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Desperate to Survive in ‘Metro Manila’

23 August 2014 8:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Metro Manila

Written by Sean Ellis & Frank E. Flowers

Directed by Sean Ellis

UK/Philipines, 2013

Manila has the highest population density on the planet. Per square mile there are 111,002 people; by comparison my home of Chicago is only 11,868. While many economists look at the Phillipines as an marketon the rise, the disparity in wealth is the worst in Asia, with the richest families accounting for over 50% of the country’s total family income while the poorest account for less than 5%. In Manila, the rich live in gated communities while the poor live in slums, squatting on abandoned government-owned land. It’s important to know these facts when approaching Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila, because the city plays such a large role in determining the destiny of its characters.

Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and his wife Mai (Althea Vega) are rice farmers who decide moving to the city will yield better opportunities »

- Jae K. Renfrow

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Metro Manila | Review

21 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Better Life: Ellis’ Latest a Masterful Drama of Sacrifice

British director Sean Ellis brings us to the Philippines with his third feature film, Metro Manila, a bleak and often harrowing portrait of a family’s struggle to build a better life for themselves. Ellis first made headlines for his 2006 debut, romantic comedy Cashback, followed by the international led cast of his oblique 2008 horror film, The Broken, and his latest only proves he’s a filmmaker of varying and styles and techniques. Ellis, also serving as cinematographer for the first time, brings us a grim exercise set in the urban underbelly of Manila and it is as desperately moving as it is unpredictable.

When the price of rice drops significantly, poverty stricken Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and wife Mia (Althea Vega) decide to move with their two children to Manila to see if they might have better luck in the urban metropolis. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Review: Enticing And Memorable Sundance Winner 'Metro Manila'

19 August 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Fantasia Film Festival. If you're not into niche genre stuff like indie slasher films, Asian action flicks and ridiculously over-the-top monster movies then it's likely that you haven't even heard of the Fantasia Film Festival. For close to three full weeks this international festival descends upon the city of Montreal like a tidal wave of cinematic weirdness. The titles alone speak a thousand words: "Big Ass Spider!," "Zombie Hunter," "Curse of Chucky," "Drug War" etc. So when a movie like Sean Ellis' "Metro Manila" parachutes its way into the program, it almost feels like taking the first breaths of oxygen after a plastic bag's been lifted. Maybe it's the festival widening its range to include the sub-genres of drama, or it could be that they've succumbed to the temptation of premiering the 2013 Sundance Audience Award winner in Canada. Whatever the reason is, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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The Rocket and the South East Asia Movement

14 March 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

There’s been a small trend as of late; the landscape of small, independent cinema has taken to a particular geographical one, chiefly South East Asia.

A handful of the most critically acclaimed films of the past few years – 2011’s The Raid, last year’s Mister John, and Bifa-scooping Metro Manila, and now this weekend’s The Rocket – are all set in the beautiful region, including the rapidly approaching The Raid 2: Berandal. Each movie evokes the culture of its setting and its people, is authentically shot in the provincial language, and made by a foreign team – and if a production hasn’t had a fully Asian crew, both the creative and financial driving forces have been alien ones. Every aforementioned production has been English, minus The Rocket which happens to be Australian – but the people behind them have still very much been strangers in a strange land. What are »

- Gary Green

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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

8 March 2014 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Butler didn't do it for Oscar voters, but there are sharper ideas in some of last year's under-the-radar thrillers

If a film seemingly made for the express purpose of piling up Oscar nominations then receives precisely none, does it make a sound? Well, yes and no. Lee Daniels' The Butler (Entertainment, 12) was a surprise summer hit in the Us, where audiences weary of monsters fighting robots were apparently up for a windy dose of all-star, semi-fictionalised civil rights history, but that doesn't mean it has anything to say.

Awards voters, oddly, couldn't see the hokey Forrest Gump parallels in Forest Whitaker's Cecil Gaines, humble White House butler to every president from Eisenhower to Reagan. A noble cypher who stoically pours tea while history is made around him, he's a less-than-riveting presence around whom to centre the narrative; there's more going on back home, where his radical Black Panther »

- Guy Lodge

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Sean Ellis talks Metro Manila

6 March 2014 2:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Last year, Metro Manila won the big awards at the British Independent Film Awards – Best Picture, Best Director and Best Achievement in Production. Before its huge sweep that night, it garnered wide critical acclaim (we gave it five out of five stars ourselves), and praise for the British filmmaker Sean Ellis.

The director lent us some precious time, revealing that such award-winning recognition hasn’t clouded his judgement. In fact, he’s like he’s always been; cool, collected, a sporting a passion for cinema that we’d like to see him take even further than the BIFAs. Read ahead for our interview with Sean – spoilers included – and be sure to purchase the film when it comes out on DVD on March 10.

I’d just like to start by asking; where did the idea for Metro Manila first come from?

It came from when I was on holiday in the »

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The winners of the BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards 2014 are...

17 February 2014 7:42 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rounding up all the winners from the 67th annual BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards..

Tonight marked biggest occasion in the British film calender as the stars of the big screen descended upon London's Royal Opera House as BAFTA hosts the 67th annual Ee British Academy Film Awards, with Stephen Fry once again serving as master of ceremonies for the ninth time.

Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave may have walked away with the top prize, fending off competition from American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Philomena and Gravity to win Best Film, but it was also a great night for Alfonso Cuaron's space-set thriller, which walked away with six awards including Best Director and Outstanding British Film.

Check out all the nominees from the 2014 BAFTA British Academy Film Awards, with the winners highlighted in red (and be sure to take a look at Oliver Davis' live coverage from »

- Gary Collinson

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The Great Beauty wins BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film

16 February 2014 8:41 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

After claiming the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Paolo Sorrentino’s The  Great Beauty also won the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. The other nominations in this category were The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer, Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche, Metro Manila by Sean Ellis and Wadjda by Haifaa Al-Mansour.

12 Years a Slave won the BAFTA for Best Film while Gravity took home 6 BAFTAs including Best British Film, Best Director and Best Special Visual Effects.

Complete list of awards:

Best picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best British film: Gravity

Best director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Best actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Best actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best supporting actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Best supporting actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best original screenplay: American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer, David O Russell

Best adapted screenplay: Philomena, Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

Best foreign language film: The Great Beauty, »

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Baftas 2014: full list of winners

16 February 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All the Baftas winners (and nominees) as they come in through the night

Best picture

Winner: 12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Philomena

Best British film

Winner: Gravity

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Philomena

Rush

Saving Mr Banks

The Selfish Giant

Best director

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

David O Russell, American Hustle

Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best actor

Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Best actress

Winner: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks

Best supporting actor

Winner: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Daniel Brühl, Rush

Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Best supporting actress

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Sally Hawkins, »

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BAFTAs 2014: Full winners' list, from 'Gravity' to 'American Hustle'

16 February 2014 1:30 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The BAFTA Awards, honoring the best of British and world film, are given out Sunday, Feb. 16 in London. Handed out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the 2014 Ee British Academy Film Awards are often a preview of the Oscars.

Who are the big winners for 2013 films? Check out the full nominee and winner list below.

Note: Winners are noted by bold font.

Best film

"12 Years a Slave" -- Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen

"American Hustle" -- Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon

"Captain Phillips" -- Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca

"Gravity" -- Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman

"Philomena" -- Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward

Outstanding British film

"Gravity" -- Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Jonas Cuaron

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" -- Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson

"Philomena" -- Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, »

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The HeyUGuys 2014 BAFTA Liveblog

16 February 2014 9:38 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Welcome, gorgeous people, to the biggest night in British Film. We’re here at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and we’ll be liveblogging as the night rolls on.

12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Captain Phillips and Philomena have the majority of nominations and are all competing for Best Picture. It is an undeniably strong year for British Film and we’re grateful for a spotlight as wide and as bright as this one to be shone this evening.

If you haven’t already checked out our BAFTA competition, do so now - the prizes are worth £700. Blimey.

We’ll be updating this liveblog minute by minute until my fingers fall off with the most recent update being shown at the top of the top so do keep refreshing.

Great to have you with us.

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We’re at the end of another BAFTA »

- Jon Lyus

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Hardcore Filipino/British thriller Metro Manilla on UK DVD

8 February 2014 6:04 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

The critically acclaimed and multi-award winning crime thriller Metro Manila, from Director Sean Ellis, will be available on demand 17th February and comes to DVD & Blu-ray 10th March 2014. The film was the biggest winner at the British Independent Film Awards 2013 picking up three trophies including Best British Independent Film and Best Director for Sean Ellis (Cashback, The Broken). It’s also been selected as the UK’s official submission in the Best Foreign Language Film Award category for the Oscars 2014. All in all it’s a cert buy. The only downer we can put on the whole thing is the DVD cover. Couldn’t they have picked something a little less...well...Beige? Synopsis: Oscar and Mai Ramirez (Jake Macapagal and Althea Vega) decide to move their two daughters from the poverty-stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippines, and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arrival, »

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Hardcore thriller Metro Manilla on UK DVD

8 February 2014 5:54 AM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

The critically acclaimed and multi-award winning crime thriller Metro Manila, from Director Sean Ellis, will be available on demand 17th February and comes to DVD & Blu-ray 10th March 2014. The film was the biggest winner at the British Independent Film Awards 2013 picking up three trophies including Best British Independent Film and Best Director for Sean Ellis (Cashback, The Broken). It’s also been selected as the UK’s official submission in the Best Foreign Language Film Award category for the Oscars 2014. All in all it’s a cert buy. The only downer we can put on the whole thing is the DVD cover. Couldn’t they have picked something a little less...well...Beige? Synopsis: Oscar and Mai Ramirez (Jake Macapagal and Althea Vega) decide to move their two daughters from the poverty-stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippines, and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arrival, »

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BAFTA announces the nominations for the 66th Ee British Academy Film Awards

8 January 2014 3:02 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This morning actors Helen McCrory and Luke Evans joined BAFTA Chairman John Willis to announce the nominations for the 66th annual Ee British Academy Film Awards.

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity received the most nominations - 11 in total - including Best Film alongside 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, and Philomena, and  Outstanding British Film alongside Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Philomena, Rush, Saving Mr. Banks and The Selfish Giant.

Check out the full list of nominations here...

Best Film

12 Years A Slave Anthony Katagas,Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen

American Hustle Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon

Captain Phillips Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca

Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Philomena Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward

Outstanding British Film

Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson

Philomena Stephen Frears, »

- Gary Collinson

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"Gravity" Dominates BAFTA Nominations

8 January 2014 1:16 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" led the pack with 11 nominations including Best Film, British Film (who knew "Gravity" was a British movie?), Director for Cuaron, Screenplay for Cuaron and his son Jonas, and Actress for Sandra Bullock.

The biggest snub in my humble opinion was "Dallas Buyers Club" which appeared nowhere on the nominations list. Apparently, the British Academy did not deem Matthew McConaughey or Jared Leto award-worthy!

The BAFTA Awards will take place on Feb. 16 at the Royal Opera house in London. Will "Gravity" emerge as the victorious movie that night? And by the way, "Gravity" was my No. 1 favorite film of 2013!

Here's the complete list of BAFTA nominations:

Best Film

12 Years A Slave Anthony Katagas,Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen

American Hustle Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, »

- Manny

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BAFTA And The American Society Of Cinematographers Announce Their Nominations

8 January 2014 11:15 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Early this morning saw the announcement of the nominations for the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards for 2013. For the most part, they look like all of the other guild nominations we’ve seen over the past month or so (including all five director nominees who were just nominated for the DGA’s top award), but there are a few interesting differences to take note of.

First off, Philomena has a much stronger presence here, but given that it is a British film, it’s hardly surprising. You may also notice a lot of love for Behind the Candelabra, a film that was only shown on TV in the States, making it ineligible for theatrical awards.

However, aside from that, just about all the major players are here. Gravity leads the pack with 11 nominations, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Director, and Best Actress. 12 Years a »

- Jeff Beck

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BAFTA Film Award Nominations 2014 — Jennifer Lawrence & More

8 January 2014 7:28 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Awards season is here, whether you’re ready or not. On Jan. 7, the nominees were announced in London for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Film Awards — and all our favorite stars are nominated.

Gravity is leading this year’s race with 11 BAFTA nominations, followed by American Hustle that 12 Years a Slave both landing 10 each. Read the full list below, and then tune in to the BAFTAs on Feb. 16.

BAFTA Film Award Nominations — Full List

Best Film

12 Years A Slave Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen

American Hustle Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon

Captain Phillips Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca

Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Philomena Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward

Outstanding British Film

Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson

Philomena Stephen Frears, »

- Emily Longeretta

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BAFTA Nominations – Gravity Leads With 11

8 January 2014 7:23 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The nominations for this year’s Ee British Academy Film Awards were announced today (January 8) by actors Helen McCrory and Luke Evans.

Gravity led the way with 11 nominations. 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle were each nominated in ten categories. Captain Phillips has nine nominations, while Behind the Candelabra and Saving Mr. Banks were nominated five times.

Philomena, Rush and The Wolf of Wall Street have four nominations. Blue JasmineThe Great GatsbyInside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska have each been nominated three times. The Act of KillingThe Butler and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have two nominations apiece.

Gravity is nominated in the following categories: Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects. Sandra Bullock is nominated for Leading Actress.

12 Years a Slave is nominated for Best Film, Director for Steve McQueen, Adapted Screenplay, »

- Michelle McCue

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Baftas 2014: full list of nominations

8 January 2014 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A full list of nominations for this year's Baftas. The 67th Bafta award ceremony will be held at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday 16 February

• Baftas 2014: Gravity leads the pack

• The nominees - in pictures

This list will be updated as the nominees are confirmed.

Best picture

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Philomena

Best British film

Gravity

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Philomena

Rush

Saving Mr Banks

The Selfish Giant

Best director

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

David O. Russell, American Hustle

Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best actor

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Best actress

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks

Best supporting actor

Barkhad Abdi, »

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British Academy Goes Hollywood (Once Again): BAFTA Nominees 2014 Including Several Surprises (Adams In!)

8 January 2014 3:29 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

BAFTA Awards 2014: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity,’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ tops (photo: BAFTA 2014 nominees Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’) Nominations for the 2014 BAFTA Awards were announced a little while ago. As usual, British Academy of Film and Television Arts have placed their focus on Big English-Language Productions — i.e., Hollywood and Anglo-Hollywood fare. (I mean, Gravity, Rush, and Saving Mr. Banks are considered "British" productions here.) Small British films and non-Hollywood productions have been — once again as usual — all but ignored. The 2014 BAFTA winners will be announced on February 16. Best Film: 12 Years A Slave Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen; American Hustle Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman; Philomena Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward. Best British Film: Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón; Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Justin Chadwick, »

- Steve Montgomery

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