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Very excitedly, and something that I’ve been looking forward to since the first trailer and details, Sci-Fi thriller The Machine last night picked up the ‘Raindance Award’ at the Moët British Independent Film Awards 2013 (check out all the winners here) and is given to honour exceptional achievement for filmmakers working against the odds, often with little or no industry support.
The Machine had its World Premiere earlier this year at Tribeca Film Festival and has since won Best UK Feature at Raindance Film Festival, Best Sci-Fi film at Toronto After Dark Film Festival and three BAFTA Cymru Awards for Special Achievement in Film, Best Costume Design for Chrissie Pegg and Best Original Music for Tom Raybould.
Directed by Caradog James, Produced by John Giwa-Amu and starring Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine and Pooneh Hajimohammadi, The Machine is a sci-fi thriller set in the near future with a global war looming. »
- Dan Bullock
Philippines-set crime thriller Metro Manila has scooped the top prize at the 16th Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, beating box office hit Philomena as well as The Selfish Giant, Starred Up and Le Week-end.
Clearly stunned, Ellis thanked Bifa for supporting “our little holiday film” when accepting the Best Film prize and - holding back tears - dedicated the award to his mother.
The crime drama, shot in the Philippine capital in the Tagalog language with a local cast and crew, debuted at Sundance in January and is the UK’s submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Exclusive: The President is one of a record eight features on 2014 production slate from Film & Music Entertainment.
Mike Downey & Sam Taylor’s London-based Film & Music Entertainment is launching a record eight features in 2014, representing total production budgets of $21m. This comes after six features totalling $12m in 2013.
Bac Films has come on board to handle international sales and serve as French co-producer for one of those eight, Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President, which is casting now for a February start of shoot in Georgia. As with their recent Georgian shoot for Ben Hopkins’ Epic, F&Me are partnering in Georgia with Vladimer Katcharava’s 20 Steps Productions as well as the Caucasian Film Service. Germany’s Herzog and Brümmer co-produces the $1.95m project.
Also in February, sequel documentary Streetkids United II – The Girls from Rio will start its shoot in Brazil, with a budget of $995,000 and directed by Mara Mourao. The Brazilian co-producer is Walkiria Barbosa of Total »
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Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson: 2013 British Independent Film Awards nominations (photo: Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’) Since the likes of Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson, James McAvoy, and Tom Hardy are in the running for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, expect at least a little overlapping between the determinedly indie-oriented BIFAs and other awards season nominees and/or winners elsewhere. (See also: “Judi Dench Sole Bifa Nominee Surely to Get BAFTA, Oscar Nominations.”) Judi Dench and Scarlett Johansson are competing in the Best Actress category; Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Johansson for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Tom Hardy and James McAvoy are in the running for the Best Actor British Independent Film Award; Hardy for Steven Knight’s Locke, McAvoy for Jon S. Baird’s Filth. The top Bifa 2013 movie, however, is David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, with a total of eight nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, »
- Zac Gille
Now in its whooping 16th year, Bifa recognise the best and brightest talent that Independent cinema has to offer, and this year is definitely no different. Ewan McGregor did the honours of announcing the nominees, some with a little bit of struggle, but got through it in the end.
The big nominations of the event went to Starred Up, which got a deservingly eight nominations, while The Selfish Giant picked up seven. Filth, Metro Manila and Le Week-end all received five nominations each. You can check out the full nominees here.
But the big question is, what makes the 2013 awards so different? The first being the shiny new award that all the winners will get. Keeping the flag flying for the brits, »
- Lucy Cave
Dench, who is nommed for “Philomena,” and Johansson, who is up for “Under the Skin,” vie with Lindsay Duncan for “Le Week-end,” Felicity Jones for “The Invisible Woman” and Saoirse Ronan for “How I Live Now.”
“Philomena” and “The Invisible Woman” are two of the few movies that are in the Oscar race this year. The films are distributed Stateside by Weinstein Co. and Sony Pictures Classics, respectively. Otherwise, many of the films nominated for the British Independent Awards were not released in the U.S. this past year, and thus ineligible for Oscar. Only twist in the Oscar race is that Steve Coogan was nommed as lead actor in “Philomena,” though many consider him supporting.
The International Independent category »
- Leo Barraclough
David Mackenzie’s Starred Up leads the Moet British Independent Film Awards nominations with eight nods, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Jack O’Connell, and two Best Supporting Actor nominations.
Nominations for Best Actress are Judi Dench for Philomena, Lindsay Duncan for Le Week-end, Scarlett Johansson for Under The Skin, Felicity Jones for The Invisible Woman and Saoirse Ronan for How I Live Now.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The actor and singer on the enduring appeal of the Who, the unspoilt charm of Sicily – and why Singin' in the Rain was the happiest night out in London
Patsy Kensit is an actor, singer and author and was born in Hounslow, London. Her mother was a publicist and her father an associate of the Kray twins. Patsy began acting at the age of four, appearing in an advert for Birdseye frozen peas. In 1972 she had her first big screen role in For the Love of Ada. Two years later she appeared in The Great Gatsby alongside Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, whom she later portrayed in a biopic titled Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story. In her late teens she fronted the band Eighth Wonder, who had two top 20 hits. At the same time she starred in Absolute Beginners, Julien Temple's musical adaptation of Colin Macinnes's novel. »
- Ben Marshall
Norma Bengell controversies (photo: Norma Bengell in Walter Hugo Khouri’s ‘Eros’) (See previous post: “Dead at 78: Norma Bengell, First Actress to Go Full Frontal in Mainstream Films.”) Norma Bengell found herself embroiled in numerous controversies throughout her life. For instance, besides her not infrequently "scandalous" anti-establishment screen roles of the ’60s and ’70s, she took to the streets to protest against both censorship in the arts and Brazil’s military dictatorship. At the 1985 edition of Rio de Janeiro’s Fest Rio, Bengell got into a verbal match with American actress and fellow jury member Ellen Burstyn (Oscar winner for Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) following alleged improprieties at the festival’s awards ceremony and Bengell’s role in the jury. Presumably to justify her worth as a jury member, the native Portuguese-speaker Bengell bellowed in Spanish: "I am a great actress!" Norma Bengell: Controversial filmmaker In later years, »
- Andre Soares
The road to a biopic about soul legend Marvin Gaye has been a long and weary one. We'll keep it brief, but earlier this year, Broadway regular and "Law & Order" star Jesse L. Martin took the lead role in "Sexual Healing," a years-in-the-making movie that he was attached to way back in 2008, with James Gandolfini to co-star, before it fell apart. Lenny Kravitz was briefly cast, before it landed back in Martin's lap. Martin signed back on and filming began this summer. Unfortunately, production was halted with three weeks left to shoot, with financing evaporating and distributor Focus Features pulling out as well. All of which makes this next bit, all the more interesting. Our pals over at Shadow & Act have stumbled across four minutes of promo footage from the film. Directed by Julien Temple ("Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten") and co-starring Brendan Gleeson, the movie chronicles Gaye's 1981 stint in Ostend, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Wow. This just snuck up on me, because I wasn't exactly expecting to see any footage so soon, especially with no new updates since our last report on the project, in June, when it was revealed publicly that shooting had been suspended on Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye biopic, Sexual Healing, starring Jesse L. Martin (as Gaye), S. Epatha Merkerson (as Marvin’s Gaye’s mother, Alberta Cooper Gay), and Dwight Henry (as Marvin Gaye’s father, Marvin Gay, Sr.). It was reported that there was a possibility that the film might not see completion (at least, not anytime soon), because Focus Features International, the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A season of films about London reveals how fog, rain and gloom of all kinds add to the mystique of the capital
I've been told that London's reputation for fog is not only due to the fact that it used to be foggy. It was also because cash-strapped postwar film-makers found it convenient to shroud their scenes in mist because they wouldn't have to build so much of the set – just one or two house fronts instead of a street. If this story is an urban myth, no matter, as it tells a truth about London on film. The city's greatest gift to the movie camera is its atmospherics, its fog, rain and darkness.
In ordinary daylight it is obstinately factual. If cinema likes to make cities into dream versions of themselves, London doesn't join in. The brick terraces, the railings, pavements, bollards and postboxes remain themselves. They »
- Rowan Moore
The 33rd Cambridge Film Festival (Sept 19-29) has unveiled its 2013 line-up, comprising 150 titles from 40 countries.
Alongside Hawking, other special guests to the festival will include directors Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel), Roland Klick (Deadlock), Mark Levinson (Particle Fever), Julien Temple (Oil City Confidential), Ramon Zürcher (The Strange Little Cat), Małgośka Szumowska (In The Name Of), Marzin Malaszczak (Sieniawka), Matt Hulse (Dummy Jim) and Andrew Mudge (The Forgotten Kingdom), Bob Stanley, John Pearse and actress Stephanie Stremler (Dust On Our Heart).
Strands include Young Americans, aimed at showcasing »
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★★★☆☆ It's been mere weeks since the 2013 edition of the Glastonbury Festival ended - the cows are not yet back in the hallowed fields of Worthy Farm - but festival fans still shaking off withdrawal symptoms could do worse than Glastonbury: The Movie in Flashback (2012), an affectionate rockumentary of the festival as it was in 1993. A director's cut of the film first released back in 1996, it is an oddly passive account. Director Robin Mahoney presents the festival on its own terms and generally allows the action to play out organically. There's no commentary, few interviews, and the only ostensible structure is a day-by-day division.
We follow a few characters ('Vanessa the Pink Dress Girl", for example) but otherwise it's defiantly loose. This certainly sets a spirit-of-the-sixties tone - the use of split-screen is perhaps a rather conspicuous nod to Woodstock (1970), that other doc about that other legendary festival - but the »
- CineVue UK
Steph Green’s Run & Jump has picked up the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh.
The film, produced by Samson Films, Bavaria Pictures and Senator Film München and directed by the Oscar-nominated Green, also picked up the Best First Irish Feature prize.
Vico Nikci’s Coming Home won Best Irish Feature Documentary and was also named Best Human Rights Documentary in association with Amnesty International.
Galway’s Bingham Ray New Talent Award in association with Magnolia Pictures was given to Kelly Thornton for her performance in Lance Daly’sLife’s A Breeze, which received its world premiere at Galway.
The festival’s Pitching Award was given to Jacinta Owens for her »
Ireland’s Galway Film Fleadh launched its 25th edition last night (July 9) with a screening of Spanish-Irish co-production Tasting Menu [pictured].
Director Roger Gual and star Fionnula Flanagan attended the screening at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre and joined guests afterwards for an opening night party at the Galway Rowing Club. Tasting Menu is produced by Zentropa Spain and Ireland’s Subotica.
The Fleadh runs until July 14, with guests set to include Zachary Quinto, screenwriter Daniel Waters and Julien Temple, who will all take part in masterclasses. Saoirse Ronan will also attend the festival, while Hubbard Casting will deliver a casting workshop.
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins will also attend the Fleadh to present Ronan and James Morris, former Irish Film Board chair and founding member and CEO of Windmill Lane Pictures, with Galway Hookers, the festival’s highest accolade.
Galway is renowned as a platform for new Irish talent, and local films »
The Galway Film Galway Film Fleadh (July 9-14) has announced the five nominees for this year’s Bingham Ray New Talent Award.
The new talent nominees are:
The winner will be announced at the closing night awards ceremony on July 14.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
With three weeks to go on a planned nine-and-a-half week shoot, it.s being reported that production has stopped on a Marvin Gaye biopic, Sexual Healing, and various troubles have the future of the movie in question. The report surfaced on ScreenDaily, which says that the film has .stalled. due to potential cash flow problems that might have been resolved. Well-placed sources tell the site that crew members have not been paid, and that shooting on the film stopped more than a month ago .because of scheduling and location issues.. The role of the late Motown singer was originally supposed to go to Lenny Kravitz, but he was replaced by Law & Order co-star Jesse L. Martin before production got underway. Director Julien Temple, a music-feature director, cast S. Epatha Merkerson as Gaye.s mother, Alberta. The film wouldn.t be a tradition Motown piece, but instead focus on a time »
Well, this doesn't look good. A month ago, we reported that shooting had been suspended for what was to be 2 weeks on Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye biopic, Sexual Healing, starring Jesse L. Martin's (as Gaye), S. Epatha Merkerson (as Marvin’s Gaye’s mother, Alberta Cooper Gay), and Dwight Henry (as Marvin Gaye’s father, Marvin Gay, Sr.). Focus Features International, the company that picked up the project, and shopped it at the Cannes Film Festival last month, said, in response to the announced 2 week hiatus, that it didn't have anything to do with financing, or any other problems that would hurt the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It has emerged that Focus Features - who boarded the project earlier this year - is no longer involved in the film.
Shooting stopped over a month ago, reportedly because of scheduling and location issues.
A well-placed source has told ScreenDaily that crew members have not yet been paid fully for their work on the film.
There are understood to be three weeks left on a nine-and-a-half-week shoot.
Speaking prior to the Cannes Film Festival, Sexual Healing producer Jimmy De Brabant sought to allay the uncertainty surrounding the film. He pointed to a cash flow problem with the American investor “that has lasted much longer than expected” but said this was now resolved.
The producers are understood to have told the crew that the funding promised had not yet arrived but are urging patience.
Last month, Brendan Gleeson »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
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