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The British Film Institute has implemented new requirements to ensure that productions that are supported by U.K. Lottery funding through the BFI Film Fund reflect the diversity of the country.
Starting Sept. 1, all projects receiving BFI Film Fund coin will be assessed using the “Three Ticks” assessment approach. The assessment requires applicants to demonstrate commitment to diversity across three areas of production, from the composition of the workforce to the stories and characters onscreen, with at least one tick needed in a minimum of two areas for a project to be eligible for BFI production funding:
* Onscreen diversity, which includes diverse subject matter, at least one lead character positively reflecting diversity, at least 30% of supporting and background characters positively reflecting diversity;
* off-screen diversity, which includes includes key creatives (director, screenwriter, composer, cinematographer), at least two heads of department from diverse backgrounds, production crew and production company staff; and
* creating »
- Carole Horst
- Ryan Adams
There's a lot of pride for gays and lesbians going around right now as many states continue grant equal rights to allow them to get married instead of being treated like second class citizens by the law. Therefore, the timing is perfect for the British drama Pride, the true story of gay and lesbian activists who threw their support behind the families of striking miners in the United Kingdom in 1984. However, at the time, the National Union of Mineworkers weren't all that thrilled about receiving their help, forcing these activists to go straight to the families themselves. It's a story of unlikely togetherness staring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine and more, and the first trailer from the UK has arrived! Here's the international trailer for Matthew Warchus' Pride from Pathé UK: At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides »
- Ethan Anderton
With its release date fast approaching it was about time we saw a trailer for Pride…and here it is!
Starring Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun, George MacKay and Andrew Scott, this hilarious British comedy is directed by Tony award-winner Matthew Warchus (Matilda: The Musical), whose name rounds off this impressive cast and crew list. Have a read of the official synopsis below to learn more:
Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem; the Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.
But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Period culture clash comedy Pride was the closing night film of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in Cannes this past May. The response was rapturous for the ensemble that’s based on the true story of gay and lesbian activists who attempted to raise money in support of the families of striking miners in 1984 Britain. Helmed by lauded theater director Matthew Warchus, it features a who’s who of British talent including Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, and up-and-comers George MacKay, Freddie Fox and Ben Schnetzer (the lone American in the cast). The Welsh accents may require […] »
In their Cannes 2014 review, HeyUGuys‘ Jo-Ann Titmarsh wrote: “A feel-good movie about the 1984 miners’ strike, Thatcherism and the scourge of Aids is a tough nut, but with Pride Matthew Warchus has cracked it. Garnering an ovation on its premiere here in Cannes, Pride can certainly feel proud of itself.”
It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. »
- Michelle McCue
Here's a heart-warming tale: in 1984, a group of activists at the annual Gay Pride march are moved to raise money to help the families of striking miners. So far, so charitable - but some of the conservative miners are taken aback by the source of the donations and balk at the generosity. Not to be deterred, the activists head off to a small Welsh village to hand over their bounty in person, and the two groups find some surprising things in common. It's all told in Matthew Warchus' film Pride, and here's the new poster.As you can see, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Paddy Considine lead the cast, along with Dominic West, George McKay and Andrew Scott. Yes, that is Bill Nighy, somehow looking entirely different to normal simply by dint of slicking down his hair. Go figure.Pride comes from director Matthew Warchus, who's about to take »
Kevin Spacey has denied rumours that he is due to play a villain in the next James Bond film.
Speaking to BBC News, the actor insisted that he has not been approached to appear in the next instalment of the franchise, due to be released in 2015.
"I don't know why people keep writing about this," Spacey said. "I've been offered no role, I've never read a script.
"No, I'm not doing the next James Bond movie. No."
"Obviously if [Sam] wanted me he would've offered me the role," he said. "I don't even know if there is a role frankly."
Spacey also discussed his reasons for creating Now: In the Wings on a World Stage, a documentary about his staging of Richard III.
"I suppose »
It sometimes feels that the British film industry only makes about three or four different kinds of movies: dreadful gangster films that rarely get a release abroad, gritty social realism pictures, period costume dramas, and semi-quirky comedies with a tearjerking side, exemplified by something like "Billy Elliot" or "The Full Monty," but more often turning out like "Calendar Girls" or "Song For Marion." The latter category might be the most dispiriting of them all, and it's the category that "Pride" initially seemed to be fitting into. The film, directed by acclaimed theater director Matthew Warchus (who just this week was appointed Kevin Spacey's successor as the artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London), has that mix of social issues drama, culture clash, old people doing unlikely things, and Bill Nighy that so often proves a middlebrow crowd-pleaser. But we figured there had to be a reason it »
- Oliver Lyttelton
A feel-good movie about the 1984 miners’ strike, Thatcherism and the scourge of Aids is a tough nut, but with Pride Matthew Warchus has cracked it. Garnering an ovation on its premiere here in Cannes, Pride can certainly feel proud of itself.
We meet Mark (Ben Schnetzer) in his council flat, kicking out last night’s conquest and collecting buckets to take to the 1984 Gay Pride march. The idea is to show solidarity with the striking miners, with whom the gay community feels an affinity, for it’s now the miners’ turn to feel the full force of the law, literally. On the march we meet budding pastry chef and photographer Joe (George MacKay), soon nicknamed Bromley by his new-found band of mates. He represents the typical scared closet gay, living in suburbia with his folks and too timid to come out. Joe’s courage gains strength as the Lgsm group gains momentum, »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
★★★★☆Following the minor disappointment of Ken Loach's somewhat lethargic Jimmy's Hall (2014), politics has once more descended on the Croisette but this time in the much livelier and fun-filled exuberance of Matthew Warchus' Queer Palm-winning agit-comedy Pride (2014). It's 1984. In the depths of the miners' strike and gay activist Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) is inspired to start raising money for the miners, arguing that the two apparently disparate groups have common interests. Like the miners, the gay and lesbian community is harassed by the police and demonised by the media. Their argument - if the miners didn't fuel the power stations, "You couldn't listen to Banarama at three in the morning."
- CineVue UK
The true tale of how two very different communities came together in London and Wales during the lengthy U.K. miners’ strike of 1984-5 makes for an irresistible crowdpleaser in “Pride,” the sophomore feature from garlanded British theater director Matthew Warchus. The story of the little-remembered Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners movement (Lgsm) plays so many inspirational, feel-good notes, the only real surprise is that it’s taken three decades to be unearthed for cinematic purposes. Word of mouth could easily propel the comedy-drama to positively sinful success, especially in its home market, Blighty.
The U.K. has a history of mining gold from stories of personal growth rooted in traditional communities, notably the fictional “The Full Monty” and “Billy Elliot,” and it’s this tradition that has brought forth “Pride,” the first produced feature script by actor Stephen Beresford. And he has found commercially astute collaborators in Warchus and debuting producer David Livingstone, »
- Charles Gant
When Kevin Spacey steps down from his current position as artistic director of The Old Vic theater, he will be replaced by director Matthew Warchus, the London theater announced Thursday. Warchus, who's currently directing the Broadway musical Matilda and won a Tony for directing the Broadway production of God of Carnage, will take up the role in the fall of 2015. Photos: Exclusive Portraits of Kevin Spacey Warchus has directed more than 70 productions in London and on Broadway and also helmed the upcoming movie Pride, which is premiering at Cannes Friday as the closing film in the Directors Fortnight
- Hilary Lewis
Jimmy’s Hall (pictured)
Director: Ken Loach
Production company: Sixteen Films, Element Pictures
Sales agent: Entertainment One
Logline: Period drama set in 1930s Ireland during its “Red Scare.”
Director: Mike Leigh
Production companies: Film4, Focus Features Intl.
Sales agent: Sony Classics (for U.S.)
Key cast: Timothy Spall
Logline: Biopic on British master painter J.M.W. Turner
Un Certain Regard
Snow in Paradise
Director: Andrew Hulme
Production company: Ipso Facto Films
Sales agent: The Match Factory
Logline: A petty criminal turns to Islam, but his old life won’t leave him alone.
Director: Daniel Wolfe
Production company: Emu Films
Sales agent: Altitude Film Sales
Logline: Runaways in West Yorkshire face dark horrors while a gang searches for them. »
- Leo Barraclough
Channel 4’s movie arm Film4 is one of the pillars of the British film industry, alongside BBC Films and the British Film Institute, so when its longtime chief Tessa Ross recently said she would be stepping down, it sent a frisson through the biz.
Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, says if either or both of the networks shuttered their film divisions it would leave a huge hole. Film4 and BBC Films invest £27 million ($45.4 million) between them in development and production. The BFI Film Fund’s budget is also $45.4 million, but as well as covering development and production, it also pays for distribution and sales support. Most of the projects on the BFI slate are backed by one or other of the broadcasters, such as Cannes titles “Jimmy’s Hall” from Ken Loach, “Mr. Turner” from Mike Leigh and “Pride” from Matthew Warchus.
“In our independent film sector, »
- Leo Barraclough
Grace of Monaco (1)
Olivier Dahan, France-u.S.-Belgium-Italy
Atom Egoyan, Canada
Clouds of Sils Maria
Olivier Assayas, France-Switzerland-Germany
Bennett Miller, U.S.
Goodbye to Language
Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland
The Homesman (2)
Tommy Lee Jones, U.S.
Ken Loach, U.K.-Ireland-France
Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia
Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-Switzerland-Germany
Maps to the Stars
David Cronenberg, Canada-u.S.-France-Germany
Xavier Dolan, France-Canada
Mike Leigh, U.K.
Bertrand Bonello, France
Michel Hazanavicius, France
Still the Water
Naomi Kawase, Japan
Abderrahmane Sissako, France
Two Days, One Night
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium
Damian Szifron, Argentina-Spain
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey-Germany-France
Out of Competition
Zhang Yimou, China
Dean DeBlois, U.S.
Un Certain Regard
- Variety Staff
“It’s a film that’s inspirational, punchy and fun; and it resonates with contemporary events in many parts of the world,” said Muriel Sauzay, Pathe’s head of international sales. Pathe will distribute in France, U.K. and Switzerland.
At Cannes, Pathe is also pre-selling Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” (“La Giovinizza”), with Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda. Sorrentino’s follow-up to Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty, »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Before closing Cannes Directors' Fortnight with Matthew Warchus' "Pride," about gay activism in the time of Margaret Thatcher and starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming roster of star-studded films. BBC Films will continue their collaboration with playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett on the adaptation of his celebrated memoir "The Lady in the Van." This will reunite BBC Films with Bennett, Oscar-nominated in 1995 for "The Madness of King George," for the first time as a writer since "History Boys" in 2006. Starring Alex Jennings (as Bennett), "Lady" is based on his experiences with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a vagrant who lived in his driveway for 15 years, and it's directed by Nicholas Hytner. Director Pete Travis' "City of Tiny Lights" will also be produced by BBC Films. Starring Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth, and written by Patrick Neate from his own novel, the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — BBC Films has boarded “The Lady in the Van,” which reunites the team behind “The History Boys.” The pic, which is an adaptation of playwright Alan Bennett’s memoir, will be directed by Nicholas Hytner. Producers are Kevin Loader, Damian Jones and Hytner.
BBC Films also has revealed that it will be producing “City of Tiny Lights” with Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto. Starring Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth, the film will be directed by Pete Travis, and adapted by Patrick Neate from his novel of the same name.
- Leo Barraclough
BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming slate ahead of Cannes, which highlights its ongoing strategy to develop new talent and bolster existing relationships with filmmakers.
The slate is headlined by The Lady In The Van, an adaptation of the memoir of playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett.
Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings as Bennett, The Lady In The Van is based on Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a vagrant who parked her clapped out old dormobile in his drive and stayed for 15 years.
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