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“I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel,” said Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris. “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo. A journey which describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime! I hope this award inspires British filmmakers to take advantage of him and build films around his talent.”
- Gary Collinson
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
By Cate Marquis
On the surface, Brooklyn is about a young Irish woman in the 1950s moving to American to start a new life, but it is also about anyone growing up and moving away from home, whether that is going away to college or moving away to a new city for a job. The film deals with the loneliness, the homesickness, and the strangeness of being somewhere new, and all the adjustments and changes that brings. It also deals with how it feels to go back home after that. It is a story that will make anyone who has experienced that ache with remembered things. It is a meditation on identity, self-discovery and life-choices, full of nuances and shadings, set in a lovely nostalgic landscape.
Beautifully photographed and beautifully acted as well, Brooklyn is a lovely film »
- Movie Geeks
Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a limited edition 3D DVD sleeve of the UK’s most beloved bear, Paddington.
Paddington brings together an all-star cast, with Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Monuments Men) and Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham, Blue Jasmine) as Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Moulin Rouge) as the evil taxidermist, Julie Walters (Billy Elliot, the Harry Potter series) as Mrs. Bird the housekeeper, Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, The Iron Lady) as Mr. Gruber the owner of the antiques shop, Peter Capaldi (Dr. Who) as the Browns’ neighbour, Mr. Curry and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply send your answer to the following question to email@example.com…
What kind of bear is Paddington?
A) Peruvian Bear
B) Polar Bear
C) Grizzly Bear
Paddington is available now »
- Laura Holmes
The 2015 British Independent Film Awards nominations have been announced and "The Lobster,"Macbeth," and "45 Years" led the pack! But where's Eddie Redmayne who is soooo good in "The Danish Girl?" At least his co-star, Alicia Vikander, received a nod for Best Actress.
Winners will be announced on December 6th. Here's the complete list of nominees of The Moët British Independent Film Awards
Best British Independent Film
Asif Kapadia, .Amy.
Alex Garland, .Ex Machina.
Andrew Haigh, .45 Years.
Yorgos Lanthimos, .The Lobster.
Justin Kurzel, .Macbeth.
Tom Courtenay, .45 Years.
Colin Farrell, .The Lobster.
Michael Fassbender, .Macbeth.
Tom Hardy, .Legend.
Tom Hiddleston, .High-Rise.
Marion Cotillard, .Macbeth.
Carey Mulligan, .Suffragette.
Charlotte Rampling, .45 Years.
Saoirse Ronan, .Brooklyn.
Alicia Vikander, .The Danish Girl.
Best Supporting Actor
Luke Evans, .High-Rise.
Brendan Gleeson, .Suffragette.
Domhnall Gleeson, .Brooklyn.
Sean Harris, .Macbeth.
Ben Whishaw, .The Lobster.
Best Supporting Actress
Irish filmmaker and theater director John Crowley has been commanding some incredible pieces of film and theater for many years now, but he’s only starting to rise to significant prominence in 2015 thanks to his Sundance breakout film “Brooklyn” which has been receiving an unusual amount of raves and early Oscar buzz since its Park City world premiere back in January. Sundance films with acclaim in the beginning of the year can easily fade later in the season, but “Brooklyn” is the rare festival picture that has been asked to appear at every major North American film festival— Toronto, Telluride and New York Film Festival — the quality of the drama apparently so high that any previous festival-war squabbling was quickly laid to rest. Crowley’s “Brooklyn" stars Saoirse Ronan — in a career-making turn no less — Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, and centers on Eilis Lacey, a »
- Rodrigo Perez
Academy voters have corrected category fraud before—most famously in 2008 when Kate Winslet campaigned in the supporting for "The Reader," and ended up getting nominated in lead instead. That worked out for Winslet, who ended up winning. But if the Academy decides the two frontrunners in this year's supporting actress race — Rooney Mara ("Carol") and Alicia Vinkander ("The Danish Girl") — should head to the lead race instead, it might be tougher fate. Either could genuinely win best supporting actress, but they'd have tough go of it for best actress. For now, let's assume both end up where The Weinstein Company and Focus Features, respectively, are campaigning for them. They'll likely be joined — oddly enough — by Winslet. Outside of Michael Fassbender, she's the surest thing "Steve Jobs" has to a definite acting nominee. The other two slots are very much up for grabs. Joan Allen ("Room") and Julie Walters »
- Peter Knegt
It’s never too early to start preparing for the Oscars!
Sure, we’re more than three months removed from the awards ceremony on February 28, but a lot of those names you’ll be hearing come Oscar time are in theatres or soon-to-be playing at a theatre near you.
With the Golden Globes nominations kicking the official awards season off on December 10th, we’re making our best guesses at the films that will be nominated. As we head into the holiday season, it’s time to set your sights on the movies that will be the topic of every movie fan’s conversation.
Here’s our list of the ten movies you need to see before the awards race kicks off!
Brooklyn, John Crowley
Likely nominations: Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best »
- Adriana Floridia and Rachel West
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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In 2011, I moved from New York to London. I can make free video phone calls to my friends and family, and I can be home in a few hours; planes go back and forth between the two cities with the regularity and frequency of a bus schedule (if, alas, for quite a bit more than bus fare). But still: it was hard. It remains an emotional challenge to be separated from people I love back home even as I get more and more emotionally connected to a new home.
So I cannot even imagine what it must have »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Up until it began its theatrical release last week, I’m not sure how many people really knew just how good Brooklyn was. It’s one thing to read reviews praising Saorise Ronan and company, but the loveliness of the work only fully reveals itself when you see it. All the way up and down the line this is just a wonderful film that really does feel like something that could potentially turn into an Oscar juggernaut. The fact that some are underestimating it has me wondering just how well it could wind up doing, which is what we’ll be discussing here today. Here we go… The movie is a romantic drama/period piece about Eilis (Ronan), an Irish girl planning to immigrate to America. When she arrives, she meets and falls for an Italian boy from Brooklyn (Emory Cohen), opening her eyes to a new world. When she »
- Joey Magidson
“Home is home.”
Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
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- Movie Geeks
Graham Norton brought up the subject on his Friday show, asking about this particular horse. Fassbender looked a bit embarrassed, but said Prince "used to get quite aroused whenever I got on his back." Fellow guest Julie Walters quipped, "I can understand that." (Mrs. Weasley, you naughty thing!) Fassy said Dan, the horse handler, had to get on Prince and give him a little trot so he could retract his little, you know, and then he was good to go.
Here's Fassy, telling the story:
Considering it was a classy Charlotte Brontë period adaptation, it was hardly a good time for the audience to be distracted by ... that. Not that there's a good time, unless you're making an Adam Sandler movie or something. »
- Gina Carbone
Fancy checking out one of the best films of the year? Here's our review of Brooklyn, starring Saiorse Ronan.
In amongst the showier performance-led movies to come this awards season, it's reassuring to see an unassuming coming-of-age story like Brooklyn receiving its fair share of plaudits too. Based on Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name, Brooklyn follows an immigrant's trans-Atlantic love song, set between south-east Ireland and New York City.
In the 1950s, Eilis Lacey (Saiorse Ronan) is a young Irish woman living in Enniscorthy who gets the opportunity of a lifetime when kindly priest Father Flood (Jim Broadbent) arranges for her to travel to Brooklyn and take up a job at a department store. Of course, Eilis jumps at the chance, but leaves behind her elder sister Rose (Fiona Glascott) and her mother Mary (Jane Brennan) for the glamour of America.
She becomes desperately homesick, »
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Directed by John Crowley.
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950’s Brooklyn for a fresh start and falls in love. But when tragedy forces her to return home, she must choose between the two countries and the lives and loves within them.
Being homesick is something that everyone’s experienced at one point or another. And it’s that ability to relate that makes Brooklyn so special.
Adapted from the 2009 novel by Nick Hornby, who also wrote the screenplay for last year’s Reese Witherspoon inspirational Wild, he makes the most of what is a very simple love story of boy meets girl.
But while others would fill every line of dialogue with schmaltz and cheese, Hornby ensures that whenever a character opens their mouth, they’ve actually got something to say. It’s a streamlined script that doesn »
- Amie Cranswick
Defining something as classical or old fashioned can often times come as a death sentence in today’s world, where filmmakers strive to break ground from storytelling to the aesthetic they use to tell these stories. However, in the case of John Crowley’s new film, Brooklyn, there is true beauty in this classical story of love, family and what it means to be home.
Based on the Colm Toibin novel of the same name, Crowley’s film follows the story of Eilis Lacey (played by Saoirse Ronan), an Irish woman who heads to Brooklyn out of hopes to find her calling, or at the very least a job off which to start her life. With the help of an Irish priest (Jim Broadbent), Eilis she makes her way to New York, all the while overcoming seasickness, and trying her best to beat the homesickness that cripples her during her first few moments there. »
- Joshua Brunsting
A tremendous lead performance lifts Nick Hornby’s screen translation of Colm Tóibin’s novel out of sentimental period nostalgia into an intelligent drama
With her luminous lead performance, Saoirse Ronan is the heart and point of this film. Her face, in closeup for so much of the time, conveys innocent youth but also something saddened and disillusioned; wary and reserved, it carries its own premonition of old age without losing any of its beauty. She stars in a drama set in the pinched 1950s: Eilis is a young woman who is persuaded to emigrate, leaving behind an adored mother and sister in her small home town in Ireland, to start a new life in Brooklyn, New York, where education and employment prospects are much better. The protagonist experiences the anguish of homesickness, disloyalty and guilt, along with a rush of excitement of being in New York and realising for »
- Peter Bradshaw
Ahead of its release this week, Lionsgate has dropped five new clips from director John Crowley’s upcoming romantic drama Brooklyn, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. Check them out below…
See Also: Read our ★ ★ ★ ★ review of Brooklyn
Set in the early 1950s, Brooklyn is the story of a young woman, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, NY where, unlike home, she has the opportunity for work and for a future – and love, in the shape of Italian-American Tony (Emory Cohen). When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community, but now with eligible Jim (Domhnall Gleeson) courting her. As she repeatedly postpones her return to America, Eilis finds herself confronting a terrible dilemma – a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries.
Brooklyn is set for release on November »
- Amie Cranswick
A Brooklyn Baby: Crowley’s Simple Immigration Tale Buoyed by Strong Emotional Core
Director John Crowley returns with Brooklyn, his strongest film in years, based on the well-received novel by Colm Toibin, and adapted by the respected pen of Nick Hornby. Recalling the emotional prowess of his 2007 film, Boy A, which similarly focused on the perspective of a lone protagonist, Crowley captures an expressive and emotional performance from Saoirse Ronan, weathering the simplicity of the sturdy narrative like a dependable, all-purpose frock. A host of well-known supporting players enhance the crowd pleasing tendencies, though sometimes in its lighter moments the films jumps the rails and slams into overdone sentiment or desperate humor. But the moments are fleeting, and quite forgivable considering the poise with which the film navigates the emotional arc of its lead character.
In 1950s Ireland, Eilis Lacey (Ronan) is able to secure a placement in a boarding »
- Nicholas Bell
Greek helmer Yorgos Lanthimos’ purest and painful reminder that love reigns is measuring off against Justin Kurzel’s paranoia bliss and Andrew Haigh’s in it for the long term portrait received the most nominations for the upcoming 2015 British Independent Film Awards. Mysteriously, Rachel Weisz failed to nab a nom in the Best Actress category, but The Lobster has a wide-spread reach in all major categories with seven nominations. 45 Years, the favorite in both acting categories and Macbeth are one shy with six noms apiece. Apart from the Best Picture category, we’re keeping tabs for a surprise win in the Best Screenplay and the Best Supporting Actor race should be a hoot as both Gleesons in Brendan and Domhnall will be competing against each other. The award show technically kicks off award season on December 6th.
Best British Independent Film
Asif Kapadia, »
- Eric Lavallee
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