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'Fifty Shades Freed' romps to top of UK box office with £6.1m debut

Erotic threequel scores impressive site average; The Greatest Showman puts on another stirring display.

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Fifty Shades Freed (Universal) £6.1m £6.1m 1 2 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £1.92m £26m 7 3 Coco (Disney) £1.25m £11.67m 4 4 Early Man (Studiocanal) £1.13m £5.3m 3 5 Darkest Hour (Universal) £978,111 £20.65m 5

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Erotic threequel Fifty Shades Freed swept aside the competition at the UK box office this weekend, storming to a £6.1m debut from its 594 locations, with an impressive £10,269 site average.

On Friday, the film dominated the market, taking 55% of all grosses with £2.66m – the biggest opening day for a film in the UK this year. That was also the third biggest UK opening day of all time for an 18-certificate film, behind Fifty Shades Of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.

The Fri-Sun opening falls behind those two previous franchise entries (£13.56m and £7.58m respectively) but with Valentine’s Day to
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The Mercy review – high seas and crushed dreams

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz can’t save this dramatisation of a tragic real-life yachting adventure from foundering

The somewhat dispiriting real-life story of Donald Crowhurst, the amateur sailor who in 1968-9 lost his pride, his mind and then his life in a single-handed yacht race to circumnavigate the world, has long exerted a fascination for film-makers. Nicolas Roeg once tried to film the story. In 2006, the documentary Deep Water explored the tragedy. And this big-budget take on the tale, buoyed up by the star power of Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, was made at the same time as a smaller rival project, Crowhurst by Simon Rumley.

One can see the attraction of the story to director James Marsh: Crowhurst (Firth) has a similar maverick eccentricity and forceful self-belief to that of high-wire walker Philippe Petit, the subject of his documentary Man on Wire. But for all its technical prowess – the sound design,
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Darren Aronofsky, James Marsh, and More Remember ‘Brilliant’ Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson

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Darren Aronofsky, James Marsh, and More Remember ‘Brilliant’ Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson
Directors who worked with Jóhann Jóhannsson are mourning the loss of the Icelandic composer, who died of unknown causes on February 9. The recipient of back-to-back Oscar nominations in 2015 (“The Theory of Everything,” for which he won a Golden Globe) and 2016 (“Sicario”), Jóhannsson was 48 years old.

“I am devastated,” “The Theory of Everything” director James Marsh wrote in an email to IndieWire. “I’ve lost a dear friend and we have all lost the beautiful music he carried within him. Jóhann was a brilliant and unique artist. His personality is alive in his music — thoughtful, inquisitive, gracious, idiosyncratic, sometimes melancholy, sometimes witty and above all, pure.”

Jóhannsson also composed the score for “The Mercy,” directed by Marsh and based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), a British amateur sailor who died while competing in a globe-crossing yacht race in 1969; it was released this weekend in the UK and Australia.
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How Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Helped Change the Genre Cinema Soundscape

How Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Helped Change the Genre Cinema Soundscape
Over the span of just a handful of film scores, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson expanded our idea of what film music can be, earning Oscar nominations for “Sicario’s” sinister, evil-incarnate soundscape to the relatively upbeat, mind-racing energy that drove the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything.” Now, at age 48, this exciting young virtuoso has died, and though that tragically means a career cut short, expect to hear the echoes of his influence for years to come.

When one considers the sheer volume of Hollywood films made each year, it’s astonishing just how small the pool of composers relied upon to supply their soundtracks — which makes it all the more remarkable when a new talent appears on the scene. In Jóhannsson’s case, most of us took note when director Denis Villeneuve (himself an outsider, hailing from the world of French-language Canadian art cinema) tapped Jóhannsson to write the music for “Prisoners” — although he’d actually
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Sicario Composer Johann Johannsson Dies at 48

Icelandic composer Johann G. Johannsson has passed away at the age of 48, according to his manager, Tim Husom. Johannsson is best known as a solo artist and the composer of Sicario, The Theory of Everything, and Arrival. The Academy Award nominated composer was found dead in his Berlin apartment on Friday. No cause of death was revealed, but authorities are investigating, and an autopsy will be performed in the near future.

His representatives Redbird Music Management released a statement on Johann Johannsson's Facebook page confirming that the composer had passed away. The statement calls Johannsson one of the most "brilliant" and "talented" people that they had ever worked with. The statement reads.

"It is with profound sadness that we confirm the passing of our dear friend Johann. We have lost one of the most talented and brilliant people who we had the privilege of knowing and working with. May his music continue to inspire us.
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Johann Johannsson, Oscar-Nominated 'Sicario' Composer, Dead at 48

Johann Johannsson, Oscar-Nominated 'Sicario' Composer, Dead at 48
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Icelandic electronic musician and Oscar-nominated film composer of The Theory of Everything, Sicario and Arrival, has died at the age of 48.

The composer was found dead at his Berlin apartment Friday, his manager Tim Husom confirmed to Variety. No cause of death was revealed but Berlin authorities are investigating and an autopsy will be performed.

"It is with profound sadness that we confirm the passing of our dear friend Jóhann," Redbird Music Management wrote in a statement on Jóhannsson's Facebook page. "We have lost one of the most
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Jóhann Jóhannsson, ‘Theory of Everything’ Composer, Dies at 48

Jóhann Jóhannsson, ‘Theory of Everything’ Composer, Dies at 48
Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Oscar-nominated composer of such films as “Arrival,” “Sicario” and “The Theory of Everything,” was found dead on Friday in his Berlin apartment, his manager said. He was 48.

Tim Husom, his Los Angeles manager, said that Berlin authorities are investigating and that an autopsy would be performed. Cause of death, thus far, is unknown.

The acclaimed, Icelandic-born composer often blended electronics with conventional orchestra. He received Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy nominations for his 2014 score for “The Theory of Everything” and won the Golden Globe for that score. He received a second Oscar nomination for 2015’s “Sicario” and Golden Globe, BAFTA and Grammy nominations for his music for “Arrival” in 2016.

In addition to his film scores, Jóhannsson had a career as a solo musician. His first album, “Englaborn,” was released in 2002; subsequent albums included “Viroulegu Forsetar” in 2004, “Ibm 1401, A User’s Manual” in 2006, “Fordlandia” in 2008 and most recently “Orphee” in 2016.

In 2015, his piece for string quartet
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Exclusive: Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz on the profoundly moving biopic The Mercy

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Author: Stefan Pape

Few films have stirred our emotions quite in the same way that The Mercy did. Telling the true story of Donald Crowhurst, this James Marsh production is a tale about misplaced optimism verging on delusion. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz star as the leading duo and to mark the film’s release we had the pleasure of interviewing them both.

We began by asking the affable pair how much they knew of Donald’s story before getting involved in the project, and giving the profound, moving nature of this narrative, we also discussed whether they can be moved by the film in the same way a viewer can, or whether that’s impossible given their involvement.

Then we asked the big question; why did Donald do it? Why did he put everything at risk, to leave behind his wife and children and set sail – putting his own life on the line?
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The Mercy movie review: a sea of troubles

MaryAnn’s quick take… An unsettling true story smartly told, from a moment in time at once uniquely its own and a harbinger of things to come. Colin Firth is subtle, unflinching, extraordinary. I’m “biast” (pro): love Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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If you do not already know the story of Donald Crowhurst, who set off from England in 1968 in an attempt to sail singlehandedly and nonstop around the world, keep it that way. (I knew nothing, and was glad of it.) Don’t even watch the trailer for The Mercy, the genteelly brutal new movie about his adventure, before you see the film. Though his odyssey was global news at the time, he has mostly been forgotten… and whether or not he
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Doomed sailor Donald Crowhurst is ripe for a biopic – as two rival films demonstrate

Colin Firth stars in one of two new films about yachtsman Crowhurst and his disastrous 1968 round-the-world race. Is the studio distributing both films hoping for smooth sailing?

Fifty years ago, an amateur sailor named Donald Crowhurst entered the Golden Globe solo round-the-world yacht race. He had little funding and less experience compared with his eight rivals, but he set off, anyway, on 31 October 1968, on a trimaran he had helped to modify and equip. It wasn’t what you’d call shipshape. The boat’s wiring was a bird’s nest, and screws kept coming loose, but if Crowhurst had delayed any longer he would have been disqualified. Dreaming of being the first person to circumnavigate the planet singlehandedly without touching land en route, he left England and his family behind.

Brave British hobbyist reaching for the impossible? Homegrown pluck and ingenuity versus foreign expertise? It’s the kind of story
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The Mercy Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Though his preceding feature The Theory of Everything picked up numerous Oscar nominations (even winning one), James Marsh’s The Mercy is the more accomplished piece of cinema, albeit overlooked at this year’s award’s season. There are parallels too, in how we’re focusing on one man’s steely drive and blissful sense of optimism and ambition, and how that can affect his wife and children.

Colin Firth plays the man in question, the idealistic yachtsman Donald Crowhurst who decides to take on the 1968 Global Globe Race, where he must sail around the world, on his own, without stopping. Though such an endeavour is aimed at more experienced, diligent sailors, he is determined to prove the doubters wrong, seeking to design and build his very own boat and set off before the approaching deadline. His wife Clare (Rachel Weisz) is convinced he’ll eventually turn off the idea,
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‘The Mercy’ Review: Dir. James Marsh (2018)

The Mercy review: James Marsh directs Colin Firth as Donald Crowhurst in this true story of his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

The Mercy review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

The Mercy review

The Mercy has one irresistible premise, proven by the fact that this telling of the ‘expedition’ by Donald Crowhurst has attracted such talent to it. Not only that, but we’ll soon see the story explored again with the lower budget Crowhurst, also distributed by Studio Canal, released later in the year. There are documentaries, TV adaptations, and even a 1980s Russian film that used a tale to strongly critique capitalism. The Mercy is certainly the heavy hitter this year, with Colin Firth in the lead, and director James Marsh coming off the heavily lauded The Theory of Everything. There’s no surprise the story has garnered so much attention over the years, with it still being fiercely relevant today,
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Second Opinion – The Mercy (2018)

The Mercy, 2018.

Directed by James Marsh.

Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Buchan, and Ken Stott.

Synopsis:

In 1968, amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst decided to compete in the Golden Globe Round The World Yacht Race, the ultimate non-stop sailing challenge at the time. The race made a household name of Robin Knox-Johnston at the time, but Crowhurst’s story remained an unsolved mystery for years. Based on a true story.

After the glittering prizes showered on The Theory Of Everything (2014), director James Marsh returns with another true story. The Mercy is the story of businessman and amateur sailor, Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) who, back in 1968, decided to take part in the Golden Globe Round The World Yacht Race. Convinced he could complete the toughest sailing challenge going – taking his yacht round the world, non-stop and solo – he raised sponsorship, put his house on the line and set
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The Mercy World Premiere Interviews: David Thewlis, Scott Z Burns & more

Author: Jon Lyus

This evening the red carpet was unfurled for The Mercy, the latest film from The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Related: The Mercy First Trailer

The Mercy follows Donald Crowhurst (Firth) on the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on (and after) the epic journey, while his family awaited his return. It is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Mark Gatiss and Ken Stott complete the cast, and the film is released on the 9th of February.

Our intrepid carpet-voyagers Scott Davis and Colin Hart were present and correct this evening, here’s how they got on.

The Mercy World Premiere Interviews

The Mercy Trailer

The Mercy Official Synopsis

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true
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Film Review: Colin Firth in ‘The Mercy’

Film Review: Colin Firth in ‘The Mercy’
The prestige biopic can seem a pretty bolted-down genre in terms of narrative possibility, but that’s not to say it provides a uniform audience experience: To the well-informed viewer and the one with no advance knowledge of the subject, a single film can proceed along very different terms. “The Mercy” is one such biopic. A sober, contemplative study of British amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, and his ill-fated attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a high-stakes international yacht race, it toggles doughty underdog spirit with insistent melancholy from the get-go — though at what point it tilts from stout-hearted adventure to a more mournful reflection on hubris depends on what you know going in of the race’s outcome.

Directed with even-keeled intelligence by James Marsh, and buoyed by a performance of customary reserve and resolve from Colin Firth, “The Mercy” tells its story — once headline material, now poignantly little-remembered — about as well as it can be told
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The Mercy review

Colin Firth embarks on nautical deception in this surprisingly compelling true-life drama…

I knew very little about Donald Crowhurst walking into The Mercy, and preserving that element of surprise might be the way to get the most out of James Marsh’s true-life drama. A casual Google will quickly throw up some of the finer details of Crowhurst’s story – so if Colin Firth’s latest is on your radar and you’re unfamiliar with what transpired then you may want to keep it that way. Of course, we’d dearly like you to stick around for this review, so bear with us while we navigate around a few spoilers of historical record.

We first meet Firth’s Crowhurst as he’s desperately trying to sell his nautical navigation device the Navicator. Punters won’t bite, and there’s a sense that his business is failing. Crowhurst himself is an amateur weekend sailor and,
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Video: The Mercy – Featurette + Clip

A featurette for The Mercy is now online which includes insight from the film’s leads, Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz and director James Marsh. You can check it out above.

Based on a true story, Firth plays Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who built his own boat in order to compete in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, in the hopes of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping.

The Mercy is in cinemas this Friday. Check out the featurette and clip below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Movie Review – The Mercy (2018)

The Mercy, 2018.

Directed by James Marsh.

Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott, and Mark Gatiss.

Synopsis:

When amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) decides that there must be more to life than failed entrepreneurial endeavors, he sets out on a solo mission to circumnavigate the globe, against the wishes of his wife (Rachel Weisz), and the better judgment of almost everyone in the sailing community.

Anyone expecting a similar journey to J.C. Chandor’s stripped back survival drama All Is Lost might be surprised to learn that this based on a true story biopic is more of an existential drift on the high seas than race-against-time drama. It asks the same questions about morality and legacy, but does so in a much more genteel fashion.

An absence of thrills and spills is not detrimental to The Mercy, for the fascination lays within the story, and not necessarily
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'The Mercy': Film Review

'The Mercy': Film Review
A handsome period bio-drama about the doomed final voyage of yachtsman and fraudster Donald Crowhurst, The Mercy comes with an illustrious Britfilm pedigree. The director is James Marsh, whose credits include Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire and acclaimed Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz headline the cast. And yet this unresolved maritime mystery feels oddly flat and functional, diluting a tragic tale full of unanswered questions into an anodyne middlebrow weepie. It opens on U.K. and Irish screens later this week, with a staggered global rollout to follow.

With its evergreen dramatic themes of...
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New posters and featurette for The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

With a little over two weeks to go until the release of The Mercy, three new posters have arrived online for the upcoming drama along with a featurette which includes interviews with stars Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Mercy here

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weisz, The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.
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