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Warp’s Mary Burke Joins BFI Film Fund as Senior Production, Development Executive

15 June 2015 6:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The British Film Institute has appointed Mary Burke as senior production and development executive at the BFI Film Fund. Burke joins from Warp Films, where she is an executive producer and board member.

The BFI is the U.K.’s largest public investor in film, with more than £30 million ($46.5 million) in funding to invest each year. Burke’s role will be to identify and support a diverse range of British feature film projects, working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.

Burke’s producer credits include “Bunny and the Bull,” the 2009 feature debut from Paul King, who went on to direct “Paddington,” the U.K.’s most successful independent film of 2014; “Submarine,” the feature BAFTA and Bifa-winning debut of Richard Ayoade, which premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2010; Paul Wright’s “For Those in Peril,” which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2013; “Berberian Sound Studio, »

- Leo Barraclough

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BFI hires Warp Films' Mary Burke

15 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer of Submarine and Berberian Sound Studio to take key role in the BFI Film Fund.

The BFI (British Film Institute) has appointed Warp Films exec Mary Burke as senior production and development executive at the BFI Film Fund. 

Burke will take a senior editorial role at the BFI - identifying and supporting a range of new British feature film projects, and working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.

A recipient of two BAFTAs and two BIFAs, Burke’s producer credits include Bunny and the Bull, the 2009 feature debut from Paul King who went on last year to direct Paddington; Richard Ayoade’s SubmarinePaul Wright’s 2013 Cannes title For Those in Peril; Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio; and Chris Waitt documentary A Complete History of My Sexual Failures.

Burke is currently executive producer and board member at Warp Films, where she has worked in a variety of production and development roles since »

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

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Cannes: Kidman, Weisz, Blunt titles head to Middle East

4 June 2015 4:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.

Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalised a raft of Cannes deals with Embankment, HanWay, Protagonist, Cmg, Visit Films and Fox International Productions.

As announced during Cannes, Front Row also picked up Jacques Audiard’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Dheepan from Celluloid Dreams.

Front Row continued a long-standing relationship by securing deals across Protagonist’s slate including Pete Travis’ Middle East-set action-drama Snatchback, which is set to star and be produced by Rachel Weisz, heavy-metal drama Lords of Chaos and Taika Waititi’s comedy Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

From HanWay Films, Front Row secured John Cameron Mitchell’s Romeo and Juliet-style alien punk story How To Talk To Girls At Parties, set to star Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson; family-adventure film Swallows and Amazons with Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald; and Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley drama A Storm »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Rachel Weisz To Star In Snatchback

14 May 2015 9:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sorry, Dredd-heads, but it doesn’t look like director Pete Travis is waiting around in hopes of a green-light for a follow-up to his beloved but low-grossing 2012 comic-book adaptation. The helmer is now lining up kidnap thriller Snatchback, with Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz in the lead role.

Weisz (The Constant Gardener) will take on the role of Maureen Dabbagh, a real Virginia woman whose ex-husband kidnapped their two-year-old daughter and fled to the Middle East back in 1992. Dabbagh spent over 10 years tracking the pair across the volatile region before she finally got her daughter back.

In Snatchback, which Travis also scribed, the true story will get a rather Hollywood twist, with Dabbagh becoming a mercenary of sorts, embarking on dangerous missions to help other families to recover their kidnapped children from the Middle East while continuing her own search.

Weisz co-developed and will produce the project, which is currently »

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Rachel Weisz To Star In True-Story Drama 'Snatchback' From 'Dredd' Director Pete Travis

14 May 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Cinematically speaking, Pete Travis has mostly been know for action fare like "Vantage Point" and "Dredd." But he has swung toward drama with the Golden Globe-nominated "Endgame," and now he's lining up a project that sounds like it'll feature elements of both genres, with a pretty great actress in the lead. Screen Daily reports that Rachel Weisz will lead "Snatchback." The film is based on the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, who headed to the Middle East to find her two-year-old daughter after she was kidnapped by Maureen's husband. Travis' take on the material turns Maureen into a "mercenary" (Wtf) who helps other families find their stolen children, while continuing to search for her own. Okay, that's one way to twist this story into something more popcorn-friendly, even if it seems slightly dubious. So, is this basically like a more action packed "Not Without My Daughter"? Production will begin later this year, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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25 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 2000s

13 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kevin Spacey, Steven Seagal and, erm, Kangaroo Jack: they all nabbed the box office top spot last decade...

By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.

The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.

Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?

Eye Of The Beholder

January 2000, one week

Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »

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Weisz Joins Kidnap Tale "Snatchback"

13 May 2015 6:13 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rachel Weisz will star in and produce the true story kidnap thriller "Snatchback" for Braven Films. Pete Travis ("Dredd," "Vantage Point") penned and will direct the $15 million-budged feature.

The story is based on the life of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than a decade searching for her daughter and finally found her.

Weisz will play a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children – while never giving up on her own search.

Weisz and Frida Torresblanco will produce and shooting aims to begin later this year.

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Rachel Weisz to Star in Pete Travis’ Thriller ‘Snatchback’

13 May 2015 4:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Rachel Weisz is set to star in “Snatchback,” a thriller set in the dangerous world of illegal child recovery. It is written and will be directed by Pete Travis (“Vantage Point”).

Weisz, who appears in two competition films at Cannes — “The Lobster” and “Youth” –developed the project with Travis and producer Frida Torresblanco (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), whose New York-based Braven Films is producing. Weisz and Torresblanco are producers.

Weisz portrays Mo, whose daughter was abducted by the father when she was 3 years old. In the years after the kidnapping, Mo becomes a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children, while never giving up on her own search.

The film is inspired by the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their 2-year-old daughter, and took her to the Middle East in 1992. She spent over »

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Cannes: Rachel Weisz Boards Kidnapping Thriller 'Snatchback'

13 May 2015 1:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rachel Weisz is set to star in and produce Snatchback, a $15 million kidnapping thriller dealing with illegal child recovery from Dredd director Pete Travis. The project is being launched to buyers in Cannes by London-based Protagonist Pictures. The film is inspired by the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband kidnapped their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. She spent over a decade searching for her child, one of 1,000 children illegally abducted from the U.S. each year, before she finally found her. The

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Rachel Weisz to star in Pete Travis kidnap thriller 'Snatchback'

12 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Rachel Weisz to star in and produce true story; Protagonist launches in Cannes.

Rachel Weisz is to star in and produce $15m kidnapping thriller Snatchback, from Dredd director Pete Travis.

Oscar-winner Weisz (The Constant Gardener) co-developed the project and will produce alongside Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth, Magic Magic) of New York-based Braven Films.

Travis, also known for making Omagh and Vantage Point, has written the script and will direct.

Snatchback is based on the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than a decade searching for her daughter, one of 1,000 children illegally abducted from the Us each year, before she finally found her.

In Travis’s script, Weisz’s character becomes a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children – while never giving up on her »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Rachel Weisz Planning A Snatchback

12 May 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We're not getting a Dredd sequel, but that doesn't mean director Pete Travis is short of work. He'll next direct the true-life thriller Snatchback, in which Rachel Weisz will be taking the lead and acting as a producer.The film is based on the true story of the Virginian woman Maureen Dabbagh, whose daughter was kidnapped and taken to the Middle East by her ex-husband in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than ten years searching for her missing child. She did eventually find her, although most others aren't so fortunate.Hundreds of children are illegally abducted by parents every year, and Dabbagh has become an expert in such cases. She now works as a mediator for the Us Supreme Court, and is the author of two books: The Recovery Of Internationally Abducted Children, and Parental Kidnapping In America.Travis' screenplay turns her into a mercenary undertaking dangerous Middle Eastern missions to help »

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BFI appoints diversity manager

27 April 2015 4:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Deborah Williams to support roll out of ‘Three Ticks’ diversity initiative across all BFI funding activity.

The BFI (British Film Institute) has appointed Deborah Williams to the new role of diversity manager.    

Williams commences her role at the BFI on June 1 to help push forward its diversity agenda and augment the Three Ticks initiative across all BFI funding activities.

Joining the BFI from Arts Council England (Ace) where she was senior officer, policy and research, equality and diversity, Williams will sit within the BFI Film Fund team and report directly to Film Fund director Ben Roberts.

Developed by the BFI and backed by UK producers’ association Pact, Three Ticks requires all recipients of BFI Lottery film production funding to demonstrate commitment to encouraging diverse representation across their workforces, creating opportunities for training and skills development and on-going career progression, and advancing the portrayal of under-represented stories and groups on screen.

Williams’ responsibilities »

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‘City Of Tiny Lights’ Filming To Start, NBCU Sets Italian ‘Parenthood’ – Global Briefs

22 April 2015 12:52 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

London-set film noir thriller City Of Tiny Lights, written by Patrick Neate based on his novel, will begin principal photography April 27. Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame, Dredd), the movie stars Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) who plays down at heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) plays Shelley, his long lost love.  Ensemble cast includes Cush Jumbo (Josephine And I, The Inbetweeners), James Floyd (My Brother T… »

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‘City Of Tiny Lights’ Filming To Start, NBCU Sets Italian ‘Parenthood’ – Global Briefs

22 April 2015 12:52 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

London-set film noir thriller City Of Tiny Lights, written by Patrick Neate based on his novel, will begin principal photography April 27. Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame, Dredd), the movie stars Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) who plays down at heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) plays Shelley, his long lost love.  Ensemble cast includes Cush Jumbo (Josephine And I, The Inbetweeners), James Floyd (My Brother T… »

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English Actress & Writer, Cush Jumbo, Lands Co-Starring Role in London-Set Noir 'City of Tiny Lights'

21 April 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

British actress Cush Jumbo, actress of stage and screen, who played the lead role in an all-female production of "Julius Caesar" at London's Donmar Warehouse theatre a couple of years ago, has booked a co-starring role in "City of Tiny Lights," a London-set film noir written by Patrick Neate, based on his novel of the same name, and to be directed by Pete Travis ("Vantage Point," "Dredd"), and produced by Ado Yoshizaki-Cassuto and Rebecca O’Brien. With principal photography set to begin on April 27, for a 6-week shoot in London, Jumbo joins a cast led by Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler") who plays »

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Billie Piper joins Riz Ahmed in City of Tiny Lights

21 April 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Billie Piper has been cast in City of Tiny Lights.

Piper will play Shelley, the love interest of Riz Ahmed's detective character Tommy Akhtar.

City of Tiny Lights follows Tommy, who finds himself drawn into a sinister, dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue after discovering the body of a Pakistani businessman.

Cush Jumbo, James Floyd and Roshan Seth will also star in the film.

Patrick Neate, author of the novel the project is based on, has penned the script. Pete Travis is on board to direct.

City of Tiny Lights begins production next Monday (April 27) in London.

Piper stars as Brona Croft in Penny Dreadful, and is known for playing Rose Tyler in Doctor Who. »

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'City of Tiny Lights' to shoot next week

21 April 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cast of London-set noir thriller includes Screen Stars of Tomorrow Cush Jumbo and James Floyd.

City of Tiny Lights, a London-set film noir is to begin principal photography on April 27. The film will shoot for six weeks in London and will be released in 2016.

Written by Patrick Neate, based on his novel of the same name, the film will be directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Dredd) and produced by Ado Yoshizaki-Cassuto and Rebecca O’Brien.

The cast is led by Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) who plays private eye Tommy Akhtar, and Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful) as Shelley, his long lost love. 

The ensemble includes Roshan Seth (Indian Summers) and Screen Stars of Tomorrow Cush Jumbo, who recently landed a recurring role on Us drama The Good Wife,and James Floyd (My Brother the Devil).

The film centres on deadbeat private eye Tommy Akhtar (Ahmed) who walks into his office to find high-class prostitute Melody (Jumbo) seeking his help »

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

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Actress Billie Piper Joins London-set Thriller ‘City of Tiny Lights’

21 April 2015 5:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Penny Dreadful” actress Billie Piper has joined the cast of London-set film noir “City of Tiny Lights,” which starts principal photography on Monday.

Pete Travis, whose credits include “Vantage Point,” “Endgame” and “Dredd,” directs the pic, which Protagonist Pictures will be selling at Cannes. Icon Film Distribution will be releasing the film, which will shoot for six weeks in London, in the U.K. and Ireland next year.

The cast is led by Riz Ahmed (“Nightcrawler,” “Shifty,” “Four Lions”) who plays down-at-heel gumshoe Tommy Akhtar. Piper, who plays Brona Croft in “Penny Dreadful,” and whose credits include “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” and “Doctor Who,” plays Shelley, Akhtar’s long-lost love. The ensemble includes Cush Jumbo (“Josephine and I,” “The Inbetweeners”), James Floyd (“My Brother the Devil,” “Everywhere and Nowhere”) and Roshan Seth (“Indian Summers,” “Gandhi,” “My Beautiful Laundrette”).

The screenplay is written by author Patrick Neate, based »

- Leo Barraclough

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Cush Jumbo Lands Recurring ‘Good Wife’ Role Following Stellar New York Season

15 April 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: It’s an extraordinary time for Cush Jumbo, the London-based actress who starred on Broadway earlier this season with Hugh Jackman in Jez Butterworth’s spooky curiosity The River. She’s just concluded a sold-out, critically raved run of her solo show Josephine And I at the Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub and now is back in London to begin filming City Of Tiny Lights for director Pete Travis. She won’t be gone long. I’m told she’s been tapped for a role on Robert King… »

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Review: Alex Garland's Gripping, Brilliant, And Sensational 'Ex Machina'

8 April 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review that ran in January for the U.K. release of the film. After giving new life to the zombie and space opera genres with the Danny Boyle-directed duo of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,” and devastatingly adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” for Mark Romanek, it seemed inevitable that screenwriter Alex Garland would eventually find his way into the director’s chair (especially after those rumors that he took over from credited helmer Pete Travis in the editing room of “Dredd,” which he also wrote). What was less inevitable is that Garland’s directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” would be any good. If the film fell flat, he’d be far from the first scribe to unsuccessfully attempt directing. As such, it’s extremely pleasurable to report that the picture is a triumph. It's arguably Garland’s tightest and most fascinating screenplay to date, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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