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UK industry figures offer Brexit reassurance at Tiff

10 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

“We are in unknown territory” but “everyone is pulling in the same direction”, suggested the speakers.

Opening this year’s Industry Conference at Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18), a panel of UK experts moved to calm fears over the British public’s decision to leave the European union. BFI head of international Isabel Davis, Creative Scotland senior executive Robbie Allen, the British Film Commission’s evp, Us productions, Kattie Kotok, and producer Paul Webster of Shoebox Films were all present to disclose their opinions on the looming spectre of Brexit.

Screen International Us editor Jeremy Kay, moderating the panel, set the scene by stating that “we are in unknown territory”: “With Article 50 yet to be triggered, we are still at least two to three years away from leaving the EU”, noted Kay.

Davies revealed that the BFI has put together a bespoke taskforce featuring key figures from the film, television and videogames »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Judy by the Numbers: "Caro Nome/When I Look At You"

4 May 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...

With Judy Garland now such an established hit, MGM worked overtime to make the most of its musical star. This meant that while Arthur Freed and the Freed Unit "made" her by crafting her star image (and arguably used her to her best advantage), Judy couldn't work with them exclusively. She was too valuable a commodity for that. So, MGM also put her under the watchful tutelage of another producer well-known for his musical mojo: Joe Pasternak

The Movie: Presenting Lily Mars (1942)

The Songwriters: Walter Jurmann (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics)

The Players: Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter, Spring Byington, directed by Norman Taurog

The Story: Had Judy's fateful short with Deanna Durbin turned out differently only six years previous, she might have met Joe Pasternak earlier. For most of the 1930s, Pasternak was a top producer at Universal Studios, »

- Anne Marie

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'God's Own Country' cast revealed as shoot begins

22 March 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Boardwalk Empire’s Ian Hart and Sense and Sensibility’s Gemma Jones join rising stars Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu.

Principal photography has started in Yorkshire on romantic drama God’s Own Country, the debut feature of writer-director Francis Lee.

The cast includes acting veterans Gemma Jones (Sense and Sensibility, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) and Ian Hart (Urban Hymn, Boardwalk Empire) alongside rising talent Josh O’Connor, whose credits include festival favourite Bridgend, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella and Stephen FrearsThe Program, alongside upcoming Romanian actor Alec Secareanu.

Director Lee, whose award-winning shorts have screened at the BFI London Film Festival, Slamdance Fand Sheffield Doc/Fest, has explored what might have happened if he had stayed in his local community in rural Yorkshire and begun to farm instead of leaving to study at drama school.

God’s Own Country is the story of farmer’s lad Johnny (O’Connor) who has shut »

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

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