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A Ghost Story review – Casey Affleck is truly haunting

13 August 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Even covered in a sheet, Affleck exudes heartache in David Lowery’s gorgeously sad tale of love and loss

It’s a bold move. Take one of the finest actors of his generation, noted for the subtlety of his recent Oscar-winning performance in Manchester By the Sea, and cover him with a sheet for most of a film. Casting Casey Affleck as the kind of bed linen-sporting ghost best known for menacing Scooby-Doo and pals is a decision akin to Lenny Abrahamson putting a massive papier-mache head on Michael Fassbender in Frank. But just as Fassbender managed to convey both humour and pathos despite the impediment of a giant moon of a false bonce, so Affleck imbues what could be an absurd presence, loitering on the edge of the frame like a piece of misplaced laundry, with an agonising sense of loss and mounting frustration. In his economic movements we »

- Wendy Ide

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'Happy Valley' director Neasa Hardiman receives Irish Film Board Funding

7 August 2017 12:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other recipients include Lenny Abrahamson, Tomm Moore and Jim Sheridan

A forthcoming film from BAFTA winner Neasa Hardiman and upcoming projects from Oscar nominees Lenny Abrahamson, Tomm Moore and Jim Sheridan are among those being supported by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions. 

Levels of production funding have significantly increased this quarter, indicating that the Irish film industry is gearing up for a buoyant production period. 

Hardiman, a co-bafta winner this year for her work on Happy Valley, has written and will direct Sea Fever, described as “a very smart monster movie” by production company Fantastic Films. 

€700,000 in Ifb production funding was awarded to the film, which centres on a female protagonist, a gifted marine biology student who, along with her crew, encounter a large and dangerous mysterious sea creature. Epic is handling international sales. 

Fantastic Films were also awarded €750,000 in production funding for Vivarium, a sci-fi »

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Film4 appoints Ollie Madden as head of creative

12 July 2017 3:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cassandra Carias also joins business affairs team.

Ollie Madden has been appointed as head of creative at Film4, joining from Kudos where he was executive producer.

He replaces Rose Garnett who left in February to head up BBC Films.

Madden previously worked at Warner Bros, Intermedia and Miramax before he joined Kudos as head of film in 2011. His credits include Spooks: The Greater Good, the Sherlock Holmes franchise, Magicians and upcoming BBC1 mini-series Gunpowder. The search for candidates was carried out by recruitment firm Mission Bay.

Cassandra Carias has been appointed head of finance, where she replaces Harry Dixon, who left in March to join House Productions. Starting in August, she is currently head of legal and business affairs at eOne Features.

She previously worked at Harbottle and Lewis for 14 years, rising from trainee to senior associate. She also had an 18-month secondment to Working Title Films. She has worked on Eye in the Sky, Les Miserables »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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‘The Little Stranger’ is a Chilling Ghost Story from the Director of ‘Room’!

7 July 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Principal photography began yesterday in the UK of the feature film The Little Stranger, based on Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, Bloody Disgusting learned. The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Oscar nominated for Best Director for Room) and stars Domhnall Gleeson (Ex MachinaBrooklyn) as Dr Faraday; Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as Caroline […] »

- Brad Miska

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Room Director Starts Shooting New Film The Little Stranger

6 July 2017 8:04 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Room director Lenny Abrahamson begins shooting his next film, a ghost story starring Domhnall Gleeson called The Little Stranger. »

- David Stephens

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Lenny Abrahamson's 'The Little Stranger' starts UK shoot

6 July 2017 5:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Domhnall Gleeson and Charlotte Rampling star in period ghost story.

Principal photography is underway in the UK on The Little Stranger, Lenny Abrahamson’s first feature since he was Oscar-nominated for Room.

Shooting will take place in various locations outside of London and in Yorkshire for roughly 10 weeks.

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling, the film is a period ghost story that follows a doctor who, during a hot summer in 1948, is called to treat a patient at a haunted country house.

Pathé will distribute the film in the UK, France and Switzerland. Focus Features acquired further territories from Pathé and will release in the Us, with Universal Pictures International handling the rest of the world.

Producers are Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler Productions - which developed the project with Film4 - alongside Ed Guiney for Element Pictures

Executive producers are Cameron McCracken for Pathé, Daniel Battsek for [link »

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

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Simon Beaufoy to Adapt ‘In the Skin of a Lion’ From ‘English Patient’ Author

19 June 2017 8:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has signed on to adapt the immigrant story “In the Skin of a Lion” as a movie for Serendipity Point Films, UK’s Film4 and Potboiler Films.

Serendipity’s Robert Lantos (“Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises”) and Potboiler’s Andrea Calderwood (“A Most Wanted Man,” “The Last King of Scotland”) will produce.

The project is based on Michael Ondaatje’s 1987 novel about the lives of immigrants who played a large role in the building of the city of Toronto in the early 1900s. The story focuses on romance and class conflict amidst the clash between immigrant workers and the ruling elite.

“In the Heart of a Lion” introduced the characters Hana and David Caravaggio, who were also in Ondaatje’s 1992 novel “The English Patient.” The Anthony Minghella adaptation of the novel won nine Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Juliette Binoche in the role of Hana. »

- Dave McNary

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Berlin Syndrome review – 'lite' version of kidnap thriller disappoints

8 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cate Shortland’s latest film ticks all the boxes of the captivity psycho-drama, but the lack of originality lets it down

Cate Shortland, the director of the widely admired Somersault, has made an efficient but unrewarding and ultimately pointless psycho-thriller, adapted by Shaun Grant from the 2011 debut novel by Australian author Melanie Joosten. It is set in Berlin, a mecca for backpackers and international hipsters. Clare (Teresa Palmer) is a tourist from Brisbane, wandering around the city, photographing the East German architecture that fascinates her, but feeling a little aimless. She runs into Andi (Max Riemelt), a charming, interesting German guy who chats her up in the street. They go back to his place; the next morning he goes off to work, leaving her to sleep. Clare’s loved-up mood is dispelled, however, when she wakes up and realises he has locked her in his apartment and taken her sim card. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Buys ‘The Little Stranger,’ Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘Brimstone & Glory’ and More

26 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to “The Little Stranger,” excluding the U.K., France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. Academy Award nominee Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”) will direct the film, a chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the U.K. this summer for release in 2018. “The Little Stranger” will star Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ “The Danish Girl,” has adapted “The Little Stranger” from Sarah Waters’ acclaimed 2009 novel of the same name.

In a remote English village after the close of World War II, a local practitioner, Dr. Faraday (Gleeson), is called to the »

- Graham Winfrey

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Poignant First Trailer For Wonder Will Punch You Directly In The Feels

26 May 2017 5:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Why blend in when you were born to stand out? That’s the angst-ridden conundrum left facing Auggie, a young boy nursing a facial deformity that has essentially forced him into becoming a social recluse from an early age.

But when the opportunity to enroll in a mainstream school arises, Auggie is gently nudged out of his comfort zone and into the big, bold world, and if you’re in any way familiar with Raquel J. Palacio’s source material, that poignant coming-of-age story will no doubt ring a bell. We are, of course, referring to Wonder, the 2012 children’s novel that is being repackaged as a feature film under the watchful eye of director Stephen Chbosky. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and the so-hot-right-now Jacob Tremblay (The Predator, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan) are all on board to star, with the latter attached to the rather demanding role of Auggie – physically, »

- Michael Briers

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Lenny Abrahamson’s ghost story The Little Stranger picked up by Focus Features

24 May 2017 9:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Focus Features has announced that it has picked up the rights to The Little Stranger, the next film from Room director Lenny Abrahamson, which has been scripted by Lucinda Coxton (The Danish Girl). Described as “a chilling ghost story”, the film will star Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Charlotte Rampling (Assassin’s Creed), Ruth Wilson (The Affair) and Will Poulter (The Revenant).

According to Deadline, the film takes place in post-World War II Britain “where a doctor (Gleeson) revisits a crumbling great house called Hundreds Halls where his mother once worked as a nurse maid. The owners are losing the house because they can’t afford the taxes, even though they say the home is haunted by the malevolent ghost of their mother’s first-born daughter. The doctor becomes obsessed with marrying one of the owner’s daughters (Wilson), and bad things happen.”

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- Gary Collinson

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Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé

24 May 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pathé does brisk business across Cannes slate.

Pathé International saw brisk business on its Cannes slate, highlighted by a previously announced multi-territory deal with Focus for Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming chiller The Little Stranger.

Also among sellers were Gurinder Chadha’s drama Viceroy’s House, which scored a Us deal with IFC, and Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming Silvio Berlusconi movie Loro, which will reunite the director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo.

The movie, due to start production in July, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute the film in France and Switzerland.

Dany Boon’s La Ch’tite Famille scored pre-sales in Germany (Concorde), Italy (Rai Cinema), Spain (Tripictures), Greece (Feelgood), Poland (Kinoswiat), Netherland (Paradiso) and Canada (Az films). 

The film goes into production next month and is scheduled »

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Cannes: Gurinder Chadha, Paolo Sorrentino, Dany Boon Films Score Deals for Pathe (Exclusive)

24 May 2017 6:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

IFC has picked up Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy House,” starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, from Pathe for U.S. release. The historic drama premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the deal was announced in Cannes.

Pathe also clinched a raft of deals on Paolo Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro” and “Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” which, along with Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Stranger,” are part of Pathe’s strong slate at Cannes film market.

Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro”, in which Toni Servillo will star as Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, was pre-sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia(McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute “Loro” in France and Switzerland. Production will kick off in July.

Meanwhile, “La Ch’tite Famille,” the latest film by French comedy expert Boon, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes: 'Room' Director Lenny Abrahamson to Tackle Ghost Story for Focus

23 May 2017 8:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, except for the U.K., France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. 

The new film from the Oscar-nominated director of Room is a ghost story that will star Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. It begins shooting this summer in the U.K. for release in 2018. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ The Danish Girl, has adapted The Little Stranger from Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel of the same name. Set in a remote English village after World War II, the film revolves around »

- Gregg Kilday

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Focus picks up Lenny Abrahamson, Domhnall Gleeson ghost story 'The Little Stranger'

23 May 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production scheduled for this summer in the UK.

Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming The Little Stranger, starring Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter.

The deal excludes the UK, France and Switzerland, where Pathé will distribute.

Abrahamson, who earned a best directing Oscar nomination for Room, will direct the ghost story this summer in the UK in time for a 2018 release.

The Little Stranger takes place in a remote English village after the end of the Second World War as a doctor attends to an ailing parlourmaid at a family estate haunted by a malevolent ghost.

Lucinda Coxon, who adapted The Danish Girl for Focus, adapted The Little Stranger from Sarah Waters’ novel of the same name.

The Little Stranger is a Focus Features, Pathé, and Film4 presentation in association with Ingenious Media and the Irish Film Board of a Potboiler production in association with Element Pictures.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Focus acquires worldwide rights to 'The Little Stranger'

23 May 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production scheduled for this summer in the UK.

Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming The Little Stranger, starring Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter.

The deal excludes the UK, France and Switzerland, where Pathé will distribute.

Abrahamson, who earned a best directing Oscar nomination for Room, will direct the ghost story this summer in the UK in time for a 2018 release.

The Little Stranger takes place in a remote English village after the end of the Second World War as a doctor attends to an ailing parlourmaid at a family estate haunted by a malevolent ghost.

Lucinda Coxon, who adapted The Danish Girl for Focus, adapted The Little Stranger from Sarah Waters’ novel of the same name.

The Little Stranger is a Focus Features, Pathé, and Film4 presentation in association with Ingenious Media and the Irish Film Board of a Potboiler production in association with Element Pictures.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Little Stranger’ Lands at Focus

23 May 2017 8:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to the ghost story “The Little Stranger,” starring Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter with Lenny Abrahamson directing.

Focus, which announced the deal Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival, said production will begin in the U.K. this summer for a 2018 release. Pathe will handle distribution in the U.K., France and Switzerland.

Abrahamson, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Room,” will direct from a script by Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ “The Danish Girl.” Coxon has adapted “The Little Stranger” from Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel of the same name.

The story is set in a remote English village after the close of World War II, when Gleeson’s local practitioner is called to the aged estate of Hundreds Hall to tend to an unwell parlor maid. The resident is also home to Rampling’s glamorous widow and her two grown children, »

- Dave McNary

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Focus Features Acquires Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘The Little Stranger’ – Cannes

23 May 2017 7:42 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson's The Little Stranger, excluding the UK, France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. The chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the UK this summer with a planned 2018 release, stars Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. Abrahamson, who directed the 2015 Oscar-nominated pic Room, will direct. Lucinda Coxton, who wrote the screenplay adaptation… »

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Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘The Little Stranger’ Acquired by Focus Features

23 May 2017 7:33 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights, excluding the U.K., France and Switzerland, to Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Stranger,” chairman Peter Kujawski announced Tuesday. The film is a ghost story, which will begin production in the U.K. this summer and is set for a release in 2018. Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter are set to star. It marks filmmaker’s follow-up to “Room,” which was nominated for best picture and director, and won Brie Larson her best actress Oscar. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ “The Danish Girl,” has adapted “The Little Stranger” from Sarah. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’

23 May 2017 1:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Watching “Gabriel and the Mountain” is like getting to know all sides of a friend’s character: You may discover more arrogance than expected, but the elements you always liked are reinforced. That was presumably Fellipe Barbosa’s goal when making this follow-up to his much-acclaimed debut “Casa Grande,” based on school friend Gabriel Buchmann, who traveled to Africa and died on the slopes of Malawi’s Mount Mulanje in 2009. Though Gabriel came from the same milieu as the characters in Barbosa’s previous film, the two features are very different in feel; there’s some social critique, but mostly the director extends heartfelt warmth to his friend, with the help of men and women who met Gabriel on his journey. At a running time of more than two hours, the film’s length may give art-house programmers pause, but fests will have an audience pleaser.

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- Jay Weissberg

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