty Towers,” the broadcaster said Tuesday. The “Monty Python” legend will co-star alongside actress Alison Steadman in new six-part comedy series “Edith,” which has been commissioned for BBC One.

Created and written by Charles McKeown, who was Oscar-nominated for 1985’s “Brazil” directed by Cleese’s fellow Python Terry Gilliam, “Edith” will also star Jason Watkins, Jessica Hynes, Anne Reid, Rosie Cavaliero, James Cosmo and Peter Egan. The show re-teams Cleese and Steadman, who played husband and wife in Christopher Morahan’s 1986 film “Clockwise.”

“If you had carte blanche on your fantasy BBC One comedy cast then you’d not be far off the ‘Edith’ line-up,” said Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC. “It’s also a huge pleasure to welcome John Cleese back to the land of BBC sitcom – his last one did all right.”

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- Robert Mitchell

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