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Low-budget thriller set in the Philippines is standout winner at 2013 Bifas, with director Sean Ellis also named best director
• Interview: Sean Ellis
A shoestring-budget heist thriller set in the Philippines – partly because its Brighton-born director couldn't get a film made in the UK – was on Sunday night named British independent film of the year.
In an interview with the Guardian Metro Manila director Sean Ellis said he decided to make a film in the Philippines because he could not drum up any interest in making what is his third film in the UK. "In this country our favourite word is no," he said.
Ellis drew up a script, remortgaged his house and headed to Manila with a tiny »
- Mark Brown
It’s a very important night for British film. Celebrating, in a way the BAFTAs can’t, the vital new talents emerging in this country. The British Independent Film Awards is one of our favourite nights of the year, as much a routemap for the people to watch over the next year as it is a celebration of them.
The sheer variety of films nominated is evidence of the potent creative landscape of Britain. From the crowd pleasing and inspirational journey of Steve Coogan and Judi Dench in Philomena, through the haunted and surreal discovery of Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, to the barren urban clash of Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant this country has an independent film industry to be proud of.
There was a great swell of support for one film in particular but the awards point to many successes here. It’s great to see »
- Jon Lyus
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.
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.
At the glamorous ceremony, hosted for the eighth time by actor James Nesbitt at London’s Old Billingsgate, there were further surprises in the actor categories.
Lindsay Duncan won Best »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Philippines-set heist thriller “Metro Manila” stole three trophies at the Moet British Independent Film Awards, where it picked up kudos for film, director and achievement in production.
Sean Ellis’ pic, which is shot in the Tagalog language, is the U.K.’s submission for the foreign-language film award at the Oscars, and won the audience award for world cinema at Sundance. Fox International Prods. has acquired remake rights for the pic, which follows a poor farmer as he moves to the megacity of Manila and gets a job driving armored transports.
The Bifa awards ceremony, which was held at London’s Old Billingsgate Sunday, saw other prizes spread evenly among the other contenders.
Steven Knight took the scripter’s honor for “Locke,” which he also directed. The one-hander, which was described in its Variety review as “an ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism,” toplines Tom Hardy as man driving at night, »
- Leo Barraclough
The 2013 Eon Lifetime Acheivement award goes to broadcaster Angela Rippon.
Nearly 1,000 industry guests are in attendance at the Park Lane Hilton in London. Ruby Wax hosts this year’s event.
Wftv CEO Kate Kinninmont said: “We have a new talent award which this year goes to Kelly Marcel for creating Terra Nova for Steven Spielberg, scripting Saving Mr Banks for Tom Hanks and now being commissioned to bring Fifty Shades of Grey to our screens.
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
On December 20, Walters, Hart and actor Idris Elba will appear. Elba will promote his current role as Nelson Mandela in biopic The Long Walk to Freedom. Tinie Tempah will also appear as a musical guest.
There will also be comedy from Frank Skinner and music from Michael Bublé. »
The prize was created in 2002 in honour of Walters' late Harry Potter co-star.
Michael Gambon had earlier won the honour in 2012. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
Julie Walters Tapped For Bifa’s Richard Harris Award Julie Walters is to receive the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards this coming weekend. The prize was introduced in 2002 to recognize outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Walters started out in television and broke into film with her BAFTA- and Golden Globe-winning performance in 1983’s Educating Rita. She was also nominated for an Oscar for the film and later received a further Oscar nomination for Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot. More recently, she played Ron Weasley’s mother Molly in all of the Harry Potter movies. Among Walters’ other credits are Prick Up Your Ears, Calendar Girls, Becoming Jane and Mamma Mia! She next will be seen in The Harry Hill Movie and in 2014’s live-action Paddington. The BIFAs will be held on December 8 in London. New Zealand Film Body Picks 10 Best Nz Films Of »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Walters started out in TV working with comedian Victoria Wood, and broke into film with her BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance in the 1984 hit “Educating Rita,” where she starred alongside Michael Caine. The role also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
Walters was once again nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for Stephen Daldry’s “Billy Elliot,” and that same year was cast as Molly Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” a character she continued to play in the franchise for the next 10 years.
Her other film roles included “Calendar Girls” and “Mamma Mia!”
Walters will next be seen in “The Harry Hill Movie, »
- Leo Barraclough
London – Star of stage and screen Julie Walters has been chosen to pick up the Richard Harris award at this year's British Independent Film Awards, supported by Moet and Chandon. The Harris nod, introduced in 2002 in honor of the late Irish actor, is one of the BIFAs' most prestigious awards and is given in recognition of 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 and Michael Gambon last year. Walters started out in TV working with comedian Victoria
- Stuart Kemp
Walters will receive the honour - introduced in 2002 to recognise outstanding contribution to British film by an actor - at the ceremony on December 8 at Old Billingsgate, London.
Julie Walters Cbe began her career in TV alongside comic Victoria Wood before going on to find film fame in a career that has spanned more than four decades. She found fame in a BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance in a supporting role in the 1984 hit Educating Rita, which also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
She has since been nominated for an Oscaar for her work on Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot. Her work has also include family favourites such as Brave and the Harry Potter series. She will next be seen »
- Amber Wilkinson
Actress to receive the Richard Harris Award at this weekend’s British Independent Film Awards.
The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2002 in honour of the late actor and recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Walters started out in television working with comedian Victoria Wood and has built a career spanning four decades across both film in TV.
She broke in to film with 1984 international hitEducating Rita,where she starred alongside Sir Michael Caine and won a BAFTA and Golden Globe. The role also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Paul Potts movie ‘One Chance’ wins 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival Audience Award (photo: James Corden as ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ hit Paul Potts looking at Brad Pitt photo in ‘One Chance’) Among the winners at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival (Sdff), which ran November 6-17, was David Frankel’s One Chance, the story of Paul Potts, a timid shop assistant and amateur opera singer who eventually topped "Britain’s Got Talent." James Corden plays Potts, while Julie Walters and Colm Meaney are his parents. Director Frankel’s best-known movies are The Devil Wears Prada (2006), which earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for playing Anne Hathaway’s style-conscious boss and nemesis, and the sentimental blockbuster Marley & Me (2008), toplining Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. A 2012 reunion with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs, also featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, did only moderate business. This year’s Starz Denver »
- Anna Robinson
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A CGI/live-action hybrid movie inspired from the Paddington Bear book series , which were first published in 1958 and have sold over 35 million copies world-wide, will be released in the United States on December 12th, 2014, two weeks after its UK release on November 28th.
The movie is produced by David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter) and stars Nicole Kidman (Stoker), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jim Broadbent (Filth), Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter), with Colin Firth (The King's Speech) voicing the titular bear. Here's the official synopsis...
Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who »
- Gary Collinson
An adorable Christmas gift is being planned for next Christmas. TWC-Dimension announced today that Paddington, based on the fancy coat-wearing orphan Paddington Bear character, will open in U.S. theaters on December 14, 2014. The film was initially announced for an early 2015 U.S. release date following a Christmas U.K. bow, but the film will now square off directly against Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus on that December date according to Deadline. Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman lead a cast that includes Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Bonneville also star. Additionally, just days after announcing a February 2014 release, Summit has decided that January 10, 2014 is a better fit for the 3D Kellan Lutz-fronted sword-and-sandals origin story Hercules: The Legend Begins. The film now opens directly opposite the nationwide expansions of Her and Lone Survivor and a week after Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. »
- Adam Chitwood
That icon of children's literature, Paddington the bear, will make his way into theaters for Christmas 2014. TWC-Dimension announced Thursday that Paddington, a CG-live action film, will be released in the U.S. on Dec. 12, 2014. The film, produced by Gravity and Harry Potter producer David Heyman, stars Colin Firth as the voice of the famous red bear, and also stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters. The story follows Peruvian bear Paddington as he tries to find a home in the city of London. He's taken in by the Brown
- Rebecca Ford
TWC-Dimension will release “Paddington” during next year’s Christmas season with a Dec. 12, 2014 launch in the U.S.
The film, produced by “Gravity” and “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman, stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters. Colin Firth is the voice of Paddington.
“The holiday season is the perfect time to bring the humorous adventures of one of the world’s most loveable bears to family audiences everywhere,” said distribution president Erik Lomis.
“Paddington” follows the comic misadventures of a talking, accident-prone young bear from Darkest Peru who’s found at Paddington Station and adopted by a London family. StudioCanal financed and is distributing in the U.K., France and Germany, and handling world sales.
The CGI-live action film is inspired from the book series first published in 1958. Paddington books have sold more than 35 million copies in 40 languages.
TWC-Dimension also announced it has brought »
- Dave McNary
Update: Paddington will be in theaters next Christmas, the release date is set for Dec. 12, 2014.
Sept. 13, 2013 - Paddington Bear, the polite and proper stuffed animal from Peru, will get his chance at movie stardom thanks to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter movies. Colin Firth, who won an Academy Award for playing King George VI in The King's Speech, will be the voice of Paddington in this CGI/live-action movie (like Alvin and the Chipmunks). Nicole Kidman will play a taxidermist (the people who preserve the bodies of formerly alive animals) bent on revenge. The rest of the cast is lpretty Potterish: Jim Broadbent (Prof. Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince); Julie Walters (Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter movies); Sally Hawkins (the upcoming Great Expectations, incidentally helmed by the director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire); and Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"...I'm »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Saoirse Ronan plays a young Irish woman unable to find work at home. She heads to New York City where she takes up a job in a department store while undertaking night classes in bookkeeping.
She falls for, and secretly marries an Italian plumber (Cohen). Returning home for her sister's funeral, she settles back into a routine and meets a charming new man (Gleeson). She soon must decide which life she wants for herself.
Lionsgate UK is handling UK distribution, while Transmission will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. Filming begins April 2014.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
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